What My Soul Told Me Today

A year ago, I never would have written a blog with this title!

But during pregnancy and the little dude’s early months (ok, right now as well) things have been tough. I’ve been really challenged, gone through a lot of changes, and am now – finally – doing some work on myself to get me to a place that’s happier and more aligned with what my soul wants.

The Everyday Adventure

Sounds too woo-woo?

Think of it like Paolo Coelho says in The Alchemist; when you follow your right path,

“all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

And also;

“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.”

I’ve spent a long time ignoring what my heart has to say, embarking on a path that was “successful” (depending how you measure success, I suppose) but I certainly wasn’t happy. And the saddest thing? I knew I wasn’t going to be happy on this path right from the start. Let me tell you a little story…

I got a grad job at Deloitte, working in Corporate Reorganisation (insolvencies, administrations, bankruptcies. Yep, depressing at the best of times). I hated everything about it – the people I worked with, the feeling of being trapped in a cubicle, the work I had to do… I called my work ‘sifting’. I’d have to take all the files from a case, look through it to see what I thought was important, photocopy those important pages and then make up a summary file.

After two weeks, it was obvious this wasn’t the place for me, but I pushed on. After 6 months I told a friend I hated it. After 12 months I told her I hated it again, only this time I said I wanted to get hit by a bus on the way to work, and not die, but get really badly injured so I didn’t have to go to work anymore. That’s when she gave me the excellent counsel that it was time to get out. So I did, but I stuck on the corporate path and climbed that old ladder.

So even though I knew right back at the beginning that this path wasn’t going to make me happy, and these people weren’t going to make me shine or bring out the best in me, I pushed on. I pushed that little voice inside me down, and kept on swimming against my own current.

Well, I can’t do that anymore. It’s taken the biggest period of personal growth I’ve ever gone through to realise it’s time to listen to that voice, and make choices that make me happy.

I’ve been working recently with Samantha Nolan-Smith who I heart heart heart! She is taking me through her Soul Sessions, to learn to listen more to my intuition and find my flow.

The Everyday Adventure is all about spreading joy and connection. It’s going to me you and me happy and it’s my heart that’s going to make that happen. This is important work, people!

So Sam has spent some time unravelling me, and asked my heart some questions today. This is what came out:

There are lots of ways to let your light shine.

So there is no need to follow a path that isn’t going to make me happy, just because I can be successful at it. My light, my joy, is the best thing about me, so finding many ways to let that out and spread it around to everyone has to be my biggest goal.

Only when you’re happy yourself can you spread happiness to others.

My uncle used to say this as well. He thought the purpose of life was to be happy, as once you’re happy then you can spread that good cheer around you. But miserable people spread misery. I touched on this subject recently http://theeverydayadventure.com/put-on-your-own-oxygen-mask-first/ when I talked about filling your own well before you can provide for others.

Don’t let those old cobwebs dim your light.

We all have beliefs about ourselves. I have ideas about who I am meant to be, what success looks like in my life and where my abilities lie. But they don’t serve me any longer. To follow a new path completely, I have to let go of those old beliefs and build new ones. What about you? Do you have beliefs about yourself that you need to let go of?

You are not alone.

And neither are you. If you let your light shine out into the world people will try to let it warm them. So spread your light, connect, and let the joy around you grow.

Xx Sam

 

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20 Comments on What My Soul Told Me Today

  1. Staceys
    May 24, 2014 at 10:42 PM (3 years ago)

    Really nice post…I can closely identify with many of your statements though my life has had a bit of a different path! I am all about the need to follow your inner wisdom and intuition (hence the development of my coaching business name), and it seems as though you’ve experienced a personal “growth spurt” because of it! Keep on going for the life you love and creating the happiness you so deserve!

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    • samantha
      May 25, 2014 at 8:05 PM (3 years ago)

      Thanks Stacey!
      I love that – a personal growth spurt 😀
      xxx

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  2. april
    May 24, 2014 at 8:05 AM (3 years ago)

    “Well, I can’t do that anymore.” your moment, your revelation. that lovely instant when you realized you were finally listening to yourself, truly listening to that deep inner voice that lets you be you. love this, sam – thanks for sharing your insights.

