Hey there my friend,
Something I haven’t shared too much here is that for years I’ve worked in the mental health field to support teens going through some of the most challenging times in their lives. I just have to say, the team of clinicians, teachers, and counselors I’ve been part of, and the amazing souls of these kids, have taught me so much. I feel so grateful.
When talking with the youth about goals after high school, I often hear visions of service based on their own experiences.
Some want to be social workers because they know what it’s like to be removed from their homes, or probation officers because they’ve been personally affected by the system. Others want to work with animals because animals were there for them through their most challenging times. Sometimes they experienced injustice and they want to be activists and to create social change.
I can relate. I got into writing, and helping others connect to their voice and message, because writing was such a powerful tool that helped me find my voice, confidence, and sense of self.
I got into astrology from an early age, but really dove-in having experienced the power of the work truly validating me and helping me reclaim cast off parts of myself. I was able to connect deeper into my voice and the rhythms of nature.
I got into counseling (and initially trained as a teacher), due to feeling passionate about empowering, and helping, young women navigate their depths and connect to their deep truth and voice. This has been part of my journey as well.
When we get down to it, how we are of service is deeply personal.
Our stories are our medicine. It is our pain, the modalities that held us up, or where we’ve really grown and healed, that our greatest service comes from.
However, there are times when the form of our work needs to shift. We grow out of positions, feel out of alignment at times, or we may not feel clear about our deeper work. Overall, we have the power to rewrite our stories, to see things differently, to pivot and grow. In fact, this is necessary. Yet, there’s always a through-line.
The through-line comes from our stories. This is our message. Maybe it’s a message about empowerment, slowing down, finding your voice, creating beauty, advocating for those who need it.
Regardless of what that is, it’s going to be different for everyone, and it’s going to be beautifully your own.
I invite you to explore your stories. What through-lines weave your experiences together? Jump in the comments. I’d love to hear.