Possibility inspires me. The world is vast and time is finite. Thinking of my life as a journey and embracing the unknown activates me in so many ways.
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”, Helen Keller
The thing I love about my marriage, career and overall life is the possibility. I’ve been kind of fluid and flexible about what success looks like and doing that has made room for so much unexpected opportunities and joy. I challenge myself to do some major thing out of my comfort zone every year. Going for a job I might not feel is in reach. Volunteering in some developing nation. Trying or going for something that kind of scares me and learning from the experience.
Becoming a mother fueled my creative and professional drive. I didn’t want to have regrets or use my children or marriage as an excuse for me not living fully and fearlessly. I was crazy enough to start a Master’s program while on maternity leave with my first child. I was entrepreneurial enough to quit my job and lead a startup while pregnant with my second child. I’m a reverse engineer and a planner, but I’ve never planned a pregnancy in my life. In the case of my 2nd, I was in such denial, that by the time I really found out I was pregnant; I came back the next week to find out the gender. My husband and I joke, planning a pregnancy is the one major thing we have yet try in our life that we are curious about. But the best thing that I never intended to happen was to have two back to back kids in my twenties.