I don’t know how to tell you about me without you attempting to fit the information into known categories in your brain. Here’s hoping I convey at least a semi- accurate sense of what I am about.
I’ve had trouble in my life. Many years ago, I had made so many mistakes I felt like my life was over. I have no imprint now of my troubled period so I can’t be good at trying to explain it.
For a long time, stepping into my self-created life seemed too easy and almost magical. But now that I have been involved with so many other people who successfully self-created their life, I know I have found my way to give something to those who need it.
I’ve gotten ahead of my story so I will quickly catch you up:
1. Easily ditched the fiancé.
2. Dug myself out of a mountain of post-college debt.
3. Disengaged from everyone who was trying to tell me how to fix it.
4. Realized there was nothing to fix.
5. Let the one person who understood me (me) guide me.
6. Headed off solo for 4 ½ months in Europe.
7. Learned how to be my best friend.
8. Engaged in a corporate executive career that focused on helping others.
9. Understood how many people I was helping.
10. Set out to discover the best way to help other people self-create their life.
You might think I am providing a 10 Step Program to a Successful New Person but that’s not what I do. If you want to know more, keep clicking around my website. I spared no effort to learn how to build my website myself because I wanted it to reflect how my self-created life feels right now.
Now that you have a little idea of what’s happened so far (more if you have perused my website), I will move on to the latest and greatest (so far) self-creating life adventure and the about of me now.
3 Years ago, my husband and I decided over a weekend it was time to once again re-create our lives. On paper we had all the markers of success, but the experience driven life we truly needed somehow was slowly heading toward being replaced with stuff and distractions that weren’t fulfilling or nourishing us. By Sunday evening, we had decided to sell everything we owned (except personalized art and family treasures) and charge forward into the great possibilities of living in Europe.
Six grueling weeks later, we collapsed on the flight to Europe with 9 pieces of maximum weight luggage and an amazing adventure before us.
Perhaps because living in a completely new culture had been in the back of my mind since I was old enough to know about new experiences, the adventure seemed natural and just something we would easily do. It was simply the accumulation of half-a-lifetime of continually self-creating my life and it felt perfect. When I speak with others about the self-creating life, I always recall that feeling.
Then I remind myself that, although it didn’t seem an extreme change to us, for most people it probably seems scary and I help them understand that foundations had been laid and continually built upon to reach this point.
The ability to lead an intense, experience driven life exploring various new cultures, languages, architecture and living among the history I’ve loved evolved from my very first steps into an untethered life. Now it’s natural in a must-be way. The more interaction with people from all over the world, the more my list expands. In other words – the more I explore and experience, the greater my need to explore and experience. It’s similar to when I had the simpler need to experience a park in my own city or the top of a North Carolina mountain and would get excited days in advance.
This time Self-Creating myself may be the most dramatic but that simply means that the ongoing self-creating will become easier.
I once had an existence in which I wanted to escape from a place where my nebulous vision of life and my reality of life clashed violently. No matter how hard I tried to make myself pursue the accepted paths, or become inspired by the examples around me, I failed. Luckily, I was presented with a chance occurrence that brought about an awakening that set me on a path to nourish my own unique course of development. Since then, different stages of my life have created different opportunities to learn, evolve, teach and expand my boundaries to allow unexpected experiences to nourish these developments.
I have no idea if you have gained an accurate understanding about me. But perhaps you sense I am authentic and very devoted to what I do. Please take more time to explore me and perhaps you will feel the possibilities.
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Lana Sorrento is a founder and supporter of the Caelum Et Terra Foundation (CETF), a multi-sectorial, philanthropic nonprofit organization with an ambitious service platform of international scope. CETF is a certified voluntary organization in the European Union. The Caelum Et Terra Foundation focuses on Children at Risk with it’s HorsePlay program, an equine assisted approach to children in alcoholic homes. CETF also offers its AlcoEd Program through a free book, videos, and educational programs designed to help addiction services, psychiatrists, health- service personnel and M.D.s understand and utilize the latest science the neurobiology of addiction.
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