Summer Solstice: New Beginnings, New Blog! 6.21.22

Stacey Smiling Wearing Yellow

As a life-long high-achieving, recovering perfectionist, a large part of my experience has been identifying a goal, committing to the effort required, and achieving it. I rarely saw a goal or dream that good, old fashioned hard work couldn’t fix… until the pandemic. 

As I have introspectively explored all this at a deeper level the last couple years, I have decided to put “fingers to keyboard,” in case it may help someone else.

While I have delayed and delayed publishing to feel “ready,” (I said I’m a recovering perfectionist, remember? I’m not all there yet!) I have decided the summer solstice is a perfectly fitting day to put this blog out into the universe, (as it holds deeply personal significance to me), a story for another day.

So ready or not, here I am and here it (this blog) is!

As I evaluate my God-given gifts and strengths, I’ve also thought about how I can use my experience to help others. There are plenty of things I’m not great at… Singing. Reading maps. Running long distances. Visualizing what furniture or accessories will look like in my house. The list goes on!

But, I’ve learned to embrace and honor those things I am good at. Strategic Thinking. Seeing the play before it happens. Connecting the dots for myself and others. Finding meaning and purpose. Showing empathy and compassion. Building Winning Teams. Developing Leaders. Raising the bar. Push and pull leadership. 

Over time, what I’ve learned is, with the accomplishment of every goal comes the birth of a new one. I am driven, I don’t sit still, and I candidly, I have a short attention span. Sometimes, I think the challenges of my life have built my resilience so much that it’s easier to just put my head down and keep going, than to slow down and take it all in. But I have realized, that by living this way, I am running a race with no finish line (Simon Sinek calls it “The Infinite Game.” And, while in pursuit of the “next,” I am missing the “now.” After 41 years on this spinning sphere, I am finally learning to accept my imperfections, get comfortable with being slow and still, and to embrace the notion that life’s purpose is not a destination, but a continual work-in-progress, so I might as well slow down and enjoy the journey! 

I haven’t figured it all out, and that’s why I’m here… both here, literally on this site, documenting my thoughts and hoping to share my lessons to help others. But also here, on this planet, at this moment in time. So, I invite you to join me for the ride, as I continue to unpack my greater purpose and continue to work on becoming my best self, in hopes that it may help you too. In the meantime, I wish you a joyful summer solstice, and the bright days ahead that it symbolizes.