Whose Shoulders Do You Stand On?

We all become who we are by standing on the shoulders of others. I was fortunate to find a mentor who changed the course of my life and gave me the gift of changing others’ lives, too.

I share my story as an invitation for you to reflect on a person who has shaped your life. Who have been the key influencers in your life? In what way have they impacted you? Writing this essay was a journey of healing, honoring, discovery and closure. I hope that in reading my story you will discover new things about your own.

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Why You Need to Tell Your Story

Do you visit the ole’ RABBIT HOLE before you speak? Your adrenaline gets going and instead of being the master storyteller you've always dreamed of, you have a little voice that shows up and says, “Honey, you ain't that special. Who wants to hear from you?” 

Or equally sabotaging, the thought that says, “How is telling them about me going to help? Aren’t they here to learn about XYZ?”

Okay, here’s the thing. Storytelling isn’t about you or the audience. It’s about the connection you make...

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You Can Feel Giddy, Too

What’s your initial response to having the chance to speak in front of others? Are you excited or are you full of dread?

My knee jerk reaction is fear. Full body fear. I'm one of the mind-goes-blank type. Like most of us, I am NOT some one who automatically feels I got this!

Years of practice have helped me learn how to craft just the right message and feel the giddiness of being able to connect deeply with an audience. But it's been hard won…for sure. 

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To People Who Want to Step Up

A few weeks ago, I attended my eighth grader’s graduation where he stepped up … literally, stepped up … to the next bleacher. The only sounds I could hear were cheers and some hootin' and hollerin’ from yours truly. A moment that felt so significant, yet didn't even involve words. 

Have you ever let the opportunity to say something — at a gathering or event — pass? Where you wish you had expressed a thought, feeling, or sentiment but didn’t?

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Why you need your WHY

I want to wake up every morning and know that I have been brought here for a reason. Don’t you?

You may wonder how I could struggle with this. Didn’t I spend 20 years devoted to an organization where lives were transformed as a result of my efforts?  Well, yes, that’s true. But it doesn’t mean I didn’t struggle to find my purpose. 

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