Personal News: Finding My Path

Lately, there’s been something going on in my life that I haven’t shared.

And as I teach in all of my classes, the road to success includes being completely and utterly yourself – warts and all so that people fall see the REAL you.

So, this is what I feel like I need to share.

Last year, when we sent my son off for his first year of college, we (Kevin and I) were at odds with my son. We wanted him to take a gap year and explore the world a bit – before diving in to college and studies and all of that more adult-stuff.

He didn’t agree. He wanted to go to college right away.

We explained that there was so much more to life than college – and there was plenty of time, but at 18, he wasn’t really ready to look around with a “What do I really want” mindset and instead went to college with the “This is what I’m supposed to do next,” mindset.

Now, why am I bringing this up?

It’s because, at the time, I didn’t realize that I was also in a, “This is what I’m supposed to do” mindset.

I spent a lot of my effort in 2019 making video classes – pre-recorded so that people could watch them at any time and so that I could have more time to do other things.

I also spent a lot of time in 2019 doing various marketing techniques that I’ve never done before – trying out new “tactics” that would bring in new peeps…

Basically, I fell into the same trap that I was trying to talk my son out of: doing what I someone else said was right and proper.

During the December/January holiday break (yeah, like literally a couple weeks ago), I had this realization. I wasn’t being authentic to what I really actually love.

I LOVE teaching live webinar courses (it’s why I started my school!). I LOVE watching people grow and discover themselves… I LOVE interaction with people… I love working in groups with people…

So, why was I spending my time trying to do all this marketing and advertising and pre-recording? Just because I heard from “experts” that it was what I should be doing?

That’s not my way! Until last year, my way was always just doing what feels great in that moment and going with it.

Like sitting down this morning to write this because I felt like it.

So, that’s why I’ve pivoted away from doing pre-recorded classes. That’s why I’m teaching my Soul Level Animal Communication®® course at the end of the month as live webinars. That’s why I’m teaching a weekend retreat in North Carolina in March, and that’s why I’m doing the Alaska Cruise in June.  Interaction. Fun. Growth. Togetherness. Community…

Because THIS is what I love. Because THIS is what makes my heart sing. My life has never been about following someone else’s “proper” way (and that’s what I teach in my classes already!).

I laugh so hard at myself every day right now because I’m basically just re-aligning with what I’ve always taught and believed:

Be authentically YOU – and take the time to figure what authentically you really is!

So, here I am 🙂

Love Danielle

PS: Join my FREE WEBINAR on Soul Level Animal Communication®® lessons this January 29th, 2019 at 4pm EST! Sign up here and start preparing your questions – As you can see I’m ready to PLAY!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 replies
  1. Susana
    Susana says:

    Hi Danielle. I’ve been following you for a long time, from Spain!!…Your conversation with your son made me chuckle. I grew up the other way around. When it was my time to go to college I wanted to take a year off and my father said, `sure, when you finish college´!! At the end I did take a year off….after three years into my career and feeling burned out…and it was great!!! …You see, no path is the only right one. Relax, do your own thing. xx

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  2. Liz McHutcheon
    Liz McHutcheon says:

    I love this. Same thing happened with me and my business. Was doing the “this is what I’m supposed to do mindset”. Became totally burned out and lost sight of what I really love doing. Although I’m still in a little of that unknown area which is ok. Thanks for sharing this.

    P.s. Had same conversation with my daughter before she went to college. 🙂

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  3. Melissa Dunstan
    Melissa Dunstan says:

    Thank you for this article. I’ve been feeling this in my own business..I’m doing what I feel is expected of me, but I don’t know what I should be doing instead. It’s frustrating. I’m so jealous that you know which direction to go.

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  4. Nata
    Nata says:

    This is profound, Danielle, Thank you so much! I am going through precisely THAT right now in my beading art and small business. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I was reading your post: every single word resonated as if I said it myself. Following expert marketing tips and jumping through the hoops to “appease” the potential clientelle this past year lead me nowhere, only to find myself on the verge of being burned-out, disappointed and … creatively blocked. I feel that after reading your post I will start creating again, rather than “making”. I want my Heart to sing! Thank you so much, dear Danielle! Love to you.

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  5. Rebecca Kirson
    Rebecca Kirson says:

    Hello love! Miss you!! <3 You are amazing and the in person experience of Danielle MacKinnon is where the magic is! (Not that you aren't great on video). Love that you are doing a re-direct and following your intuition and heart. 🙂

    I am also committed to living more and more in alignment with my Divine Self Expression in all life areas. For business that means I won't fit neatly into a reset box or look like anyone else's. If we are all unique then our businesses will be unique as well! #justdoyoubecauseYOUrock

    Wishing you much success in the new decade and beyond!!

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  6. Sheryl Lorenz Zwick
    Sheryl Lorenz Zwick says:

    Ditto for me. And Christopher has forced me to stop and reconsider. The year that I took “off” from doing was awesome and then I started “doing”. [although doing to find Christopher has helped me, but it is not what he is telling me, ha!]
    Stop, listen, and redirect, but only when it feels right. That’s me today. 😉

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