There are many titles that I can refer to myself: mother, author, entrepreneur, life coach, spiritual seeker. But, the one I am most proud of is SURVIVOR! Luckily, I cannot see into the future because if I would have known what the last ten years were going to be like, I may have just hibernated in my bathrobe in my house.
Twelve years ago, I had the idyllic suburban life. I was married for 21 years, had two sons and a Labrador. My life was ruled by soccer games, swim meets, and the ever-trustworthy crock pot. We spent the summers in the mountains and the school year in Florida.
At 50 years old, everything changed. I went through a divorce; my sons went off to college, I lost my job, my dog died and then sadly, so did my Mom. It was scary. It felt like being thrown into the ocean without a life raft to hold onto. There were days I just wanted to stay in bed, under the covers, where it felt safe.
This was my dark night of the soul. I did not allow myself to linger in bed for long. I wanted to find new purpose and meaning in my life. I began attending workshops, reading books, taking online courses and joined a weekly meditation group. That lead to becoming certified as a life coach to guide others.
I transformed my life with goals and inner work. I turned the dark night of the soul into an opportunity to find my inner light and allow it to shine with new possibilities. Today my life is filled with many passions, and I wake up excited every day.
The triggers for the dark night of the soul can come at any age. But, what I know for sure is that you can transform your life and find greater purpose and happiness. The tools and techniques that worked for me will work for you also!
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Maybe I was forced down that road, but, I will never look back!