I believe in the mantra “Be Present. Be Grateful.” In its power to spread peace, the kind that begins within and extends to all. And in its intention to illuminate each soul’s purpose.
But I also believe this company isn’t about me. It’s about the “We.” It’s building a community for all generations. It’s living with fullness, joy, and peace–satisfied with the past, content in the present, and patiently open to the future. And, finally, it’s seeing and stepping into our purposes in life.
In We Bold Souls, there runs a theme of presence, gratitude, peace, and purpose.
Angela Meyer, Founder of We Bold Souls
When I was a kid, my dad often said that I marched to the beat of my own drum because I was intent on being different and I had an odd sense of humor. It was just me being me.
This authenticity empowered me years later to leave my biotechnology job, a role that didn’t align with my purpose. It took trying on six other careers and listening to that unique beat in my heart, but here I am again, just me being me.
Along my perfectly illogical career path, I earned a B.S. in Chemistry, then Certification as an Authentic Leadership Coach (CALC) from Raleigh Coaching Academy. But I’d rather get to know people through their loves–the books that still speak to them, the quotes they’ve copied by hand, the causes that bring them to weeping, and lots of random tidbits.
So here’s my list of loves, a sampling of the drumbeat that belongs to only me (in perfectly illogical order, of course):
Reading, discussing ideas, boutique shopping, Sleepless in Seattle, Rat Race, art museum gift shops, items with a past, quotes, traveling, reading with my kids, puzzles, mad libs, laughing uncontrollably with my hubby, autumn, spiritual development, dancing, meditating, jazz, NPR, Williams Selyem wine, Hallmark movies, discussing health & religion with my mom, teaching my kids, seeing my kids teach themselves, my kids teaching me, MarieTV, Revisionist History podcast, learning, random acts of kindness, the full circle of inspiration.
Gone With the Wind, Pride & Prejudice, Diary of a Young Girl, Gift From the Sea, Daring Greatly, Big Magic, What Do You Do With An Idea?
“My work, it no longer belongs to me, it is for the world. I do not work for myself, God works through me. I cannot imagine a reason I will ever have to work for myself again.” -Anna Young
“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” -Helen Keller
“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” -Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
We each have a purpose that is ours alone to fulfill; neglecting our piece of the puzzle leaves an incomplete final picture, diminished in power. So when I meet people who give little to no attention to their biggest reason for being here, I feel a loss on humanity’s behalf. That’s why I’m so fired up about presence and gratitude as a vehicle to a peaceful mind, one open to the modest clues that lead us to our starring role.
I look at my children and see their advantages–supportive family, robust education, nutritious diet, safe neighborhood. Then I look at children who are missing one or more of these pillars, and I wonder how we can expect equal results with such unequal starting points. That’s why I feel compelled to serve.