“You know your testimony is strong when your roots are so deep that other people’s storms will never knock you over.” ― Shannon L. Alder
What do you want to be when you grow up?
It’s a simple question that we are asked when we are young. Maybe even when we are older. Before the end of our college years.
I can remember for the longest time what my answers were: A cardiologist and a federal Marshal. Yet, looking at me now, I’m as far away from both of them as I can get.
I’m an insurance underwriter. Yes, I, self-love chick in training, am an insurance underwriter. Would I have ever seen myself in this job? No. I would NEVER have said growing up: “I want to be working in insurance”. And yet, as I have been on my journey and even as late as this month I have realized, I am where I should be. Yes, I have my days where I am unhappy. I have moments when the boss crawfishes on something and I get upset. But I am coming into my own and learning the power of my job . My skin may be a tad thin, but it’s thickening up. I admit I get tender-hearted and take a few things personally. Who doesn’t? I maybe a little too black or a little too white when sometimes I should be grey. But that’s learning. I have made my share of mistakes and I am not afraid to admit when I do. I’m even harder on myself than my boss is sometimes.
But no matter what I still love my job.
In March of this year, I applied for a scholarship that allowed me to attend the NAPSLO Excess and Surplus Lines School. It’s a very specialized school that teaches you the ins and outs of Surplus Lines Insurance. I am so honored that I won it. I was in St. Louis for school from June 2 -5. I loved every minute of it. I made new friends and even new contacts. I even learned a few things about myself.
I’m a bit of a geek. Do I care? No. I kind of like it.
I can do ANYTHING I put my mind to. ANYTHING! That lesson is courtesy of the St. Louis Arch. You see, I am was deathly scared of heights, yet with a group of women from school, we all trekked out to the Arch and decided to go to the top. It’s about 630 feet up, and you have to go up in this four person thing that is so small.
Once at the highest point, I leaned out for a view of the mighty, yet overflowing Mississippi River and over to the view of the baseball field. It felt scary and invigorating at the same time. Coming down I felt intimidated, yet felt proud that I faced my fear.
If I do that, then I can do anything!
The trip was my reference point for this month. It was amazing and eye-opening. As I listened to our instructors talk about integrity and making a name for yourself, I had a light bulb moment:
YES! My head screamed. YES!
I have worked on the little things. I’m in the process of gathering up supplies and goodies for my next Atlas of Self Love. I keep talking about wanting to reinvent myself. In order to learn and grow. However, I never really settled on what exactly I wanted to do.
Honestly, I haven’t gotten started on my Artists Way yet. Something was holding me back. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Until my conversation with my awesome health coach this week. I hung up the phone after our call and two words screamed at me.
That is what I want to be. At the end of the day, at the end of this life, I want to have people say that about me. Yet, how do I get there? I started making a list. A list of qualities I love about some very wonderful and yet famous people. Qualities that if I were to be able to study and gleam some knowledge from and combine with my own personal specialness, I would become that Warrior Princess that I desire to be.
- The Flair of Marilyn Monroe
- The Work Ethic of Steve Jobs
- The Grace and Style of Grace Kelly
- The Spirituality of Bono
- The Humanity of Angelina Jolie
All of these together would make a person who could conquer the world; yet, I don’t want to conquer the world. I want to conquer my world. My life. My mission.
At the end of the day, that’s what I am going to do. And I’m going to be working on that plan of action more solidly than ever. I’m working on a list of things that get me to that goal. And I want to be there by the age of 40. By 40 I want to rock this life and be so secure in my skin that when you look at me you see it. And you hear it…
I am Warrior Princess!!
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Donna’s Twitter bio describes her as: “Southern and loud! She loves her Crimson Tide, Marvel Comics, Thai food, Martinis, old movies and books, LOTS of books”. Her journey towards empowerment & wellness began a couple of years ago when she stepped off a curb and broke her left ankle, both bones. She became aware, then and there: her body was telling her something had to change!
Since then, Donna has listened to her true spirit. When she’s not fabricating gorgeous quilts, spending time with good friends, or writing on her blog, Donna takes the time to make herself a hot cuppa tea and truly listen to her body and its needs.
You can follow Donna’s journey on her blog: Lipstick, Keats, and Tea ~ Because sometimes that’s all a girl needs and on Twitter.