How do you want to grow?
Change doesn't scare me. I've been through many changes in my life.
At only three months old, my parents split. In third grade, I moved cities. In middle and high school, my mom had us hop around homes and apartments. I went to college in a different state, lived in New York City, moved to Missouri for my first "big girl job", not to mention all life's little changes in-between.
But the last three and a half years have been pretty easy. There hasn't been much change.
Saturday, I shot a video for the homepage of my website. It's an idea weeks in the making. I wanted to showcase my passion for the outdoors and draw people into my dream.
My Channel 2 co-worker and photographer Gary shot this with me. Gary has been such a blessing since I started at Channel 2 in 2011. He has eleven kids and I am naturally his twelfth child. He sends me encouraging texts, his daughter draws me encouraging signs, and he always supports my ideas- how crazy those may be.
Gary was fully on-board with my latest goal to make this video. I sent him the script, I wrote out the shots I wanted and he brought his vision to the table too. Together, we created a master piece. After an all morning shoot, I spent two days editing the video with music.
I chose the song "I Lived" by OneRepublic for many reasons. First, the lead singer is from Tulsa and this hometown gal is a big believer in supporting "your people". Second, the song describes how I set my intentions and want to live my life. Finally, the song encourages my dreams and I hope it does the same for everyone who hears it.
The lyrics include "hope when you take that jump, you don't feel the fall. Hope when the water rises, you built a wall. Hope when the crowd screams out, they're screaming your name. Hope if everybody runs, you choose to stay… I owned every second that this world could give. I saw so many places, the things that I did. I did it all"
Change is a comin'
Thank God for my friend David who is hiking the PCT too. He plans out everything thing he possibly can control - it's a little extreme but it works for him. David must have plan A, B and C. This rigid structure is very overwhelming for me since I'm the opposite and more of a free spirit with the mentality "it will all come together". But because of David, I'm not nervous I will forget anything, run out of food or supplies- since he is already dehydrating fruits. He texts me everyday to make sure I've thought of x,y, or z and he changes his mind on the size of pack I should buy and if a bear canister will fit.
Change is a comin' and I become more excited each day.