5.07.2012

{on limitations}

I’ve been thinking a lot about this week’s mantra. Obviously, since it’s this week’s mantra and all.

She believed she could, so she did.

What a powerful statement, don’t you think? It’s amazing what we could accomplish if all we had to do was believe in ourselves.

I think this comes about after a lot of self-reflection about all the different things I’ve wanted to do in my life. It feels like that for most things, I’ve fit my dreams into this box; a box that’s defined by my family and society and my school. I wanted to go to law school, and for some that’s an outrageous dream. But it’s still socially accepted. It might be outrageous for me, but for me , I always knew that I could do it. I still know that I could have done it. But I wasn’t happy.

It was the moment that I stepped outside of that box that I truly became happy. I feel so fortunate sometimes…my life isn’t defined by my career, and my career isn’t defined by anything other than me.

I mean, think about it.

Lawyer
Doctor
Teacher
Hell, graphic designer…

These are all very prestigious and well-respected professions, as they should be. But they fit into a box that I just don’t. want. to. be. in.

I want to dream without worrying about fitting into some pre-defined standard. I want to be myself without anyone expecting anything of me. I want to live without limitations.

And I believe I can.

Just believing in myself, believing that I can be a writer and blogger and wedding designer, gives me more joy than I’ve ever felt in my entire life.

Do you believe you can?

3 comments:

MarieHarmony said...

Reading you inspire me so much that inside me, deep down I think I know I can. I just have to acknowledge it and do it.
Thanks Joelle! You are great!

jen said...

loving the mantra and your self confidence!

life spelled jen

Joyness Sparkles said...

What an incredibly inspiring video. She has the most wonderful story, thank you so much for sharing this! :)