CURRENTLY: O MaG!
Usually I do this exercise to check in with myself every so often, remind myself to be present and grateful during my endless day-to-day grind. This time, my mind is whirring a million miles an hour since receiving a jolt of adrenaline in the form of a great adventure! I’ve been picked, with 50 other people, to become O Mag Insiders: The Inner Circle of O! I always remember Oprah saying that she didn’t believe in luck and this week I saw this play out in my own life and it’s phenomenal!
CURRENTLY GRATEFUL FOR
So many people I know have side gigs to earn a little play money on the side. For me, I knew that if I was going to dedicate my treasured free time to something, it needed to be something involving writing and that didn’t steal me from my children. It hasn’t always been easy – blogging from my car during kids’ practices, staying up late. It hasn’t always had perfect results – now my kids groan when I bring out the camera. However, then I remind them that we’ve been working our way through short-term goals of making memories while building our base with adventure and eating reviews. We then plan to ramp up to accepting occasional invitations for a weekend getaway and building eventually to a long-term goal of taking our whole extended family (meaning their dad, step-mom and most importantly their little sister) to Aulani or on a Disney Cruise before my son leaves for college. They’ve witnessed the progress!
CURRENTLY SURPRISED BY
Somewhere in between the other emotions a warm stillness emerged. If you know me, you may already recognize chaos between both sides of my mind – the logical, rational left side of my brain and the creative artistic right side – as they battle for control. Add to that: ME – How I present to others; MYSELF – My true self/gut instincts and I – Me being present. For once a consensus has been reached that I’m right where I should be and it’s powerful!
Making the most of the experience!
Applying for this brand ambassador role a few months back was so impulsive and whimsical that I hadn’t really considered the reality that I might be one of the people chosen for the role. Based on the odds alone – thousands of people applied, and I am 1 of only 50 chosen for this program this year. The amazing group of people that I’m fortunate enough to be a part of are both so inspiring and humbling that my logical brain tries to factor how I fit in. My heart commands me to stay present to experience this year in real time (and this blog can remind me of anything that escapes my long-term memory).
Since the time of my divorce, I’ve worked to figure out who I am and to honor that truth. I’m a Caffeinated Mom, a Blogger, Pre-Midlife Female, a University staff member, I’m Hapa, Korean Adoptee, and so many more. There have been several incidents along the way that made my dreams feel frivolous and challenged my definition of myself. I still question the reasons for the challenges, but what I know for sure is I had to get raw before I could start new and grow to call myself a writer.
I now allow myself a segment of daily time to be still with my favorite magazine and really pore over every word and article, not just flip through, skimming snippets and folding pages to go back and read later. I’ve always loved Oprah’s magazine as it gives me the opportunity to hear from her and her team of experts more regularly. Her team digs deeper than even my best girlfriends do and ask the hard questions that I need to ask myself!
CURRENTLY LISTENING TO
I’m not that far past the point where I’d listen to what everyone else said and dedicated my time to working on what I thought I should be doing, rather than what I wanted to do. Fortunately my gut, or some part of me, kept leading me into careers or opportunities that I felt were coincidence until my scientific brain realized these weren’t just happy accidents and to take notice. With this latest opportunity, my gut whispers “Told You So!”
O Magazine has dubbed this the Year of Adventure! This is the best year for me to be taking this trip with O Magazine! How we’ll participate in the publication, what new experiences will present themselves remain undefined thus far. I hope I’ll be able to include my children in some because I have so few years left with them overall. Still, I’m open to not simply following them into adventure, but choosing some of my own while I try to remind myself who I was before they were here! I’m a big believer in spending money on adventures, not things. That’s where we build our strongest family connections!
CURRENTLY WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE
Staying true to yourself isn’t always easy but it’s worth it!.
Following my gut and being myself has allowed me to find and stay on the path I’m truly meant to navigate. This is far more rewarding than following my previously laid out corporate career plan of my 20s. I’m not someone who will kiss butt to get ahead or lie to make a sale. A) I’m a terrible liar; B) It’s too hard to remember the lies told; C) Dreaming up and implementing falsehoods takes more time and energy than I have in a day. I try to do great work with a sunny disposition and build mutual respect with co-workers. I am invigorated by a challenge and my blood pumps with anticipation of this new role.
Where I’ll wind up after this whirlwind year remains to be seen but I am so grateful for the opportunity and promise to make the most of it!
Here we go!
What about you?
Do you still believe in luck?
Do you know the path you’re on or are you still searching for your path?
What 1 thing will you do today to move you towards your goals?
When’s the last time you sat down and read any publication – like O Magazine?!
How do you calm your mind when it’s trying to talk over you?
Do you lead with your head or your heart?
What are you currently doing?
Do you want to be one of the next group of #OMagInsiders?
CURRENTLY INDULGING IN
Or dream up your own!
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Congratulations. I have never read O magazine, so I wasn’t aware they were hunting for bloggers. Hope you have fun!
It’s a worthwhile read! Oprah and her friends are very wise! Thanks for wandering by!
