“People don’t buy what you do; people buy why you do it.” – Simon Sinek

There are so many philosophies on how we should succeed in this world.  I have always found it difficult to fit into the boxes created for success.  I’ve struggled crazily to be able to express clearly what I want in my life and I often thought, maybe I’m just not smart enough or good enough.

In the past few years I have proven to myself that I am smart enough and that I am good at what I do.  Yet I often still have a hard time finding the words to express it, to get others to understand what it is I want, what I need, etc.

All I know is that I feel it in my gut and I’m going crazy to get it out.

And even more over the past year, I have realized that a reason I have been struggling is because I was still working to fit into that box.  A box I am now shedding.  I have been working to find my voice, MY VOICE, not the voice of success, but the voice that calls out to who I am and who I want to be.

I highly recommend, especially for anyone in the arts who has difficulty finding the WORDS to watch Simon Sinek in this TED Talk “How great leaders inspire action”.  It’s truly inspiring and eye-opening. You may find yourself…looking at you in a new way.

I act because it gives me a voice.

I act because it connects me to other people

I act because when I do it is an opportunity to share myself with the world

Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude.

Age is oddly a timeless thing. Each year that passes isn’t a year lost but more life gained. We cannot know when that time will end so it goes on forever for each us, until it doesn’t.

I have learned in my time and with my age that it is the small moments, the people, and the part of me that shares it with whomever that matters. A date with my husband, a walk with my dogs, a glass of wine with friends, my performance on stage that others each experience in their own way….that is the truth and the meaning of life. What is shared and what is accepted by one’s self.

I am living in a time of my life that I am learning to appreciate the greatness that has been shared with me. No matter what I search for as my “purpose” each moment is ageless and endless as long as I hold them in my heart.

Each day I learn to breathe again and create new moments, new art, and new discoveries.

Today I share with you. This moment. These words. A small special piece of who I am.

Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude.