You are stronger than you realize – here’s how I know

You are stronger than you even know.

How do I know without knowing you?

Well, because I know that what doesnโ€™t break you is because of that strength.

This one came close though.
Not gonna lie.

This is a picture of me with my husband in cardiac stepdown a few years ago.

Stronger than you realize: Me and Steve in Stepdown

It took a lot for him to get there.
It was a major life achievement.

Heโ€™s spent 6 unresponsive days in cardiac ICU and 13 with a machine breathing for him. When he could finally breathe on his own, he graduated to stepdown then spent another month learning how to eat, shower, dress and walk again before he could come home.

A heart procedure that was supposed to take a week from surgery to discharge took almost 2 months.

That whole time, Delray Beach Medical Center was my office.

This isnโ€™t a WFH post.
This is a SP&DWW post.

๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ & ๐——๐—ผ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐˜€.

๐ŸŒŸ๐™๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช.๐ŸŒŸ

Family first.
Time wonโ€™t wait.

Youโ€™ve heard them all before.
So had I.

But when it happens it always ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด different than the misty morning meadow or snow-capped mountain range posters.

And when it happens it sure as heck ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ด different than the open embrace or celebratory silhouette motivational pictures.

It did for me.
It will for you.

And thatโ€™s ok.

Because all that matters is that you are stronger and more powerful than you might yet realize.
And you WILL get through it.

Life happens during work hours.
No doubt about it.

Everyone is going through something while they’re showing up for everything else.
And it can get overwhelming.

It has been for me.
It will be for you.

And that’s ok.

So, while life may not look or feel like a motivational poster when itโ€™s going crazy train bonkers all around you — when you read them through that lens, the messages they share are pretty damned spot on!

๐Ÿ˜Š When you believe you can you ARE halfway there.
๐Ÿ˜Š Your present situation is NOT your final destination.
๐Ÿ˜Š All things ARE difficult before they are easy.
๐Ÿ˜Š YOU are stronger than you think.
๐Ÿ˜Š Change is inevitable.
๐Ÿ˜Š Courage is power.
๐Ÿ˜Š You are everything to someone.

Whatever might be happening in your world that is pushing you to a point youโ€™re not sure you can handle:
๐Ÿค— Lean on anyone and everyone you need to. People DO want to help and support you.
๐Ÿค—Take your time with everything. This is YOUR life and you CAN set the schedule.
๐Ÿค—Be kind โ€“ especially to yourself. You are the MVP of your life โ€“ and I guarantee someone elseโ€™s.

๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ & ๐——๐—ผ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐˜€.
๐™๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช.

(they only made one of you – so, you know, you’re kind of a big deal) ๐Ÿ˜‰

๐Ÿ‘‹I’m Gretchen

๐Ÿ‘‰I am a career and personal development strategist on a mission to teach you to find what you love without losing yourself in the process.
๐ŸŽฏI create sane strategies that produce serious results.

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