Today I had an opportunity to meet up with my cousin who I haven't seen in a while (hi Deon!!) and, during the time we were waiting for our table, he asked how things are going with me. That's a question for which I never feel I have an appropriate answer. There always seems to be so much going on that I don't know where to begin. I am a wife and mother with something like 50 million jobs so I have stories for days! But, aside from not knowing where to start, I'm also not sure how much the person asking really wants to know. So anyway, today I mentioned SMILE Project and he wanted to know more. When we finished, I realized that I think about this constantly but don't talk about it enough.
SMILE Project is the first business idea I have truly committed to. In essence, it's like my baby. When I decided to go back to school for counseling, it was with this "project" in mind. For 6 years, I worked toward this goal, not really knowing how it would turn out, but I knew I wanted to make it happen. Now I am working to expand it. I have had several significant moments, but the ones that led me here are related to the loss of loved ones. Those are the moments that defined my purpose and continuously cause me to push to make a difference in the way that children and families grieve. But there is more to it. I know that the defining moments look different for each of us. We all have our own stories that have created a unique path for our lives. In this line of work I have met a lot of interesting people with intriguing life stories. I have worked with kids in camps, psychiatric facilities, and everything in between and my goal remains the same. I want to meet people where they are to help them embrace the moments that have created the path of their lives and, with purpose, create new moments. It's just that complexly simple. Even though my mind is oftentimes racing with trying to figure out how things will work out and how I can make it all happen, at the end of the day, my goal for this part of my life is the same.
So, now I ask of you, how are things going with you? I would love to know what you are doing to live on purpose or even what you might feel is stopping you?