My October 30, 2015 blog was a sort of Back to the Future blog where we reflected on where we were and who we were in what we might call the ‘distant’ past. Similarly, as we approach the third anniversary of the Silver Lining blog, I can’t help but look back to the time that the blog was created.
The blog began after I had an ‘Aha’ moment while helping a friend and colleague work through some concerns. She said, “you should do this for a living Susanna.” I had always poo-poo’d such suggestions, but for some reason, on that day, the words clicked. I decided then that I needed to start sharing my thoughts and stories with others in a more formal way. Some time later, the blog was born.
I was in a different stage of life in November, 2012. My youngest was still at home but getting ready for college and the empty nest was looming. I had only just heard of positive psychology and was still in the exploration stage (I would argue that I still am!). Soon, I will decide I should go back to school and get coach certified and seriously invest myself in a subject is the basis of all the intentional and accidental growth and improvement I had ever experienced.
Only time will tell where this path will take me.
Right now, my work is a source of inspiration and joy for me as I now feel I have the foundational education and skills to really be effective and impactful in this work. Though I love being in the positive psychology training/coaching/teaching space, the reward of feeling that the work is making a difference in the lives of others is unparalleled. A small shift in perspective, knowledge or attitude can make all the difference in terms of how someone feels about themselves, their relationships, their work or their life. That I can contribute to that in any way is a privilege beyond description and I’m so grateful to have the ability to make that difference for some people.
And yet there is so much more to learn.
Obviously, I don’t know where the next 3 years will take me or anyone else. I imagine the blog will continue to evolve since I certainly will. Regardless of whether you’re a regular or drop-in reader, I want to thank you for sharing your thoughts and your own journey with me for these 3 years. After all, every adventure is better when shared with others.