Last summer when I started my own mentoring organization I had no idea what to expect. I had always mentored under someone else’s leadership. But I decided to stop getting in my own way with thoughts of inadequacy and just start somewhere. And surprisingly my summer program was what I considered to be successful. My goal was to have 3-4 middle school aged girls come together over a few weeks and learn to share honestly, make a new friend, and have fun. I learned about the issues they face, we went swimming, we had a yoga and meditation class to learn techniques for managing anxiety and practicing self-care and so much more. There were a few hiccups along the way like securing the location for our meetings, but nonetheless I DID it. It was my own thing. My ideas, my vision.
I share that to say that when your heart is truly in something and you are passionate about it, you will just do it and often with no applause and no apparent benefits. I spent my own money and gave my time to something I believe makes a difference. But what I gained during that summer is priceless.
I don’t talk about my dreams often.
I have seen how people pat your back when you’re “doing good things” publicly and then those same people don’t even speak to you when they can’t see what you’re doing behind the scenes.
& that’s ok.
I am writing this for those of you who, like me, have big dreams but the issues of life have recently seemed bigger.
It’s not too late for us to start or re-start.
Your dreams are worth the risk of putting yourself back out there again.
Worth the investment + sacrifice.
Start today by choosing one step that you can take now to move towards your end goal.
Don’t focus on the bigger picture, because it can honestly be daunting.
Rather, focus on what you can do today…what’s right in front of you.
For me today, it’s spending my lunch break at my computer writing.
My lunch breaks are typically a time that I usually spend doing all the things I don’t have time to do after work when I am in mommy mode.
But it’s also the time that I have available and I am choosing to spend it doing what matters.