When I was 13 years old I decided that I wanted to sing in the local Colgate Country Showdown. I had never sang in front of a crowd before. Not only was I going to sing in front of a crowd, but I was also going to be on the radio. I kept thinking about all the ways I could mess up and how people were just going to laugh at me. Then I had this thought: “Maybe they will laugh at my voice…but what if they truly like my voice…”
When I was 17 years old I came up with this idea…it was to create a nutrition/body image program for young girls in my hometown. I had no idea how I was going to make this happen or if my idea would even be approved by the principal and superintendent. The idea seemed so big and I felt so inadequate. Then I had this thought: “Maybe it won’t work out…but what if it does…”
On March 6, 2017 I sat in the hallway outside the testing center. In my hand was the results of my National Counseling Exam (NCE). I was terrified to look at the paper because I was expecting for it to say: FAIL. Then I had this thought: “Maybe it will say that…but what if it says pass…”
On July 15, 2017 I moved into an office at a local counseling agency. As I walked into the office (for the first time) to put some of my childhood toys on the bookshelf I felt emotional because I could not believe I was renting a counseling office and that I was a counselor…it seemed like a dream. I started questioning if I made the right choice because I had complete financial security at my other job…and I decided to leave that job. To some people around me the decision to leave that job seemed illogical and just plain stupid. I started telling myself how dumb I was and how I was not going to be successful in taking this risk.
Then I had this thought: “Maybe it won’t work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.”
When I was 13 years old I sang 2 songs in the local Colgate Country Showdown. When I started singing the first song all my fear left me and I felt like I was living out my dream. I belted out the song: “Strawberry Wine” and when I finished, everybody was clapping and smiling. “Strawberry Wine” became the song that I sang at many events around my town. I still smile when I hear that song.
When I was 17 years old I created a nutrition program. I had my friend help me, and we spent 7 weeks teaching young girls how to have a healthy body image and love themselves. It was so amazing seeing the transformation in those young girls. I have most of those girls added on Facebook today.
On March 6, 2017 I passed my NCE!!!!! = ) I will never forget the feeling I had when I saw the word: PASS on my paper. I still have that paper in my drawer in my room.
On July 15, 2017 I moved into the office. A week later I got my first client and I have been very fortunate to get more clients since then. It is a true honor to work with the clients that I have.
If you are questioning if you “should” or “should not” do something… if you “should” or “should not” take a risk…and if it will even work…ask yourself this: “WHAT IF IT DOES?”
Be Fervently Driven-Amie Hope