Perhaps this post is an overshare, but I'm transparent to a fault and there's been some amazing stuff happening inside of me since coming back from Bali, so I'm gonna share it anyway. Plus, I know I solidify my learning and lock in my inspiration when I share it with others, so here goes. . .
When I got back from Bali, I dove headfirst into a HUGE existential crisis about my work and my business.
I've been working steadily since I was 14 years old. I finished high school in three years, bought my first car with my own money, took out college loans in my own name, worked my way up to become a middle school principal by age 27, and started my own business that has risen to six figures in its third year. Most of this stuff happened out of necessity - actually if I'm honest, out of desperation. I've worked my butt off because I've had to, not always because I was passionate.
So returning from Bali a married woman, on the verge of considering starting a family with a husband who has a modest but sufficient teaching salary, I am, for the first time in my life, faced with a decision. Do I continue working if I don't HAVE to?
And this is where the possible overshare part comes in, because it's not necessarily "good business" to tell people, including potential clients, that you want to quit your business. But guess what, some days I want to quit my business! It's true. Even this work that I love - yes, even that.
So when the universe tempted me with this carrot - go ahead, quit. You don't have to continue. You could just live off of Omar and spend your days hiking and doing yoga and being a mom (eventually - I’m not pregnant yet, calm down) - I admit, I was tempted to take it. It would mean a huge lifestyle shift and a drastic cut in expenses, but I thought perhaps it could be worth it to be rid of some of the pressures and stresses that come along with running a business. Live "easy," for awhile, know what I mean?
Well, I really truly gave myself permission to quit for the whole month of August. I let myself feel into what it would be like to not do this work with women, to not lead retreats like the Wild Woman Summit, to not speak at events, or see private clients, or create new curriculum for wild woman programs.
And you know what? I just can't do it. I don't mean can't because of money. I mean I can’t because my soul won’t let me.
That's how it is with purposes. If we are living an aligned life, we don’t need to search for our purpose. We can’t help but live it. I wouldn't be able to stop having conversations with women who need guidance on finding their life purpose even if I tried. I already find myself in those kinds of conversations at picnics, bars, family reunions, even my own wedding reception! I can’t get away from it, and I don’t want to.
Once I really connected to that truth, my passion for this work increased tenfold! I’ve been feeling so lit up during coaching sessions, then writing pages and pages of new content after each one with the inspiration I just gathered. The ideas have been unstoppable!
Then a bunch of separate ideas coalesced into one, super-super-exciting one:
So all four of these things merged together in my mind and a huge lightbulb went off and I “downloaded” this message from the Universe:
“You should create a 21-day course to help women develop personalized, stick-to-able morning routines that will set them up for optimal joy and productivity all day! And you should make it available online so any woman anywhere can do it! And (you’re going to love this part) you should make it really super affordable so lots and lots of women can have it!”
So there you have it, my friends. That’s what I’ve been doing - creating an online, 21-day challenge-style course to help you harness the power of the intentionally-created morning routine. I’m not even trying to make this a money-maker for my business - no more than covering my basic costs of producing it. I just want to share this wisdom and help you be the most productive and joyful you can be all day. This stuff is GOO-OO-OOD!
So look for an email within the next two weeks (hopefully sooner than later) with information on how you can get in on this! And if you’re not already on my email list, it’s super-de-duper important that you put yourself on there now, because I announce stuff like this first on my list before anywhere else, including bonuses and/or discounted prices for the initial signer-uppers. You can get on my list on the homepage of this website or at the bottom of this post.
So that's what I wanted to share with you. That's the long version. The short version is this:
1. A chance to quit was presented to me,
2. I considered it for a whole month,
3. And not only am I going to keep doing this work, I'm going to do even more of it, starting with creating a 21-Day Morning Routine Challenge for you!
Yahoooooo! Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom of this long post. Thanks for all the love and support you’ve given me as I grew this beautiful business. Thanks for being my client, colleague, and/or friend, and for referring your sisters, mothers, co-workers, and friends to be my clients as well. It’s the women I work with that keep me in my inspiration. And I’m really looking forward to walking through the 21-Day Morning Routine Challenge with you soon!
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Hello! I'm Melanie Munir, founder of Professional Wild Woman - a women's empowerment business dedicated to helping women who are tired of feeling either "too much" or "not enough" to connect to their inner wildness so they can create work that allows them the fullest expression of their unique voice. Welcome!