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Michelle Ainslie Michelle Ainslie fearless creator. passionate solopreneur. avid supporter.

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I always felt, deep down, that I was called to be someone great and do something that would change the world, but I could never figure out what that something was. I wanted something to live for. Something to stand for. Meaning.

Then I realized it wasn’t one big, shouted-from-the-heavens calling I was predestined to fulfill, but rather a yearning in my heart that I was simply meant to follow. That meant forgetting about what made sense and what people were telling me to do, forgetting about money and success and what looked good. I decided to figure out what was most important to me and to have as much of that in my life as possible.

There are still days when I catch myself trying to impress others by doing something that looks good on the outside (and yet feels so wrong on the inside), when I’m trying so hard to be someone else that I completely lose who I am. Those are the days I fail. It feels wrong. It gets confusing. I try too hard. 

To get back in line with the real me, I don’t think. I don’t plan. I don’t try. I just am. I feel what my next move should be. Sometimes it’s following up on a brilliant business idea and creating something phenomenal. Other times it’s simply making a hot cup of tea.

One of the biggest mistakes we can make is doing what makes sense or doing what we think we must do. We do stuff to impress other people or to follow the road we think is paved with the most money and prestige. 

The only true way to a life of purpose is to feel. To follow the heart. We must do what moves us and what makes us come alive. Anything else is a show.

Forget about what people think. Forget about what salary you need to earn to pay the bills. Forget about logic and reasoning. Ask instead: What do I really want to do? What’s inside that I yearn to share with the world? What can I do today that will make me come alive?

Then do that.

When I’m making a decision, I feel the options: Which option makes me feel free and alive? Which one makes me feel tied down and stuck? I always go in the direction of free.

Michelle Ainslie

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