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It's my birthday!

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It’s my birthday tomorrow. I love celebrating my birthday, not only because it’s also our wedding anniversary, but I honestly love getting older. I kid myself into thinking that I am also getting a little bit wiser each year LOL! I laugh because the old saying, the more I learn the less I know, feels very true for me right now. Life seems to be continually presenting amazing opportunities, but at the same time with each opportunity there is so much to learn.

Anyway, I digress… I always use my birthday as an opportunity to pause and take stock of where I’m at; what I’ve achieved; what I want more of; who I love; and who I’m loved by.

Driving the girls to the park yesterday I was tuning into an older podcast episode by Amel of Tandem Nomads The Dirty Word That’s Holding You Back where she talks about ambition and why as women it is often seen as a dirty word. 

While doing a search, Amel discovered “ambition” is associated with loads of different positive words. However being “ambitious” is associated with negative connotations such as being pushy. Amel goes into a lot more insight, and I highly recommend this episode if this has piqued your curiosity. 

I found it so enlightening, not only because I hold back from thinking about my ambitions, but because I realised that I have been thinking only of my goals. In reality my ambitions are so different from my goals. Ambitions are my aspirations and my dreams for the future. I am surprised that I have allowed myself to be limited to only my goals.

It makes me wonder what else I could have achieved if I didn’t limit my ambitions? What would I be doing differently if I hadn't limited myself to focusing only on goals? 

So this birthday I am adding my ambitions to my reflection, and I am excited to see where this takes me now and into my 44th year! 

For those of you interested, here are some of the journaling questions I’m asking myself:

  • What am I doing?
  • Who and what am I loving?
  • How am I spending my time and energy?
  • Who or what gives me inspiration?
  • What challenges may be holding me back?
  • What are my ambitions?
  • What are my dreams for myself and for my family?
  • What am I celebrating?

Have you thought about your ambitions? Share in the comments or drop me an email [email protected], I’d love to hear how this resonated for you.

To celebrate my birthday, to thank you for your amazing support, I am offering you a limited time 10% discount on any coaching package or course. To claim your discount before 31 July 2021, use the coupon “CELEBRATE” when you get to the check out.


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