1) Expect The Unexpected
“It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared” ~Whitney M Young
My whirlwind weekend began with a simple phone conversation with a close friend of mine. This opportunity came about from seconds of hanging up the phone when I asked “what are you doing next weekend, are you working?”. My friend asked if I was available to help with her event in Oakland,CA and I said “Yes, I’m available!”. The next thing you know, the following weekend I’m on the plane to California to support my friend,connecting with AMAZING women, deepening my friendship bond, and enjoying the San Francisco scenery.
The moral of this experience is, when opportunity knocks open the door. If the opportunity that is presented to you feels right, don’t get too caught up in the “HOW”. Also, don’t be afraid to say YES to yourself.
2) Residue of Self-Sabotage…Exposing My Hidden Blind Spots
This is where I experienced most of my “aha” moments. When you have supportive friends in your life, they will tell you the TRUTH with tough love (in my case). Not the “harsh truth”, just enough fire underyour tail to wake you up a bit. My friend and I had a great deep discussion, and realized certain aspects of myself risen to the surface– residues of self-sabotage. In that moment she helped me to become aware of my blind spots. Especially, in the area of how approach my business. Though I’ve made progress and growth in this area. At times, I’m still playing small, not honoring my worth, and drowning out my own voice through the voices of others.
It’s great to have supportive people in your life who want to see you grow and prosper. They are not afraid to give you “though love” when necessary, which, can cause inspired actions to help you move forward.
3) Be PRESENT… Go With The Flow
This was one of the major lessons that I learned from the time I arrived to San Francisco till my departure. Literally, from beginning to end this was my underlying message. When I landed at San Francisco airport, “MY PLAN” was to meet up with a good friend (Atlanta) of mine who lives in Oakland, before heading to the hotel. Due to time restraints we had to rearrange our plans to possibly reconnect before my short visit.
I called Uber to pick me up from the airport (SFO) to Oakland, when I got in the car, the driver stated he doesn’t go to Oakland. He cancelled my trip, due to rush hour traffic on the bridge would take about over an hour to CROSS over the bridge. I called my other friend (hosting event) to inform her that I’ll stay in San Francisco and meet at the book tour. She got us tickets for Danielle LaPorte book tour ( Hot White Truth). Then afterwards, we took pictures with the author,autographed our books, and tried Brumese food for first time.
Overall, my only “agenda” I had was get on the plane to California, go to book tour Friday evening, help at friend’s event on Saturday and anything goes from there. The funny thing, my last day in San Francisco, I got up EXTRA EARLY to leave the hotel by 6:30am. I called an Uber driver that was estimated to arrive around 11 minutes, then it turned int 15 mins, then it turned into another 15 mins and then FINALLY! The driver was arriving 3 mins away, then I received a message that driver CANCELLED my trip and charged me! What!!!! I tried not to be pissed, but, the good thing was that my flight didn’t leave till 10:45am. Thankfully, I was way ahead of schedule. Fortunately, I got another Uber driver that was already in the area less than 5 minutes and was a pleasant experience.
Moral of this experience is just go with flow, be present and live in the moment. No need to get bogged down by the past or caught up in the future, because, it can steal the valuable moment of the present.
4) Time Out, To Tune In
This whirlwind trip shook up my mundane routine that I needed. My time in San Francisco was a great balance of work and play. It was great time for self-reflection to shed light on my current circumstance that shifted my perspective. As a result, I gained deeper insights, clarity, and plans of taking inspired actions.
Sometimes you need to shake up your mundane routine and get out of your comfort zone. You gain valuable insights that can provide a different perspective or result. Make sure that you schedule some time for self-care to unplug. It’s important to take time out, to tune in.
5) Getting Clarity
The overall outcome of this whirlwind expedition lead me to CLARITY! I felt this experience was a sneak peek of my upcoming summer retreat. This is possibly a taste of the few women can experience on this “island getaway” to get the necessary clarity they need.
If you feel stuck or stagnant implement number 4 on this list. Once you receive the clarity, make sure to take the inspired action (s) that will create a SHIFT within yourself.
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