Focusing on happiness by letting the real Lisa out
You must let go of what does not serve your soul, so you can let in that which does.
I don't remember the exact day, but I remember how I felt when he said it. I was going through a particularly difficult time and he just looked at me and said three simple words: let Lisa out.
The shift happened. Someone knew that I could only be truly happy when I was truly myself.
That was more than 10 years ago and that "someone" was my husband. Those three words have always stuck with me. Whenever something just doesn’t feel right and I’m not feeling particularly happy, those three words have centered me. They have been a reminder to me that I wasn't being myself.
When I'm feeling lost, I remember to be my true self no matter what. When I'm more concerned about what others think instead of focusing on what I think, those words help me. Those words remind me I'm trying to be what I think others want me to be, not who I know I need to be.
Those three little words are actually what also led me to creating this website. As I "let Lisa out" and become happier, I want to give people the tools to let their true and authentic selves out, too.
So, welcome to now. I'm not a writer and not really comfortable writing about thoughts and feelings to strangers. In fact, I hate journaling in general. Not sure why. But, every now and then, I want to voice something, usually something that I'm hoping will help people discover the tools that I’ve discovered to lead a more positive and happy life.
Am I happy all the time? Hell, no! No one is happy all the time (unless they’re nuts ;-). But I can honestly say I’m happier today than I was a year ago. I believe tomorrow I’ll be happier than I am today. It’s not about being happy all the time. It’s about the tools that I’ve discovered (from mentors and experts much smarter than me) and use to help me lead a full, fulfilling and real life.
And sometimes, I just want to write so I can process something.
I’m not sure how often I’ll post or how much I’ll write. Probably not much at all. But this gives me a "place" to write. I only know I’ll only post when something makes me happy or if I think it will help others. By letting "Lisa" out, I’m hoping it makes my life a little happier and hopefully helps others become a little happier along the way.
There's no destination... it's just an adventure.
P.S. If you look closely at my hands sometimes, you may notice a ring with the letters LLO. I often get asked what LLO means. Now you know.
Wife, Mom, Corporate Exec and CFO (Chief Fun Officer) of My Crazy Happy Life
The alter-ego Lisa by Alter Ego Pop Art and Paul Wolski - a creative genius! He created the "cartoon" me... because I've always wanted to be an avatar ;-) Check out his stuff at Alteregopopart.com.