It's no secret that the world is a complicated place to be right now.
I've made it my priority to keep politics out of the game (as much as possible) when it comes to my businesses, and I've never intended to create a place to air my personal thoughts. However, I'm a firm believer that rules are made to be broken, and today I am tip-toeing around my own rules.
Nobody needs an update on what's happening around us. All that you need to know from me is this: I am struggling.
And I know you may be too.
I've found myself disconnected from the online world, uncomfortable in places that I once enjoyed and deep in the throws of what feels like a full-blown life crisis.
Am I doing enough?
Does my work serve enough of a purpose?
Will I make an impact in this world?
I sit down in my office and prepare to dive into work - something that once brought me so much joy - and I can't do it.
I don't want to shake hands and network and go for coffee and chat over cocktails. I don't want to tell you how cute your shoes are on Instagram. I don't want to mindlessly browse Pinterest. I don't want to tell you how great I am and how you should definitely hire me to help you out.
I want to go for coffee or cocktails and talk about how we can change the world. I want to tell you how amazing you are for doing what you do - no matter how small you may think it is. I want to be inspired. I want to be apart of something extraordinary in this place that feels so ugly right now.
I recently attended a conference and heard some of the most incredible entrepreneurs speak about their businesses and their humble beginnings. I was transported back to the days when I owned my bakery. I thought about the feeling I got when I delivered a box of surprise cupcakes to someone from a close friend. That look in their eyes when they were shocked by an unexpected act of gratitude. That child-like smile that I remain convinced rainbow sprinkles were put on this planet to create.
I came home and told my husband how incredible it was to hear, and I cried and cried and said...
I just want to do something that brings people joy right now.
You guys. I don't know what is next - for our country, for our future, for my future. Everything feels so uneasy and vulnerable, and man I wish I could change that, but I can't.
Just know that while I may be quiet right here, my mind is just the opposite. I'm here and I'm managing every day, one day at a time, just like you.
I want to tell you that you are amazing. No matter what it is you do, no matter what your bank account looks like, no matter what you may feel like in this moment, you are amazing. What you are doing is amazing.
You can change the world. We can change the world together.
We can find joy - in each other, in our gifts, in our stories.
I promise it'll all be okay as long as we hold on to each other.