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CROSSROADS: What Do You Know for Sure?


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At a time when our lives have been completely disrupted and thrown into turmoil it can be difficult to remember what we know for sure. We are not only worried about the health and safety of ourselves and loved ones, but we are also in a time of transition. What will our lives look like going forward?


Despite the uncertainty of the circumstances that we have found ourselves in, I believe that the silver lining is that we have been given the gift of time. We have a chance to take a breather from our busy lives, reset, and remember what is truly important - what we know for sure.


Many of us are confined to our houses and unable to go to work. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate. There are many essential employees that put themselves at risk every day when they go to work because our society would not be able to function without the services they provide. So, I want to take a moment to say thank you to those that are putting themselves at risk every day as they do what they can to ensure that our world keeps spinning.


For the past month I have done something that I think it is necessary for all of us to do from time to time. I have used this time as a reset. Usually our lives are so busy with our day to day activities that it is easy to get caught up and forget the things that are truly important to us.

I have been focusing on strengthening the bonds with my loved ones and keeping them as safe and close as I can. I have settled into a healthier routine with my diet and exercise, because let’s face it, I can no longer talk about all the things that I would accomplish if I only had the time.

Right now I have the time - as long as I choose to take advantage of it.


As I assessed the situation around me over the last few weeks, I struggled to find the words to communicate. What is the best message to convey in times such as these?


I finally realized the answer to my dilemma as I was voice tracking the section in the conclusion of the CROSSROADS audiobook entitled “What I Know for Sure.” This is one of the projects that I have been grateful to have the time to immerse myself in since I’ve been confined to my house, and I am excited to announce the audiobook will soon be available on Audible as a result.


“What I know for Sure,” is the section in my spiritual memoir CROSSROADS: My Search for Truth Through Music and a Lot of Red Wine in which I share twelve valuable life lessons that I learned during the time I was writing the manuscript, lessons that I still reference regularly and try to live my life according to today.


I realized this was a perfect message to share in these difficult times. We are all trying to figure out how our lives will change going forward, and there is no better time to stop and remember what is most important to each of us before we formulate our plans to move forward. It is wise to center ourselves and reflect on the things that are the most important to us in these challenging times.


Four of the twelve lessons that I share in the CROSSROADS Podcast are:


  1. True wealth is not measured by money.

  2. Defining moments of change occur when we begin to know our fear.

  3. When you do not seek approval you are at your most powerful.

  4. You cannot embrace your future if you are caught up in your past.


If you would like to hear the stories surrounding each of these lessons as well as the remaining eight lessons then visit this week’s free podcast to hear the full excerpt that I share from my spiritual memoir CROSSROADS: My Search for Truth Through Music and a Lot of Red Wine.


I chose to share this excerpt with you in the hopes that it might help you reflect on some of the things that are truly important in your own life.


I hope that despite the pandemic that we are living right now, that you have been able to find some silver linings, and that you have been able to use this time as a reset as much as I have.


So, today there is only one question that I pose to you…


What is it that you know for sure?


As I mentioned earlier The Crossroads audiobook will be available soon, and you can find the link below to subscribe to my free inspirational newsletter, as well as the link to purchase the CROSSROADS print book on Amazon.


One of the most difficult things to come to terms with concerning the state of the world today, is that there is so much that is out of our control. So, today I want to remind you to take control of the things that you do have control of. Take action to keep yourself as healthy and safe as possible.


I wish you and your loved ones much health and happiness - and I encourage you can stay as positive and strong as possible during these uncertain times.


And I hope that you can take this opportunity to ask yourself what it is that you know for sure.


“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful, it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.”

~ LR Knost

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About Me

I am Carrie Woodcock - mother, musician, writer, entrepreneur, P90X Live! instructor, personal trainer, life coach, and dreamer. CROSSROADS  is my collection of journal entries and songs that I composed in an effort to work my way through the many curve balls life threw at me…divorce, suicide of a close family member, building my health and wellness business, parenting, heartbreak, and losing my father…just to name a few.

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