The Power of Unity

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On June 1st, 2013, I published my first blog post, Leap of Faith.  I honestly had no idea what my future held.  I didn’t know if I could write anything of value.  I didn’t know if I could write consistently.  I didn’t know if anyone would read what I wrote.  I didn’t know if what I wrote would have a positive impact on anyone.

But I jumped anyway.  I took a total and complete leap of faith.

What was the worst that could happen?  If I fell instead of flew, I’d be left with some bumps and bruises, but the fall wouldn’t kill me.  So off I went on a journey, and I invited you to join me so we could collectively Discover OUR Awesomeness!

We’ve been on this journey together for exactly 4 months.  That’s only 17 weeks.  Just 122 days.

In that time I’ve published 52 different blog posts, which equates to over 40,000 words! Oh how I LOVE words!

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I am beyond grateful because YOU took this leap of faith with me.  YOU didn’t let me fall!  In fact, YOU were my wings, keeping me afloat as I crossed the gap from where I was 4 months ago, to where I stand today!

In that time, YOU left me 233 blog post comments along with countless emails, text messages and Facebook responses.

THANK YOU!!!  This was never intended to be a monologue.  So THANK YOU for having a dialogue with me, for letting me know you were not just reading my words, but that you were connecting with them.

The Discover Your Awesomeness Facebook fan page has almost 240 “likes”.  What a funny word – “likes”.  I don’t interpret this to mean 240 people like me, but rather, 240 people LIKE the words I use; the messages, attitudes, thoughts and beliefs I share.

Almost 115 people have subscribed to the blog, ensuring that they never miss a post by having it delivered directly to their inbox each time I publish a new piece.

I still don’t have clarity in what my future holds.  But now, four months later, I DO know that people are reading my blog posts, that my words are touching people and making a difference.  That is so AWESOME!!!

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I can stand there for a minute or two, and acknowledge the progress made so far.  But my future-vision compels me to look ahead, to wonder what’s possible.  I’m just one person doing what I can to make a difference….just one.

“The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better.” – Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

What would it look like if we joined forces to create a ripple effect?  What if each of us shared the Discover Your Awesomeness blog and Facebook page with just ONE person in our life?  We could double the number of people it touches.  What if we shared it with two people or five people?  What’s possible?

I won’t even dare put a number on what’s possible, because I know the possibilities are limitless.  Collectively, could we create unparalleled momentum?

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One of my greatest fears is that I will be misunderstood.  That some may think my actions are self serving, when the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.  I’m typically not one to ask for help.  So I step way out of my comfort zone as I try to rally us together as a team, working towards a common goal….a goal of making a HUGE difference in this world.

Each of us has the power to influence those in our lives based simply by our our choices and our actions.  If reading my blog posts has made a difference for you, has impacted you in a positive way, SHARE them with people in your life that matter to you. Together we can change the world, one thought, one idea, one concept at a time.

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I LOVE the dialogue so keep sharing….what you connect with, how you interpret things, your obstacles and accomplishments.

On a technical note, Facebook seems to have a “big brother” like control over its content distribution.  I publish a new blog post 3 times each week, yet for many of you they don’t all show up in your news feed!  If you want to ensure that you never miss a post, simply go to the Discover Your Awesomeness website and “subscribe” to the blog.  It will arrive directly in your in-box!

with Joy & Gratitude,

Leap of Faith….

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There are so many different ways I could kick off my new blog – Discover Your Awesomeness!

I could create a sense of fanfare, almost like a virtual ribbon cutting – grand opening – doors flying open for the first time event!

I could go back to the very beginning and share my life history, but that would be called a book – not a blog.

I could start with the present, weaving in stories of my past and dreams of the future like a well planned and twisted movie.  But you probably wouldn’t fully understand the real story until it was over – and this story doesn’t have an ending!

I think the best way to launch this journey is to share with you my vision for Discover Your Awesomeness.

What I most want for you, each and every time you come visit me – is that YOU have the opportunity to discover just how freaking awesome YOU are!  Now if I’m lucky, there are many ‘You’s’ out there reading this!!  And YES – each one of you is awesome exactly as you are, even with your imperfections.  But until you discover and own your awesomeness, you can’t fully live out your purpose!

Imagine what this world would be like if each one of us owned our AWESOMENESS!  We could set aside our negative self talk and fears to fully discover our purpose.  It is our human obligation to fulfill our purpose, to use our individual gifts to make a difference in this world!  It’s so big (ALL of us living this way) I can’t fully grasp the magnitude of it – but the simple thought of it brings me JOY!

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You are probably wondering how the heck I’m going to accomplish this?  Guess what – so am I!  A huge leap of faith and a lot of trust.  I’m on this same journey to discovering and owning my awesomeness.  Writing and speaking – sharing my voice with you – is where this part of my journey begins.   I have this quirky way of looking at life, almost dissecting it at times in search of answers and understanding – which usually results in some interesting interpretations, a new found awareness and a lot of laughs (mostly at my own expense – but I’m happy to pay if forward!)

I jumped, or maybe I was pushed – but either way I’m building my wings each and every day and I hope you’ll come SOAR with me on this journey.

I want to leave you with a poem that I discovered just a few months ago.  It is NO coincidence that it continued to show up in my life (3 different times in two weeks) until I was able to let its message sink in.

Read it….

Read it more than once….

And let its message sink in!

Our Deepest Fear – by Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

with Joy & Gratitude,