Turning Vision into Reality
On October 4, 2017 I went out for Mexican food with one of my best friends. Both leading pretty busy lives, we make it a point to get together in person on a regular basis to catch up. That night we caught up on what was going on in our lives, what was happening, what we were feeling, future plans, etc. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve learned to open up to another human being at all, so it’s still a little foreign and sometimes uncomfortable for me. But on that night, while eating tacos with my best friend, a spark was ignited within me while we spoke….and no it wasn’t the refried beans.
I don’t even remember exactly what was said at dinner, but I know was feeling some frustration with where I was, and was talking with her about where I wanted to go with my career and my purpose. When I talk about things I’m passionate about, I get this burst of energy that feels incredible. When I got home that night, I was so pumped up, I decided to go for a run even though it was cold and pitch dark, AND I had just demolished Mexican food. But, I put on my headlamp, laced up my sneakers, and set out for a short three-miler around my neighborhood to burn off some of the energy that was pumping through my brain so hopefully I could get some rest that night.
I love running for many reasons, but one of the most important for me is that it gets my creative juices flowing. I get some of my best ideas when I’m out there running because I feel free and alive and unencumbered. While I was out there that night, I had some ideas. Ideas that made me run even faster because they were exciting to me. Ideas that lit my soul on fire. This wasn’t really unusual for me though. I had had many ideas while running before that seemed awesome at the time, but then when I got back home I either forgot about them, or the memory faded, or I told them to someone and their response, or lack thereof, made me feel like an idiot for even mentioning it. But on this night and with this idea, I couldn’t let it go. I didn’t want to let it go. So, I made a video to remind myself.
The video is 7 minutes and 27 seconds of me just spitting out my ideas and my vision. “I want to be the face of healthy in healthcare” I said. I want to help others who are struggling with their own health, whether that be physically, mentally, or spiritually, to live a happier, healthier, and free life. I’ve watched this video many times since that night in October, and my excitement and passion has only grown stronger. For the last eight months, I’ve been working on this vision and working to make it come true, one step at a time.
This past Friday, I took the biggest step of my life by leaving my job to start my own business to make this vision a reality. It was hard. It was scary. It was emotional. Today, on this beautiful Monday morning, I start on the next chapter of this beautiful journey. I am so excited to share this journey with others, and to make this vision a reality. And to tell you that no matter what your dream, vision, thought, idea is…..don’t be afraid to GO FOR IT!