A close friend of mine, and fellow coach, taught me this phrase, which she learned from her mother; being "In the Stream." This refers to those hard sought after times in our lives when everything is just "going our way." The right people and right opportunities seem to "fall into your lap," almost without your even trying.
I'm so "In The Stream" right now, that frankly - it blows my mind. I feel like for the first time in my life, I'm not paddling upstream. I'm not even paddling at all! I'm floating on my back, simply pointing my feet downstream and going where the flow takes me. I quieted my heart and mind enough to hear my inner voice, and in doing so I discovered my true calling - and then I acted on it! I have to keep reminding myself that I have been trying; I have put in lots of hard work to get to this place. It is a combination of insight and action that have lead me to opening a small business, serving those who are facing end-of-life issues. I'm following my passion, and my calling.
I've met so many wonderful people and been introduced to such fantastic local resources for my clients recently. These connections have been made totally organically; the synchronicities (or coincidences - if you must) abound. I meet one person, who "just happens" to know someone who needs my services immediately. Or I "just happen" to be introduced to the person who has the exact resources I need for a client who just reached out to me, the night before. Or I just mention what I do in a grocery store and I meet someone who's business and intentions align perfectly with my own and they are looking to partner up soon! I have so much in the works right now and as each project comes to fruition, I'm excited to share them with you all.
Don't worry. I won't clog up your email with frequent blog posts or newsletters. I'm pretty inconsistent with my writings. My focus has been, and will continue to be, in-person connections. This work is so incredibly intimate that I prefer for someone to meet me in person and refer my services to someone whom they know would benefit from them, rather than focusing my energy on digital/email marketing efforts. There are a ton of fantastic, well educated, experienced End-of-Life Educators, Coaches and Death Doulas with a large online presence. I'm so grateful that I have their resources available for my clients. But I choose to leave that work to them; I prefer to be at the bedside.
I'm listening to my intuition and I know that I belong (physically) next to those who are suffering. I offer love, support, compassion and desperately needed, well-timed hugs to those who are facing insufferable loss. I've found my place, and I've chosen to "own it." I recognize where my weaknesses lie (social media, digital marketing, tech skills) and where my strengths reside (face to face, soul to soul, in-person, human connection and the ability to hold space during challenging times). I believe that is precisely why I've been enjoying my recent reprieve from paddling; why I've been so "In the Stream" lately. I'm right where I'm supposed to be, doing exactly what I was made/called/destined to do. I now see all of my personal traumas, trials and tribulations as mere stepping stones along my path. I'm now eternally grateful for each and every one of those stones; they got me here. And its a beautiful place to be.