Living the American Dream… the societal norm says as soon as you graduate high school you should get out of your parents home, go to college, find a job, get married, buy a house and a car, have children, and live happily ever after. Once you have done these things you are living the American Dream. Aren’t you?

Well, several years after purchasing my first investment property IN PURSUIT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM, I woke up one day and asked myself “who am I?” I felt as if I were living someone else’s life. I didn’t abide by all of the norms associated with the American Dream, but I had come pretty darn close, however on occasion veering off and taking the road less traveled. With this realization I decided it was time for a change. It took 3 years, but I finally sold my investment property although at a huge lose financially.  The process also took an emotional toll on me for which I was not prepared. The most important thing for me was that I could and would move on, move forward, start fresh, and redefine my reality, redefine my normal.

All the events that happened in the span of 1 1/2 years has been both amazing yet humbling. I left my full-time job, sold my home, traveled the country exploring parts of the United States I had not visited and started by business Balance & Evolve, LLC. Based on comments from people who know me well, both my life and my skin looks different. That’s because I do what makes me happy and that which gives me peace of mind. I have redefined my normal. My normal probably does not fit your definition of the American Dream or of society’s norm but that is by design because this is MY normal redefined.

My challenge to you is to redefine your normal.

What do you want your life to look like? What makes you happy? What do you want to change/keep the same? What sacrifices are you willing to take to live the life you want? Are you important enough to redefine your normal? Do you have the support to redefine who you are or the person you have shared with others?

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