Learning to nurture our authentic selves and discovering our ikigai builds courage

This is something that I have learned over the last few years. That as I nurture and build the things that make up my ikigai, it helps build confidence and courage inside of me.

Confidence to trust in myself and to believe that I am worthy of being courageous. It gives me something to look forward to, to put my energy towards and generally leaves me feeling better if I am having a hard day.

Recently I have had some challenging moments to navigate through in my life. I have had to process a few deaths in my family, adjusting to rising costs of living, and continually learning how to be improving as it relates to the work I am doing.

What I have come to realize, is that no matter what event or circumstance is in front of me, drawing on the parts of me that help me get up each and every morning make each day a little bit better.

When one of my dogs passed away last month, it shattered my heart. He had been my buddy for almost 12 years. Trying to figure out how to navigate my days became really hard in an instant. What I used to do was no longer an option, there was uncertainty and a lack of direction.

It was almost like I was standing still and the world around me keep spinning. Thankfully, I have started to learn more about those things that give me a sense of truly living and have been nurturing them regularly. This has been helping me process grief and emotion and has helped me get myself back on track much quicker than I have in the past.

Some of my activities that I focused on included, studying Japanese, tending to my bonsai trees, reading books, writing posts and finding ways to be a helpful and supportive mentor to others. 

It was these things that I kept doing even if it was for only a few minutes at a time that helped me find my way to my new normal.  If this isn’t courage, I am not sure what it would look like. Navigating through uncertainty is a necessary part of life and this requires courage. If you don’t believe me, think about driving through fog or a snow storm and you’ll get what I am talking about.

Having courage to keep moving forward and processing through whatever we are going through isn’t easy, but it is definitely possible. If it is possible for me, it is possible for you, this isn’t a zero sum game, there is more than enough courage for everyone. You only have to want to see it happen for you, you are worthy and so am I.

If you would like to learn more about how you can discover and nurture your ikigai, drop me a PM or email, I would be happy to chat with you.

#ikigai #courage #innerharmony #worklifeharmony

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