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This episode begins with an essay that challenges the roadmaps we’ve been conditioned to follow and asks what if? What if I navigated with trust as my guide?
Then I sit down down with digital content creator Sharon Farrell and I fangirled hard. I’ve been following Sharon’s YouTube channel for about six years and always recommend her content to anyone who wants to learn techniques from a great teacher. Sharon is birthing two big things into this world very soon: The Online Makeup School and her first child. We touch on both of these big topics and we also discuss the YouTube beauty community as a whole, how it’s changed, what it’s like to live so much of your life online, and how makeup can be incredibly empowering for women. Sharon bravely shares her experiences as an Irish ex-pat living in Sydney, especially one who is about to start her family so far from family. This incredible woman exudes warmth and generosity and I can’t wait for you to hear this interview.
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There used to be a roadmap to follow. It had all the stops along the way that you were supposed to visit — high school, college, first job, marriage, babies… but that map isn’t a map to joy or fulfillment. In fact, that map feels more like a prison. The final destination? Disappointment.
The problem is that you’ve been following this map for so long that you’re not even aware that other roads exist and other destinations are valid. You’ve been going through the motions and wishing for another map and something inside you nags, something that says, there’s got to be something more.
We see all these people following the roads they’re on in cars that are nicer than ours and we wonder why they’re so content to continue with the roadmap. There must be something wrong with us.
But maybe we weren’t meant for cars and roads. Maybe we were meant for sailboats, currents, stargazing, and lighthouses.
What if our roads aren’t made of asphalt but of water, waves, and endless possibilities?
Sure there are preferred routes to follow when navigating open waters, but there are no lines to stay between. There are no passing lanes or stoplights. Only a lighthouse that reminds us where the shore is, in case we desire the feeling of groundedness.
Star navigation isn’t exact. Sometimes the clouds obscure our vantage point and we have to rely on our gut. We’re forced to trust ourselves. There comes a point when we’ve learned all we can from where we are and it’s time to make a change to continue our path of growth. It’s time to get uncomfortable to fully step into who we were meant to be.
Because isn’t that what sailing is? An innate trust that we can find our way back without roadsigns and guideposts and landmarks? That we can completely isolate ourselves and return to land when the time is right?
So now the question is, how do we get there? The first step is to ask yourself if you’re driving a boat or a car. Next, tune into your self and the stars. Is it time to throw the map overboard and lean into trust?
My wish for you is to let the water carry you where you need to go, that you’ll surrender to the currents and enjoy the glow of the moon on the water.