artwork by Jennifer Spore
Getting things to where they stand did NOT happen overnight. Learning how to paddle and do yoga were only the first steps, and it's taken me years to accomplish that, and I still feel like a beginner sometimes! Building a business from the ground up has been a long road filled so much more self-doubt than I'd ever care to admit, and so much more ahead of me than what lies behind me.
I've had to remind myself countless times that I am not defined by my work. I am a wife, a daughter, and a friend, no matter what happens in my professional life. I am an avid adventurer whether people decide to join me in my journey and explorations or not. I have chosen to open myself up and share my knowledge and experience because it has created so much joy and peace in my life that I haven't been able to find doing anything else. If you discovered something that made you feel that great, wouldn't you want to share it too?!
I'm lost in visions of becoming an overnight success, so many people signing up for my classes that we have to turn them away. I know that's not realistic, and I may be setting myself for disappointment even thinking about such things. The reality is I'd be delighted if even just 10 people showed up this summer curious, hungry, interested in learning, trying, exploring with me.
Where ever you're at in your journey reading this, just remember that people post the flattering pictures of themselves, they share the highlights of their story reel, we keep the gnitty gritty to ourselves because we don't want to be seen as whiners or weak. But it's ok to feel speak truthfully about the difficult things, and acknowledge the obstacles that stand in our way of getting from where we are to where we want to go, just as long as we don't stop trying.