Posted by: faultlessfinish | October 1, 2012

Slap Across the Face

“Life’s blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed by the fire of enthusiasm.” – Norman Vincent Peale

A few years ago, certain events transpired in my life, and as a result of these events, I became a “puddle on the floor,” so to speak. That’s the best way I know to describe it. I was numb. Immobile. Without purpose.

Without passion.

I took each moment one day at a time, but only because that’s what would get me through the day. And then, with the help of friends and some soul searching, clarity smacked me across the face: This is your life, Rach. It’s going to keep unfolding whether you want it to or not. So what do you want?

I realized I wanted a life of passion. I wanted a career that excited me, that gave me freedom and a sense of purpose within the bigger picture. I wanted to spend time building lasting friendships with people who inspired me. I wanted to be at peace with myself and who I was, regardless of my “relationship status.”

The change was gradual – still each day one moment at a time, but with enthusiasm, with passion.

Fear is immobilizing. Lack of passion is immobilizing. Get angry, be sad, feel what you gotta feel, but let these feeling fuel change. What do you want?

Enough about me. I want to hear from you. What are you passionate about?

Song of the Week: “Elephant” – Tame Impala

Namaste 🙂



  1. Rachel you are One in a Million, thank you for being you, and for doing what you do. Oh, and I am passionate about sharing my smile and my energy. Like a rock that leaves ripples as it skips across the water, so can we leave smiles that ripple out from we have been. : )

    • Right back at ya BawB!! Thanks for all your positive energy 🙂

  2. What inspires me is when people pick themselves back up after a tramatic emotional, physical or financial event. Emotional is first, as I myself have had all three. Hearing the words “there is this guy…” was the hardest to deal with, and way above the others.

    Ps: that person was an absolute fool. One in a million millions you are.

  3. Yay! I love reading your blogs Monday morning. You inspire me to be a better teacher – mostly because I want to help my students to become great people like you. Sometimes teaching loses it’s lustre for me and I have to take a step back and remind myself that each day I get to work with amazing kids. You hit the nail on the head with life unfolding with or without you. On those days when I’m exhausted and cranky, I have to remember that my students’ lives are going to continue to grow and develop despite my mood, and I need to help foster a positive, rather than negative, existence for them. Keep up the great posts my friend!

    • Thank you for being a daily inspiration to me, friend! You are an incredible teacher and have already made such a huge difference in so many students’ lives!

  4. Ah. So wise! “Life will keep unfolding…” A few years back I realized something similar to this, that you are the only person who will make your happiness and health a top priority – no one else! So simple, but so important. You are in control!

    • Thanks Chels! Yeah, it’s a pretty liberating feeling when you realize you’re the only one in control of your decisions. And kind of scary too!

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