Everyone has a story. Mine comes in a few parts.
Part I takes up the first 35 years of my life. I grew up, went to college, got a great job, a little later got married, had two children and lived what would look from the outside like a pretty great life. And it was.
But that pretty good life came with some significant back pain, an internal emptiness, and a life that was not so much about making choices but being on auto pilot with a trajectory of what I was 'supposed to want', without actually stopping to think about what I really wanted. This trajectory was abruptly interrupted as I personally experienced a friend's decline and subsequent healing. If you have ever experienced a miracle, or a rebirth, or a second chance; you know that your life does not go on as before. When you can see a major life event as a wake up call, your life naturally takes a turn as what you believe is important can change in an instant when you realize there is more to this world than you ever knew.
And so begins part II - the transition. I walk through the door to a new world and I am ravenous to acquire the information and skills to help me live differently on the planet. I slowly immersed myself in the world of the holistic, the alternative, and the integrative. I learned more about the various disciplines that inhabit the mind,body, spirit community and brought many of these skills and knowledge into my daily life slowly transforming how I viewed the world and lived on the planet. I removed the back pain and could feel joy and happiness in new deeper ways. I started to make more conscious choices and understand more about myself and what it was to be authentic to who I am.
Of course, understanding who you are and seeking answers to your life's burning questions does not exactly match the ethics of current corporate America. The dichotomy between my personal growth and my corporate life was on a crash course and 5 years into my growth, it was time to end this chapter of my life and walk through the next doorway into something new.
And thus part III - what now. I had a blank slate. The world was open. What did I want to do? What was inside me that needed to come out? As an extrovert with a strong archetype of community builder I wanted to shout from the rooftops. So in a time when Facebook was brand new, most businesses could not afford to have a real website, and one in which we all read our email; I started a business to help other local businesses connect and share their message with the world. I got to interact with people in Charlotte like me, seekers who were looking for more and once finding it, wanting to share it with others. My love for my new knowledge grew and shouting from the rooftops transformed from websites to events where I could bring people together to build tribe and community.
And so here I am. Half a decade on the planet. Part I, II, and III of my life in my rear view mirror. I can feel that I am at a transition point again. I am standing in the next doorway knowing that when I walk through, my trajectory is going to turn again. But this time, I am walking through consciously, with a smile, knowing that what awaits me next, is better than anything I have ever experienced. I am willing. I am excited. I am ready.