I've been a little behind in prepping content for my blog, which comes as a direct result of having additional side projects to tend to after work. However, I did want to share something that I'm currently excited to be a part of.
Earlier this week, I was invited to be a part of a 5-day virtual experience surrounding relationships and how you show up in them. Initially, I was hesitant to join for a couple of reasons:
- I would have to take time out of my already busy day to actively be involved in the discussions.
- I would be sharing personal thoughts and feelings with complete strangers.
In the midst of my hesitation, the curious side of me decided to join the experience, and I am so glad I did. We are starting the third day of the experience, and I am so grateful and excited for the support and encouragement everyone has been showing each other. I'm so used to seeing movies where people talk about a "safe place" where you can bare your soul, but it's a whole other experience actually being a part of it.
Anyway, on the topic of support, I was reminded of a personal experience I had two years ago, when a stranger walked into the boutique I happened to be interning at. I somehow ended up showing her my design portfolio, and she immediately connected me with a friend who needed design work done. In the few months that followed, I had never experienced such an outpouring of belief in me and my work. Normally, I'm a pretty timid person when it comes to putting myself out there, but the support and encouragement I received made me feel like I was on top of the world. Not only was I doing what I loved, I was doing what I loved with the support of a stranger who wholeheartedly believed in me. That, in turn, helped me believe in myself on a much deeper level.
It was literally a life-changing experience.
That support sticks in my head every time I hesitate putting myself out there. That support encourages me to believe in myself and my work. That support that helped me get this blog started.
It is now two years later, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with her again to support her cause. While I haven't been able to thank her in person yet (for everything she doesn't know she did for me), I wanted to share that story with you all to encourage you to support people in any way you can. Who knows? You might change their life.
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.- Albert Schweitzer