The Joy of Challenges

stormsLife can sometimes seem filled with challenges; some call it struggles and others could call it problems. The truth is these challenges have been created through our own way of thinking about our circumstances. By worrying, we focus on the worst possible outcome, and we are then creating our reality with the fear of that very reality. As challenged as we may feel to accept that, it’s the truth.  

As we focus on everything that could go wrong, we miss out on the joy of the journey and what could possibly go really well. This latent fear of some sort then pushes away the very outcome of that which we actually deeply desire.   

Having grown up in a home where we were often financially challenged and living on credit, I use to worry constantly that I wouldn’t have enough to raise three children. I feared this deeply and as the challenges started mounting such as cancelled client contracts and piling up overdue bills, I realized that this worrying about not having enough was actually creating all of these financial challenges.  

As we start to focus our thoughts and emotions on a positive outcome and on the very thing that we really want, we start to recreate our lives to one that we love.  

I started focussing my thoughts on what I wanted and why. My objective was clear, to give us the life we deserve. I focussed all my thoughts on my love for my children and what I loved about myself and my life: the small free joys in life such as nature and time together as a family, my warm home, all this even though money was still a challenge.  

When we catch the thoughts created through tension, fear, anger and sadness, in their tracks and choose to rather focus on thoughts created in love, calm and joy, we can begin to create an inspired life.  

We could rather switch our problems and struggles to challenges. Focus on what we have to be grateful for in these challenges. And as this gratitude grows, we begin to see and accept the gifts in the challenges such as growing stronger, which will begin to change our lives in the most positive of ways ~ Alison Livanos.  

Discovering Your Passion


Amidst the chaos and confusion of this world, we sometimes get carried away by the tidal wave of society’s expectations of us. We choose a career based on other people’s expectations, sometimes our parents or school teachers and even what the media portrays as successful. We create beliefs about ourselves and life, both positive and negative, by the way that adults respond to us as children and then we create our lives around these belief systems. And then we have children. And somewhere between doing our best to balance Mom duties and the working world, we forget who we truly are and what we are actually here to do in the first place.

We all have a set of highest values that we live by and it is within these that we find our passion. A life purpose. A destiny. Call it what you may. And sometimes, more so than not, what we think we have to do, doesn’t really fit with what we love to do. Instead it’s according to someone else’s values. And when we are dragging ourselves along doing what we think we have to do, our bodies start taking strain. Our emotions become overwhelming. Challenges seem to grow. The children demand our love and attention. And well, how can we give them the unconditional love they need when we are somehow not feeling the love for ourselves and our career.

Life is one big journey. And our children are part of our journey. And we all have a destiny, the reason we are here in the first place and our children are part of our journey and our lessons. When we find our destiny and our purpose and begin the steps towards living that passion, our love for life grows along with our love for everyone and everything else, including our children.

As we ignite our passion within, we begin to live life according to our own personal values and we begin to grow and flourish. We make money doing what we love. Our health and wellness comes into balance with less harmful stress. Our relationships flourish. And our love for ourselves grows stronger and stronger.

How do we ignite our passion within? By remembering who we truly are and what we truly love about ourselves and life and when we discover what you truly love and who you truly are, that’s where your passion lies. Deep within your heart ~ Alison Livanos.