• Jill O. Patrick

Put It Out There

Around this time last year, my friend Paul directed and produced a video of me. The video was intended to help me promote my children's book, Chevy, The Perfect Pet. When Paul posted the video, he posted it before he had planned to as he was pleased as to how the video turned out.

Paul is a creative and compassionate person, who loves photography and technology, and he uses his skills to capture special moments in the lives of others.

A few years ago, my sister, Joanna, quit her job at a company where she had worked off and on for about 20 years. She began noticing changes where she was working, and knew within herself that it was time to make a move.

She decided to quit her, she bought a van, and eventually started her own transportation business.

In the fall of 2016, one of my closest friends, Mrs. Roxanne Sublett, packed her bags and headed to the United Emirates (UAE) to begin a life changing experience. She arrived there, dug both heels in, began teaching, traveling to places that we had only read and heard about. She met the man of her dreams and got married on 12.31.18.⚘

I could go on and on with stories of family members and friends who have decided to either step up, show up or just "jump." Like our Goddaughter, Jabre Williams, and her sister Leila Williams. Two young twentysomething years~old sisters who left Miami, Florida and went to graduate school last year in Chicago. Congratulations Leila on your graduation a few weeks ago.

When Paul did the video of me, I was really nervous about sharing it. We initially didn't think we were finished, but Paul "put it out there" anyway.

At that time, I thought about what I've heard one of my favorite motivational speakers (Mr. Les Brown) say, "Put it out there even when it's not ready."

In my life, and I'm sure many others, there's been a lot that has happened since this time last year, but today I want to encourage you to "put it out there."

That doesn't mean put it on FB or social media. To me, it simply means don't hold yourself back. We don't have to wait for someone else to tell us that we are good enough, special enough, smart enough, none of that. We are more than enough.

Create your own path, follow your heart and instincts. Trust in your natural gifts and abilities. Live your best life and let your light shine.

None of us will be here forever. The time is now to either make our mark or begin the process of making our mark, whatever that means to you.

Take good care of yourself and make it a great day!

Love ya,