Well, this is a long time in the making! Where to start? There are just so many things, people, events and circumstances that have gotten me to where I am today. I really don’t even know where to begin my story… but I think I can pinpoint four major circumstances that have occurred in my life allowing me to break away from the norm, the conventional life stye that so many consider the “norm”, or how a proper Greek girl should be living her life. I’ll start with those. That will be give you a good foundation for how I ended up following a road less traveled, deviated away from the status quo, and broke free from the grind of a 9-5 lifestyle.
First. The most life changing experience came with the birth of my second child. The experience of labor from my FIRST child was so devastating due to many factors, that upon finding out I was pregnant again, I thought, there must be a better way? I can’t imagine the human race would continue on if child birth was so devastating and awful! So, I followed my curiosity to a little road that dead ended into a little house with a little sign that said Labor of Love . Hmm…. now that sounds much better. A Labor of Love. That is what I ABSOLUTELY want. For the first time in my life, I stood up against every family member, friend and doctor who told me that this was a BAD idea. Well, not in my head. I did my research, practiced prenatal yoga, kept in tip top shape health wise, and wouldn’t you know it, I had a birth experience that rivals anyone’s. I really felt like superwoman that day, and every day after that when I talk about it. That gave me my first taste of breaking away from the norm, and personally feeling a great sense of accomplishment. I did NOT have to listen to what everyone was saying, and I could still have an outcome that worked for me. Wait, could it be that “they” are not always right? Awesome… some points for team Angela!
Second. As the boys grew older, school was quickly approaching. Uh-oh. My alternative ways of child birth and attachment parenting weren’t feeling the conventional school system. Here we go again with all the drama . “Why can’t Angela just follow the ‘norm’?” Decisions. Decisions. Arguments. Research. Research on public schools, private schools, charter schools, home schools, Montessori, Waldorf, etc. Then one day I met a wonderful lady at story time who I began a conversation with. She asked me where my children would be attending school, I said ” I would really like to home school, but…blah blah blah” She looked at me, confused, and responded ” Well, what is stopping you?” I had nothing to respond. What was stopping me? What was really stopping me from doing what I wanted? ME. I was stopping myself? It seemed almost ridiculous to respond with. I really think once she silently brought that to my attention, I smiled and walked away dumbfounded. Major life lesson here. I was in control of my life, and I made the decisions. Yes, ME.
Third. The introduction of Network Marketing into my life, and owner of My company! Welcome financial freedom! Welcome meeting new people and reconnecting with the old on a daily basis! Welcome MAJOR personal growth! Stepping out of my little private box and going into a new social frenzy. I have to actually talk to people? What?? Yes, it is fun, very human, and VERY healthy. People thrive on compassion and community. It is actually a human need for survival. Ok, I can do this! I can be my own boss and be in control of my own work schedule. Not only did I step out of my introverted box, I am actually good at connecting, reaching out, talking and leading teams. Oh, WHAT? What am I being told NOW?? Network Marketing is a SCAM? Some pyramid gimmick? I can never make money with this? Are you kidding me? Everyone thinks so? Here we go again. Another battle against society. You know what? It feels right to me, I’m going for it. I believe in myself enough to go for it and build a team of fighters that can prove you wrong. And I am not stopping until I do so. Another point for Team Angela. Score!
Four. This one is MAJOR. and maybe the most important. My core. My why. Enter the reason of life. Yes, God, Jesus, Buddha, the universal power, Zeus (ok, that’s me being funny)….what ever you find your spirituality in. However you find your subconscious, inner self, holy spirit, talking to you? Yes. That one. I lost that for many years. There was a silence, filled with chaos, lost hope, crying, abuse, anger, resentment and frustration. Pointless conversations about meaningless situations, and that feeling of “why me?” “why all this?” “why, why , why does nothing work out” Its at that time when you drop to your knees and cry out ” I can’t take this anymore!”. That very last desperate cry for help the you make from the depths of your being because the stress is starting to deteriorate your health. I will say, its at this point that spirituality walked back in to my life. It was much harder jumping back on the God bandwagon, than it was getting off, I’ll tell you that much. But the peace, calmness, and love I feel after completely letting go and letting God has been worth it. Yes, some days are still bad, but its a life long journey as well, and I won’t ever let the chaos take over my entire life again. Sometimes I truly believe God sends us an angel to unlock that part of our heart that we closed down many years back that shut down and blocked us from truly living. And I thank God and team of angel warriors every day.
As I near my thousandth word in this post, I want to close the blog with the vision of you opening your life to the unknown possibilities that await you . Don’t be afraid to take control of your life, to step out of the box, and break away from the norm. Its fun out here. Blessings on your journey!!
Angela is passionate about her family, community health, the global food crisis and empowering moms to succeed in both motherhood and business. Please feel free to read more on her involvement in the wellness industry , follow her daily blogs of life as a stay-and-work at home mom or join her Yevolutionary Team of independent distributors out to rock the world!