Foggy days, like today on the West Coast, always make me reflect on time in my life when my path lacked direction and I couldn’t see the horizon in front of me. Thinking out loud and sharing my “random thoughts” with others really provided light, clarity, and support at a time when I felt hopeless and lost.
I have realized that there will always be foggy days in life but with faith and hope for brighter days ahead, you can get through them. Perhaps because today is a foggy grey day and I have also been talking a lot about blogging this week that I feel compelled to write this post and share my thought process with you.
The key to creating a successful blog I have learned is to have a vision. What can really make you feel hopeless and lost (i.e., stuck in the fog) is when you don’t have direction or are unclear about where you are going. Like fog limits your sight, not having a plan means you lack vision.
What makes you come alive? When I was working on my Master’s degree and contemplating this very question, a friend of mine shared with me a quote by Howard Thurman (image found further down in the article).
After reflecting on that quote, I decided to create a blog as I love writing and connecting with people from around the world. Relationships are what make me come ALIVE. I’m so excited to have connected with the inspiring coach and creator of Alive in Berlin, Jana Schuberth. In the interview below, Jana speaks from her heart and talks about what makes her come alive.
After years in the corporate world of marketing and finance, Jana woke up one day and decided she’d had enough of living from weekend to weekend. So she set out to finding her passions and work that she actually enjoyed. Success criteria No. 1: to wake up excited! During her soul-searching journey, Jana fell in love with personal development and retrained as a personal lifestyle and small business coach. She successfully built LoveWorkNow, a community of career changers and solopreneurs, into a thriving global coaching practice. Jana is also a member of a small team of expert results coaches worldwide, and she uses the most advanced coaching technologies to transform the lives, businesses and bodies of hundreds of individuals. ALIVE is her dream come true! Read Jana’s interview below.
What has been the best moment in your life so far?
I don’t think there has been any single best moment, but many different ones in different ways. I love deep meaningful coffee chats with friends, beautiful moments in my relationship and marriage with my husband, lots of travel experiences all over the world, holding a friend’s newborn, laughter with my sister, family gatherings, sitting on my bench outside the house with the sun shining and a chicken happily dozing off in my arms… those kinds of things.
What tips would you have for living a healthy life?
First of all, it’s important to define for oneself what that actually means. Once you are clear on what you actually REALLY want (be slim, fit, eat well, be able to do specific things, etc.) and you know WHY you absolutely MUST have that and are committed with your whole heart, it’s easy to figure out the steps. In my experience, it’s not that we’re lacking strategies, but that we can stand in our ways with limiting beliefs of what we think we can and can’t do. So having clarity over the ultimate outcome is definitely a must, and is the best first step. For me, part of a healthy life are good nights of sleep, exercise in the form of running and Crossfit mostly, a good variety of healthy whole foods, a healthy relationship, walks in nature, and time for myself.
“How can I be more assertive?” is a question I have been asked and been reflecting on over the past couple of weeks. I thought I would reach out and ask you the same question.
Dorland’s Medical Dictionary defines assertiveness as “a form of behavior characterized by a confident declaration or affirmation of a statement without need of proof; this affirms the person’s rights or point of view without either aggressively threatening the rights of another (assuming a position of dominance) or submissively permitting another to ignore or deny one’s rights or point of view.”
In past years, I have been silent about important issues because I lacked the belief that my point of view mattered or was valid. Even though I knew deep down that I was of value, I was too insecure around others to tell them my honest thoughts and opinions.
What helped me speak was the presence of a supportive community who lifted me up. I truly encourage you to find positive role models in your life as social learning is such a valuable tool for your personal growth. When you surround yourself with individuals who model healthy behaviours, you observe them and want to apply their behaviours yourself.