Happy Spring! Although it’s been downright cold here in Ohio the past few days. At least we know that good weather is on the horizon.
Last week I had the pleasure of spending five days in Destin Florida with my family. I never take opportunities to get away for granted. It was a great time and we enjoyed being somewhere else away from our day-to-day hustle.
As you read this post, you’ll see some of the photos that I took while on our trip. I love photos of beautiful scenery.
Wyndham Emerald Grande, Destin, FL
It’s been rather quiet here on the blog lately because I’m entering a new season.
I’ve just had this overwhelming feeling for some time that I could be doing more. When I say more, I mean making a difference outside of my circle of influence. My kids keep me busy and I love being there for them but there’s more that I want to accomplish.
For the past few months, I’ve been soul-searching, learning, thinking, writing, reading and studying. The time away in Destin helped me to gain more clarity.
I’m a co-owner of a real estate business with my husband and I’m also an educational consultant. We’ve owned our real estate rental property business for 14 years and have been pretty successful. Real estate is my husband’s passion and I’ve been right by his side since the beginning.
I’ve learned a lot and understand the long and short-term financial benefits of being in the real estate business but it isn’t my passion. I’m continuing my work with the real estate business but have always known that it doesn’t resonate with who I am as a person.
I’ve asked myself some really tough questions over the past few months like….
What are your top three goals?
What do you want to do before you die?
What will be your legacy?
How do you want to make a difference in the world?
What is your expertise?
How can you be of service to others?
What other sources of income can you generate?
What is your passion?
How can I work smarter not harder?
What will allow me to be available to my children while maintaining flexibility?
What is God’s purpose for my life?
Tough questions for sure.
My education consulting work has been very fulfilling. I have a doctorate that has enabled me to teach, train, advise, create and consult for the past 20 years in different roles. I approached the local school district about working with them and they hired me as a consultant after we discussed ways I could be of service to them. For almost two years now, I’ve been under contract as a consultant with the district in the area of Diversity and Inclusion and Recruitment and Retention. I became a business owner by default but have not been treating my consulting work like a business.
I decided to OWN it. I have come to the realization that I must own my expertise and formalize my consulting business. Be bold and intentional. A made up mind is a powerful thing. I’ve decided to feel the fear and do it anyway even though I was already doing the work. I’m excited and I’ve learned so much over the past few months. My plan is to launch some time in early June.
Since I’m entering a new season, I decided to give my blog a face lift too. The blog had some issues over the past month, because I decided to mess with some code. I had no idea what I was doing. As a result, it was reset and I lost some of the custom stuff. I used it as an opportunity to give my blog a new look.
Thanks to Anna Marie Martin at http://annamariemartin.com. She also owns an Etsy shop called Blingablog. She was a lifesaver. I have to admit the new look has inspired me to keep going.
Harbor Walk Village in Destin. Great seafood at Jackacudas.
I think it’s obvious that my blog has been a hobby for the past two and a half years. I’ve been up and down, inspired and uninspired but I’m not ready to let go just yet.
Peace and Blessings,