Do What You (Might) Love

By Joyce Yee

Recently, I was digging though an old trunk in my garage during a very advantageous Spring cleaning event. I stumbled upon a spiral-bound scrapbook full of my “school memories.” It had report cards jammed in the pockets and photos glued on each page from my school years so long ago. It was actually very eye-opening to remember those dreams and aspirations I had for the future.

{Joyce, with Nhu Anh Can, in charge of checking in guests at Girls Innovate! June 2013}

On the elementary school pages, I got to choose what professions interested me most. In my early years, I answered the “When I Grow Up I Want To Be…” section by checking: Nurse and School Teacher. In 3rd grade, I decided I wanted to be an Airline Hostess or a Model. And, by 4th grade I was sure I was going to be a world-class ballerina. That decision led to 20+years of classical ballet training and the opportunity to live a little bit of that dream.

It figures I would eventually end up at a liberal arts college. Dancing and studying happened simultaneously. I couldn’t have been happier! At Mills, I was exposed to all sorts of creative-ness and found myself surrounded by fascinating, worldly people. At that moment, I decided my very boring, safe life was just that. I wanted to, needed to, live vicariously through others by journaling their stories. That’s how I made the decision to become a writer.

Many years later (yes, many, many years), I am humbled to continue my storytelling to provide hope and inspiration to others. My personal story as a caregiver for my infant son with cancer to the hundreds even thousands of stories from clients I’ve assisted to regain their health continue to make a positive impact on a global basis. It is quite a blessing to pass on the blessing to others.

I suppose I’m achieving my Kindergarten dream of being a Nurse and a Teacher by helping and guiding others today. Perhaps we know right from the get-go what we’ll be when we grow up. In fact, as I chalk up the “life experiences” I am becoming more and more convinced that God’s plan for my life was set long before me.  Allowing God’s hand to guide me and letting those passions blossom have given me professional fulfillment that well exceed my expectations.   And, it sure doesn’t hurt to go back to those school memory books, remind yourself to dream big and then passionately, purposefully turn those dreams into reality.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Walt Disney

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