Welcome! I've been told by my entrepreneur husband that I need to blog as a means to further connect with my audience, but really I think he might just want me to blog so that he can get insight in to what goes on in my crazy head and further connect with me! Either way, I'm grateful for him :) That's why this first blog post for TMD is titled, " All the Voices." I'm not talking weird voices, like you see in Stephen King movies or something freaky like that. I'm talking those voices in your head that tell you that you're doing it wrong. Those voices that keep you from pursuing things, just because. But, what I have learned is that there are good voices too, they're just harder to hear.
I'm Natalie. I'm a 35-year-old mother of two daughters. I grew up in the suburb of suburbs- Alpharetta, GA ( 30 miles north of Atlanta). But, I like to tell myself that I escaped the quintessential suburban upbringing due to the fact that I grew up on a 12-acre horse farm and mucked stalls after school every afternoon for 15+ years. Not that that really matters, but it does have some meaning in the grand scheme of things.
My husband and I are high school sweethearts. We attended the University of Georgia together and married one year after graduation. The next 7 years were filled with starting a business for him and veterinary school for me. In 2012, we welcomed our first daughter. We had our second daughter just over two years later. We call Athens, GA home. Enough of my bio. Back to the voices.
So, naturally I was told I could do anything I wanted when I grew up. And, thankfully, this was true. I don't diminish this privilege for one second. I know how fortunate I am... this is one of the voices. The voice of "you can do whatever you want with your life, so you better do it". Do you have that voice? I did and still do. I listened to that voice and pursued my dream of becoming an equine veterinarian- check! Now what?
You see, what I have learned is that this voice never stops- as it shouldn't. Because our dreams don't stop. I once thought that you grow up and pursue your dreams and that you live happily ever after. What I am now learning is that happily ever after is the continuation of developing those dreams and then actively pursuing them. Rinse and repeat. We are not programmed to stop learning, stop creating, stop growing. If we did this, what kind of happily ever after would that be?
My wish for you. Keep listening to this voice. It's there for a reason.
More voices to come.
To be continued...