30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success: Your Future Self Has Your Back 💚 (22/30)
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"Things I choose to believe is that your future self is really proud of you - of all that you are doing; and they’re excited for all the things that you're going to do to get them to where they are in the future."
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The Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 190
30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success: Know Your Badass Self Has Got This (22/30)
Your Future Self Has Your Back is our topic for today (Day 22) in the 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success.
If this is your first time listening, know we are diving into the challenge content. If you like what you hear, jump back to the episode titled “Getting Started with the 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success” and then work your way through from the beginning - or visit EmptyNestSuccess.com to sign up for daily or weekly email delivery of this challenge that will lead you to companion videos, additional journal prompts, resources and more!
Here we go:
Amazing human and beautiful soul, we are piggybacking off our last episode. We've covered a lot of topics already in this challenge, and sometimes we just need to be reminded that we’ve done well.
When you look back in your life, and consider the moments when your child was super young and you had a decision to make that in the moment felt as if nothing else mattered, and now with decade or so of experience you know it may not have been quite the big deal you were making it out to be back then.
Some examples might be for you …
What preschool you send them too - or IF they attended preschool at all; breastfeeding or not breastfeeding; how about diaper brand you chose to use? And, as they got older it may have transitioned into what activities you encouraged, what opportunities they had, and so on.
Our younger selves really managed to navigate it all. And while looking back, you might do things differently, today, past you did great with the knowledge, resources, finances and opportunities that they had then.
But, consider if you could go back in time and lovingly tell yourself a few things, what would those things be?
Would it be….
Chill out more. Look for more fun and lean into the moments where your child is asking for your attention?
Would it be…
Life is short, you are here and you got me where I am today. I’m so thankful for your dedication and I’m cheering you on.
Would it be…
Yeah, that thing sucked but those people weren’t your people anyway.
Would it be…
Wow, you were handed a ton of chaos, and yeah, you still have it now. I see you, you’ve learned a lot already and we’ll continue to learn more as we go.
Would it be…
Trust your gut more. You were right about more than a few things.
Whatever you would say to your past self… make sure it is kind, loving, uplifting and encouraging. A fun thing to do is write down the things you think of. And here’s why… because here we are today, in this moment with new stressors of sorts, things that we feel are super important, that have our thoughts hostage, while there will one day be a version of us that is 10, 20, 30, 40 plus years in the future that will look back today - at us lovingly - and would want to tell us something. There’s a good chance that the primary message wouldn’t be too different from what you’d want to say to your past self.
Things I choose to believe is that your future self is really proud of you - of all that you are doing; and they’re excited for all the things that you're going to do to get them to where they are in the future. Think about it, they wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for you making the choices you make. Whew - it’s a bit of a mind-blowing when you think about it, isn’t it? That thought might come natural for you, or it might be a bit mind-blowing.
I love knowing that there is a future version of me cheering me on. She knows everything I’m experiencing in her soul, as she’s been me, and knows all the energy it has taken me to do all the things. Thinking about your future self can be a fun thing to add to your life.
You don’t need to tell anyone, either. This can be your secret cheering section in your life. Enjoy this one!
Your journal prompt for today is …What advice would you give to your younger self? Write it down and how does it feel to say to yourself now?
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Thanks for listening today, your future self is cheering you on and don’t you dare forget that you are amazing!
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