Looking back on my life in 2020, I can hardly believe where I am now. I own my own business, have an active a fulfilling social life and stop and smell the roses every chance I get.
I usually wouldn't even bring up 2020 because the path I'm on now reminds me never to look back. But the truth is, now that I'm in a place where life is sweeter than it's ever been, I feel a responsibility to share my journey with you.
I want to share my story in hopes that you will understand how I transformed myself and my life through an abundance mindset. It truly is nothing short of miraculous!
After the pandemic lockdowns, I found myself almost entirely alone.
Thank goodness for my cat Sally, or I don't know what I would have done.
The sudden loss of quality time spent with my family and friends and the career I loved left me feeling depressed and isolated from the world.
I could no longer attend concerts in the park or enjoy my daily walks with my neighbor. After a few isolated weeks, I felt miserable, with no hope of ever finding true joy again.
I received unemployment, but that barely covered my rent and utilities. Just when I thought I couldn't feel any worse, the bills started to pile up. Every day I'd check my email and find more notices that the bills were due.
“At least I’m saving on gas and entertainment.” That's what I'd tell myself when my bank account was empty at the end of the month to try and make myself feel better.
My friends reached out to me to try and cheer me up, but they had their own problems to worry about.
One night, I just couldn't take it anymore. I was afraid my unemployment would run out, and I'd be homeless! All I could think about was losing everything I'd worked so hard to attain.
I just fell on the bed and cried. I cried for hours wishing this was all just a bad dream and I'd wake up in the morning, and the world would be back the way it was before.
I sat up, rubbed my red and blurry eyes and thought, "I need to do something now! I have to stop this cycle every day of waking up feeling awful and going to bed feeling even worse."
Then something amazing happened. Sally jumped on the bed next to me and rubbed her face against mine. As I stroked her shiny black fur, I thought, “I’m not going to let this beat me. I’m no quitter.”
I sat up, grabbed my laptop, and started searching for one of those self-help books online, you know, the ones that tell you to do this or that to feel better.
I was open to anything at this point. I didn’t know what I was looking for, but I believed I’d know it when I saw it.
Instead of some book that dictates what you should do, I found something far better than I could have ever imagined. I believe to this day it was a sign from the universe.
What I discovered wasn't just a book; it was an awakening that completely transformed my life beyond my wildest dreams!
I had initially set out on this journey to find my old self again, but instead, I found my new life and became the most inspired, grounded, and authentic version of myself than I could have ever dreamed I'd be.
It all started with a book called THE ABUNDANCE GODDESS.
I'd heard of “The Secret” and the practice of having an abundance mindset before but never thought it would work for me. However, within the first few pages of this e-book, I was already taking inventory of myself, my abilities, and how to release my authentic self.
In the introduction, I began to explore the seven facets of self-awareness laid out before me. I was already learning what it means to be a Goddess, and I hadn't even reached chapter one yet!
Once I began reading the book, I could not stop. I saw myself living in a mindset of scarcity. Up to this point, all I thought about was, there just isn't enough money to make it from month to month.
I believed I’d never be rich because rich people were greedy and had to get their money by being crooked or stepping on the little guy.
Boy, was I wrong.
The abundance mindset taught me what these wealthy people already understood. There is no scarcity. There isn't some finite amount of wealth or love or anything at all. Opportunities are everywhere. You only need to accept the abundance of the world and allow it to flow into your life experience.
By holding myself in that scarcity mindset, I had cut myself off from the universe and all the beautiful experiences I could be having. I had subconsciously shut out ideas and opportunities to explore new options.
As I began reading, I wondered if I could truly overcome everything I believed and learn to manifest my dream life. I was unhappy because I believed the cards were stacked against me. I worried if I had what it took to make it happen.
That's what I didn't understand. You don't make it happen. You allow it to happen.
Is changing your mindset simple? Of course not. When you've trained yourself to think a certain way, it only stands to reason that to think differently, you need to train your thoughts differently.
First, I had to recognize my scarcity mindset and begin to practice gratitude and mindfulness. Instead of worrying about losing everything I'd worked hard for, I needed to focus on how much I'd accomplished and appreciate everything I'd done.
I learned so much about myself by reading this book. I had been conditioned my whole life to believe the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, and told myself that all my life, I had to work hard every day just to make ends meet.
That was a struggle for me. I had so many preconceived ideas programmed into my belief system about money that I never believed I could achieve any wealth.
But with this book, I was able to set my intentions, learn to visualize what I wanted, and understand that my subconscious and conscious minds had to be in sync to harness my power of manifestation fully. Of course, there was much more to learn but I had to take it one step at a time.
As I read the book, I remembered I'd always wanted to be an entrepreneur. There was a time long ago when I thought of starting my own business, but at the time, I lacked the confidence and understanding of how to make it a reality.
However, I realized there were still roadblocks that I had to clear. I had to face them, identify them, and remove them, and this book showed me exactly how to make that happen.
The main thing I learned about myself was that my issues with money were much more profound than I imagined. I'd grown up poor and swore I'd never be poor again.
My parents lived paycheck to paycheck and fought about money constantly. Dredging up those old memories wasn't pleasant, but it showed me why I was always so afraid of losing everything I'd worked for.
I had so many negative ideas about money that held me back that I know I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for finding this book.
The Abundance Goddess gave me real-life exercises and a step-by-step guide to understanding who I authentically was, harnessing my own power, and reaching my full potential.
I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. I had to make time to work on myself for myself, and once I committed to changing my life, my life started to change.
Once I began practicing the steps in the book, visualizing how I wanted my life to be, and opening myself up to the endless possibilities that the universe was offering me, I set my goals. I allowed myself to appreciate any and all blessings that came my way.
I cannot tell you how many times I read this book throughout those days, but I can tell you that when the time came for me to step back out into the world, I was stronger, more confident, and richer in spirit than I had ever been.
I even started a Pinterest page where I'd pin quotes that inspired me and go back and read them for a few minutes each day if I felt myself drifting back to negative thinking.
The Abundance Goddess taught me that investing in your life means being grateful, no matter where you are economically, and that I had the power to change my life by changing my mindset.
I just needed to learn how. I had to understand that money won't bring me happiness as I used to believe. Now I understand that happiness is what precedes money and success.
Once I cleared that hurdle, I followed the guidelines of this book and took inventory of my life. I began to see where I was spending money, not investing it in myself. I began saving every little bit I could and stopped thinking I was depriving myself if I couldn't buy that designer bag or the latest iPhone.
I set my intention to become the entrepreneur I always wanted to be and allowed the Abundant Goddess within me to flourish and prosper, not through hard work and a feeling of lack but from a feeling of gratitude and appreciation.
Best of all, I allowed myself to invest in my life. I invested my time in activities I enjoyed, building the business I love, dinner with friends, or time spent just relaxing with Sally and watching the birds outside of my window.
As a result, my relationships became more rewarding, I took better care of my health, and I stopped to smell the roses on my walks with my neighbor. I even shared The Abundance Goddess with her, and our time together is spent appreciating everything we do.
Now, as I sit here telling you my story, I realize I haven't even scratched the surface of what I learned from this book. But I can promise you that this is a journey I cannot keep secret. I want your opportunities, energy, power, and spirit to be transformed too.
Believe me. There's plenty of abundance to go around, and there's more than enough money too.
Once you begin reading The Abundance Goddess, you'll overcome the life-long burdens that keep you from appreciating where you are now, and experiencing the lifestyle you deserve.
You are worthy of a life that unfolds before you simply because you believe it will.
Regardless of your background, past, or what's happening in your life today, The Abundance Goddess will open every door and welcome you to walk into the life of your dreams.