Chasing Signifigance



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“It is easier to build strong children than to repair

broken men.”

Frederick Douglass

I remember she was crawling.

Getting into everything.

Learning to walk, pulling all the drawers out. Toys strewn across the floor.

Then, if I’m honest I don’t remember much of her childhood.
Smatterings of events, birthday parties, and outings. But I wasn’t as present.

I still hold a lot of guilt around it.

I got caught in the hustle of finding my significance in a booming and rapidly expanding business. People knew who I was. The glitter fell from the ceiling. Awards, trophies, free trips, speaking engagements. Private Dinners.

Whisked on the magic carpet of fame. Other people’s definition of success. I what I was chasing was the whip of ‘significance’ cracking, the spurs of hustle digging in, holding the reigns so tightly, I wasn’t even enjoying the ride.

It has taken me 18 months to 90% detox from the ride I was on. It wasn’t just the season between 6 months – 4 years old with my daughter – it was a culmination of decades or workaholism and approval seeking. I had to figure out who I was at the core. The center of my being.

I had to slow down. I had to marinade. I had to pick through the rumble of my past, to decide what I wanted to keep, what I wanted to let go, and most importantly what I could learn from it.

We so often speak about significance as something big, something profound, life-changing, society embedding, perhaps even earth-shattering. I truly believe that significance starts and ends in the mundane, in the intentional connections, in the things which not only give but restore.

Fame isn’t one of them, I can promise you that.

Mish xo


About Mish Pope

Mish is certified Life Coach and successful entrepreneur who has found her calling serving women looking to reduce burnout and increase their sense of joy, radiance, and adventure in their lives. She is passionate about empowering women to compassionately explore and work through areas of critical self-talk, perfectionism and burnout. She is also deeply committed to unearthing true freedom for herself and for women who are caught in the elusive trap of ‘hustling’ through life and business. As a recovering perfectionist, Mish creates space online, in-person and through writing to empower women to start their own journey of discovering their own sense of self, courage, radiance and flow in their lives.

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