The Simply Luxurious Life®: Take The Reins  

October 18, 2010

Take The Reins

“For all of us, especially for women,

you need to know that everything

you want, you can have for yourself. 

You don’t have to depend on anyone else.

You’re not at the effect of anyone

or anything else in the end . . .

if you want to take the reins of your life,

you can create the love in your life

that you most want.”

-Dr. Laura Berman

Completing a marathon brings with it a high, a raised confidence and belief in yourself that you may not have ever had or maybe had lost for a time.  After finishing my second marathon recently, I was eager for this.  I’ll be honest, it was in part what motivated me when I was thankful for the natural drug of adrenaline that kicked in. But the funny thing is, this instance, this particular time, the high is a bit different, and I think a lot of it has to do with where I am in my life at this point in time.

So, by the mere chance that I came across the above quote this past week I feel it serendipitous in regards to the timing. Often when an aphorism grabs hold of anyone, it is because they are ready for the lesson.  They are ready to listen, to apply it to their life.  And in this case, I was finally ready to hear this, and below is what I gathered from it.

To begin with, we must all ask ourselves how did we arrive at the moment we are now standing in? What has allowed us to be here? It is my hope that you are standing in a spot in which looking at your past reveals struggle, yet triumph, tears that eventually lead you to more joy because you refused to remain somewhere that didn’t sit well with you.  Ultimately, I hope you are standing in a place that fills you with joy. But if that is not the case, you are reading this now and you are here, and the question still remains, what brought you here?

If you are reading this, you must have at least an inkling of continually trying to improve your life, to continually try to grow and evolve to become the best person you can be.  That, in and of itself, is the greatest fuel to living a life that may have only at one point been visible in a dream.

Whatever you desire can be yours. Whatever life you dream to make for yourself, can be yours. You can stand on your own two feet and simply enjoy the company of others and view their kindness, friendship and love as the icing on the cake of the life that is yours. It doesn’t mean that you don’t work with people, it doesn’t mean that you shut people out, but it does mean that you rely on yourself, not others, to make your dreams a reality.  After all, if everyone else is chasing their own dreams, there’s no one left to make yours come true, so get going. Start working. Start putting forth the effort, the passion, the sweat and the tears (because nothing ever worth having, ever came easy) that are necessary.

What I think is liberating about this quote is that for so many generations, historically and in each of our own ancestries, the idea of a woman needing something else to be complete, to be whole, to be worthy, was assumed.  In the past few decades this has dissipated a bit, but the idea, shockingly, is still there. The opportunity to change that belief resides in each of us.  As long as we believe that we are enough, we will be and the beauty and riches of life will come pouring in.  It may take time, but a sense of relief, the sense of knowing you can stand on your own two feet, will be, and most likely already is for many women reading this, the most amazing and tremendous confidence builder you could ever find. And once you’ve accepted this realization and you have that confidence, you can begin to live life on your terms.  It will take strength. You will have to say no at times. You will see some people walk away, but you will also see a lot of amazing people walk toward you.

There may be moments of doubt through this journey, but in these times, look to women who inspire you, who can advise you and will build you up.  Whether it be people you can chat with face to face, over the phone, or even if it means diving into the biography of a woman who provokes you to stand up and stop leaning, go there.  You will need it at times, but just know you can do it.

Think of the peace of mind, the sleep filled nights, and the satisfaction of knowing you can fall back on yourself. What a sweet reality.

Here’s to a beautiful and rewarding week everyone.


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At October 18, 2010 at 1:32 AM , Blogger Fiona said...

Wow. This is a powerful post. It's so motivating. And beautifully written. Thank you so much!

At October 18, 2010 at 5:26 AM , Blogger Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

it IS refreshing to know - that i don't "need anyone" or "depend" on anyone - that i have myself to be where i want to be - who i want to be - and go where i need to go ..

At October 18, 2010 at 6:05 AM , Blogger High Heeled Life said...

What a wonderful and timely post. As I read your words, my eyes filled with tears, for all you wrote I so knew and lived pre-accident. Post accident, its like I have at times been floating in a haze - lost. Post accident there was and at times remains a need to depend on others for all ~ but your words today reminded me that faith and belief in myself will also bring about a different happiness and fulfillment!

Sometimes, as I read your posts it feels like the universe is making sure I read what I most need. Thank you for choosing to blog..xo HHL

At October 18, 2010 at 6:15 AM , Blogger Cara said...

Seeing my mom lose m dad at such a young age, I made a promise to myself then that I would never depend on anyone else, that i needed to be able to support myself on my own...

At October 18, 2010 at 6:27 AM , Blogger Nikki said...

Great post!!!!
I love that quote. It's so important and so true.


At October 18, 2010 at 8:06 AM , Blogger Piper (DailyDivaDish) said...

First off, congrats on finishing your marathon! Your post was just what I needed to read today. Not only is the message inspiring, but your the way in which you present it is always so beautiful.

I love the question you ask..."what brought you here"? It's a question I've asked myself a lot recently. Because I think that once one truly understands what brought them to a place in their life, the vision for their future becomes much more clear. Have a beautiful day!
XO Piper

At October 18, 2010 at 10:52 AM , Blogger Marcie said...

Beautiful and true! Love this post. Very empowering.

xo M

At October 18, 2010 at 12:17 PM , Anonymous Monique said...

I just found your blog through Piper's (Daily Diva Dish) Tweet. I can't tell you how much I needed to read something like this today. Thank you for bringing me back to reality. I'm so glad I stumbled upon your lovely blog!

At October 18, 2010 at 1:01 PM , Blogger VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Powerfull and timeless post,Shannon:-)*

Thank you again for you mental embracing and wish you fabulous week too!

Love and hugs,

At October 18, 2010 at 2:37 PM , Blogger RealBeauty said...

Happy Monday! I love her dress in the first picture. It is such a moody picture...those are the images that I love!

At October 18, 2010 at 8:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read this post and sighed with relief. Today was a long day, and reading this was the most refreshing thing that I came across. Thank you.
Sara Kate

At October 18, 2010 at 10:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really fabulous post. So well written and very inspiring. Thank you

At January 7, 2011 at 11:27 AM , Blogger Vixenlibra said...

Thanks so much for the blog, posts, inspiration,enlightenment, and images! :) I have tried various things over the course of my life and still find myself wondering what direction to take in relation to "what to do?". This post is reassuring that whatever I decide, I can do it on my own. (just gotta figure it out :)) Right on time.

At March 1, 2011 at 3:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fabulously written. How inspiring your posts are! Good thing I don't have to pic my favorites, it'd truly impossible. Thank you so much for enriching our lives with your wisdom. I wish you the same enrichment that you give to others. Peace be with you dearest Simply Lux.

At March 4, 2011 at 8:51 AM , Blogger Serendipitously Southern said...

I just read your post and thought it was amazing! It is so interesting that it came at a time for me when I had just this past week decided for myself to do all of the things you talked about in this post! I look forward to all of your posts and am so glad I "stumbled" upon them. Out of all the blogs I follow, yours is my favorite. You have an incredible talent...


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