Guest Post by Beth McGill, Thrive Flourish & Grow
It was October 11, 2012, at 9:00 PM and I held my mom’s hands as she took her final breath on this planet. My entire world was turned upside down and inside out. My mom was gone. My body felt numb. She had been my rock, my best friend and my everything! When something good happened to me, I called her. When something bad happened, I called her. I suddenly felt alone in a way that I couldn’t express in words. Then, later that night as I lay in bed in the hotel room I cried, not sobbing, just tears streaming down my face. I finally relaxed and lying on my back, I felt my mom’s spirit press down on the blanket around my shoulders, like she was tucking me in for the last time. The bed moved downward enough for me to realize that this was real. It wasn’t a dream.
Immediately, I started out on a personal journey. Was it a mental journey or a spiritual journey? I had no clue, but I knew that my life needed something.
I started to question everything! I started to be aware of anything!
In a few short months, the timing was right, and I invested in a one-day retreat in Santa Barbara with a coach that I had listened to on a local radio station.
It was January 12th, 2013.
Coach Bill took us on a hike up into the Santa Barbara hills. It was a lovely day, and the weather was perfect. When we got to our first location, he had us sit in a circle. He led us through an exercise that had us evaluate our lives by each decade of our life. What was that decade like? What was going on? Who were you with? How did you feel? At the end of the exercise, he had us evaluate the timeline of our life. Before I knew it, the tears were streaming down my face, and I realized that I lots of regrets and many hurt feelings, and I cried some more. I was 52 years old! Where had my life gone?
Next, Coach Bill took us down to the stunning Santa Barbara cemetery located right on the coast. With our backs to the ocean and looking at all of the tombstones, I realized that they all have one thing in common – two dates and a dash in between them. That’s it – two dates and a dash!
Coach Bill reminded us that a cemetery is a field of forgotten dreams and is filled with regrets of not living one’s dreams. All those thousands of lost dreams…
Then he said, “You are living your “dash” right now! “What are YOU going to do between now and dead?”
I felt it in my gut this time. I felt like I had been punched in the stomach by a prize fighter. The tears weren’t coming this time, however. Instead, there was a surge of energy in my body, and I knew, I knew that my life was meant for something more! It was almost a feeling of pure panic like I couldn’t breathe! I was already 52 and I felt like I needed to start LIVING MY LIFE!
I knew from that moment on that I was a different person. You see, there is NO WAY that I’m going to die without fulfilling MY life’s purpose!
The Last Ten Years
It’s been ten years now since that day in Santa Barbara. I have studied, read books, attended seminars, workshops and I have learned so much. In my search for my life’s purpose, I focused on one question – How can I help more people? That question has been my anchor and my timeline has changed a lot since then. What changed within me is that I began to listen to myself instead of everyone else.
I stopped teaching third grade in 2015 and became a full-time entrepreneur setting up my financial services business from my home. During this time, my personal journey became my spiritual journey, and I created a second business, Thrive, Flourish & Grow.
In 2022, I sold my financial services business. Some people said that I was crazy, and others said that I was being risky. I didn’t care what anyone else said. I sold my business because it was the right thing to do for me!
Now at 62 I am stepping into MY LIFE’S PURPOSE! My first book, Allow Life to Happen and receive everything you desire! is launching January 24th on Amazon. I’m sharing everything I’ve learned about how to manifest your dreams. It includes 30 different exercises that I did on my journey that were game changers.
I’ve also created an inspiring journal to go with the book or as a standalone. Then, I’m offering my course, Life Expansion & Transformation, in March. In this course I take people through a deep dive of the book, adding in guided meditations and providing daily energy work for all participants.
My mission is to inspire you to live a life YOU love! It’s not a time to play small. I know that you don’t want to have regrets either. Now is the time to take back your life and live a life you thoroughly love!
AUTHOR: Beth McGill