This morning as I was leaving the gym…I was hit with an overwhelming feeling of both gratitude and a FIRE lit within me!
You see….5+ years ago I was working out at this same gym as an undergrad (Ethan, my husband is a grad student here now, many moons later! lol)
Yet back then, I was a young woman who hated herself, hated her body, and didn’t quite believe she was lovable or even knew how to love. I knew I’d be an entrepreneur one day, but I figured at this point in my life, just a few years after I graduated, I’d still be “freelancing” or “building my coaching business” gradually.
I figured I’d still be working at least part time jobs. “Figuring things out still”…whatever that means! (Because we ALWAYS are to some degree, there’s no end point!!)
But I definitely didn’t believe I’d be sitting here with money in the bank, my business making good money, and a gorgeous wedding ring set on my left hand.
I definitely wouldn’t believe you if you told me 5 years ago that that guy I was just starting to date (and was totally in love with from like day 2 at school…but still) would be my husband. And we’d be spending the weekend at a total dream location, in this amazing state…quite literally snowed in a very romantic cabin (don’t tell E, it’s a surprise! ;))
I really, truly cannot believe how far God has brought me. I’m so proud of myself and so grateful for the tough, tough work I’ve done to get here. Work on myself, work with my loved ones, work on my faith, and more.
But I have come this far. Grateful, happy tears all around!!
And yet…this is NOT where I’m stopping to stay. Even just for a little while.
I am fired up for that little, lost girl running on that track 5 or more years ago.
She’s come this far, she worked so hard that year and many years after.
She got me to where I am today. It wasn’t easy, she almost quit a million times!
She got her heart broken quite a bit.
But she made it pretty damn far. Farther than she even let herself DREAM. (And y’all, I am a DREAMER…so that’s saying something for how I was in my teens and early 20’s.)
I am rocking forward in fast motion with huge faith, because I owe her that!
She put so much on the line that year. She laid the foundation for what I’m able to do and have right now.
And I’m sure as hell rocking that well into the next 5, 10, even 50 years!
Am I totally where I want to be right now.
Of course not!
We’ll always be dealing with that delicate balance between joy & contentment in the moment and our reach for more. Our leaps of faith, with our gratitude for the present.
Our leaps of faith, with our gratitude for the present.
And that’s okay. We do our best, and we get grace when we mess it up. Hello #purposeoverperfection!
So with all that said and stories told, I ask you today…how far have you come?
What do you need to celebrate for yourself?
Share this on social media and grab some gumption to share your stories and get a little vulnerable, but also to grow in power from that!!
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This is serious business loves…we’ve only got ONE life. We don’t know how much longer we have. So CELEBRATE how far you’ve come, and allow that to help you dream & plan for what’s to come!
Be your own cheerleader! Celebrate your past for the good and lessons learned, and your future for the amazing leaps you’ll take now!
If you want some cheerleaders to help you in this journey, join The Tribe, this is exactly what I created it for!
with love & blessings,
Ps. Don’t you dare read this and say “I don’t have anything to celebrate! I haven’t come very far! I’ve probably taken steps BACKWARD Ash!”
No you haven’t…not a fat chance! You may not be where you want to be, you may not even be close to where you hoped. However, you’ve definitely, I would bet my life on it, grown in wisdom. You’ve just gotta look for it. And then apply those lessons right now to your beautiful, glorious future waiting for you to jus ACT!