It’s not like I have profound, earth-shattering, life changing moments every day…
…so when I do, I tend to pay attention.
I was standing on the edge—literally—of the Grand Canyon. Three days into my backpacking trip through one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, 24 miles down and only seven more (straight uphill, of course) to go, I was gazing over the ledge of an incredible lookout. It was sunset, the wind was blowing through the sweaty hair curling at my neck, and I was silently surveying the miles I had just walked—the path stretched below my feet.
In that moment, I suddenly felt an overwhelming understanding.
I am small. I am significant. I am small. I am significant. I am small. I am significant.
I am small. The world does not revolve around me. There are greater issues, greater ideas, greater needs. My anxiety, my fears, my problems–they are minimal in the grand scheme of the Universe.
I am significant. I am connected to all things. I can DO something real, honest, and impactful.
And that was when I realized my desk job–the one which allowed me the beautifully beige view of a cubicle wall, highlighted by the hue of florescent lighting–was no longer enough. I couldn’t spend a week trekking through the Grand Canyon, physically pushing myself beyond boundaries I didn’t even know I needed to make, seeing sweeping views of land that was carved millions of years before I was even a twinkle in the universe, hiking the paths my human ancestors walked before me and NOT go back home a completely changed person.
I wish I could say that I went back home to St. Louis, Missouri and immediately embraced this shift in mindset, opening up my business, and pursuing my passion. Buuuuuuuuuuuut…..I usually have to be pushed out of a plane.
And I mean that literally too.
There were some twists and turns, a little chiseling of the stone, and some deep reflection before I realized what I needed to do with my life.
And so I finally returned to my first love…
I am never happier than when I am connecting with another person, using my camera to tell their story–sharing their gifts and spreading them as far as my reach can carry. Because while we might be small, we are all divinely significant. And that means there is something in YOU that will matter deeply to another person, whether it’s the story of your past, the vision of your future, or your actual presence. Whatever it might be, it matters and it has the potential to change the world.
So when asked what it is I do exactly…
I say that I work with women who want to change the world.