This week I'm super excited to share with you this inspiring lady - Misty Sansom.
Misty is a writer and coach dedicated to helping people find their purpose and bring it to life.
Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, the Daily Guru and MindBodyGreen, covering personal growth, personal development, intuition, and of course, purpose.
Through her online tools, ebooks and articles, she helps you find clarity on who you are and what you want out of life. Want to find out your personality profile? You can take her free quiz here: www.mistysansom.com
I've loved interviewing this beautiful lady and her words of wisdom where oh so inspiring. She shares with us lots about passion, purpose and what she's done to make her dreams a reality.
I know you are going to love learning more about her just as much as I have!
What does emotional wellbeing mean to you?
To me, emotional wellbeing means being kind and gentle with ourselves. Often we can be really hard on ourselves, and ‘talk’ to ourselves in a way we would never speak to a friend. So working on this would involve identifying our thought patterns, the stories we believe about ourselves (especially the not so nice ones) and the language we use in different situations.
Because really, it’s what goes on in our mind that has the biggest impact on our emotional wellbeing - not so much what happens externally.
How does a gratitude practice impact your life?
In such a big way. It’s so easy to miss the little things and take them for granted, and as they saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. So I’ve always been conscious of being thankful and expressing gratitude for everything, each day. Over the last few months I’ve posted a daily gratitude post on my Facebook page that anyone is welcome to join in on!
What advice do you have for someone wanting to go after their dreams?
I love this question, and it actually brings up a point I talk to people about in finding their purpose. I think going after your dreams is great, BUT I also think you need to be crystal clear about what your purpose is beforehand. Otherwise, what often happens is you can end up following a passion rather than your purpose. And the truth is, your passions are not your purpose.
You can bring your purpose to life through your passions, but they’re not the purpose itself.
So my advice would be to know exactly what your purpose is first. Once you’ve got that sorted, set goals and break them right down into manageable daily activities. Then, dive in!
What's your favourite:
Ok, I’m such a bookworm and I can’t pick just one, but I do have favourites in different categories! One book I re-read every year or so is The Alchemist. I get something new out of it every time I read it. It’s such beautiful story.
My favourite inspiration/motivation hit comes from The War of Art. Steven Pressfield has a real no-nonsense, ‘just get it done’ style which I love.
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer is an intensely thought provoking spiritual read. His section on consciousness stayed with me for a long time, and has changed how I see the world.
And for non-fiction, I absolutely love The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. Love, loss, business, personal growth, grit, inspiration - it has it all!
Not quite a blog, but the Wholesome Memes page on Facebook is just gorgeous. It’s such a happy little slice of the internet. I don’t actually follow the page purely so I can visit every week or so and binge on wholesome goodness.
My mum’s delicious eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise, seeds, spices and herbs. It’s amazing.
‘I am a part of all that I have met’, which is a line from Tennyson’s Ulysses. To me it’s a reminder of the impact we all have on each other, no matter how fleeting the interaction. It’s like an acknowledgement of all the people you’ve connected with in your life, and everything you’ve learned and taught to one another.
What do you love about life coaching?
This sounds a bit clichéd, but helping people make positive, real, lasting changes in their lives. It feels good to help others!
The biggest challenge you have overcome going after you dreams?
For a long time, I was really worried about putting myself ‘out there’ (and I know I’m not alone in that!). Weirdly, it wasn’t so much what strangers would think, it was more what people who know me would think.
So I could happily write or pitch for big opportunities that would be seen by thousands was fine, but sharing a post on my own Facebook page honestly scared me so much. I was really holding myself back because I was so worried what people would think.
I was writing about this one day, and a thought popped into my head; ‘What people? You know like 100 people well!’
This realisation hit me hard, because it was so true! I was holding myself back because I was worried about what the 100 or so people I know well would think, but really; what would it matter? A lot of them won’t ‘get it’ but that’s ok - they don’t need to. And I don’t need to worry!
Once I let go of that, I was able to focus on the people that do get it, and just write and create for them.
The greatest lesson you have learned?
That anything is achieved, completed or created by doing a little bit every day. It’s those small, consistent steps every single day that get books written, businesses built, degrees earned and communities grown.
Describe your perfect day.
Right now, my perfect day would be a delicious breakfast and a cup of tea with my little boy, a trip to the beach to build sandcastles, lunch in a local cafe, home for writing and creating while my son naps, more work while he plays, a delicious dinner and an early night.
I’m insanely grateful that this is life pretty much every day, so if I could make it just a little more perfect it would be that a personal chef whips up our dinner and a cleaner keeps our home spotless. That would be magical!