You know how life sometimes turns in wonderful ways you never expected? You get to the top of a beautiful view point and look around and the opportunities that surround you seem to never end. That’s how I feel today.
For the past five years, I’ve worked for a doctor that has challenged me to grow and learn things I never knew I was capable of doing. Dr. Reynolds compassion and understanding sets him apart from other doctors. His patients absolutely adore him. His excellent work is top notch. I started working with him when his practice was brand new and I’ve been there to help him build it from the ground up. Being a part of that foundation during the formative years gave me a much stronger appreciation for the value of sweat equity and the importance of surrounding yourself with a team of people who love what they do.
Fast forward to today. I was recently offered a position working for Wreaths Across America, a non-profit organization based in Maine. Every year, on National Wreaths Across America Day, they coordinate wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and at over 1,600 locations nationwide and abroad. Coming from a strong military heritage, this is honestly one of the most humbling and honorable causes I could be a part of.
As much as I’ve loved working for Dr. Reynolds, I feel a strong need to give back and pay forward the blessings I’ve been afforded by the many men and women that serve and protect our country, ultimately giving their lives for us. So tomorrow, I’ll be on route to Maine, where I’ll spend a week training with the best of the best. I’m genuinely so excited and grateful for this opportunity. Like so so so excited! After I wrap up training, I’ll be working from home in Las Vegas as the Locations and Fundraising Liaison for 12 western states. I’m so stoked!
As I sit at this point of life and look around at where I’ve been and where I’m going, I can’t help but feel gratitude. I’ve been through some dark days. Where I vividly remember feeling like the sun would never shine again. When I felt more alone and defeated than I ever had. I’ve also been through some bright days. Where I soaked up every minute of that sunshine. When I felt more loved and capable of loving than ever before. And then there were all the “dreaming” and “doing” days in between. The days when I dreamt of something more. And then the days when I put myself out there and worked my butt off to try and make those dreams come true. Today is one of those days where I look back at my hustle and am grateful for that drive and dedication. Today is also one of those days where I look forward at the incredible opportunities to come and am grateful for the way life guides us to what we need most.
Those dreams you have for yourself are the road map to your divine calling. As you go out in nature this week and reflect on your dreams and look at what’s on your horizon, set your sights and keep taking those steps forward. Don’t sit this one out. Don’t let someone else’s opinion determine your worth. Don’t miss out on this chance to live the life of incredible possibility that’s right in front of you. You were made for more!
Take baby steps, big long-legged steps or just go for it and take the leap. No matter what you do, keep moving forward. Set your sights on that dream. And pretty soon you’ll look back where you came from and realize how incredible of a climb it was. Then you’ll look forward and see how abundant the opportunities are that await. That’s for real. I swear to you it is. Because I’ve been there and I’ll be there again.
Dreams aren’t accomplished by dreaming alone. Set your sights. Then walk the talk. Put in the sweat equity. And hit repeat!