April 1, 2017
“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” – Joseph Campbell
This month, I’m approaching one of those milestones in life, turning ½ a century! Instead of sitting in a flashy red convertible, I found myself staring into the mailbox at an AARP membership application! So I will soon be saying goodbye to the decade that was my 40s.
During this past 10 years, I’ve climbed atop some incredible mountain peaks and found my way out of some dark valleys. I took a lot of risks, both personally and professionally, and I followed Joseph Campbell’s wisdom: “you must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.”
I launched a business, followed my dreams and passion, met my soulmate, and so much more.
Now, as I welcome in the big 5-0, I ask myself, “how can I really celebrate 50 with a BANG and make this year less about me, and more about giving of the things I love?” And so the idea was born…
You may know that I am deeply passionate about a non-profit called “Playing for Others” or “PFO”. Teens in PFO explore the questions “who am I?” and “how will I give of that?” through programming in Personal Development, Service and the Arts. PFO is hard at work changing the lives of teens in Charlotte. I’ve had the privilege this year to share some of my knowledge in the Personal Development arena with them. In the process, I’ve been blown away, humbled, and fueled by the knowing that PFO and this work will literally change the trajectory of these teens’ lives, forever.
One teen told me that she now catches her limiting beliefs and replaces those beliefs to more empowering ones – this one thing has opened her up to exploring new friendships at school and with people she decided long ago that she didn’t like and would never be friends with. I get to watch her step into a greater degree of vulnerability because she changed her self talk and started speaking positive words to herself, rather than the negative denigration that WAS her self talk.
I got to have a conversation with a brilliant and unbelievably talented young man, who struggles socially to engage and connect with others; he told me how he spoke out in class and won a debate with the whole class about something I had taught him about neuroscience and positive psychology. He was beaming. Inside, I was crying tears of joy because I was so proud of him.
For my 50th birthday, my goal is to raise $10,000 to support PFO’s Personal Development program, so that the amazing teens in this program can continue to learn, do and BE more in this world.
This next generation of innovative leaders, philanthropists and compassionate human beings are needed now more than ever.
Will you help me make my birthday wish come true?