Shine Bright Like A Diamond

I was on the phone with my aunt a few nights ago, excited to tell her what else I plan on doing with my career. I've been contemplating telling her for weeks. Although I consider my aunt one of my best friends, something told me I should keep this new venture to myself. My instincts proved me right.

"You sure that's what you want to do?" she says.
"Um, yeah?" I reply with the sound of confusion clearly in my voice.
"I'm just not sure how you're going to market that or how it fits with your life coaching goals," she continues.
"I'm not doing only that. It's an addition to what I plan to do. I mean, I'm already going to Christian-based school for my graduate program so everything I'm doing is all connected in some way."
After several more minutes, she seemed to have understood where I was going with this additional certification. But by the time she got it, I was already over it. I didn't understand why she didn't get it. I'm practically following in her footsteps to some degree, minus the becoming ordained minister part (definitely not for me). Of all people, I figured she would understand my desire to incorporate a spiritual (not religious) aspect to my counseling and life coaching. But she didn't. Did she not think I was spiritual enough to incorporate this into my career?
I was hurt to say the least. After we got off the phone, I started questioning whether I should go into the spiritual life coaching/counseling world. Doubts slowly started creeping in. Am I crazy for doing this? Maybe I should just go back to my plan to working in higher education. Maybe this isn't for me.
My aunt is someone I go to a lot for advice and counseling. I always take what she says to heart and agree with whatever message she has for me. But that day, I wasn't having it. Her questioning my desire to working in the spiritual counseling and coaching realm did not sit well with me. So what did I do? What I always do (well now): meditated. I quieted my mind and allowed myself to hear the voice of God (thanks, Maya Angelou). And I did. Once my meditation was over, I was sure that I'm doing what I am meant to do and you should be too.
Whatever dream or goal you have that weighing heavy on your heart, go for it. You only have this life so you need to make it count. You want to be an artist? Do it. You want to be an entrepreneur?  Do it. You want to be a doctor, lawyer, or teacher? Do it. Do all three if you want. IT'S YOUR LIFE. You don't need anyone's approval or permission to live YOUR life. Your approval is enough and that's the only one you need.
Although you may want to share these exciting goals and dreams with family and friends, be prepared if you are not met with the same excitement. They may just want the best for you. But regardless of their opinions, YOU have to do what's best for you. You have to go with your gut. You owe it to yourself to follow your heart. And if you fuck up? Well, get your ass back up and follow your heart and passion to the next peak, taking what you learned from the last mishap with you.
Don't let anyone dim your light. You were born to be great. So shine bright like a diamond.
Peace & Light,


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