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Updated: Apr 9, 2023

You have probably noticed I have not blogged as much lately… In full truth, an illness kept me away and I’m not one to get sick typically or if I do, I usually bounce right back. So when something really kicked me hard, I had to think why? What do I need to re-evaluate or learn?

It’s so easy to take our health for granted and keep pushing, especially when we have a family, work and other responsibilities. But events such as being sick can help us re-evaluate things and ask ourselves some questions: How do I spend my time? What’s really important to me? Am I doing what I love? Who are those special people in my life and am I giving them the time and attention their deserve?

If you have ever felt burnt out, you have probably experienced this feeling that life is taking over, that you are just going through the motions instead of really living life. Living by default is no way to live, and I chose to make the change to living by design a few years ago. It all starts with being intentional and being present in the moment, because all we have is now - tomorrow is not guaranteed.

Whenever we encounter setbacks, obstacles, it is an opportunity for growth, there is a lesson to be learned. While things took a step back (including my blogs), I’ve learned to focus on self-care and prioritizing what’s important to me and not pushing the envelope.

What about you? Are you taking the time to do things for your self-care? Are you dealing with burnout? Are you doing what you love and spending the time you want with the people you love?

This can happen in any profession, whether you are a teacher, an HR professional, an executive – we have so many demands in life, that we rarely end up living our lives the way we would like them to. It’s a game of compromise, at least so I thought initially, but it really doesn’t have to be.

I remember when I dived back into personal development, I was feeling stuck and frustrated, and while I liked my job, a part of me wanted more. I wanted to grow, I wanted more time with my family and those I care about, along with some other personal goals. The idea of time and money freedom really appealed to me. So I decided to go all out and choose me for once. I started studying me, studying the science of human potential and development, and the more I learned, the more I started to understand that we truly are the masters of our own lives and that I could truly create my own future – without any compromise.

My personal development journey changed everything. It changed the way I lead my life and look at life, the results in my life and the decisions I make. It does not mean it is an easy journey – growth is not easy, change is not easy, self-reflection can be uncomfortable but the results are worth it. Yes, you may have to re-evaluate a few things, change your thinking and beliefs, change your habits and take some steps that truly scare you. But that’s what it takes when you are going for a dream, a goal that is really meaningful to you, a life that is really the life you want to live.

I want you to be honest with yourself: How long have you held on to a dream but shoved in the closet and labeled it “maybe some day, when I have the time and resources?” Understand this: nothing will change until you make that commitment to yourself to live the life you want today.

How many times have you rationalized “well, it’s not so bad” or “I can stick it out a little longer”?

What if you could choose you for once?

What if you embarked on a journey where you discovered who you are, what you are capable of, do something beyond what you have ever done and ever thought you could?

What if you could make that dream come true?

Today, I invite you to choose you!

If a part of you feels stuck, unfulfilled, burnt out, exhausted, then you know it’s time – just take that leap and let me help you!

Lu Tandazo is a Transformational Mindset Coach-Proctor Gallagher Consultant dedicated to help you create the life and results you want.

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