A Quick Note On Goals From The Heart vs. Ego

A Quick Note On Goals From The Heart vs. Ego
After sharing my life changes last week, the question I got most was, “sooo, what’s next?!”

It was as though people didn’t believe me when I said that I was going to blog full time. There had to be something else, some new company or some new idea.

But the truth is, the answer to what’s next is truly quite simple: happiness.

All that I want is to be happy. I want to take a pause from severe stress, focus on myself and this site, and enjoy my life before diving into a new venture. What’s next is blogging and just being.

And let me tell you something, that feels really good. I feel like for the first time in a long time, my goals are coming from my heart and not my ego. And as much as I believe ego takes you far (very far), it can also drag you down. This experience, landing where I’ve landed, has taught me that hanging your ego up every once in a while can be quite liberating.

I know this post is short, but it was important for me to publish. I’ve seen, women especially, have pressure to go, go go, do, do, do, and I’m trying my best to place those pressures out of my head and instead listen to my heart.

Have you experienced this before? I’d love to open a discussion about it. More to come I’m sure!

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13 comments

  1. Authenticty is what I strive for but in the world we as woman have to wear different faces.Getting out of that mind set takes effort. I have to work on my thinking 1day at a time which enables me to grow and to listen to my intuitive voice rather than my ego.

  2. Hey Geri,

    Im not here to challenge you, and I wish you all the best in your journey. But for someone who is on the other side of blogging success and who firmly believes I have a message to share but have no clue how to get it out there, much less to become successful at it, I am desiring go go go. I want the ego and the mindset and the tenacity for success. I do hope and pray that some day I will be on the other side of a successful blog/ message.

    All the best in your new venture.
    http://mysillylittlehabits.blogspot.com/

    One Love
    Danni

  3. umm right now i am on this train. i am just blogging right now (not writing another book, etc) and there’s life work balance and it’s AMAZING. i have my weekends off and like have a life. and it’s great. i say yes to all of this!! enjoy your time. x

  4. It’s all balance and that balance is different for each of us. We help our clients design their homes to be a part of the balance…not a problem. It is all doable with a little planning and acceptance life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.-Laurel Bledsoe

  5. This is interesting I’m in a PhD program and insanely unhappy. I mean miserable. I sometimes wonder if I should pause and redirect to find a path that would make me happy rather than prove to myself I can do this.

  6. I am a true believer that you need to do what makes YOU happy and will bring you joy and taking a moment to just be in the present and enjoy what you’re doing without having to think “what’s next”. It’s great to see that you are doing what YOU want to do 🙂

    Emily | http://emilytrinh.com

  7. Geri, thank you for your honesty and humility. I went through a severe burn out after 11 years in advertising and marketing. I now manage a tiny coffee shop and I sleep well at night (insert gratitude here). I feel that I’m making much more of a difference in people’s lives today. It is tough running into old colleagues and explaining that I chose happiness over money and a shiny title. My ego still resents me for it sometimes. But reading your note reminds me that I am glad I work to live and not live to work. Enjoy every moment of your freedom xo

  8. I totally empathise with this, I’ve been in my current job in client service for six years and have been feeling intermittently unmotivated, stressed and uninspired for over a year. It’s come to the point where I feel I would rather give it and my decent salary up and do something that pays less but makes me feel happy. I would love to work in a coffee shop or a bookstore! I guess most people would say go for it, although it’s a risk. It’s a hard decision, I feel I’m wasting my life if I carry on in my current job, but I have a mortgage and bills to pay. I know in my heart what I need to do, but my head is holding me back 😣

  9. This is perfect and reminds me… Just the other day I was talking with a co-worker and we were discussing another coworker who had just left for vacation and we both were saying “man, so jealous, wish I was on a vacation” and then I pondered on this and thought about what recently has happened in my life – I just moved into a new, beautiful apartment with my love, and we haven’t even had 1 day to relax in our home yet because we have been so busy with work and unpacking/situating all the things.. and that’s when I realized… I didn’t need a vacation but just some time to slow down and not think about unpacking or work. more of a “staycation” to just focus on being. Best of luck with your new slower pace <3

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