I'm so loving my Thursday posts
My guest this week is
Mary Jo Guglielmo, an intuitive life strategist.
Sometimes when you’re looking for balance in your life you just have to jump ship. That’s what happened to me 18 years ago. Having had my first child in my thirties, my identity was very much defined as a working professional. With two young children, my life was hectic, but seemed to have a manageable rhythm. I loved my job, the environment, the fact that every day was new with its own rewards and challenges. Yet I felt stuck on a treadmill I couldn’t stop. I was a member of the generation that believed that you could have it all—work, motherhood, a great lifestyle. Eventually, I began to realize that for me having it all came at a price. When I was finally willing to examine my true heart’s desire, I quit my job to be home with my children.
I pruned away an identify that no longer fit, shed possessions I didn’t need, released desires that weren’t real and created an authentic life. Financially at first, it was a real stretch but we cut back on expenses. It didn’t seem like we were depriving ourselves; instead we were making conscious choices. It wasn’t about planning for the future and worry about the past, it was about making the most empowering choice possible by grabbing what I truly wanted in the present moment. I learned the importance of defining your core values and then living a life that reflects these values.
It’s a process I’ve done many times since then. We’ve been through many different stages at my house and at each new juncture I ask myself what’s most important in the present moment. What makes my heart sing now?
Maybe an outside force will give you the push to re-examine your life and assess what’s most important to you. But why wait? Two of my favorite questions to start this process are:
1. What's working in my life . . . what's not?
2. What in my life brings me joy?
When you determine what you truly value, review the things you do, the things you own, the way you spend your time and resources. Are these things supporting your core values? The balance in life comes when your daily activities reflect what you value most. There’s no better time than now to explore your true desires. You might not need to jump ship like I did, but you may need to throw a few bags overboard. Happy Travels!
Mary Jo Guglielmo is an intuitive life strategist. She helps clients push through their blocks, envision their path and take the necessary action to live their true north. If you are interested in an Artist Breakthrough session or a Personal Mentoring Program go to http://donorth.biz/personal_sessions.htm