"I JUST WANT TO GO HOME AND CLEAN MY FLOORS"
In April 2015, my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a complete shock, she was under 50, never drank or smoked, exercised and didn't eat red meat. She took really great care of her body, but it didn't matter, cancer didn't discriminate.
I would visit her in the various homes and hospitals along her journey. Bring her magazines, make her smoothies, go shopping for cute scarves as her hair fell out and she was embarrassed and would cry to me how she felt she was losing her "womanhood".
She had a hard journey filled with hours of agony, but one of the lowest was her suicide attempt when she drank a bottle of Benadryl and took whatever pill she had in her cabinet at the time. Looking back on it, I don't blame her for wanting to give up.
I remember one of our hospital visits very clearly, it was a great day. She was feeling really good, she wasn't in pain, and her spirits were up. We chatted for hours about life, love and everything in between. I remember her telling me, " I just want to go home and clean my floors." For some reason, those words have stayed in my head.
Half of the quotes you see are things like live life to the fullest, take chances, life is short, but how many people REALLY live daily this way? I know I don't always. I see the quotes and hear it all the time and at the moment it sounds really great and I know I want to do it. I know I want to appreciate the little things like cleaning my floors (which by the way reminds me that I need to do this) but I get sidetracked, I get caught up in a busy life. It becomes a dreaded chore, instead of something I appreciate.
Although I am working on myself daily and gratitude, one thing is that I do know I'm not living a life of regret. I'm following my DREAMS. Taking the plunge and diving into my coaching business has been one of the scariest and one of the biggest things I have ever done, but it's been the BEST decision I've ever made. It's allowing me to live FREE. The power to do what I love and still be available to my family and kids has changed my life. All in just a few weeks. So, as I'm working on practicing gratitude, today I'm going to be thankful that I'm able to clean my floors... But it's more than that. I'm thankful I'm able to clean my floors whenever I want because I have the freedom to do that. That's the power of entrepreneurship. If I want to clean my floors at 2:00pm on a Wednesday in between client calls, entrepreneurship allows me to do so.
In October of this year, my aunt passed away after a long and terrible journey of daily suffering. She is one of the reasons and inspirations behind what I do daily. Not only do I aspire to INSPIRE women, I want to give them and teach them how to be financially free and live the life they are destined for. I LOVE being able to give women the tools and help build a successful business because I BELIEVE THAT EVERY WOMEN IS AN EXPERT IN SOMETHING AND CAN HAVE THEIR OWN SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS if that's what they long for.
Today, I challenge you all, if you have a dream to live a free life and become that entrepreneur you desire to be- TAKE ACTION. Do not look back and in 6 months be exactly where you are now, working that corporate job that you hate being treated as a disposable number. I challenge you, appreciate cleaning your floors because you CAN and there's nothing stopping you... Only you.