IMG_2665For months, I have been carrying around this torn out page from an old Oprah magazine.  I am drawn to its colors, design and enduring message. This message is for me. And to be honest – the journey is all I have.  I can’t guarantee the outcome of any event or relationship, but I can work them out and enjoy myself.  I can always end a journey by selling my business or accepting another adventure.  I guess the present moment is a lot cooler than I give it credit for.

This month my journey has led me to a few coffee dates with some very interesting and connected people.  With each one, I had the privilege of telling my story and being surprised by our similarities.  A CEO of a national company, the director of a small theater and the president of a non-profit arts organization all have journies they are excited about.  Projects and risk, hopes and expectations that have no guarantee= enjoying the journey.  Maybe that is why their lives are so exciting.

I guess I have still been thinking that after all this work, I will plateau and enjoy the ride.  But, that isn’t true – AND, I am not allowing myself to enjoy it.   James Clear writes, “Your concern is to do the work, not to judge it. Your concern is to fall in love with the process, not to grade the outcome. Keep your eyes on your own paper.”  The journey is everything – and if others come along….awesome.

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Hogirls on dockw I relate and work with others while growing my moral and creative self is my best self.  Enjoy your day and yourself.  This is the best self.  Learn who to trust, who to avoid, what to risk and when to quit. Seek time along, with friends, in new space and familiar cafes.  This is the best self.  When in doubt, listen and ask. When you are 46% sure, jump!! Look for newbies, mentor young women and enjoy new ideas. Seek out change, equip yourself and team for assertive moves and use failure.  This is the best self.  Nothing is the end, you can always pivot. When you are wrong, apologize.  When you aren’t, don’t! And when it isn’t accepted, screw it. This is your best self and it is only the beginning.