Twenty-nine years ago today I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This post is not about cancer, but you need to understand the back story in order to capture the significance of what I am about to write.
As I celebrated my new life today, like I always do on every anniversary of my surgery, I found new meaning. I was eating lunch at chili’s, one of my favorite restaurants, and reading Steve Harvey’s new book, “Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success,” when I came upon chapter five, where he talks about doing what you were meant to be doing in life. In this chapter, titled, Not What You Are Paid For, but What You Were Made For, Mr. Harvey says, “I remember the day that I decided to change my life. It was Tuesday, October 8, 1985, In Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.” As I sat there enjoying my meal and reading his book, I realized that this is the same exact date of my surgery twenty-nine years ago. Since I don’t believe in coincidences or happenstance, I firmly believe that this book and this particular chapter on this particular day was a divine appointment from God.
In the past two months my life has taken on an exciting turn of events. I am doing what I love and have wanted to do for thirty years. Although I played around with the idea of becoming a speaker for many years, this year I can truly say I was born to do this! Like Mr. Harvey, I too remember vividly the day that I decided to change my life. It was Thursday, October 2, 2014. As I spent four hours with my coach, Katrina Johnson, of Mirelli Entreprenuer Training Center for Women, going over strategies and professional techniques designed to propel me into the speaking arena, I found myself getting excited as I prepared my press release. Ms. Johnson laughed at me when I said, “I am getting excited about myself! I want to meet that person.” I knew then without a shadow of a doubt that I was on my way. I knew that I would be willing to do whatever it takes to make my dreams come true. Now I do something that I have never done before, that is, work on my dream every day. No matter how small the task may be, I do something that gets me closer to my vision. Whether it’s sending an e-mail, making a phone call or reading inspirational materials. Even this blog has become an important part of my vision. Hopefully someone out there will make the decision to go for their dreams because of something they read from me.