From goal setting to starting my “what lights me up list” I have been on a very reflective journey lately. An appropriate journey for someone who is about to leave behind their career of twelve years to follow a new passion, but still…a journey.
The journey began with the creation of a list. Anything and everything that lights me up. That fuels my passion. At some point in the near future, I will add this list to my About Me page…because if I have learned nothing else, I have learned one thing. We must put our passions out into the world. We have to talk about them, out loud, to others. We have to actively and intentionally make them real.
(and no, in case you are wondering, wonderful handwriting does not light me up.)
Once I made my list, it was time to look for patterns. To categorize and look for commonalities. To sort and look at the specific items, trying to make sense of it all.
It was not easy, but I eventually fit my list of 46 things (#46 is not shown: it reads: new projects) into headings. My headings were: Audience, Fostering, Inner Strength, Personal Growth, (and not shown: Comforts and Travel/Adventure). Except that those headings seemed too wordy, and in some cases redundant. So I tried to find simplify things with what appeared to be the common themes that ran through my various words leading me to things like: grow, connect, see, live, do, and train.
Eventually it hit me. Everything I do, everything I love. All of my talk about building self sufficiency in others, my fitness journey, working with students, parents, and other teachers, my idea to create Just.Be.Enough….everything…..it all fits in to three words.
Part of me thinks that these three words are overly simplistic. That they sound cliche’ or too abstract. But the reality is that I can connect everything on my light me up list to one or more of these words.
Which makes them in my head and my heart…my words. My Why.
There are more complex definitions of course, that I could share to define Live, Do, and Grow. And those will come. Soon. Those three words may even end up as navigation bar headers instead of fitness and travel. But for now, the simplicity of these three words speaks to me. They are real. And powerful. And true. And that is enough.