I don’t know about you but some weeks are just better than others.
When they are I try to take stock. What was it about this day or this week that made me happy? What was it that got me thinking in a positive direction? What was it that made me excited or energized?
Truthfully, it usually comes down to passion meeting purpose meeting people that make me see my life and it’s potential in a brighter way. This past week I got to meet and interview a true Architect of Change: 31-year-old Elizabeth Holmes. She’s getting a lot of attention for being the youngest self-made female billionaire, but that misses who she really is: A young Architect of Change who is determined to revolutionize health care as we know it by putting power into the hands of the patients and making blood work preventative and affordable. She inspired me with her passion, her dedication to her mission, her work ethic and her beautiful generosity of spirit.
I also got to interview another Architect of Change, Anne-Marie Slaughter, who is trying to shift the conversation around women, men, work and family. So many people came to hear her speak and to ask questions as to how they could be a part of the change we want to see in the world. There was a feeling of joint purpose. People felt informed, inspired and ignited. I loved that feeling and I admire her intelligence and her commitment to making our society better for working families.
I also had friends over for dinner, which made me feel connected and less alone. My daughter came over as well with her friend and caught me up on her life and her upcoming special that airs this Wednesday, October 14, on ABC Family, I hope you watch!!! Seeing her happy made me happy. Knowing that each of my kids are feeling good about their lives, that they have a strong, centered friend group makes me feel good in my heart and soul.
This week was a good one. Knowing what makes me feel good is important because it challenges me to try to align my passion with my purpose. It reminds me how important it is to have positive people in my life. People who get me thinking, who get me laughing, who get me…
Do you know what makes a good day for you? Do you feel as though your passions are aligned with your purpose?Do you surround yourself with people who see you? Who like you? Who get you?
If not, take one step forward towards trying to answer one of those questions. Spend some time thinking about what gets you going, what makes you feel loved. Reach out – perhaps to a friend you haven’t seen or haven’t spoken to in awhile. I did that too this week and the result was sweet for both of us.
To be honest I also cried this week. I shed a few tears when someone brought up my youngest son graduating and leaving me an empty nester. I know that’s it’s months away but it highlighted to me that I have to work to do on this area of my life. I need to get ok with it so that he feels good about leaving and I feel ok about letting him go.
I’m also a month away from starting a new decade in life. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared. I’d be lying if I said I’m thrilled about the big 60. I’m not thrilled, but I do know that I’m lucky. I’m lucky to have my health. I’m lucky to be surrounded by family and friends who get me and who encourage me to celebrate this gift of life.
I feel blessed this week and I’ve been thinking that I wanted to share what I’ve learned with the hope that you, too, will find the answer to what makes your day a good one, what makes your week a bright one and what makes you feel positive about the life in front of you. Because that’s what we all need: A life that beckons us forward. One where we can feel seen, where we can feel like the true Architects of Change that we, in fact, already are.
Passion + purpose + positive people. That’s what makes my day, my week, my life. #PassItForward