I just had a birthday, and like most on what we would consider "big " birthdays I started to reflect. How did I get here, am I happy? What am I doing with this one precious life? Up until this point my WHY has been pretty firm. What do I mean by that? Your why is the thing that makes you jump out of bed in the morning. It may be your passion, what lights you up inside. I started to question the trajectory of my life not too long ago as a couple years ago two things happened that made me question my why. I heard a wonderful podcast with Kristie Reddick of the Bug Chicks (if you don't know who they are, seriously you need to go to their page www.bugchicks.com ) about how her Why helps her get through every day. How it helps her through the lean times in her business, the small business she has now had for 16+ years. I am trying to get a copy of that podcast because due to its age, it is archived. I honestly think it should be mandatory for people to listen to it. Her enthusiasm for what she does is contagious and you can tell she is clear about her Why. At about the same time my day job was going through an upheaval, and we were all going through an exercise to find our collective why. As we went through that exercise I thought about my own personal why.
The whole reason I started this adventure with Nature Journaling was to get people out into nature and help them see the beauty and wonder that I see every time I walk outside. I realize now that I am blessed with a way a viewing the world that others do not have. I want them to have it too. I want them to use
nature journaling as a means of opening up their curiosity. Nature conservation has always been the driving force in my life, which led me to work in local conservation efforts. Now I think my strength may be to get other people to see the beauty and fragility of the nature around us. To be a Creative Nature Guide, if you will, to see and record what is around us. I have slowl
y but surely been working towards that.
I am not sure what the future has in store for me but I know if I just follow my
why, the essence of what drives me, I will be OK. I hope you will come with me on the journey. While finding your why shouldn't be hard it does take some sold searching. Here are 4 questions from a Forbes article that can help you on your journey: