Welcome to my newest series, This Is Me! To read other posts in this series, click here. If you want to be involved, please email me for more details! Today, learn more about Marilyn McMurray, someone I met at a blogging event who inspires me with her spin on creative spirituality!
Marilyn has branded herself as a Business Doula, and she talks a lot about helping people find their purpose and remember what they used to love to do when they were younger. She focuses on helping and connecting with people in a way that’s different than how I’ve seen many other people do it. Visit her personal Facebook page and her business Facebook page, and let her know you saw her post here!
This Is Me: Marilyn McMurray
Share a little about yourself, your background and what you’re doing now.
I grew up in the middle of ND. I went to college at the University of Mary in Bismarck and graduated with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. My dad thought I was going to be a professional student because I changed my major about 3 times. I only taught for few years before entering the non-profit world serving people with disabilities. After serving that world for over 20+ years, I knew I needed to make a change. My health had totally tanked due to stress. I took a HUGE leap of faith and quit my job. I didn’t really have a plan but I had taken a course to be a mind, body and spirit practitioner. The reason why my job was so frustrating is that here we were trying to help the people we were serving dream and live their best life and all of us working were stressed out and had lost our purpose. So…..I decided to coach. Along comes Tara Argall, who is the founder and creator of Trailblazing Communications, which is an energy modality that works with your entire life but specifically addresses trauma. I currently serve as the Chief Visionary Officer for Trailblazing Communications and I work as a Business Doula using the Trailblazing Communications System in work. I help business owners remove the static from their business and their busy brains to help them close all the browsers that are working in the background and help them focus on what is important. I have a family too!
How did you discover your purpose, and what keeps you focused on and dedicated to it?
I feel we are constantly living out our purpose in being just who we are—the things that come easy to us are our gift. My purpose is teaching and connecting.
Thinking about your life now, especially with the spiritual side of things, is it what you always imagined you’d be doing? Why or why not, and what have you learned because of that?
No…..have you heard the statement Man Plans and God Laughs? I have learned that Trust is a verb. My husbands goal was to work at the Veterans Administration and now he is a psychic/medium. My goal was to retire from the last non-profit I worked at because in college I wrote it down as my goal because that is where the best of the best worked and now…..well that wasn’t the plan.
What’s something you desperately want other people to know or realize that may help them in their lives?
Life is an unexpected journey. It is so important to surround yourself with a tribe of good people who will be your biggest cheerleaders in the good, bad and ugly.
When we encounter challenges in our lives, we can choose to run from them or to them. What have you learned from either of those ways of thinking in your own life?
Well, I have learned the things that are not addressed will keep showing up over and over again as a lesson until you deal with them.
What do belonging and connection mean to you, and how do you incorporate that into your life and/or business?
Growing up and into my early adulthood, I always had a huge circle of friends. As I started to grow more spiritually and had no choice but to look at non-traditional methods because the traditional ways of doing things weren’t working. I had a lot of friends fall off. It was a really lonely journey at times. As I have grown, I know the most important connection I can have is the one I have with myself. I still LOVE to be around people and I am navigating connection again outside of my family and my super close friends.
How have self-care and self-love played a part in your journey so far?
Ha….I actually used to speak on self-care and stopped because I felt such an incongruence with it when we were in the thick of dealing with my son struggling in kindergarten life stopped. I feel that self-care grows and evolves just as your grow and evolve. I know actually use the Trailblazing programs to see what is in my highest good for self-care and the last few weeks. Rest has been coming up. 😊
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Write down what you want to create….how do you want to feel in all areas of your life. If you don’t have some kind of a map you will end up lost and spinning. Also know, there is no “wrong” decision just maybe a different path. Life is short—-laugh and have FUN!!!!
Photo courtesy of Marilyn McMurray