Starting afresh AGAIN
Don't ever be afraid to start all over - it's the best! Creating and re-inventing yourself is the greatest gift and birth right given to all of us.
Welcome to the new blog space! It has been LITERALLY years since I last sat down to pen (or in this modern age - typed) a thought.
With our relocation back to Melbourne Australia, it seemed like the best opportunity to change things up. I am so excited to be in place where I get to explore and reinvent myself again. I must admit though, it was very confronting and intimidating at first. I was consumed by what would people think,
- "Oh here she goes again!"
- "Give it up already!"
- "Dawn, choose a lane and stick to it!"
The truth is, all these thoughts were just a reflection of what I really felt about myself and until I challenged all my supposedly haters, I was stuck believing what "they" thought. All I had to do was answer a simple question, "Why not?". Why couldn't I decide and determine which sea this sail would conquer?
The more I chose not to settle for less was the more I found the freedom I craved. This made me feel brave enough to create the opportunity to be adventurous with my life, again. So as I approach my 40's (I turn 39 in January), I feel like I owe it to myself to assess, take stock, subtract, add and divide what has worked and certainly what hasn't worked for me in the past 10 years. And I reckon best I do this before walking into another decade, don't you think?
Bet on yourself
“You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out all your edges, you simply lose your edge.”
Without a doubt, my thirties have been the biggest rollercoaster ride of my life (so far!). Through a long, daunting and painful process, I've birthed three children and had to bury one. I've started unsuccessful and semi-successful businesses. I've written a book, produced and hosted a talk show. I have had the opportunity to rub shoulders with the who's who of this world, been involved and participated in significant movements which have sought to genuinely steer this world to serve all people equally.
I've been flat broke and needed to be bailed out cause we had no rent money, and then had more money than I knew what to do with. I have had to stand and support my husband as we both learnt how to manage his mental health (and if I'm honest, my own). Oh, let's not forget that for a good 24 hours, there was the possibility that I had breast cancer and forced my husband to promise me he wouldn't re-marry for about 5 years after I was dead - and that though the poor woman would be a decent person, she most certainly couldn't be prettier than I was - and my kids DEFINITELY couldn't call her mama. Oh hello Miss Petty Labelle!!!! Clearly, I am drama even to my imminent pretend death bed.
“This is your life - live abundantly, in every way love. God knows I aim to do so.”
Anway... My point? My point is simple, there's a guy who said, "I have come so that they might have life and have it more abundantly." Not only do I believe this guy, but I also believe in this guy. So as for me and my household, we will take our everyday, ordinary life (our sleeping, eating, going to work, walking around) place it before God as an offering.
I pray that it will inspire you to do the same. Be brave my friend.
Welcome to my blog!