Hey Everyone! I’m Janine! I’m a wife, a somewhat crunchy mom of 2 boys, avid reader, essential oil user, and current corporate executive.
I was raised in a conventional household. 1 brother, 1 sister, 2 parents, 2 dogs, traditional holiday celebrations and ordinary life expectations. You know, go to college, get a job, get married, buy a house, have kids and get a dog, pay bills and then die. Well, I did all that (except- I didn’t die), but for me I felt like a piece was still missing. The piece that fulfilled my why, my purpose. I even went back to school to take pre-med courses thinking I needed something bigger in my life-so I should be a doctor (because that’s the biggest thing I could think of to make an impact-and I LOVE science). I did take all those pre-med courses but about the time I finished my last required class I realized that wasn’t what I was missing either. Fast forward a few years to today. My husband is a stay at home dad and building his personal trainer/health coach business. He coaches in the mornings and evenings and I work in an office all day. Finding balance is HARD. Finding me time is HARD. Every day I face the choice to make better choices for both myself and my family. And this is my journey to a more fulfilling lifestyle.
I am on a course to DESIGN my own life and you can too!
DESIGNING MY LIFE
Do you recall when you were younger (18 for me) when you thought that you could do or be anything? If you just set your course trajectory you could be President some day! (This was mine- I mean I didn’t particularly feel like politics was my calling but if I wanted to- I could be President). Along the way I lost that feeling. There isn’t one thing I can pinpoint that turned the tide on this particular feeling of inner confidence but slowly, over time, it became obvious I had gone down a very safe and predictable road. Along that road- life, love, jobs, kids etc- my sense of self altered every so slightly. I ended up in a position where I didn’t take risks- because I could fail- I was very safely and securely in my comfort zone and not looking to leave. I was playing small. I mean I make good money- I could work the next 40 years, get predictable raises, pay predictable bills and go on predictable vacations and then leave the earth no one being the wiser or questioning my path.
But here’s the thing, I question my path, I question my happiness and my inner ability to be more. I know to the inner depths of my soul that I was meant for more than spending the next 40 years paying bills.
I have spent the last few years exploring myself via meditations, yoga, courses on reflection, silence courses, affirmations and afformations, deep and intense private coaching with small groups of women, self discovery forums, daily work on changing how I think (yes you can do this!), and lots of personal development books. All aimed at how to reclaim my “self” and my drive to take on the world (whatever parts I chose to that is). I use lots of exclamation points (and coffee!) because I’m excited about what I’ve learned and how it’s changed my life. I share more about my journey in my VIP group too!
I love all things Disney partially because of how I feel when I visit (carefree, young again, silly, happy) but also because the movies almost always have feel good life lessons that resonate with me.