I had hit a wall in around September and did not see any way around it or under it or through it (to mimic the children's story "Going on a Bear Hunt..."). I had stopped writing and working on my initiatives and just well everything. I was focusing instead on other aspects of my life - though all good - not the ones that necessarily do enough to keep me on my toes and engaged...
Well, we all need downtime but for me it was getting to be too much... Writing this daily blog post about my gratitude kickstarted me back into being active in my nonprofit and getting various exciting initiatives and partnerships underway!
I am so grateful to be both alive and energized again to write, to share and to do what I can for others who have to learn how to deal with life after / during and with a cancer diagnosis. Thank you gratitude challenge!
I am so honored to be a part of the GLOBAL Breast Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Summit for Day 1. This is a 7 day summit asking us to find 25 ways to thrive. Breast cancer, as we all know, is a global epidemic and one that affects someone every 2 minutes of the day with a diagnosis. It affects men and women and like any life changing diagnosis, it impacts every aspect of our lives.
Through sharing my story and building this nonprofit focusing on survivorship tools around the very things we all need - dignity, a sense of purpose and the ability to make a future in a world that suddenly has been turned upside down - I was so excited to be asked to be a speaker for this event. It is a virtual event so you can be a part of this summit from anywhere in the world. By signing up via the Eventbrite link BEFORE December 8th for FREE access to all of the speakers and the topics - the link is here!
The focus of the event is thriving, healing and building out your resource list for getting back to "normal" after a breast cancer diagnosis. I hope to see you there!
I am thankful that I learned how to be an educator. Crazy as it seems, I am glad my background went from wanting to be a CEO of a large corporation and walking that path down Corporate America’s pathway in NYC from Wall Street to Midtown to Singapore and beyond to switching gears as a mom to be closer to home and teaching, teaching and LEARNING.
My first foray into being an educator was in September 2003. I was 26 (almost 27) and I had my first assignment to be an adjunct professor at my alma mater after years of trying. I was able to teach while also working near Wall Street and I was given a crash course in how to write on the black board (yep we still used chalk back then) and logistics about classroom management. Ha! I was clueless but quickly learned and fell in love with being “Professor”.
Learning how to create curriculum and course for both online and in person delivery changed the way I worked and lived my life. It is part of the lessons I continue to use as I build out online courses for my nonprofit - next one will be about managing transitioning to college after being a young adult with cancer.
I am nothing if not persistent... and annoyingly focused sometimes. My kids sometimes say, "You are always working... always on your laptop!" - and I was - until recently when it seemed I had lost my way for a bit, as happens sometimes to people...
I was getting bogged down in the budget and debits and credits and not staying true to my vision - my vision to help others and to be someone who can help others with my experiences both through sharing my story via blogging but also through my recently formed nonprofit focusing on education and training around getting back to "normal" after cancer.
To be honest, though, I had hit a wall. I just did not know what to do or how to do it - maybe I was depressed as I alluded to in my post about "not so super". I was struggling and now, though I am still up and down with my focus and my plan, I do know one thing - I want to help others and the very experience I have in creating courses, writing and sharing my story can in theory continue to help others in this way.
I am thankful and grateful that I have a bulk of the work behind me but I am also going to work harder on not getting overwhelmed by what is ahead of me. I pledge to not get downhearted on all of the things that are NOT going right and instead focus on what IS going right. I want to continue to build and be focused but also spend time thinking about what I need to do to feed my heart as well as my soul.
Today and quite often actually, despite the drawbacks, I am thankful I live in NYC.
This city is a conundrum - it is loud, noisy, at times unsafe, but it is in my heart and soul. From my first ferry rides to my jobs and schooling in this great city ... to leaving it to go live and work in other countries and cities to coming back every time...
To the great medical care and amazing stuff to do - though most of the stuff to do is extremely expensive as a native sometimes I can find the deals.
I am also a typical NY’er in that I take pride in not doing the touristy things - never been to the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island - and also never been to Radio City Music Hall - until today!
We are on our way to a day of fun and culture and Rockettes today - pics to follow!
I started writing at a young age and have barely stopped. Writing is how I process things and also how I share knowledge and content. I am blessed to have found my voice at first just for “stuffy” content at my small business blog but then after speaking about my cancer experiences learning to share (I tend to think) emotionally and truthfully, warts and all, has helped me grow as a woman, a writer, mom, human etc.
I do hope you continue to read the many things that I write via my blogs and also consider reading my books I have written on such things as Entrepreneurship, College Readiness, Career Prep and Survivorship from Cancer.
When I self-published my first book in 2016, I was so proud and I have since added several other books, as well, including a Children’s Book :).
Thanks for reading :).
Photo Credit: Topless photos - Sophie Mayanne, Behind the Scars Project
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