Friday, February 21, 2020

The Story I Was Made to Live

As I walked into the Doubletree Hotel in Binghamton, NY to speak to an audience of retiring educators, a woman in the lobby caught my eye. From my perspective, her smile and expression conveyed this message: “There’s our next speaker. It must be cool to be her.” Of course, I have no idea what she was thinking, but I know I felt great in my speaker role.

Most of my life I’ve had an unexplainable feeling that I’m supposed to be creating, speaking, and making a difference in my own unique way. I didn’t know how this would play out, but I knew I cared about people who stay in jobs long after they have the option to retire, not because they don’t want to leave but because they don’t know where to go.

And so, I responded to that little voice that said I had something more to give than remain in a college administrator role. I knew I had options. I just needed the courage to exercise those options. It was more comfortable to stay. But as researcher and author, Brene Brown says, “We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not as the same time.” I chose courage.

Bob Goff, author of Love Does and Everybody Always, says, “With the urgency of a rock in your shoe, act on the ache you feel when you see someone else living out the story you always wanted—the story you were made to live.”

If I saw a professional woman walking into the hotel as our next speaker, I know I would want to be her. Sometimes this is how we figure out what we want to do in retirement. We pay attention to what grabs our attention. If you see someone living out the story you believe you were made to live, then choose courage and go after that life.

Copyright 2020. Patrice Jenkins. All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Dare to Soar Telesummit

This Saturday, February 8, 2020, I invited you to join me at the Dare to Soar Telesummit. The Telesummit is an action-packed day filled with free workshops to celebrate new books and courses developed by members of the 2019-2020 Write/Speak class. 

I'll be leading a workshop at 11:05 am (EST) titled: Who's on the Line? Creating a Life Bigger than You Imagined! (See below for a full description of the class.)

If after listening to these new authors you feel inspired to write your own book, you'll have an opportunity to learn more about the Write/Speak program. Next year your name could be listed among the presenters! 

I hope you'll join my presentation at 11:05 am (EST). I'd love to have you on the call.

Phone: 1-425-436-6360
Access code: 561566#

Click here for a full lineup of the day's speakers and workshops.

Who’s on the line? Creating a Life Bigger than You Imagined
Speaker: Patrice Jenkins, Ph.D.
11:05-11:25 am (EST)

Imagine that your phone rings. You don’t recognize the number so you let it go to voice mail. Good idea. Most of the “nothing” callers don’t bother to leave a message. But this one did, so you listen to the message. To your surprise the caller is someone you didn’t expect to hear from. It might be someone you don’t know. But this person knows something about you and your gifts, talents, experience and interests. You’re being invited to be a part of something BIG. You’re excited because you never anticipated an opportunity like this to come your way. This idea is kind of crazy, but also exciting. Who’s on the line? This workshop will tap into those ideas that seem out of reach, and show you how to start moving in that direction. It’s time to answer the call.