Fitting in

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I never felt like I fully fit in, until now.
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Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had great friends through the years. But being an introvert plus the death of my father when I was younger really closed me off emotionally from others. I think my whole life I was scared to let people in. I was scared for them to see the hurt I’ve been through. And I didn’t want to reveal the hurt I had been through, either. I didn’t think people would like to see that “ugly” side of me ((even though it’s not ugly, it’s a part of my beautiful story)). So I played it safe.
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But I also had this yearning inside of me to prove to people that you can work hard, be positive, and be successful, even though you go through hardships. I didn’t know how I was going to do it except to lead by example. But it can be lonely doing this – it was hard for me to find people like me. Who wanted to inspire and lead others. Who wanted to find better ways to do things instead of just complain all of the time and not do anything about.
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This tribe. My team Empowered Dream Chasers. This community of women is a part of my lifeline. I truly don’t know what I would do without these women in my life. They lift me up. They inspire me to do and be better. I finally feel like I know where I belong. ❤️ You belong here, too.
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“𝔸𝕝𝕠𝕟𝕖, 𝕨𝕖 𝕔𝕒𝕟 𝕕𝕠 𝕤𝕠 𝕝𝕚𝕥𝕥𝕝𝕖; 𝕥𝕠𝕘𝕖𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕣 𝕨𝕖 𝕔𝕒𝕟 𝕕𝕠 𝕤𝕠 𝕞𝕦𝕔𝕙.” -Helen Keller
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((Throwback to our annual conference and super workout in Indy summer 2019))