Today I get to introduce you to one more special lady, our third SOAR! Recipient! Meet Ali Anderson!
If you missed Ali’s SOAR! video submission, check it out. I love the part about her grandparents.
Ali, we are so excited to have you be one of the three SOAR! Recipients! The three of you bring a wonderful balance that will only grow and grow. Thank you for sharing your heart in your video and in your initial thoughts below.
Initial Thoughts by Ali Anderson
I alphabetized my spices last week. My kitchen junk drawer should be on display at The Container Store. The toy depot in my living room now has all the order of a U.S. Army barracks. And that is just the tip o’ the iceberg, people.
Ordinarily, I engage in losing battles with domestic entropy, but when someone knocks on your door, holding a neatly wrapped gift the color of cotton candy, and delivers you the life-changing news you’ve been secretly hoping for, there are unanticipated aftershocks involved. Like big-time nesting (and potentially the need for cardiac resuscitation equipment). It took me a week of obsessive home organizational projects to realize I was nesting in preparation for this year of SOARing. (And here I thought I was just on a hot streak of domestic prowess.)
Many of you know the feeling all too well: You can’t possibly go to bed until you’ve cleaned out the kids’ closets and boxed up their outgrown clothes in hermetically sealed containers according to gender, season and size. It doesn’t matter that you vacuumed the dust bunnies under the sofa last week. Surely they are capable of asexual reproduction. And when you’re under the influence of nesting, you practically have a vocational calling to sort the clothes in your closet according to the hexadecimal color values grid.
As women, nesting is what we are crafted to do when we’re anticipating change. And SOAR!, friends, is a big one.
That is exactly why the gravity of accepting the honor weighs so wondrously heavy on my heart. I have watched every one of your videos. I have humbly read every one of your comments, feeling blessed to be on the receiving end of so much genuine sentiment. I am impressed and moved by your creative talents and the personal stories that have propelled each of you to this community. Your talents, stories, dreams and challenges are not lost on me.
My promise to you this year is to live this experience transparently. You will see me fail gloriously. You will witness some frustration (I’ll try to keep the kicking and screaming to a minimum for my sweet husband’s sake). I hope you will also share my successes, excitement, and inevitable growth. You can count on me to put it ALL out there for you, but here’s the thing:
You gotta come along. Especially if you submitted an application this year or wished now you had, *please please please* come with Charisse, Rachel and me on this journey: don’t stop here. I see myself as a conduit for the growth and achievement of anyone who is willing to endeavor with me. Be all in.
So if you’re ready to get this party started, I’ll see you over on the SOAR! blog next week. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go dust all my ceiling fans before the first photo exercise is due.
Now that you’ve met all three SOAR! Recipients, don’t you think that as a group they have a wonderful balance about them? All three women are dynamic, diverse, gifted, passionate, and yet scared, overwhelmed but still going for it in their own way. One of the things I’m most excited to see is how their relationships with each other unfolds. It’s going to be a wonderful year of adventure!
Will you help me welcome Ali?!
Now let’s get this year rolling! First up on Monday, Business Coaching exercise for all!