Let’s face it, our twenties are a roller-coaster ride of huge changes and growth. I know my 22 year-old self would be shocked by some of the changes I have made over the last 6 years! Here are a few of them:
1. I became a vegetarian (and practically vegan). This is a more recent development, but it’s one I think I’m going to stick with. Over the past year as I became more aware of what I was eating and started sticking to my budget, (aka only being willing to buy organic meats and they were too expensive), I became a vegetarian almost by default. Then I had one of those book-falls-off-the-shelf moments with Kris Carr’s book “Crazy Sexy Diet.” Everything she wrote about vegan living and a plant-based diet really resonated with me and my beliefs. After learning about the many benefits of a vegan diet, both for myself and the environment, I got excited about adapting a healthier lifestyle. And the great part is, I never feel deprived. There is some seriously delicious vegan cuisine out there!
2. I learned to cook. Potlucks used to terrify me, I didn’t want the world to see that I had zero skills in the kitchen. Cooking had never interested me growing up, so I never bothered to learn. My mindset in college was, “Why cook when I can eat frozen pizzas for lunch and cereal for dinner?” But something shifted within me over the last year, and I was ready to learn. I still have surreal moments in the kitchen when I find myself pouring over a recipe, or proudly sending my family pictures of the meal I just made. I know my mom is pleasantly surprised by this change!
3. I quit teaching. Yep, this would have definitely shocked my younger self. I can just hear her say, “You quit teaching?! But I’ve worked so hard for this career, and I’ve wanted this since I was a girl! What else would I do? And what will people think?!” You see, my very identity used to be wrapped around this role. I was a teacher, a position to be proud of, a position that garners the respect and appreciation of others. Without this identify, who would I be? Well, I’ve taken a risk to find out, and it turns out I’m a lot of amazing things: I’m intuitive, smart, compassionate, and so much more. Yes it was scary to quit a reliable and familiar career onto the path less-traveled. But I’m so grateful I had the courage to follow my heart and take that leap of faith. Which leads me to the next one…
4. I became a life coach. If you would have told me this 8 years ago, I would have immediately asked, “ok….what’s a life coach?” It is a relatively new and growing profession, but it’s one I am passionate about. As a life coach, I’m able to help clients to accept themselves, figure out what they truly want to do, and create a plan of inspired action to get there. It’s super rewarding and I feel like it’s something I was born to do. I think this quote sums up nicely how I feel about letting go of my planned career and venturing into the unknown:
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” –Joseph Campbell
This was a fun list to write, and I’m curious, what would your younger self be surprised by? It’s an especially good exercise to do when you are feeling daunted by the dreams and goals that you have yet to accomplish. Instead, take the take the time to glance back and celebrate just how far you have come.
P.S. If you are interested in learning more about life coaching with me, check out my coaching page here.