Finding Your Own Motivation

Sometimes it can be difficult to motivate yourself. When life doesn't move as fast as you want it to in a certain direction, and too fast in another, it can be a challenge to remain focused on your goals, ambitions, dreams, priorities. That's when you have to be able to answer the question, what is it I want out of life, and what steps will take me there? 

It's a hard question, one that makes nearly everyone uncomfortable, because answering it means stepping outside of your comfort zone, into unknown territory, being vulnerable, putting yourself and your dreams out there. But to answer it, fully, tightens your perception of yourself and reality.

Motivation and inspiration and achievement don't come out of nowhere, they are practiced and developed. It's not just self motivation, nor just external motivation, it's a combination of both, a nuanced mix of convincing yourself to do something based on your understanding of the expected results. But sometimes your understanding is wrong, and sometimes convincing yourself to do something is harder than you thought. 

I started Maderas Beach Co. because I have a passion for travel, beauty, nature, art, textile, fashion... and I wanted to open the door to more opportunities involving these things. At the end of the day, I'm trying to create the life I want to live, and I must remind myself of this on a regular basis. 

I don't want to be a fashion designer. I want to be a lifestyle creator. I want to design clothes for the person who values exploration. I want to facilitate discovery. I want to simplify travel. I want to help create memories. I want to spread beauty and craftsmanship.

I find a lot of motivation in contemplating my goals and aspirations, dissecting them to determine what is feasible and what isn't. But sometimes I can be my own saboteur, doubting my talents and ability to go and do, and that's when I turn to the people who inspire me. I have a pretty great support system at home when I need it. But when I need to see the sort of success and drive I'm looking for, I turn to more public figures, as most people do.

Here are some of the people that I find to be so inspiring it makes me giddy.  

Natasha Oakley & Devin Brugman, founders of A Bikini A Day and Monday Swimwear.

Natasha Oakley & Devin Brugman, founders of A Bikini A Day and Monday Swimwear.

Rebekah Steen, artist and blogger at Goldfish Kiss.

Rebekah Steen, artist and blogger at Goldfish Kiss.

Katrina & Karena founders of Tone It Up.

Katrina & Karena founders of Tone It Up.

Meghan Markle, star in Suits and founder of The Tig.

Meghan Markle, star in Suits and founder of The Tig.

Heather "Blue" Van Doorninck, owner of Rancho Chilamate.Β 

Heather "Blue" Van Doorninck, owner of Rancho Chilamate

What's so inspiring about these women? They're go-getters. Unabashed passion-pursuers. They all set out to do the things they love to the best of their ability, and in the process they've found achievement, success, recognition and admiration. They remain humble and down to earth, fiercely determined and hard working, and they live life from their hearts, even in the midst of struggle. 

Natasha, Devin, Meghan, Rebekah, Blue, Katrina, Karena .... thank you for being shining examples of the woman I hope to become. Keep doing what you're doing and inspiring women to be as hard-working and gracious as you are. 

Here's to getting over my fears and pursuing whatever it is I'm meant to pursue.