Who is Elana?

 

 

Hi there!

I created this corner of the internet as a way to share my pursuit for inner peace and self-acceptance for who God created me to be. This blog has been a long time in the making – I was utterly afraid of being so transparent about my life and struggles to find myself.  The more I discovered about myself, though, the more I realized that one thing was for certain: Helping others through my own story (regardless of how ugly the process may appear) is what God is calling me to do.  This blog is the vehicle for that.

I grew up in a loving two-parent household.  I can honestly say that I had a great childhood, and I never wanted for anything.  At the same time, there were episodes in my life that were damaging.  For one, I was a very shy girl who battled with self-esteem and self-identity on a regular basis.  I secretly wanted to be anyone else except for the person in my own skin because I never thought I was enough. That mindset evolved into an adult who was continuously searching for approval and validation through my achievements, relationship status, and material possessions.  When I became divorced and lost my job all at the same time, depression overwhelmed me and my hidden addictions rose to the surface.  I was definitely at my lowest, but I now see that season as the start of God transforming me from the inside out. It was then that my journey towards finding peace within myself began, and I could not have gotten there without Him intervening because the weight of my world was too much for me to bear.

To give you a little more context about me, I consider myself a life-long educator.  I spent years as a middle and high school teacher, and I am currently a professional leadership and life coach.  Although I dearly miss the classroom, I have taken hold of the words of Oprah Winfrey: “I don’t need to be in the classroom to teach.” One of the ways I receive peace is through my ability to teach others, regardless of the age, through my own life experiences.

My journey with my Christian faith has always been, but has grown stronger through the years as I sought to find my identity.  I am now a member of a wonderful church that has given me the tools to grow spiritually, lead with courage, and be surrounded by amazing people.  It was through my church that I found my love for serving others locally and through international mission trips

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My favorite painting  from a street artist in Kenya.

So here I am, ready to be brave. (Insert deep exhale here.) I’ve lived a life of complacency for far too long and am now taking back my narrative. Because of what I am learning on this journey, I whole-heartedly believe that it is impossible to simply find happiness; rather, one must seek inner peace in all aspects of their past, present, and future.

Within this blog, you will also learn quickly that I have taken up a few hobbies.  Along with being an avid reader of various genres, I am learning photography and how to live a more natural life. I have also committed to changing my lifestyle habits by getting fit, eating healthier, and developing a disciplined mind.  I’m realizing along the way that all of these things are giving me that balance  of work, play and contentment that I’ve been longing for. I hope that through my attempts and failures – many failures – in these areas, you are inspired to go after the things that would bring balance to your life as well.

I’m so glad that you’re here! I pray that this blog encourages you to love who you are and continuously pursue the inner peace that only God can give, regardless of the cards you have been dealt.  At the end of the day, I believe that is what makes us free.

Before you begin navigating, be sure to read my charge for pursuing inner peace. I also encourage you to check out The Ugly Show,  which I consider to be my testimony. When I wrote it, I was at perfect peace because I realized I had gotten through the dark times.

Finally, I encourage you to subscribe to the blog to receive notifications of the newest posts.  With your subscription, you will receive inspired quotes, articles, and all things that bring you joy and peace.

Cheers!

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Elana Cole is a writer and professional coach who is passionate about helping others in their personal journeys towards a more beautiful life. She is the author of "The Midnight Experience" and creator of Empowered Narrative, a blog about transforming the way you live and love.

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