Remember how I posted a blog a few weeks ago about my 42 year growth spurt? How dreadfully painful it was but that I knew the growing pains would be worth it?

Well, I feel like it’s safe to say that I am safely on the other side. It was a long (about 3.5 years) and painful one (learning to be a mom is hard!) but now that it’s over, I can reflect and be thankful for that period of necessary emotional turmoil.

Turmoil might sound a bit dramatic, but when I’m in the throes of it, that’s exactly what it feels like. I constantly feel like I’m on the verge of tears. I feel overwhelmed. I feel like a barrel of soapy water being tossed around the ocean during a storm, unable to see the shore in the distance. My GPS is broken and even if it did work, I don’t have a rudder to steer. I get banged around, and the pressure from the soapy bubbles inside builds and builds until I feel like I can’t stand it anymore.

And then, something happens…I give in. I stop fighting. I can’t anymore, I’m too exhausted.

I allow myself to be still and let the waves move me. Somehow, they always take me to the shore. A new shore, where there’s new life and exciting things to explore. And suddenly, I am at peace and able to continue my life’s adventure.

That’s what that email was for me, the one about the growth spurt– it was me surrendering to the ocean.

I’d like to say that if I would be still sooner, that the storms may not last so long, but I think the fight is part of the victory. With each storm that I weather I learn more about my wants, my needs, my strengths, and ultimately what makes me who I am. And every storm I’ve weathered, I come out a little more grounded, more at peace, more fulfilled, more excited about the future, and more in love with myself than ever before.

All this to say that since that email about my most recent storm (the 42 year old growth spurt) I have found the shore again and it feels so good!

Surprisingly, it’s not quite what I thought it was going to be. I thought that I was going to take a break from business, but instead I am finding that business is a huge part of what makes me, me. It fills my cup. Being a small business owner and helping women learn to love themselves, their bodies, and their lives is what drives me. Seeing women change who and what they are from the inside-out, gets me more excited than my 21 month old learning a new word. Although, let’s be honest…he’s gonna do that anyway. Hahaha!

On a whim, I created a 21 Day Mindset Shift program a couple of weeks ago. (It’s what I saw when I found the shore) The program started last Monday and the transformations that have already taken place are truly astounding. Like…I can’t even put into words how incredible the ah-ha moments have been for the women who are participating. It makes my heart stupid amounts of happy!

Sitting still, finding the shore, and then honoring myself by putting that program out there has given me what I needed to feel whole again. Teaching, coaching, and inspiring women to let go of perfection is my gift, and every time I offer it, it gives back 10 fold.

So what’s in the pipeline?

Well, like I said before…I’m bringing back the annual retreat and will share those details as soon as I have them. I’m also working on some other group programs, and I’m opening three 1-1 coaching spots for those who are ready to master their happy, healthy lifestyle once and for all.

<3 Andrea

Have you ever weathered a storm that felt like it was going to break you? What you did to get through it? Comment below, share in the private Facebook group, or send me an email!

We’re in this together.