This Is Me
A little while ago I wrote a post that showed my vulnerability, spoke my truth, and told the story of my journey. It wasn’t received well by some, which to me was surprising. I let their opinions weigh me down for about a day. I processed that pain that I may have caused. I felt guilty for causing it and questioned my own intentions. After a day of sitting with this, this is what I realized. Exposing a personal part of you is scary, and not everyone will be open to receiving it. That’s the part that makes you feel so vulnerable.
I am happy and proud of what I have done in my life, but it doesn’t mean it didn’t cause discomfort for others. They are not on the same journey as I am. They’re on their own journey, taking it at their own pace and that is okay.
I was also accused of exploiting my journey for business gains, and this gave me a very short pause. Reflecting on this accusation, I realized I am my business, my journey, and the experience that I have gone through is what makes me the talented coach that I am. I use my experiences and what I have learned from my success and failures as tools to help others. I’m a very open and giving person, and love that about myself.
So I agree, I did use that post to put a spotlight on my business because I want others to know that I understand what it’s like to take a chance in uncertain times and sometimes fail doing it. It’s scary and I haven’t done it all on my own. I have some amazing support from friends, family, and coaches. I will continue to share my journey and I will continue to help others on their journey with transformation because that’s who I am and that’s what I do
You are an amazing spirit. Since we are a product of our life experiences, we sometimes are called upon to be a ‘brand’ that represents us in order to become a positive message of hope and betterment.
As an egomaniac with a deep inferiority complex, I can identify with an emotional hangover and an attack of self-doubt after sharing your truth. Some people will look at a personal journey blog and see it as egotism. I look at it as the simple joy of authenticity – each person’s inherent right to live life without apology or the need for explanation and to speak and express your spirit and your truth. Good luck on this new blog – by the way, I have always loved the photography on your publications and am very glad our paths have crossed.
Well said Melissa, no apologies necessary for being who you are. Keep up the good work & continued sucess & happiness.