Now that you’ve read about how I came about to starting my blog, here’s a little something to give you a taste about where I want to take this blog, plus a small look into who I am and what goes on in my universe.
“Nothing’s impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m POSSIBLE!'” ~the amazingly humble and gracious Audrey Hepburn
In my early days, I was a carefree soul. At least that’s what my mom tells me. She says that I had no patience for anything. I would try out one thing and when things got frustrating, I quickly gave up and went on to the next thing that intrigued me. The earliest memory I had at trying something was ballet. My mom put me in the class. I don’t remember much, but I don’t remember being in that class longer than a year. I must have told my mom that I didn’t like it anymore.
There were many things I can remember that I had my hand in: basketball, photography, health and fitness, computers, games, playing the guitar. None of which I really committed fully to. There was a point in my life where I spoke about having a photography business, but once I heard of how difficult it could be, I quickly put that idea in a shoe box. Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE my photography (check out my Instagram). However, I was afraid of starting a business. ANY business. I was afraid of
“Welcome. How can I help you?” I began with a smile on my face.
Our conversation was mostly inquiry in nature and in my server nature I gave her the information she needed. It was a pleasant conversation. She walked out with answers to the questions she walked in with. Shortly after she left she called the restaurant. Luckily, I was still around after I had clocked out. She mentioned a business opportunity. I gave it a thought and whether or not I thought I would succeed, I agreed to sit down to a meeting with her.
It was a year since Jen came into the restaurant and I have grown into a whole new, different and better person. I can tell you that learning about how to be an independent business owner has taught me a lot about not only owning a business, but a lot about myself. I learned that a business is only worth running if you are 100% behind how and WHY you’re building it. I’m no longer building that business. Needless to say, I didn’t succeed.…in this endeavor. But, what I’ve learned from Jen and my other mentors I’ll carry far with me on my journey of living a meaningful life. (I may write a separate blog on that year of growth.)
Although I didn’t succeed in this, it was a different realization from what I thought “failure” was. One of the things I learned from that year was “failing forward”. With every rejection, every downfall, every “failure”, comes an opportunity to learn something. This time, the unsuccessful business endeavor taught me that this was not making me happy. I began to reel myself in and reflect to try to figure out what WILL make me happy……….
I asked my heart, “What can’t I not do?” A question Scott Dinsmore of Live Your Legend had asked his audience during his TED Talk. It was a question I HAD to ask to start on my journey to fulfill my dreams of travel and doing work I love. I want to live a life of significance on purpose and be able to help people do the same.
I believe that life is worth living when you have a purpose in life and you carry that out with a full heart. It’s worth living surrounded by the people you love who love you. It’s worth living spreading Aloha and being grateful. Start with a smile, genuine and true to yourself.
This blog is going to tell the incredible stories of those who I meet along my journey with the hope that someone else can resonate with it. With every encounter comes a valuable lesson, big or small. It’s time for me to live life on purpose, with intention. Thank you. I am truly grateful for you.
Make today the BEST day!
- 1. The dreaded COMFORT ZONE
- 2. Uber conversations
- 3. Meetup groups and chance encounters