“I don’t remember feeling stronger than I do right now. Turning 40 was hard for me, I had been in an unhealthy and unhappy relationship and I was stuck professionally. In times like these, I find myself going back to a passage by the Sufi poet Rumi: Let yourself be led by the stronger pull of what you really love. It’s a reminder to trust in the process of this universe and the light within yourself. To be still and listen to what your heart is telling you.  

When I was at my wits end with my relationship this past summer, I turned to exercise for an outlet. Feeling stronger physically allowed me to find the strength to not settle –  and to recognize that I needed and deserved to be happy. I ended up leaving my significant other which was a positive step for both of us. We have been able to do this with honor and respect. While untangling these binds on my personal life, I felt more present and open to where the universe was taking me. I felt the strong pull of what I really love most and it presented itself to me in my dream job: director of a small arts organization. I feel like everything that I have worked towards has led to this moment, it is my calling, and I feel like I can do anything.”

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