"Every man dies, but not every man really lives." - that's one of my favorite quotes from Braveheart, words of wisdom that I use to remind myself every morning.
I noticed that our roads, our path to whatever destination, are connected by our attitude and purpose. Seven years ago, I bumped into a very driven individual. Our boys (her eldest, my youngest) were in Kindergarten. It was the first day of school and the boys were in the playground. And as an "older mom", I introduced myself -- and that was the beginning of my friendship with Sonia.
While the boys were in school, we used to go to BarnesandNoble, sipped some Starbucks latte and talked about almost anything. We clicked right away. In the beginning I thought she was shy, but then before I knew it - she became my "adventure" go-to friend.
Who do you think came up with the idea of going to Target's parking lot at midnight and did these?
Oh yeah, she even dared me to dance at Times Square --- and ended up being filmed by a group of Koreans!
My friend, Sonia, completed various triathlons, did a few different variations of marathons (including something that involved mud), started making and selling yoga inspired jewelry and bags and recently, she became a certified life coach.
We pushed our limits, together with another friend of ours, Dawn, -- and had fun doing every adventure from New York's flying trapeze, dancing our hearts out, Bikram Yoga, New York pole dancing and planning ways to make the world a happier place. Maybe that's why our families nicknamed us the "bebop ladies".
So you can't have an excuse feeling sorry or letting your "limiting beliefs" (I'm borrowing that phrase from her) discourage you from trying new things.
A month before I published my first book, "Out of Status", I was ambivalent towards public speaking, but as I mentioned in my earlier post, "When something comes naturally..." Sonia said something that mattered --
"When you're up there addressing and speaking about your message and your story, if you inspire ONE immigrant, isn't it worth trying?"
She is natural at life coaching -- which makes it effortless! (You should really try to contact her to get one of her introductory sessions. You just need to make the initial step --- call/email her!)
GottaLoveMom is privileged to have Sonia as one of our resident writers. Her philosophy "just because you're alive does not mean you're living" will definitely shine through anything she submits for GottaLoveMom.
Here's Sonia's short bio:
Sonia Lopez Simpson – CPC, ELI-MP is a Certified Life & Transition Coach and a domestic engineer. Sonia is passionate about living life to the fullest and works with clients to help them do the same! Sonia specializes in working with moms who’ve lost their sense of self and their identity after taking care of everyone else. She helps moms answer the question: “who are you in addition to a mom?” Sonia believes it’s never too late to get your “mama mojo” back! Check out her website at www.sonialopezcoaching.com .
I don't know about you, but I can't wait to read her first blog post.
So stay tuned!