This past weekend, the organization that I am Chair of had a training/bonding retreat. It was the first one of its kind, and honestly, I was quite nervous about how it was going to go. However, my worries were quickly washed away.
I am so blessed to be in an organization full of wonderful, inspiring individuals, who never cease to amaze me and show me something new every day. I got to spend the weekend with ten of the most beautiful spirits I have ever encountered and I discovered more about myself and my leadership journey than I was expecting to.
This weekend, we were asked to create a “leadership lifeline,” a visual representation of what made us into the leaders and the people that we are now. I was so intrigued and amazed at this assignment, as I delved deeper into my own life experiences. Sometimes, you don’t realize how one person’s words, one day’s events, affected you. It has never hit me until yesterday, as I laid on the floor coloring a map of my life, how great of a difference my SEALs have made in my life.
They show me every day that it is okay to be myself. They teach me to embrace every weird inch of me and love it for what it is. They are each their own definition of a leader, exemplifying that there is no one specific way to lead; rather, countless different ways. They have taught me that being a leader isn’t about the title next to your name, it’s about your actions, your ability to love and show the way to those around you. They give me purpose.
SEALios, thank you for being in my life what I want to be in others’ lives. Thank you for always accepting me into your arms, no matter what. Thank you for picking me up when I fall, and for supporting me and encouraging me in everything I do. There is no group, no family, that I would rather be a part of.