A few moments ago, my plane from Oakland, California to Maui, HI took off over the unusually clear skies of San Francisco. With sweeping cities views below us (I spotted my apartment building!) and a shining sun above, half of team Weebly and I began our adventure to paradise.
As the plane ascended higher above the clouds and Kui, our sweet Hawaiian flight attendant, shared my excitement for the beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge we spotted out the window, the only thing I could think was:
I can’t believe this is my life.
But it is. It’s very much my life; real and truly all happening.
As I type this post my sweet and playful B is seated next to me, book in one hand (100 Things Phillies Fans Should Know Before They Die, naturally), the other placed gingerly on my thigh. My friends and coworkers, who have become a part of my west coast family, are settling into their respective seats; swapping smiles of excitement and anticipation.
I am so thankful to be going on this trip. I am in absolute awe and wonder of the simple reality that this is an amazing, special and generous opportunity. And I get to share it with some of my favorite people, including a man who has brought love and light back into my heart; a man who has filled my days with belly aching laughter for almost the past year.
Folks often ask me about how I ended up in such a unique life scenario, most specifically my current job as a Joyologist (which you can read about here) and I think if I had to break it down into a simple equation of “success” it would look something like this:
One part dreaming + One part affirming + One part action = A whole lot of amazing.
Take this company trip to Hawaii, for example. The dreaming started at a work happy hour—just a small group of start-up kids, asking their boss if he’d ever consider taking us on a trip as a reward for hitting certain goals. The affirming started when we continuously brought it up (bordering on annoying), affirmed that we could definitely make it happen and remained steadfast in the belief of deserving it. And the action part was centered around all of the hard work each Weebly puts in every day; their commitment to our team, our goals and our brand.
A year later, and we are mid-flight. Destination: four days of fun in the sun.
(It doesn’t hurt that we also have 3 Founders who genuinely believe in their team and treat them more like family than employees).
When I first started this blog 2 years ago I went into the commitment of writing with the intention of being deeply focused on gratitude. At the time (if I may be blunt)—my life was kinda messy. Or perhaps not so much messy as not quite how I’d pictured it just a few years prior. There were so many questions and transitions, doubts and regrets swirling around me I sometimes didn’t know which end was up. But despite a lot of anxious moments, a piece of my soul always knew that in gratitude was a good place for me to start anew; that it was a good place for me to become rooted, so that eventually my spirit could grow and flourish in ways I could not have imagined.
And keep a sense of wonder, always. Allow yourself to be so present in a moment that you become one with it—a seamless connection and flow of life, light and love.
Hold me accountable for the same, OK?