In the weeks leading up to the recent launch of a personal initiative I’ve spent years preparing for and months developing, I found myself standing in that awkward space in between. You know the one. It’s the no man’s land between advancement and retreat; between pushing forward and playing to win, or playing it safe, if only to assuage our fears of losing. An internal battle between heart and ego; between being liberated and stuck; I seesawed between moments of hope, encouragement and possibility, and moments of fear that most surely would rather see me wither, withdraw and fail.
In a moment of honest reflection, I find this battle ironic, relevant and remarkable. Ironic, because this new initiative, the Global Girls Project, is centrally about women’s empowerment and encouraging others to live and lead their own voice out loud; Relevant, because in order to inspire women to share their story of empowerment and advice they might pass on to others, I’ve had to own my own journey along the way, imperfections, struggles, learnings and all.
As I continue to step closer to my dreams, I also find this moment remarkable. Remarkable, because quite frankly, when I started this personal blogging adventure called Heart Path almost 4 years ago, I never imagined that my own story and journey would lead and connect me with so many wonderful others whose collective wisdom and insights have helped shaped my own.
And so it goes.
We advance. We retreat. We learn. We stumble. We fall. We grow.
And in that space in between; in that space of uncertainty that threatens to become our undoing; we allow faith to replace our fear, a spirit of service to replace our ‘self’, and we begin to pay it forward for others.
Whether you’ve been following from the start or just happened to drop by, thank you for sharing this journey.
Note: The Global Girls Project, a collaborative multimedia writing initiative, is in the early stages of development. To catch a first glimpse and learn what the project is all about, I encourage you to visit the website at www.globalgirlsproject.org.