Wisdom Seeker

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🎧 👉 Prefer audio? You can also listen to me share about this in podcast episode #018 here.

I recently updated all of my social profile bios to include the title ‘Wisdom Seeker.’

It sparked in my mind one day, and I think it really connects with me and my life.

A friend of mine describes me as a ‘seeker’ because I am always seeking improvement and wanting to learn about myself, figure things out, and really engage in life.

I used to chase after external things in life, and boy, would I grasp at experiences, people, or things that I thought would bring me success and happiness.

Somewhere along the way, I discovered that wasn’t working. 

So now I’m really more of a "seeker," not so much a "chaser." And what I seek is wisdom; in other words, knowledge and truth. 

The knowledge I seek is whatever I need to know at the moment in order to live a life of full self-expression. 

And the truth I seek is who I really am underneath the labels and identities defined by the culture and my analytical brain.

What this means is that I am continuing to discover the truly authentic me—especially what I need and want—so that I can live the most fulfilling and joyful life possible. 

And for me, that life includes being creative and teaching through stories in order to inspire others to seek out their own knowledge and truth. 

One of the most valuable things I’ve done over the past 10 years to support me in this process is that I always have coaches and mentors in my life to who I look for guidance.

And what I love about having coaches and mentors is that they have knowledge I don’t yet have.

But what makes a coach or mentor the right fit for me at any time in my life is that they have something in them that almost magnetically pulls my truth out to the surface so that I can discover it. 

The person has to be a good fit for me so that I feel drawn into their world to learn from them and ultimately then be drawn further into myself. 

These teachers have changed over the years as I have evolved and changed myself. 

One thing I know for certain is that if I listen to the whisper inside me—the calm inner voice or intuition or gut feeling—and I take action, I never regret it. So when I feel that type of nudge to follow someone on social media, attend their training, or join their program, I act on it. 

And there’s a definite difference from the FOMO (fear of missing out) type of feeling I sometimes get—FOMO doesn’t come from my calm inner voice—my FOMO voice is one of my inner Saboteurs. It is usually accompanied by feelings of frenetic energy and nervous anxiety.

In the past, the calm whisper inside was easily drowned out by the louder critical inner voices, yet fortunately, that’s not been the case very often before since I’ve been able to settle down all those other voices.

I owe that change to my own willingness to learn and do the work, as well as the teachings of my coaches and mentors.

I have expanded myself in ways I didn’t know were possible. In this past year alone, I have worked with three new coaches inside their programs (two for my business and one for my mindset), and I am soooo happy I chose them. 

There were a few other opportunities that popped up where a bit of FOMO came up, yet fortunately, I identified that quickly and said no. One of those was a topic I wanted to explore, yet the coach wasn’t right for me. A better solution came up a few months later when I decided to hire someone to outsource that aspect of my business and not bother learning it myself.

Another opportunity was a program with a coach I’ve been following for a while and absolutely love the energy and teachings of, yet the timing wasn’t right for me. So I let her know that it was a no right now, and I looked forward to joining in the future.

Ironically I just took a break to grab a bite to eat in the middle of preparing these thoughts, and while I did that, I happened to listen to a 5-minute shorty podcast episode by one of my coaches, Rhonda Britten. The topic was ‘Learn,’ and she spoke about how learning is the one cure for whatever ails us—whether that be our moods or frustrations or really any aspect of our lives. You must be willing to learn, and you must be willing to be wrong about what you think you know.

I’ll be the first to admit it can be really hard to do that though. And that’s where a great coach or mentor comes into play. They can create a space and present a new way to look at something so that you can let go of your old beliefs and patterns. They know how to get your toe in through the side door, the back door, or sometimes the basement or the attic—they can be resourceful. Although the answers are already in each of us, we often need help to discover them.

So being a Wisdom Seeker applies to seeking wisdom for myself in my own life, AND it also applies to how I am a coach and mentor myself. In case you don’t know why I have an owl in my logo and why I have a tagline of Owl Guide You® (get it owl guide you? ha), here’s why:

Owls can navigate in the darkest of night… 
I’ll be your guide and shine a light for you.

Owls can move their heads nearly full circle… 
I’ll help you see new perspectives.

Owls have terrific binocular vision… 
I’ll bring things into focus.

I hope that my podcast helps you learn and find some wisdom about your own life. And I hope you never stop being a Wisdom Seeker yourself.

And if you're interested in working with me in any way (privately or through my program), send me a message here.

"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready, the teacher will disappear."

—Unknown (I always like to give accurate credit for quotes, yet often there’s conflicting information online, so I do my best. I found that although many people credit this quote above to the Tao Te Ching, numerous articles state that it is actually from Zen Buddhism or Theosophy. I’ve heard the first part of this quote numerous times, but only recently did I see it paired with the 2nd part, and I absolutely love the addition. It perfectly summarizes what I’ve talked about today.)

🎧 👉 Prefer audio? You can also listen to me share about this in podcast episode #018 here.

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