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Hello from gorgeous Positano, Italy!

I’m traveling this week with my family and husband, and if you haven’t ventured to this part of the world yet, I highly recommend it. We’ve had the best time so far and after Italy, my parents and siblings will be spending a bit of time with us in London.

But you should know, there was a time not too long ago when I avoided my parents.

This had nothing to do with them and everything to do with my own insecurity about the fact that I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life.

It all started after college. I was set to get my Master’s in Psychology at Northwestern University, but I changed my mind as I was driving to Chicago to find an apartment.

After that, I had to move back in with my family for about a year until I got a job in a hospital as a Research Assistant in Radiology. It was then that I discovered my calling to be in London and moved across the world to start a program in Non-Fiction Writing and write a book.

About 8 months later, my parents came to visit me to see what my new life was like in the UK.

In all honesty, I cried throughout our few days together. I still wasn’t happy, still didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, and was still broke.

Before my parents went back to Ohio, I remember sitting with my dad in front of a church at the corner of Kensington High Street mapping out my game plan for my future.

To be honest, there wasn’t much of a plan there. And at that point, my student loan money had run out so I had to ask my dad to borrow $5000 to get by.

Not my favorite moment.

Although my parents really didn’t pressure me, they had always believed in me and knew I would do something big with my life so I didn’t want to disappoint them. I had high expectations for myself as well, so when clarity didn’t come as soon as I had wanted it to, I was a little bit of a mess.

However, little did I know that that moment in Kensington would be the turning point for me. I started seriously dating my husband a few weeks later and discovered coaching shortly after that.

And as you know, my life is now completely different. I own my company and have gone from broke to making nearly $400k in my first year in business. I’m actually able to contribute to trips like this where we are staying at one of the best hotels in the world.

So today, if you’re in that place of feeling frustrated, stuck and confused with massive career or debt shame, just know that your own moment of clarity and the success you want could be right around the corner.

Keep moving towards your dreams. Keep searching for what truly lights you up. Keep following your heart and know that you can go from the girl borrowing the $5k to the girl having an extra $5k to spend on an Italian holiday in a very short amount of time.

Anything is possible, lovely.

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