Most Inspirational Blogger South Florida Bloggers Union
It has taken me almost a year to write this blog post, but I am making a new commitment to honor my accomplishments.
Do you ever do something awesome and before you even have time to sit and contemplate the greatness of the moment, you are already thinking about the next thing? I am 100% guilty of this. I have labelled it “onto the next.” I do it with everything, creative projects, soul clients, and even books I am reading. I jump onto the next thing and it leaves me feeling incomplete and ungrounded.
So I am learning – honor the completion, honor the accomplishment, sit in the joy and goodness. Because the more you focus on the joy, the more our inner joy expands.
At the end of last year I learned that I was one of the finalists in the category of “Inspirational Blogger” by the South Florida Bloggers Union. The awards ceremony was scheduled for December 9th and they would announce the winner then. That weekend I drove up to Orlando to speak at my first big national conference: Social Fresh. It was the beginning of a new chapter for me: fully stepping into my power as a speaker. For a long time I have known I have the gift of communication (and channeling), but getting to speak in front of a large audience was such a blessing and I felt this huge burst of electricity running through my veins.
Going on three hours of sleep and completely exhausted, I pumped myself full of coffee, turned the car around and drove from Orlando to Miami to attend the South Florida Bloggers Union awards. On the way down I listened to my mantras. My daughter, Mishka, hummed along in the backseat. I wondered, “could I really win this award?”
Blogging is My Passion
When I started this blog eight years ago I never thought much would come from it. I honestly just thought it was a place where I could write down the ramblings from my mind and express the musings of my heart. But the more I blogged, the more I realized I was pretty in love with each and every blog post. Each post is a work of art. I work long and hard on the post, I hope the post inspires others in the way that it inspires me.
On my drive down to Miami I thought about how I started this blog. It was a post about overcoming fear. Now here I was, fully standing in my power…a place I used to be so scared of. I was driving and I started thinking about how, maybe, just maybe, I WAS inspirational and that I deserved to win an award for inspiring others.
Envisioning and Winning
So while I drove I wrote my acceptance speech in my mind. I envisioned myself standing on the stage accepting the award for “Most Inspirational Blogger” in South Florida. Tears streamed down my face as I realized how little I celebrated my accomplishments. Why was I so hard on myself and so gentle on everyone else. “I’ll be successful when…” There was never an ending to that statement. It was always when I accomplished something else, my bar was so high I couldn’t even see it. It was high in the clouds.
I thought about how I hadn’t even taken time to breathe in the fact that I just accomplished a pretty huge item on my bucket list: speak at a national conference and inspire a huge crowd.
By the time I arrived at the awards I was feeling peaceful and content. Whatever the outcome, I would be happy because I had taken the time to breathe it all in. The nomination alone was an honor. The awards venue was beautiful and Mishka and I enjoyed some donuts outside in the sun.
Then came the moment…
“And the most inspirational blogger award goes to…” I took a deep breath in and I just knew it was going to be my name. “Sookton and the Angels!” I jumped up in shock and carried Mishka up to the receive the award.
The whole moment felt surreal and I don’t know if it was the sugary donuts, my daughter by my side, or just the feeling of bliss but I smiled all the way home. I sat in that joy and I have been sitting in it ever since.
Honor your accomplishments! You have come quite far indeed.