Celebrate Where You've Been & Where You're Going

No matter which door you choose, remember to hold onto yourself. 

No matter which door you choose, remember to hold onto yourself. 

Hey, Boss Babes! I hope you had a wonderful week. There’s so much to celebrate— it’s Friday… Thanksgiving is almost here… it’s National Gratitude Month… and each day we get to live a life that we love.

There’s always time to take a moment and be thankful, but having seen the film “Lady Bird” written & directed by Greta Gerwig with Caitlyn Connolly of Live.Sweat.Sleep.Repeat. recently, I was reminded how often I struggled with being happy with where I currently was when I was growing up, much like the character of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson. There are lots of beautiful messages from the film, but there’s one in particular that struck me. I couldn’t wait to get out of my hometown and go to college. I couldn’t wait to get out of college and move to a bigger city. There were a lot of good reasons to get out of Englewood, FL. And after my mother passed away in 2010 from complications from Muscular Dystrophy, there were plenty of reasons for me to leave Florida and try my hand with family in New York. But no matter where I went, what followed me around was this feeling of needing to be somewhere else.

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What I learned over time was to culminate opportunities, relationships, and yes, good vibes, wherever I currently was. Today, that place is Tampa. I still feel restless sometimes. I still wonder if there’s a party I’m missing out on somewhere sometimes, but I’ve also grown up a lot since I was 17 and yearning to get the heck out of that beach town. I’ve gotten better about using what resources I have to build more. The character that Greta Gerwig created is a version of herself when she was Lady Bird’s age— a teenager growing up in Sacramento— a young person wanting & needing more for herself. It’s okay to want & need more, don’t get me wrong. Being ambitious is an amazing thing. But I took joy in seeing Lady Bird reconcile with her ideas about herself, where she comes from, and where she wants to go. No matter what happens, she has true friends, a supportive family, & herself. And that’s such a powerful realization. I’m finally appreciative about where I am, and I know that no matter where I go, I have true friends, a supportive family, & myself. That’s what I’m grateful for during National Gratitude Month.

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Thanks for sticking around to read the story that I wanted to share with you. I would love to hear what you’re grateful for & what you’re learning about yourself in the comments below. Enjoy my coming of age playlist with songs I loved in high school & college! Please share what you were listening to as you were figuring things out, too. I hope you’ll see Lady Bird if you get the chance. It’s a gorgeous film & is playing in Tampa beginning next week. Stay you & stay boss. xx

-G