In my life’s work as an educator and my personal life I am learning to do the things that feel right. Especially when I follow my gut feeling on things related to work I seek a combination of what sounds like tons of fun for my life and is aligned with my purpose to meaningfully serve others. As I reflect on how that’s been working out for me I can be honest that it usually freaks me out and leaves me grasping my forehead and asking myself why I even got into this (whatever it might be) in the first place. Recently, I’ve been “failing” at a lot of things when I follow that bliss+service combo. It’s been scary, and sometimes feels foolish like I’m wasting my time and energy on things that “aren’t working out” or appear to have minimal impact. And then things like this happen… I received this amazing appreciation note from a colleague who stopped by my house during a workshops series I run for second year teachers on Restorative Justice in schools. I’m so grateful when I’m reminded by colleagues, students, experiences, simple feelings or synchronistic moments that I am on the right path. It’s validation that the side projects, the volunteering, the all-nighters, the risk-taking and the failures are worth it.
I’m learning and growing and becoming the woman, the educator and the community leader I know I am meant to be. We each have a voice telling us to go forward and do something; no matter how bold, simple, challenging or beautiful it may be, we all have something to add this this world. I’m learning that in order make our biggest impact we must have the courage to start small and follow our passion and happiness. In reality, authentic service and an life’s exciting adventures stem from someone who is in love with who they are and what they do.