Sense of Purpose & New Beginnings

I've been thinking a lot about purpose. How do I know what my ultimate purpose is? What do I do if other things are getting in the way of fulfilling my purpose? How do I know if I'm on the right track or if I'm going in the correct direction? Does pursuing my purpose equate to happiness? Is it okay to feel lost even when you know what you're doing is for the best? 

If you had asked me a year ago what my passion and purpose was, I would have told you my answer with complete confidence and without a second of hesitation. Now, however, I find myself struggling with the idea because my life lately seems to be in a place of transition. I've never felt this way before. For most of my adult life thus far I have always been that person that knew exactly what she wanted to do and most things have accordingly fallen into place. The passion I had within me always gave me focus and clarity. But living in a new city and being thrown into the deep end of a brand new job has cast a fog over the clarity I used to have. Everything is unclear because every plan seems to have a question mark at the end. 

Working at a job that is nothing like I thought it would be is a harsh reality that I've been facing for the last few months. The stress of it all has distracted me from acknowledging and giving attention to the things I used to love. RISE like a girl used to be something that I thought about 24/7. It was something that consumed me mentally and spiritually each & every day. It defined me as a woman, as a teacher, and as a leader. It was absolutely everything to me. Unfortunately, though, I'm almost ashamed to say that RISE has taken a back seat. But in the last few weeks, I've been forcing myself to remember what this club truly means to me - how it makes me feel and the change it can inspire in others. I am slowly but surely regaining myself again as a receive phone calls and letters from my girls in Houston that consistently remind me why I'm here. Because regardless of how I am feeling right now, that doesn't take away from the fact that RISE like a girl is SO incredibly necessary. It doesn't take away from the fact that at the end of the day, this is my true passion. It doesn't take away from the fact that I have a group of 6th graders that need empowerment more than ever. 

have to give these girls what they deserve. I have to give them the girl empowerment message that would have drastically changed my life if only I had received it sooner. They deserve to hear this message just as much as my girls in Houston did. So, I have to dig deeper and find the spark that ignited me 2 years ago when this all began. 

Here's to year 3 of RISE like a girl. Thank you all once again for supporting us along the way. :)