Monday, February 13, 2012

I'm Coming Alive!

A dear friend of mine has the quote above on her desk, and frequently reminds me of its importance. It is her mantra, her creed, and I hope she won't mind that I've adopted it today for the purpose of this post.

Some people spend their lives asking themselves this question - pursuing a dream of doing something that makes them come alive. I've been blessed to know for most of my life what makes me come alive. I knew when I posted pictures of Hillary Clinton in my room instead of the Spice Girls. I knew when I babysat for the next door neighbor and wanted to teach her about environmentalism instead of playing Barbies. I knew when I took my first women's studies class in college. My mission in life, and the thing that makes me come alive, is changing the world for women and girls. It's in my blood, my soul, and my hands. And as I posted a few weeks ago, when you find your mission, you will feel its demand.

With that said, the big announcement from the Career Girl world is this - I've decided to leave my full time job and pursue my mission full time. There will be huge changes coming from Career Girl - events, a new website, opportunities to connect nationwide. And you'll see a lot more from me personally as well. I'm writing, I'm pursuing speaking opportunities and exciting freelance work as it comes. I have never been more resolved or ready to tackle something in my entire life.

Minneapolis Career Girl and I have always connected over the Broadway show, Wicked, and I guess you could say I'm "Defying Gravity" today. I'm taking a huge leap and determined to show the world what makes me come alive. I hope you'll stay with me through this journey and become even more engaged with Career Girl Network as time goes on. Cheers!


  1. Bravo!!!! Let me know how I can support you in this wonderful and amazing "Leap!" It's Leap Year and you are living it. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for you and this mission - and for the women and girls whose lives will be changed for the better because of it. Go for it! Amy B.

  2. This sounds absolutely wonderful. I am very excited to hear about all of the wonderful changes coming from Career Girl - personally and professionally. I know you will continue to make a difference in the lives of women and girls!
    Amanda B.

  3. I got chills reading your post - I've often thought of how I could expand my personal mission to impact young women into a full-time endeavor. Also, that is my favorite quote of all time. Basically, I'm saying "Get outta my head!" and also, I'd love to be a touchpoint for you as you begin this new chapter... even if only by cheerleading you in the comments of this blog. :)

    All my best wishes!

  4. I'm so excited for you! My mom always said, "Leap, and the net will appear." Sometimes the net takes a while, but -- in my experience -- it has always appeared eventually.

    As a full-time mission girl myself, I welcome any and all opportunities to collaborate with you. (Need writing or editing? Comm strategy? Co-speaker/presenter? Lemme know.)