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Let's make sense of something we've all experienced at some point:

Finding ourselves stuck in a rut.


Life can be a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, but sometimes we find ourselves in a prolonged state of monotony. We may feel like we're running on autopilot, going through the motions without truly living. Recognizing when we're in a rut is the first step towards breaking free and embracing positive change for ourselves and those around us.


So, how can we tell if we're stuck in a rut? We may find ourselves going through the motions without any real sense of fulfillment. Our once-vibrant passions may seem dull, and our routines may feel repetitive and unfulfilling. For me, it manifested through a distinct lack of excitement in my career, I had no motivation to take care of myself, and there was a complete lack of recognition of the purpose of my daily life. The bottom line was I was taking care of everyone but myself and living the real-life version of the classic movie Ground Hogs Day.


One day it hit me! I woke up and “Made Sense” out of this state of being. Once you can do this, you’re a step closer to personal transformation. It's like waking up from a deep sleep and realizing that there is so much more to life than what we've been settling for. Recognizing what these setbacks are allows us to take charge and make positive changes that will not only benefit ourselves but also radiate outwards to those we care about.


So, where do we begin when it's time to shake off the rut? It starts with self-reflection and reconnecting with our inner dreams and desires. Take a step back from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and listen to your heart. What is it that truly excites you? What brings you joy and fulfillment? Rediscover those passions and make them a priority. I can tell you that it makes sense to put you first when you find yourself here. It’s true, if you’re not right, those who depend on you aren’t right.


Next, confront any fears or doubts that may be holding you back from making a change. Fear of failure, the unknown, or fear of judgment can all keep us rooted in the familiar, even if it's not where we truly belong. Embrace the idea that change is an opportunity for growth and remember that sometimes the greatest achievements come from taking that leap of faith, small or big.


Lastly, seek out like-minded individuals who inspire and uplift you. Engage in open conversations, share your aspirations, and learn from others who have successfully navigated similar journeys. Remember to be patient and kind to yourself throughout this transformative process. Embrace the small successes along the way and celebrate your progress. This is your personal growth story, and each chapter brings new opportunities to better yourself and those around you.


Get ready to make sense of how to rid your life of toxicity in the next edition of Making Sense with Melissa!



With Love,


Melissa Cassiliano

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