Recently I was asked to contribute a chapter to the inspirational anthology being published by my long-time mentor, Robbie Motter. It’s her 2nd anthology. I almost never say “no” when Robbie asks me to do something. Plus, the first anthology did really well. In fact, it became an international bestseller. So, thinking fast, I easily decided what I’d write.
When the Stakes are High…
My chapter starts with explaining how I saw the importance of asking and showing up for other people. But it wasn’t until the stakes were really high – facing marriage – that I had the courage to not just show up for my partner, but to show up for my own life and make a very unusual ask that changed my whole life.
An Unconventional Marriage
I tell the story of how The Five-Year Marriage came about and why I needed to do marriage in that unconventional way. I explain that, by the time I met Joseph, I’d started to see that marriage wasn’t always such a good deal for a woman. As a “remedy” for that, I saw perfect sense and practicality in renegotiating agreements every few years.
Here’s the thing: I’ve told that whole story many, many times. It wasn’t until I wrote the anthology chapter that I saw some long-past experiences in a new way. Here’s what I realized:
Leading Lady or Best Friend?
In those younger years, all my past relationships with boyfriends, including the one from my first engagement, and also those with family and friends, I always showed up for the other person. I was like that quote from the Christmas movie, The Holiday, when a wise older man, Arthur Abbott, tells a forlorn Iris, “in the movies we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason, you are behaving like the best friend.”
Like Iris, and so many women I’ve talked to and written about, I acted like the best friend.
Being The Leading Lady, For Your Own Story
So here’s something for you to think about:
How often do you show up for yourself in your life?
This month we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day and all the talk is about love. If you have a sweetie, you probably already know how to show up with love in that relationship. But what about that all-important relationship with yourself? How are you showing up with love for yourself?
Here are three ways to show up for YOU this Valentine’s Day
- JOY. Think of one activity that brings you joy…and then do it next week. Maybe next you can make time for one self-love and “show up for me” activity each week
- BOUNDARIES. Sometimes people offend you because they don’t know they crossed a line. Maybe you didn’t know it either until they did it, and you got angry or hurt. Think about that time and find the boundary.
- Define that personal boundary for yourself and share it with at least one person.
- Btw: one of mine is “no one is allowed to yell at me.”
- INTUITION. Connect with your intuition. It’s so valuable yet we don’t use it enough. Two pathways to your intuition: meditation and journaling.
Find your JOY – Be strong in your BOUNDARIES – Be wise in your INTUITION.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
With love and in victory,
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Valentine’s Day Engagement?
Three Reality Shifts to Make Before You Say “YES”
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Something for the young single woman or couple
Know a young professional woman, or a couple who is getting married, is pre-engaged, or living together? They absolutely need a copy of The Five-Year Marriage: Shifting the Marriage Paradigm. It’s loaded with great conversation-starters and things couples need to talk about – before saying “I DO”.
Ruth got a copy for her almost-thirty daughter who is dating but not so interested in the ’til-death commitment of traditional marriage. She got it not just because it’s non-traditional, but also because “you make people think about what’s important in a marriage…it’s like a guidebook.”
And, just recently, a newly-divorced Kathleen told me, I wish I’d have read this 3 years ago when my marriage was still worth saving.”
Here’s the Amazon link to order: Five-Yea Marriage
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