When I was about 4 years old, I loved the movie The Wizard of Oz and watched it every day, multiple times a day.
I would sing and dance around the room pretending that I was Dorothy memorizing all the lines and songs. This obsession began my lifelong love of music and the arts as well as gravitating toward impactful, women-centric stories.
In 2019, just one year after creating Curves Ahead, I found myself - yet again- navigating rough spots in my life. I had run back to an ex- boyfriend, my first love, that I thought was a passionate movie-style reunion, but ended up being a cruel, emotionally and financially abusive encounter. Simultaneously, I hated my toxic job and was feeling unfulfilled in a career that had taken 12 years to create. It was a very lonely and difficult period of my life.
Then, one day I was running errands in my car while listening to the"The Path Made Clear" by Oprah Winfrey (I don't know about you, but any time I find myself soul searching, its Oprah that I always turn to). She was talking in great length of the story of The Wizard of Oz and its deeper spiritual meaning.
Oprah's strong voice came through my speakers explaining, "Like so many of us, Dorothy believed she needed something outside of herself in her case THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ to bestow the treasured virtues on her friends and bring her home. But in what I believe is the most powerful part of the film Glinda the Good Witch says the words that spiritual teachers have been trying to convey for thousands of years. "You don't need to be helped any longer," Glinda tells Dorothy , "you've always had the power." Dorothy's most trusted companion the Scarecrow asks Glinda, "Then why didn't you tell her before?" And Glinda replies, "Because she wouldn't have believed me, she had to learn it for herself." This was probably the greatest 'aha' moment of my life, no matter how far away from yourself you may have strayed there is always a path back. You already who know you are and how to fulfill your destiny and your ruby slippers are ready to carry you home. Just before Dorothy clicks her heels she shares the universal lesson that applies to each and every person here on earth "If i ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further then my own backyard because if it isn't there I never really lost it to begin with." This is meant to illustrates that you have the power to discover your purpose and live your greatest truth. It doesn't matter how many yellow brick roads you encounter it has always been right there, at home, in your own backyard, in your heart."
And with these mighty words from Oprah, I safely pulled over my car, put my hand over my heart and began sobbing. I felt like my entire life culminated in this realization. I sobbed for the little girl inside of me that connected with Dorothy on such an innocent and unassuming level and I felt sad that I didn't grasp this teaching until too many years later. Too many heartbreaks, too many times doubting myself, too many times searching outside of myself when I already had all of the answers and all of the power.
It was that day that I decided that this lesson from Dorothy would be my life's manifesto or my 'why.' Claiming this theme for my life and my business has opened numerous doors of opportunity like obtaining a coaching credential and helping me to check in with myself even on the toughest days. I keep this quote from Glinda hanging over my home office as a reminder of my intention to continue to embark upon my own self love journey and help other women to do the same while navigating the curves ahead of their careers, businesses and lives.
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