My Story: From Pain To Purpose

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My Story: From Pain To Purpose

Dominique D Wilson

I’ll never forget the night I courageously shared my story publicly as I stood before an audience of about 20 professionals in my community.

Something amazing happened…

A woman approached me after the talk, and asked if I was willing to share my story with her teen daughter as a source of encouragement and inspiration.

Of course I agreed, and later as more inquiries and expressions of gratitude poured in from the audience members—it finally hit me:

My story is NOT all about me.

The reason we all go through trials in life is so that we can:

1)  Get a clear on who we are, and…

2)  Express our unique gifts into the world in service to one another with genuine empathy.

Truth is,

Every experience you’ve ever had is an essential part of the beautiful masterpiece that you ARE right now.

So, here’s my story.

You’ll discover how I found the courage to let go of a life that wasn’t serving me, how I discovered my purpose, and was able to embrace transformation gracefully.


How I Let Go of a Life The Wasn’t Serving Me

Back in 2012,

I had enough, and decided that

I packed my bags, bought a one-way ticket, and left my ex-husband for good!

Now, I won’t tell you that leaving was a piece of cake.

I had an amazing community, great friendships, nearby family, and the pleasure of pursuing my passion in the one city I love most.

But,

I also won’t tell you that trying to please everyone else, and save my marriage was worth the steady decline of my dignity and self-respect.

Behind the smile, I was miserable because I knew deep down that my life was meant for more.

I was ready to say YES to a new life, and in order to create that—I had to let go of the old one because it no longer served me.


How I Discovered My Purpose

Have you ever felt trapped?

Like real you is inside—yearning to be seen and heard for who you really are, but silenced by your circumstances? Marriage? Roles? Fears?

That used to be me.

I spent many years searching for my purpose in the wrong places, which led to people-pleasing behavior.

hid my true voice, gifts, passions, and dreams from the world—terrified of being seen for who I really was and rejected.

Fast-forward to 2012…

My 10-year relationship ended in a divorce, and everything I thought I knew about myself, life, and love had come crashing down with it.

I was absolutely devastated, and I questioned everything. This was my rock bottom.

For the first time ever, the illusion was shattered—I realized that I didn’t have a clear sense of my identity or purpose.

Little did I know then…

When life gives us a second chance, it doesn’t always come wrapped in a pretty package.

Just know that the sun is about to rise on you again.

This sparked in me a hunger like never before to know myself and love her fiercely!

I knew deep down that my life was meant for more, so I began to an inward journey of self-care—journaling, meditation, spiritual baths, affirmations, eating well, and becoming my ideal partner.

I now see my story a rich source of inspiration, empowerment, and education that I can share with other women all over the world.


How To Embrace Transformation Gracefully

 

Transformation often happens after a major life change or crisis—divorce, trauma, loss of a loved one, geographical move, etc.

Mine was more of a spiritual awakening to the truth of who I AM triggered by my divorce.

No matter what the circumstances are, you can embrace transformation gracefully by starting with your inner dialogue.

For me, this looked like listening to that little voice within that’s always been there.

…The voice that gently reminds me in the midst of my storm, 

“You are not broken, but beloved. You were created perfect, whole, and complete…

You alone are responsible for your life, and you get to choose how you show up in it.”

Embracing my transformation meant asking myself a different type of question—a powerful question that led to self-responsibility.

Your mind is obedient to you, and will always grant an answer to whatever you ask it.

So, when I chose to ask, “How does it get any better than this?”

It opened my awareness to a realm of infinite possibilities.

It was in that space that I discovered my path of power and purpose.

It was both empowering and terrifying to know that I alone get to choose my next step.

The only thing holding us back from living the life we really want is our belief about who we are.

You stand in your full power when you ask yourself powerful questions, and show up to answer them in the way you take your next step.


YOUR ASSIGNMENT:

Post your answers in the comment section below:

1)  Choose one area of your life in which you’re not satisfied right now, and answer the question: “How does it get any better than this?”

2)  What’s just one step you can take today to transform that desire into your reality?

 

In Peace & Beauty,

Dominique

 

P.S. If you’re ready harness the power of owning your story, and learn how to transform pain into purpose, then click the button below to learn more about my Express Yourself 90-Minute Private Intensive.

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Get customized 1-on-1 support to transform your inspiring story into a compelling, personal brand statement. In this 90-minute consultation, you'll outline a clear mission statement for your life and business that combines the values in your story with the vision in your heart. You'll learn how to overcome the fear of putting yourself out there whether you're an aspiring speaker, writer or blogger. You'll describe your ideal audience, and outline a 30-day action plan to start connecting with them.

Get customized 1-on-1 support to transform your inspiring story into a compelling, personal brand statement. In this 90-minute consultation, you'll outline a clear mission statement for your life and business that combines the values in your story with the vision in your heart. You'll learn how to overcome the fear of putting yourself out there whether you're an aspiring speaker, writer or blogger. You'll describe your ideal audience, and outline a 30-day action plan to start connecting with them.

Get customized 1-on-1 support to transform your inspiring story into a compelling, personal brand statement. In this 90-minute consultation, you'll outline a clear mission statement for your life and business that combines the values in your story with the vision in your heart. You'll learn how to overcome the fear of putting yourself out there whether you're an aspiring speaker, writer or blogger. You'll describe your ideal audience, and outline a 30-day action plan to start connecting with them.

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