Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Keep on keepin' on

So what do you do when you can't take another blow?  How do you get back up when you've been hit so many times that you've stopped counting? As a parent, we teach our kids about perseverance, determination, and courage, but how many of us practice what we preach?

I am a single mom with a beautiful daughter in sixth grade. I run my own small court reporting business, I mentor court reporting students, I provide Reiki services to clients (when they can afford it... and sometimes even when they can't), I am a facilitator for The Virtues Project, and I coach a middle-school-aged cheer squad all while trying to keep a roof over my head in these difficult economic times.  Guess which one of those endeavors causes me the most stress and the least amount of sleep?  It's the coaching - by far the most stressful job I have.

So when I struggle, I turn inward for some serious self-reflection, I turn outward to my best friends, and I turn upward for Divine intervention.  After all, if it wasn't for Divine intervention, I wouldn't be coaching in the first place.I will explain more of this part later.

I thought my journey to this point should be something I document, partly because someday I will not be able to remember all these details, and also because if I wasn't actually living my life, I wouldn't believe any of this was real.This is not where I "planned" to be at age 46, and it certainly wasn't something I was intentionally manifesting, but here I sit completely in awe of what's going on around me and humbled by what I have created...the good, the not so good, and the "I wish this hadn't happend" stuff.

In order to keep myself moving forward and finding the courage to face my own fears, I have accumulated quite a collection of items I find inspirational. I thought I would share them in case anyone else finds themselves on this same path.  Nothing I have found is new... seriously, these thoughts and ideas have been around since the beginning of time, but maybe the way I pull these different philosophies together will help someone else thereby making all these different experiences have a purpose.

While documenting and preserving this journey, I will also give examples of daily life situations, how I handled them, what worked, what didn't, and maybe together we can all find a little more love, support, and a feeling of not being on this journey alone.

So to all my old friends, I wouldn't still be standing without you; to all the friends I hope to make on this path, Hi! and welcome to my adventure...I look forward to getting to know all of you.


  1. We love you D! You are an inspiration to my girls and I and
    Have been there for us through the most difficult of times.
    I am blessed you came into my life and just like you promised me,
    I found the purpose.

    XOXOX Randi