Rachel Hollis and Hard Work

Any other Rachel Hollis fans out there?

Last May I signed up for a business weekend called RISE Business Event with Rachel Hollis all the way  in South Carolina (remember I’m from Vancouver Canada).  November rolled around and so did the conference, and I was resisting going. Off I went on a 13 hour flight (I could have gotten to Europe) but I plunked down in North Charleston.

The great thing was it was warm.  I entered the arena the next day with about 6,000 other entrepreneurs and what a rush it was.  Now, I never really followed Rachel Hollis but the speaker line up was undeniably amazing.  Then this amazing force of creative entrepreneurial  nature hit the stage and I was a hard core fan girl.

A few things hit me hard over the next 3 days.  Rachel Hollis kept pounding into us how amazing  being an entrepreneur is but also it’s HARD WORK and consistency pays off.  You can’t wish for it, or scroll for it, or hope it happens, you have to work for it.

This kept throwing me back to thinking about my sobriety, it’s HARD WORK.  I failed a ton, but I kept going, I got back at it.  Even on days when I thought it didn’t matter to anyone.  I created new ways to have fun in my life even when I still thought fun was drinking.  I stopped wishing for it and started showing up in my new life.  I stopped scrolling for it, I started doing it.

Rachel’s Husband Dave ( who was the host) announced he had stopped drinking and was 8 months sober, now that took the courage of a lifetime, to me my utmost respect went out to him to announce he had stopped drinking to a room full of 6,0000 strangers.  I think I fell a little in love with him.  Both of them also addressed and asked the audience if anyone had coped in unhealthy ways with alcohol or drugs.  So many people raised their hands, it reinforced to me once again we are not alone.

Rachel addressed how when you make healthy changes to your life or changes in general and that not everyone is going to understand or for that matter even support it, but honestly it’s no ones business.  And once again that hit home, I’ve encountered this not only when I decided to get healthy, but when I quit drinking and also being an entrepreneur.

I also started talking to people randomly (this was a networking event) I truly believe like minded people find each other and I found so many others who had stopped drinking or didn’t drink.  The networking event got a lot easier when I opened up and allowed myself to be vulnerable and let others in.

The Rise Business Event was educational & inspiring, as an entrepreneur but what I really took home were two things:

  1. We are not alone, no matter what we are struggling with.
  2. Hard Work, not hoping for something is the key.   In this day and age too many hoping/thinking/dreaming/wishing instead of going after how we want our lives to look like, without making the changes, and putting in the effort DAILY = CONSISTENCY.

 

If you are an entrepreneur I highly suggest attending this event.  Rise Business Event 2020 it will be held in Austin Texas next year, thank goodness.  I will be attending again, not only do I want to see where I have grown in business but as a person.

A huge shout out to Rachel and Dave Hollis for really teaching, showing &  connecting

Let me know if you follow The Hollis’s

xoxo ChristinaIMG_94107eNJuaTwTo2%aqimjhxGVwnJDId8F3Qpux5zy6hjH8Wg

 

 

 

I’m Back

Ok after a funky spring, a productive summer, a majorly fun fall and then a I decided to get blogging back into my schedule.  So for this post I’ll update you briefly to what Ive been doing.

  1. Funky Spring yes I was in a funk, I had nothing to say, and was questioning why I started coaching and what purpose my life had.  I stopped posting on Instagram and stopped blogging, in retrospect this is a form of self sabotage.  I didn’t feel enough, who am I. This is a blog for later this week! Watch for it.
  2. Productive Summer, something you may not know about me I am the Operations Manager of my husbands Irrigation Company (it as always been a side hustle to his regular job).  This was the year after he has showed up faithfully  for 8 years it finally broke out from side hustle to massive growth.  He took the leap of faith to full time entrepreneur, he’s always been afraid of this as he is the higher earner in the family and it’s been scary but super rewarding and it has pushed us both to grow and learn and hire and fire, compromise, fight and really be proud.  But my summer really was working a lot not just a little A LOT.  You will never work longer hours than when you work for yourself.
  3. Ran my very first 1/2 Marathon, yes at the age of 47!!!!!
  4. I honoured 2 years sober in August which honestly I kind of skipped over, I was busy and I kind of forgot
  5. I cut my long hair off, I know how did this make it into the list but honestly I had been hiding behind it, and I felt like I needed a refresh. So a shoulder length bob it became.
  6. Fun Fall  so after all this work we went to Italy for 3 weeks and got to enjoy an extended summer, to reconnect, thats super important in a marriage but especially in a marriage when you work together we needed a playground not a work zone.   We went to Italy and explored Rome, Florence, Matera, Monopoli, Galipoli, & the Almafi Coast  basically the entire Puglia region of Italy. Ended in Paris for week.
  7. Got back to crazy work loads being away is hard.
  8. It was my 48th Birthday on October 4th and honestly never felt better, more alive, more present.
  9. I am heading to the Rise Business Conference by Rachel Hollis right now and am sitting in an airport Lounge in Dallas, waiting for my flight to South Carolina.  I love investing in myself and  business and personal growth and that’s what this week is going to be about.

So my lifestyle has been busy, it’s been stressful it’s been up up and DOWN DOWN, my life is not a bowl of freaking cherries  but  what hasn’t changed, Workouts, Sobriety, Gratitude, Growth, Happiness. 

I literally just wanted to write this in order to start writing again!

 

 

xoxox Christina

Ashamed of NOT Drinking

When I began looking at my relationship with alcohol, I stopped and started many times. In my mind I was failing at quitting. Then days turned to weeks and weeks turned to months. I was super proud of myself. Though deciding on my own to quit, there was no intervention, there was no public announcement, there was “no I quit” I didn’t tell a soul in fear of failure. I would just politely decline alcohol. People were starting to notice.

SHAME IN NOT BEING ABLE TO DRINK

In fact I never even opened up to my own family. I was ashamed I couldn’t handle my alcohol, I couldn’t handle what millions of people around the world deem as normal. I felt like shit. Being that it was Mothers Day yesterday, I was thinking back to a year ago. I was about 9 months sober and my son and his girlfriend took me out for dinner. They were drinking these fabulous belini’s and my son handed it to me and said try a sip and I faked trying a sip as I didn’t want to tell him.

My entire life I’ve felt like I was less than, not drinking was feeling once again that I was less than.

Fast forward a few more months, after that Mothers Day Dinner in 2018 and I changed my mindset, to I am more than, not less than. I am doing what millions & millions of people deem not normal, how amazing is that! I lived in that truth. Now everyone knows.

Back to Shame

Almost two years into not drinking, I am back to shame. For some reason these past few months I have , not really wanting to talk about not drinking, maybe because it’s part of my lifestyle now, or maybe because there is something that needs to be healed. I’m not too sure.

Has anyone else gone through this? Please Comment, looking for suggestions, advice… anything

xoxox Christina