No one asks you, “what impact do you want to have in this world”? Because we live in a world where we a programmed to go to high school, go to college, get a job and stay in that career until retirement, and then die off eventually. At least that’s been my experience.

Prompt

What impact do you want to have on the world?

Reflection, Thoughts, Feelings

There are different ways to leave an impact I think – whether you are in a job or own a business. For me, it’s showing what’s possible no matter where you come from and that you don’t have to sacrifice interests and passions. Given the time and space, through journaling, you can sort it all out.

Growing up in foster care brought challenges of its own that I fought against and I didn’t even really know they existed. Just looking at statistics, I’m a rare species. It’s really upsetting to me that foster kids don’t get the same support and opportunities to know how life could be different.

But foster kid or not, there are many who have some kind of story that told them they can’t be, do and have what they want. I want to help change those stories, I’m not a healer but I can help bring to light what resides in the shadows.

Growing up I was told I would never be successful, I would never amount to anything, and that I was worthless. All of this in addition to already feeling and being abandoned by my parents, rehomed several times until eventually, I left the system at 16.

I get sad, frustrated, and annoyed when people say they can’t do something that they are passionate about because they are allowing their stories, thoughts, and beliefs to hold them back. During the last 20 years, I wrote books I never thought I would, started an art business that makes money, and started my coaching business to help people with their goals and dreams, started The Journal Eclipse because I wanted to publicly share my thoughts, feelings, and reflections but also tools and resources to embrace your own journaling practice.

Someone once said that I can’t have the cake and eat it too – and looking at my life, it feels like I have the cake and am eating it because it’s no fun just looking at it. Other people told me to focus on one thing – and that may work for some people but for me, I’d be utterly bored out of my mind. I need variety and in the process of exploring all of my ideas, I learned that my impact is about showing what people could do with their lives if they are willing to take a risk with and for themselves.

But my impact is more than that, as a parent to a son born with autism and urea cycle disorder – CPS1, I want to give back to this world. I am able to give to the Urea Cycle Disorder Foundation through Amazon Smile.

I am also pro-choice and believe in human rights for all no matter their status, background, gender, or race. I use charity miles to support a Human Rights organization.

I also volunteer in my community facilitating workshops to help people live better with chronic conditions.

My impact may be small but just like a drop in the ocean, the ripple effect has an impact.

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