Facebook's timehop feature shared a photo I posted one year ago today with me this morning and I reposted it with a message of inspiration for my friends and followers.
At the time the photo was taken, I was in year 10 of my collegiate athletics marketing career. I was at the top of my field and working 40-50 hours per week, which included lots of weekends and late nights. When I look at this photo, I see a woman who was exhausted. A sleep-deprived new mama trying to juggle this balance of parenthood and a demanding corporate career, paired with a demanding standard of excellence I lived my life by.
When I posted the photo today, 9 months after I left that corporate career to launch my own business and be a work from home mama, the comments I received were far different than what I had expected.
My friends said things like:
"Your smile looks different now. I can see your sadness (then) - your lack of deep inner fulfillment...It's a look that is GONE now..."
"The sparkle that shines from your pictures now is so different from this one...."
"You look SO different now!"
These comments were more heart-warming than any compliment on my physical appearance I could ever receive. They were compliments of my soul, because the women that love me SEE me now. The real me that was there underneath that suit and that guarded smile.