I am saying goodbye to something important to me today.
On July 3, 2012, I created a Journaling and Self-care meetup on Meetup.com. This step was the very first step that I took after completing my Spiritual Life Coaching Certification from the Life Purpose Institute. I was excited to take on a new leadership role and followed my heart and took the leap. I delighted that day as I watched person after person sign up. I closed the first day with over 60 members. I knew I was on to something that was going to fill my soul.
When I signed a lease in Fanwood, NJ for a beautiful office space, I didn’t have any clients. What I did have was a meetup group with over 100 members and growing and I carefully planned my first event. This is what I wrote in the introduction on my meetup site:
“Hello! I started this meet up because I want to create a support group for people who are interested in journaling and deepening their self-care practices. I am a life long journaler and know first hand how beneficial jouranling can be to help heal.”
Opening this meetup was an important step for me as I was shifting careers from a fast moving, unfulfilling career as a Fashion Designer in NYC, to a more SOUL based role as a Life coach. I wanted to help other women heal, and align with their purpose which was the exact transition that had been so meaningful to me for the prior 5 years. The ease that the Universe was opening doors for me assured me I was moving in the right direction.
My journaling and self-care meetup was a wonderful way for me to connect with like minded women and gain some of my very first clients. Through the last 5 years I have hosted over 52 meetups. 52. I have met amazing beautiful women. I have hosted guided journaling classes, spiritual book clubs, vision board workshops, self-care pow-wows, vision book creation classes and so much more. It’s been fun to review all the titles and topics and I can see how each one was important and related. I have enjoyed every second of it and felt truly blessed to engage with people as we did soulful, meaningful, vulnerable work together.
Today, I am closing this precious group. As a woman who is proud to practice what I preach, I simply only have so many hours in the day and managing this group has fallen to the back burner. A burner that I love, but one that I don’t have time for anymore. I can be honest and say that I have not been able to give it my all. When you are trying to make great progress in life, I have learned that you can’t ride 2 horses with one ass. Knowing how to say goodbye is a important layer of honest self-care. And it is time for me to say good-bye.
Consciously guiding things that you have loved out of your life is sometimes painful and sad, and scary, but doing so in a present and empowered way, helps you to honor yourself, your new goals and how your past experiences have served you.
Knowing what and when to say goodbye to things also propels you into your future. I have done the work, I am ready for what is next, and I cannot wait to share it all with you. Sneak Peek: MY next steps are creating on-line courses, writing a book, writing a series of e-guides, traveling to London to be a part of a major breakthrough in the SVT community, and diving deeper into my own self-care. I will continue to see private clients out of my Fanwood office and on-line via skype.
If you have been with me in one of my meetups, then you know just how special they were and just how bittersweet it is for me to say goodbye. I honor this process, and myself, because letting go was not always easy for me to do, and today I am proud that I am doing so with grace, and the ability to let myself feel all the emotions that I am feeling during the process.
To follow more of my journey, go to my instagram, it’s where Im spending a lot of time these days, xo
L.O.V.E. from Laura