This past spring I had the pleasure of speaking on the EconoMe stage. This was a new conference, billed as “the TED talks of financial independence.” I felt intimidated. I knew nothing about financial independence. Who was I to talk about money? I struggle with mental math! And how does minimalism relate to it?
I saw the list of other presenters… podcasters, big bloggers, all known in the financial independence world. They all seemed to know each other. They could talk about investment strategies the way I talk about how to clean a stain out of a kid’s T-shirt. They were a club and I was not a member.
Self doubt crept in.
Even so, I started writing the first draft of my speech, several months in advance (ever the over-achiever…).
I scrapped it.
I drew a diagram.
I crumpled it up.
I considered telling Diania, the organizer, that I just couldn’t do this. I didn’t have enough to say about minimalism and finances. She’d asked me to speak because she’d seen my TEDx talk, but she didn’t know that that was the result of MONTHS of behind-the-scenes work with coaches and a production team. That wasn’t something I could pull off by myself.
Then one night I opened up an old journal.
And found my speech topic staring me in the face.
I’d written it a year before, when I’d hit a low point in my business. I was frustrated with the low number of signups for my online course. I felt like a failure. On top of that, I was on vacation with my family and couldn’t enjoy it because I felt so much anxiety about my business.
But for some reason, that night, instead of just wallowing in my misery (as I usually did) I noticed something… a pattern. I was feeling something I’d felt during my career as a teacher, as a college student, as a high school student, even as a little kid…
I read this year-old journal entry–one I’d completely forgotten about–with new and clear eyes.
Here was my speech topic–the Journey to Enough–calling to be brought into the world.
The next day, I started writing.
What resulted is perhaps the most true piece of work I’ve ever put into the world.
It brought me to tears while writing it. It often brought me to tears while speaking it. On stage I felt vulnerable, but determined.
I knew I had to share this speech because too many of us walk around believing we don’t have, own, do, achieve, or succeed enough.
Let me tell you something…
It’s a lie.
We’re all enough. Always.
And if you’ve ever felt the opposite, listen to my speech. It’s 20 minutes long, so give yourself the time.
And if, after listening, you want to tell me something it sparked in you, please feel free to reach out to me personally at [email protected] and let me know.
I’d love to hear from you.
With love and faith in knowing that you are always enough,
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