What a year, and it’s only half over! So much is going on in my life, and I’m sure in yours as well. Let’s catch up to life in the real lane.
A few highlights from my personal life:
- In January, my husband and I celebrated our thirty-first anniversary. Crazy! In some ways it seems like we’ve been together forever, but at the same time, as if we blinked our eyes, and the time melted away. I adore this man more than I ever dreamed possible on the day I said, “I will take you as my lawfully wedded husband.” He’s a keeper.
- In April, my father-in-law had a second brain tumor removed in less than a year’s time. Though it hasn’t been easy on him or those who care for him, we are so grateful for the opportunity to love even longer.
- In May, I privately celebrated the 17 year anniversary of my sister’s kidney transplant. As a donor, it’s an experience that changed my life, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. One of my favorite philosophies came from my difficult period of healing. When frustrations and fear come along, I try to remind myself, “If this is the worst thing that happens today, it’s been a really good day.”
- This month, in June, my grandson turned ten. He is growing into such an amazing young man, even while his life circumstances are often painful, his sweet spirit endures, and I praise God for the gift of it.
- In January, requests started flowing in from business coaching clients, for training presentations, and speaking events all over the country. What an honor to share things I’ve learned about successful living. Passionately. Profitably. Productively. Peacefully. Purposefully. Aren’t these things we all seek?
- In February, I broke a threshhold from speaking to audiences ranging from a handful into the high hundreds, where I spoke in a college colliseum to a crowd of nearly 5,000. What a rush, especially when folks lined up to talk to me privately afterwards. There is no feeling in the world like touching the hearts and minds of others in a positive way.
- In February, I also traveled to speak in six states during that short month. Talk about life in the fast lane.
- In March, I signed the contract for my next book, Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, releasing in April, 2015 through Barbour Publishing. Am I excited about this title!
- In April, my partners and I finalized Phase Two of our business coaching project with a large client out of Minnesota. There’s nothing like showing people how they can save tens of thousands of dollars, make even more, while discovering the true secrets to peace and happiness.
- In May, I traveled to three states for more speaking presentations and training events. No wonder I’m feeling a bit sluggish.
- This month, I’m slowing down a bit to concentrate on finishing my new manuscript. This means crawling into my Writer’s Cave often. (The deadline is September 1st.) But I am going to Illinois and Georgia for speaking engagements, so it’s not all quiet on the home front.
These are just a few of the things that challenge and tug on me as I write. I didn’t list many things, sad and happy, for lack of space and time. But everything I experience offers fresh fodder for the books, articles, and blogs where my words hopefully help others. I don’t do any of this for myself. I do it because I want to make a difference for others, I want my life to have meaning in the legacy I leave behind, and I want to inspire people everywhere to make fresh starts. For me, this is life in the real lane.
Anita Fresh Faith
What’s going on in your life, and how are you allowing your circumstances to help others?
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT)
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, and national speaker. Anita is also the author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Lifeway, Christianbook.com, select Walmart’s, plus many fine stores.
Her new book, Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, releases April, 2015 through Barbour Publishing.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, and a client of WordServe Literary Group. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries. Anita co-hosts a weekly podcast, Engaging Life and Leadership with Darren Dake, available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcast platforms.
Anita is passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.
Her favorite pastime is lounging by a river or lake in Missouri, laughing with her husband of thirty years, Ricky.