But if you had told me it was possible to make a bigger impact on the world by working for myself than for a nonprofit, I would have shook my head in doubt and demanded more details.
If you had told me then that my words would eventually become my artistic medium, I would have been both thrilled and terrified.
And if you had told me 10 years ago that I’d be bringing in way more money than I’d ever earned in a day job, I wouldn’t have believed you.
But if you had told me then that I’d eventually learn to celebrate my own work as much as I celebrated everyone else’s, I would have begged you for the “how.”
Yep. The same year I started my business. Because you can’t pay your bills with big dreams and good intentions.
But if you had told me then that we’d still be falling in love and figuring things out, I wouldn’t have understood why.
But if you had told me that the twins who showed up (!!) would bring even more energy (eventually) to my life and be my greatest teachers, I would have given you the side-eye.
But if you had told me 6 years ago that I’d have a weekly podcast in its fourth year that had over a million downloads and had changed the lives of people all over the globe, I would have said, “What’s a podcast?”
Because raising your hand and saying yes and seeking out potential rejection means that I’ve upleveled my game…and gotten plenty of surprising yes’s in the process of seeking out the no’s.
But if you had told me when I’d worked so hard to have it all figured out that I’d later be cutting waaaaay back on my teaching commitments and all of those things that looked great on paper to make room for the next generation of ideas to be born, I would have told you that wasn’t possible.
But if you had told me 2 years ago that I would willingly and enthusiastically quit drinking even though nothing bad or tragic or scary had happened, I would have laughed you out of the room.
But if you had told me 3 years ago that I would pack it all up and move away from California and turn my life upside down but have zero regrets amidst the chaos, I would have looked at you skeptically.
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