Several years ago, I was at my wits end. I was stressed, rundown and deprived of self-love.
To the public, I looked like a woman who “had it going on.” I had all of the trappings of a superwoman who did all the “right things”. I lived comfortably, had a successful career, good health, I’m fairly attractive and I had friends and family, including a handsome, intelligent husband. For all intents and purposes, I had what most people “think” they want. So, why was I waking up unhappy on most days? Something was missing. I am not an ungrateful person and I acknowledge all my blessings. I remember lying in bed, tears streaming from my eyes and praying to God….”If this is all there is, then I am willing to accept it and live out the rest of my life with this feeling of being incomplete.” That void at the time was unidentified. The feeling of resignation scared me because (1) I wasn’t sure I could really uphold the commitment I was making to God and (2) I am not a quitter. I always felt that there was something more for me but I didn’t know what it was or how to get there. This was the beginning of my transition, because I was finally at a place of surrender. I desperately desired for change. The funny thing is “change it is inevitable but growth is optional.” (John C. Maxwell) Whether I liked it or not, I was in the middle of a transformation and I didn’t even know it. All the blatant signs were there.
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My name is Tracey Knight and I am inviting you to join
me on a journey to self-discovery and self-acceptance.
If you are longing for greater purpose in your life…Searching for happiness…or Maybe you just need to find a way to balance all aspects of life; then you are in the right place. The good news is that all of these desires are attainable. The idea may seem scary; you may not know how to move past the real and perceived barriers. However, the path to self-actualizations exist at the end of your comfort zone.
If you are ready to honor your own genius by courageously living authentically and on purpose,
InView Empowerment is here to help you. The journey to self-discovery and self-acceptance is a choice and not necessarily an easy process. The trick is to get out of your own way and that often requires support. I know this first hand.
Life was knocking me over the head and forcing me to sit up and take notice. It was my choice as to whether or not I would accept its blaring albeit vital message. Therefore I chose to set aside my “fairytale checklist for a perfect life” and sought help. Thank goodness I stumbled upon Malane Shani who would soon become my life coach. Malane was a tough cookie and she pulled no punches when it came to helping me confront my darkest truths. It was just what I needed at the time. I spent a little over a year in one-on-one coaching and – let me tell you – the road was not paved with daisies and pixie dust. It did, however, include plenty of joy and laughter – something I hadn’t consistently felt in a while. It was a lot of hard work and tears but I came out on the other end with a greater understanding of who I am – authentically; a greater appreciation and respect for my purpose as a teacher; and embracing the life-long process of loving and accepting myself – just as I am. Now I am being called to not only share my story in hopes that it will be a beacon of hope for someone but I also want to pay forward that which Malane gave to me.
At my core, I am both a teacher and a life-long learner. I believe that life is our classroom and our assignments are those challenging experiences that confront us along the way and present an opportunity for growth. We continuously get the same types of encounters until we grasp the lesson. The solution usually has something to do with loving ourselves. The people in our lives are our classmates and they are present for “a reason, a season or a life time”. They make the coursework exciting, tolerable or challenging - depending on their role. Once we have mastered one set of assignments, we advance to the next grade and so the story goes. Much like when we were actually in grade school, we are likely exhibiting some of the same behaviors in the School of Life. There is the “conflict-avoider” or “procrastinator” who waits until the last minute to do his/her homework. Mr. / Ms. Studious who tries to be the example of “perfection” but experiences undo stress because of the amount of pressure it takes avoid failure. Finally, there is the student who has checked-out mentally and emotionally, just going through the motion day-in and day-out allowing themselves to take whatever grade life brings them. While this is not an exhaustive list, it is a great metaphor and an invitation to begin exploring where you are and where you want to be in your life.
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