Take a Brake – Make a Difference
After many, many years of suppression for various reasons, I am finally getting back to my true self. I am allowing myself the freedom to be me. I didn’t realize I had major trust issues. I didn’t recognize I was a workaholic. I honestly didn’t know I wasn’t being authentic – until I was. Once I was faced with those truths, I knew why I felt the way I did. I knew why I was feeling unfulfilled, frustrated, and restless. I am healing. I am learning to release all the negativity from my past and live in the present. I know that I am totally and completely whole because I was created perfectly and I am right where I need to be at the right time. I am learning to slow down. To rest and play more. Not to stress out over things or overthink. And, I want to take a brake so I can make a difference. I know what some of you are thinking because I am a grammar and spelling geek. I know brake is what is on your car. But think about it. Brakes help you stop. And, a police officer will tell you it is unlawful not to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. So why is it so hard?
Why is it so hard to stop completely? To brake – and rest. Well, for some of us it’s because if we stop, we have to look at ourselves and that can be difficult. We would have to quit blaming others or our circumstances and take responsibility. We may see things we don’t like. We may feel pain. But I promise you, if you brake, it will be worth it. We can only truly love others, help others, and make a difference when we are true to ourselves first. And we can only be true to ourselves by taking time for ourselves. Our world is a true dichotomy. On one hand, it tells us to be selfish and to look out for #1. On the other hand, some of us have been taught and made to feel like we have to give to everyone else and we give ourselves the leftovers – if there are any.
It’s ironic that months ago, when we were encouraged to stay home, we all slowed down. We took a forced brake, so to speak. Now as the end of the year that we thought would never come is upon us, I notice many of us have adjusted to a new normal and are just as “busy” as we ever were, and far less productive. If we try hard enough, it’s easy to fill our time with seemingly urgent, yet unimportant matters. It’s not as easy to take a brake.
By my taking a brake, I have learned so much. I am going to be making some changes in my current business as well as starting another project to make a difference in people’s lives. One of those changes is that my blog will be monthly instead of weekly. Another is a new website that will be rolling out soon. Stay tuned for more information. I can’t wait to see what 2021 brings me, now that I am enlightened. If you take a brake, you will be excited to be able to make a difference as well. We are all on our own journey and whether it’s real estate need or just someone to lend an ear, I am here for you.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.