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    • samantha
      May 25, 2014 at 8:06 PM (3 years ago)

      thanks for the beautiful words, April. So true – that instant when I realised things had to change…xxx

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  3. Sara
    April 24, 2014 at 11:34 AM (4 years ago)

    Hi Sam,
    Wow, what a great place your in.
    I too have done and am doing work with SNS. She’s amazing!
    I’m finally, after years of pushing, slowing down and starting to live from that Elegant Simplicity she speaks of. After years in the Corporate world I now teach Yoga and look after my children and husband. So, I totally understand what you’ve written. How are those Soul sessions going?
    Warmly,
    Sara

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    • samantha
      April 25, 2014 at 9:06 AM (4 years ago)

      Beautiful Sara! I heart SNS 😀
      That’s amazing that you broke out of the corporate world to teach yoga, I love it!
      Soul session are going really well. This week I’ve been doing stream-of-consciousness writing about whatever’s holding me back or stressing me out and releasing it. There’s a lot going on up there! haha
      xx

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  4. Sarah Koszyk
    April 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM (4 years ago)

    I love how you’re following your heart. I also believe in listening to that “inner voice” because we ultimately know where to go and our stars align with us when we just trust and put faith in letting our light shine. Fabulous post!!!

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    • samantha
      April 19, 2014 at 1:38 PM (4 years ago)

      Thanks Sarah! So nice to hear.
      Yep I totally agree, when we’re on the right path amazing synchronicities start to pop up. xx

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  5. Suzi
    April 19, 2014 at 12:07 AM (4 years ago)

    Um, I’ve pretty much been in that exact position where I would have rather been hit by a bus than go to the office. Terrible, and sad, but your friend gave you some sound (and perhaps life-saving!) advice! I’ve been on this same journey. Sending hugs your way!

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    • samantha
      April 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM (4 years ago)

      Ugh. It’s so depressing, isn’t it.
      Have you found your place of flow now? xx

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  6. Yvonne Hilsz
    April 18, 2014 at 7:21 AM (4 years ago)

    Gorgeous post and I totally resonate with you!! Love your work xx

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    • samantha
      April 18, 2014 at 7:31 AM (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much Yvonne! I’m glad it resonated xx

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  7. Miss Andi
    April 18, 2014 at 1:04 AM (4 years ago)

    Great post about your journey, I’m really glad you’ve found someone who could help you get along on it and more importantly: glad you had the courage to do so! It really makes a difference what we do as work, after all we spend so many hours with it! But still, the pressure is to be “successful” as you said and not “happy” with it. Hope more will follow your example!

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    • samantha
      April 18, 2014 at 7:31 AM (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much for the encouragement!
      I agree, the emphasis is all wrong. After all, it’s not really success if we hate doing it! xx

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  8. Lisa Robbin Young
    April 18, 2014 at 12:10 AM (4 years ago)

    “there is no need to follow a path that isn’t going to make me happy, just because I can be successful at it” I often tell folks I work with that just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean it’s what you were put on the planet to do, only that you’ve had a lot of practice at it. 🙂 Thanks for this reminder.

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    • samantha
      April 18, 2014 at 7:32 AM (4 years ago)

      haha yes practice makes perfect!
      I love that way of phrasing it, just because you’re good at it doesn’t mean that’s what we were put on the planet to do.
      xx

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  9. Anne Omland
    April 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM (4 years ago)

    Beautiful article, Sam! I can totally relate to the feeling of swimming against your own current and also the lightness that comes once you start to let your own light shine. I hadn’t realized the feeling I was missing, really, until I felt it. I love how you say “My light, my joy, is the best thing about me, so finding many ways to let that out and spread it around to everyone has to be my biggest goal.” You DO have such a light that I feel lucky to have witnessed just by knowing you. Love this! xo

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    • samantha
      April 17, 2014 at 11:25 PM (4 years ago)

      aww thanks Anne, that’s lovely!
      You’re so right – you don’t know it until you feel it, and then you know you’re home. xxx

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  10. Susan
    April 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM (4 years ago)

    Love this! I’ve just recently come out on the other side of a similar journey. I call it my eat, prey, love journey, although I never left my apt. 🙂 There were definitely beliefs I had to be willing to let go of and I learned LOTS of lessons around letting my light shine. Thanks for sharing.

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    • samantha
      April 17, 2014 at 11:26 PM (4 years ago)

      Beautiful Susan!
      I love that you’ve had an eat, pray, love journey all from the comfort of your own home.
      So many cobwebs of limiting beliefs to clear out…

      Reply

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