On Finding a Calling (and Creating a Press Page)
The press page finally went live at Gadanke last week. Yahoo! I don’t think I fully realized this journey I’ve been slowly crafting for myself until I hit “publish”. You see, each piece of press has taken work to gather photos, talk to reporters, write, and shoot out dozens of emails. It’s been a humbling experience, and I feel myself growing with each achievement.
When I started blogging in 2008, I didn’t have a clear sense of who I wanted to become. I only knew that I was a lonely expat about to build a kitchen. That first press I received was honoring the kitchen Martin and I created. I admit that I was a little stuck after we wrapped up that project. What would I blog about? Who was I meant to be?
I sure could have used the “Become” journal to help me figure out what those creative whispers were trying to tell me!
Now as 2013 creeps toward an end, I’ve found my calling, you guys! As I walked off that stage at TEDxMinot last month, I knew. Beauty, weakness, and all, here I am. I’m a storycatcher, which we’ve all known for a little while. I think I just didn’t know how to fully define what that meant for me. I’m taking that word a bit deeper now (or at least as much as I can at eight months pregnant!). I wrote a mission statement for Gadanke. It hangs above my desk, and I read it each morning before I get started.
So what am I doing on this storycatching path?
The greatest happiness comes from a feeling of service to others. At least it does for me. Now is my season for mulching, watering, and nurturing this vision of helping people find who they’re meant to be and how much they matter. I’m dedicating myself to helping people celebrate their stories and their lives. I want people – you! – to feel significant, worthy, and connected to those around you. Loneliness can be eliminated. I know it! I’m feeling it.
I’m not going to say any more right now. You’ll have to watch that TEDx Talk when it’s live in a few weeks. I think you’ll see.
Big dreams and big ideas don’t begin all at once. First, I had to begin with the littlest steps. The new press page reminds me of this, and I’ll keep taking small steps every day that I can.
Thank you for joining me on this story celebrating journey!