I like to sit and read while I diffuse essential oils. Its calming and therapeutic to me and keeps my mind from going a mile a minute. Right now I am diffusing Joy and orange–smells like heaven.
That definitely sounds like heaven! I ❤ citrusy anything! Thanks for wandering by!
Congratulations! This is an excellent positive thing to have happen in your life. I like your post, seems like you’ve spent quite some time being introspective.
Maybe in my head a little more than I should be some days! Thank you for your kind words! Appreciate you wandering by!
Sarah, I really enjoyed this and congratulations to you!!! Always knew you were awesome.
Thank you for such kind words! I appreciate you wandering by!
Congratulations!This sure is a great opportunity,but also a great goal to reach!
Thank you so much for wandering by and the gift of kind words!
YAY !! CONGRATS !! Listening to your gut can be hard sometimes because you can get easily confused between a stomach ache and what you should be doing! haha!
So true! Am I stressed, hungry for GiGi’s cooking or on the right track?! All of the above!! Thanks for wandering by!
Wow congratulations, i never heard about this magzine and glad i got to know it now
It’s definitely worth checking out! Great contributors! Thanks for wandering by!
No, I don’t believe in luck! I believe in law of attraction and everything that is presented into my life is something that I personally manifested to be there, good and bad. Congrats on the O thing.
Yes, I do believe a lot in the Law of Attraction as well! Thanks for wandering by!
I don’t believe in luck either, and nothing is a coincidence. I believe in Divine Order. Be thankful for everything and gracious and kind to all. Thanks!
Absolutely! That is a practice I try to do daily! Thanks for the reminder – appreciate you wandering by!
Loving your positive vibes! One thing I do to calm my mind is make a list (I call it a brain dump) of things I have accomplished, things I am going to do, etc. I just get it all out there and out of my head. For some reason, this really helps with my anxiety and I can remind myself of all the happy things instead of stuff I’m worried about.
Excellent point! Plus then you will feel more accomplished with the things you’ve marked as finished! Love it! Thanks for wandering by!
I am happy for you and what you have become. For sure I can do this too.
For sure, you should apply! http://omaginnercircle.com/ Thanks for wandering by and for the kind words!
I do believe in luck! I think it’s awesome that you got in! I haven’t met a woman that doesn’t love Oprah. She’s amazing.
So true! Very, very true! Thank you! I appreciate you wandering by!
Looks like life is pretty awesome for you! That is so good to know. Congrats on getting in the circle. I think it’s great! I tend to avoid reading newspapers these days and just go ahead and read magazines more.
Life’s definitely revealing more highlights than usual for sure! I agree that magazines are more desirable reading than bxw inky newspapers. Thanks for wandering by!
Congratulations for being the new O Mag influencer! Yepee!!! Cheers!
Thank you so much! So sorry for the delay in responding!! I appreciate you wandering by!
I love Oprah. She is an amazing woman. Congratulations to you for being an influential and in the inner circle. !
Thank you! I can’t wait to see what this brings and would encourage others to apply! Thanks for wandering by!
I really enjoyed reading this post. You really seem so sorted out about your goals and our life. Congratulations on being chosen for the inner circle of Oprah’s magazine! I am currently sorting out my goals:) want to start working on my writing and being more organised as far as time management is concerned. At the same time don’t want to miss a single glorious moment with my little ones.
Exactly where I am coming from too! If you come up with a time management system that works please share. I always waver between an excel spreadsheet, my phone and a bullet journal! Enjoy your little ones!
Congratulations! This is an awesome opportunity!
Thank you! I can’t wait to see the impact this may have! I appreciate you wandering by!
Your post exudes positivism. Really adore the ideas. Great post. Loved going through it.
Thank you! I have to admit I am an eternal optimist even when sorting thru my Crazy! Thanks for wandering by!
Congratulations Sarah! Being selected as one of O Mag Insiders must feel amazing! 🙂
Thank you! So far it feels amazing but I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Thank you for wandering by!
Congratulations Sarah!! That is so amazing!!
Thank you so much for your kind words and for wandering by!
Congratulations Sarah, I’m so happy for you. O MAG will be better with you onboard!
Wow! I appreciate the kind thoughts! Thank you for wandering by!
I am so happy that you have these positive things going on in your life. That’s amazing!
Thank you for wandering by! What are your highlights?!
Congratulations! This is a huge accomplishment.
Thank you Michelle! I’m trying to simmer in the accomplishment because too often I skirt right past it and try to figure out what’s next but this time, I’m determined to enjoy it a bit! Thank you for wandering by!
I don’t really believe in luck. I believe in a divine plan and blessings!
Absolutely! And that plan is so much larger than we can even dream up! Thanks for wandering by!
Yes, to O Magazine, listing to your body, adventures and more of what you said. I am loving it.
Thanks for wandering along in between your global adventures!
Congratulations! I have not heard about this magazine but will definately check up for furthur details. I am glad I got to know about it, thank you.
Great! The magazine is so inspirational! Thanks for wandering by!