“Not all who wander are lost”
– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring.
Recently, while doing a corporate photoshoot for my upcoming website, the photographer started to question me about my business. He said that he was looking for the ‘Ah Ha’ moment- the second when my passion would shine in my words, but most importantly in my body language-my eyes would sparkle. my smile would get wider- larger and my whole being would excude the almost evangelical zeal that propelled me to start this journey.
To my credit, (and to his), I really hope that he got that impression. I’m not sure that my snap, crackle and pop was what he felt was the ‘it’ that envisaged my “Why”.
I believe that everyones’ ‘why’ is different. For me, my why tells me that this is my time; my destiny and my future is tied up in this. My why tells me that I can make a difference in someone’s life, and I am going out there to make that difference. My ‘why’ is grace, courage, determination, gusto- and most of all, my ‘why’ is joy. I love service-serving others, solving challenges, bringing dreams to life. I feel I was born for this-I probably had to acquire the skills to make it workable, but I was writing proposals (I didn’t know that what what they were) when I was 8 years old. I remember having an imaginary business with imaginary clients, and as an only girl, I was quite content to spend my time in this alternate universe. This is just the continuation in the physical realm.
My friend Michelle, recently wrote an article that asked, ‘What does your Brand look like?’ For me, my brand looks like I do– I can get gussied up with the best of them, and I can also dig in my vegetable garden, sans gloves, with my long manicured nails caked in dirt. I am relentless when it comes to getting things done, yet I am also aware that sometimes I shine so brightly that others are in turn blinded and resentful. I appreciate quality and will demand it-to the extent where I may come across as ‘bitchy’-I prefer forceful. I have a particular distaste for bad customer service, and can smell BS a mile away.
So what is my ‘Why’? To bring all these conflicting talents/challenges/gifts to helping others on their journey-and as I learn, I can also help myself.
Tell me, “What Is Your Why?”