Photo by Karha Sanon:
“She summoned the courage to choose herself.” ~Janine Rudder
Karha and I just hit the 20-year milestone in our friendship. Our journey began as college roommates. Since then we’ve helped each other navigate various phases of life, each of us guiding the way when needed. We’ve witnessed each other’s growth, celebrated successes, and told the hardest of truths.
"You can always reinvent yourself. Each passing minute is the perfect occasion to start becoming your vision." ~ Janine Rudder
I love starting over. I’ve always been attracted to fresh starts and for years have engaged in elaborate, introspective rituals just before the start of a new year. I would carve out time to reflect on the past year in a meticulously chosen place with a tranquil mood and cozy ambiance. I sat for hours drinking tea and detailing my most prominent lessons learned in the last twelve months and my highest ambitions for the next in a lengthy entry in a brightly colored journal.
“I am responsible for making me happy. I am responsible for how I prioritize my life.” – Michelle Obama
The spirit of this quote has been driving my life for the past several years. I believe that I am the architect and carpenter of not just my life, but also my joy, meaning, and impact. You can only imagine how I felt when Michelle Obama affirmed that last night at the Capitol One Arena!
“Self definition is awareness. Self definition is agency. Self definition is love.” ~Janine Rudder
This blog is a significant part of my stepping into the awareness that every second of every day is my life. I can wander through it half asleep guided by my already established habits and the paths my peers have taken. Or, I can start to pay attention to my life; take note of what ignites me, and what I value above all else, and design a life around those things.