If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you know that I rarely have guest writers. It’s a personal thing, this blogging gig, and just like my physical babies, it’s hard for me to share.
As part a book launch team for Crystal of Money Saving Mom, I’ve had the opportunity to “meet” some amazing women. Phoebe Burch is one such woman. When Phoebe (not to be confused with my Phoebe) shared what Say Goodbye to Survival Mode meant to her on our facebook page, I knew more people needed to hear her story. Since she isn’t a blogger, I’ve invited her to share her story here in our little space on the internet.
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode” by Crystal Paine. When I started reading this book, I expected to find a way out of simply surviving. What I got was so much more. As I read through the chapters, I found myself asking, “How did I get here? Why am I living my life in Survival Mode?” Perhaps you can relate to my experience and the answer I discovered.
As we grow up, we dream of all of the things we want to do in life, all the things we want to be. We imagine and can see the life we want vividly in our minds. But, are we currently living that life? I imagine for most of us, the answer is no.
Many of you have likely also had a life event or circumstances that prevented you from having the life you imagined. The list of “things” that perhaps got in the way of your dreams is endless. The question is how did you respond? My response/reaction led me to years of struggling through life with no focus. What I did not realize until reading “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode” was that I had given up on dreaming. Lack of a dream….that is what led me to survival mode.
If you too have struggled with losing sight of your dreams, I suggest you read this book. I am now excited to develop new goals and to establish a plan to achieve them.
Thank you so much for you sharing your story, Phoebe. Some of you may know that we struggled with unemployment for 4 years. After about 3 years, we had lost the ability to dream. It’s not that we didn’t like our life, but we had been so wounded it was hard to hope and dream that our life would ever not have that hurt. We used a lot of same things that Crystal suggests in her book to get out of that dark place.
Do you still dream? Or has life wounded you and stolen your dreams?