When I was young, I lived off of the Grand Avenue exit off of I294 in the Chicago area. I always wished I lived off of the Willow Road exit, which was about 15 miles before mine. Silly, I know. But often on road trips we would pass that exit, and I just wished I lived there. Partially because I would have been home sooner, and partially because some cousins lived off that road...I can't tell you much more than that. I just distinctly remember wishing it many times.
Fast forward 30 years, and here I am living off the Willow Road exit. I didn't plan it. I didn't try to make it happen. It just happened. I realized it many months after we moved back to Illinois from Florida. Cool, huh? Out of all the exits around the Chicago area, I landed right where I wanted to so many years ago.
Just last week I had another realization of something I have long wished for -- to make a living taking care of my body and being in the best shape possible for me. I used to look at fitness instructors and wish I could make a living taking care of my body like them. I wished I had the time for that.
Well, here I am today, a mompreneur who is a life coach and now a health and fitness coach with Beachbody! OMG! I am making a living being in the best possible shape for me, and I am helping other women do the same! More proof that God is listening!
One of the most meaningful things I have said I want in my life is to help children of divorce. Because I was one, I know how painful it is. Ideally I would like to help couples stay together if it is possible to prevent the children from that pain. But if divorce has to happen, there are ways to nurture the children that would be healing and life-giving.
I never knew if or how I would help children of divorce -- especially because I majored in Public Relations, instead of Counseling, but God had that covered. After going through a rough period in my own marriage, I learned so much from counseling and coaching that I wanted to help other moms with being happy in their marriage and taking good care of their spouse. And, voila -- here I am a Certified Master Life Coach helping moms!
I think there must be more planned for me in this area ... I can feel it brewing. But for now, I am just walking one step at a time with proof that God is listening and TRUST in His plan.