Article by Wendy McCance
Yesterday I took a trip up to the local library with my husband to return some videos the kids had taken out. While we were there, we decided to do some browsing. Usually I would end up with an armful of books, but this trip to the library was a reprieve from studying for me. I am studying like a mad woman preparing to take the State Exam to become a realtor. My husband found a few books and we decided to check out the video section as well while we were there.
I ended up gravitating toward the inspirational section. I found (not joking) 5 videos that I wanted to see and had wrapped up in my arms. Obviously, I just don’t have the time right now to watch all of those videos, but I did take 3 of them home with me. My plan was to study until I needed a break, then pop in a video, get a little inspiration to push through and then get back to studying.
Well, I studied all day and then later in the evening, I watched, “Beyond the Secret.” I have to say, it wasn’t nearly as good as, “The Secret” if you are familiar with that movie, but it was interesting in a different way. In this movie, the speakers go into the concrete ways that you can take control of your life and move forward towards the path you really desire.
I had the weirdest experience while watching this video. I suddenly remembered where I had been when I had seen, “The Secret.” I was going through a difficult time. I had lost my job at the truck factory because the building shut down. The only opportunity to continue with the company was to move out of state which wasn’t a possibility for me. I was living off of my savings and the money was running out fast. I was trying to figure out my next step and was overwhelmed by the situation I had landed in. I was completely unprepared for my next step in life and I was desperate for answers.
After watching the original movie, I had enrolled in school, started a little business and pushed like crazy to get back on track. This was 3 years ago. I aced my classes, the little business was doing fairly well and I was moving on in life. I was relieved, but not fulfilled. What I had chosen were the quick fixes of a person desperate to turn around her life quickly. I have a family to feed and I didn’t have time to waste.
Well, the business became more difficult. I was running out of money which meant that building up my inventory was getting harder to do. I was losing my interest in pushing so hard for something that felt like a nice little hobby but not a fulfilling dream. I struggled to find a job in my field and had to accept a receptionist position with the hope of moving up. I have fibromyalgia and within a few months realized that sitting all day was incredibly painful for me and that I would not be able to thrive in an environment where sitting all day was a major part of the job. I left the job miserable, lost and scared about what my future would look like.
Here I am 5 months since I left my job and closed up shop on the business. I am in the best place in my life and going full steam ahead into what I can guarantee is a wonderful future.
When I sat down last night and watched, “Beyond the Secret,” it dawned on me that I was in such a different place than I was when I watched the first movie. As the speakers spoke of the ways to turn your life around and what to do to get to your dream future, I sat in awe. In my head I kept thinking, yep I did that and that’s exactly how I feel. It was the most empowering, satisfying moment I have had in years.
I started this blog because I needed to get out all of my pent-up feelings. What I found along the way was an intense love of writing. I don’t feel complete until I have written a post in a day. I know my part of my future is in writing. I can see it as if it already exists. I will have a few books that have been published. I already know what they will be about. I will have a good following on my blog and will be able to support other writers along the way with advice and opportunities to showcase themselves.
I am so excited to begin my dream of being a realtor. I feel like I’m finally going after my dream career. I love homes. I love the architectural and interior design aspect. I love the feel of the neighborhoods and the thought of helping others find their dream home. I thrive on being of assistance to others and helping to make their wishes a reality. I especially like the security of making the amount of money I want and never having to worry about losing a job. As an older individual, it is empowering to know that I won’t be stuck in a dead-end job that I dislike making $10.00hr for the rest of my life. I have the freedom to call the shots, be proud of my title and make as much money I want solely based on how hard I want to work.
So, my idea worked. I watched the movie, felt powerful and excited to see that, yes I was in a good place and on the right track. I was able to go back to my studying with a will to push harder so that I could get on with the fun part of my life, making the rest of my wishes and dreams come true.
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