I love Misty Gibbs’ “My Inspiration Lounge” website (“be inspired, get informed, embrace life”), so when I heard she was moving to Austin, I couldn’t wait to see what she’d come up with just for us! Indeed, in only a short time she has started “Austin Women Online,” a website “helping each other live our best life!”
I asked Misty to share her ideas and tips about taking a Do-Over! Here’s her wisdom:
“I would consider the last three years a big Do-Over! time in my life. Eyes wide open; I’ve been focused on reclaiming the creative-fun-adventurous side of me lost to the corporate world and becoming a mom over the years. Choosing to live life on my terms and pursue my passions inspired MyInspirationLounge.com, a website I launched to empower other busy women to create change.
“My most recent Do-Over! was the big leap of faith we took last year moving our family from Santa Barbara to Austin. We didn’t have many friends or family here, but our move has paid off in so many ways. Being a part of a vibrant, strong community and feeling at home has allowed my entire family to flourish in their own ways. I was instantly inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit, philanthropic focus, and social lifestyle in Austin, so I created Austin Women Online, a website for local inspiration and where the best of Austin’s people, charities, events and businesses can be shared.
“Throughout all of this, I realized that we’re reinventing ourselves all the time. Sometimes we don’t see it happening, other times – our eyes are wide-open. Here are the four things I learned about do-overs:
1. You will be presented with many moments where you have to make a choice – to survive or thrive. Choose to thrive!
2. Ignore the naysayers and stick with your dreams!
3. Follow your gut and take a chance, the payoff is so worth it and beyond what you imagined!
4. You have to be open to change, in order for change to happen.”
Misty Gibbs is founder of Austin Women and MyInspirationLounge.com, a one-stop shop for women to explore the best inspiration on the web. Her mission is to empower busy women with the information and inspiration they need to change their life in minutes. My Inspiration Lounge and Misty’s tips have been featured in MORE, The Women’s Conference, Sunset Magazine, Real Simple, Huffington Post, and Extraordinary Women Magazine. Tips on how to thrive are sent out weekly in her newsletter, InspireMail.