For over a year I have been saying this statement during my morning mantras, prayers and meditations:
“The people in business are the same people I’ve met on my travels.”
It is a note my therapist, Andrea, mentioned during a session and it really stuck with me early on. Before I left on my journey across all 50 States, I had a work experience unlike anything I had ever experienced. It was difficult and it was a huge part of what led me to take on this incredible journey. As I have learned, there is purpose in all and I’m now happy for that experience because it nudged me down the most beautiful path and into a wonderful community across this nation.
That said, the work experience was awful and left me scarred and scared. I lost so much of myself, the fierce Kelly Will, in the job and in my life at the time, I let people make me feel small and inconsequential. I felt so lost, I created real injury – a debilitating herniated disc – in my body to survive. I needed it to help me escape and wake up. I knew the road away was rocky but the despair made me want to disappear. Those times left me terrified of finding work again with people I could trust. People who would respect me and people I could respect.
For one whole year, I have been saying this mantra. Whispering it every single morning, sometimes as a desperate prayer. I wished one day I could feel so comfortable again and confident in Kelly Will, that every meeting, every interview would feel like any one of the loving homes of my glorious 164 hosts.
Today, for the first time, I said my mantra and I knew it was a true statement. I am a woman who shines on the inside and the outside. People across my life from work to play to love see me exactly as all of my 164 hosts. Work doesn’t have to be scary or miserable. Work can be just as incredible as every one of my 365 days in America. I am so excited to find great work with an incredible team that I can inspire and who I know will inspire me. I can be patient. My team is coming.
Kelly travels across the country sharing her One Person, One Community, One Nation Movement. She is changing the face of the nation one connection, one adventure and one inspirational story at a time. Kelly delivers a front row seat to the best of the United States of America.