I encourage you to spend 20 minutes and write a statement about yourself. You might like the person you see.
Who I am today is undoubtedly different than who I was three years ago, and probably different than who I will be one year from now. Cancer, grief and losing people you love will do that to you.
I battle every morning when I wake up to shake that heavy weight and live my day with gratitude and purpose. My purpose and what drives me is simple. I want to lay my head down at night knowing I am proud of who I was and what I accomplished. I want to know I made a difference in people's lives through listening, laughter, advice, devotion, time or simply a smile.
I want to love what I do and feel fulfilled while I’m doing it. I’ve always been someone who takes too much stock in what other people think, thus sidelining what I've felt in my heart. I am learning that in order to feel fulfilled and give more generously to those I love I need to be a stronger advocate for what is important to me. I resist change, but know I need it to grow. I try not to pass judgment on people or situations too quickly. Chances are the story is much deeper than the book cover I just read. I am devoted to those I love and to those who reciprocate that devotion. I will not waste my time on empty friendships, work that does not make me happy or relationships that continuously take more than they give. If something is not meeting my needs I will change it. If there is something I want I will achieve it.
I never have or ever will care how much money I have in my bank account as long as I have enough to provide for my family and enough to create opportunities for my children. I want to feel fulfilled by what I do, the relationships I have, the experiences I’ve lived and what I’ve learned along the way. I value my faith, my husband, my kids, my family, my health, the sound of laughter and time above all else.
Life is shorter than we think. I aim to live each day with purpose, presence and no regret.