Joleene DesRosiers Moody (Essay Winner)
The WE Conference™ is pleased to recognize
a winning submission in The WE Conference™ Essay Contest
by Joleene DesRosiers Moody, Syracuse, New York.
When I was a television reporter chasing criminals through the streets of Syracuse, I never knew I was entitled to feelings of satisfaction and fulfillment in my work. I wanted to feel that way, but I didn’t. I suppose I thought it existed for only a select few. Other reporters at my station loved their jobs. And they would jump at the chance to cover breaking news or the latest shooting or fire. Hell, they would trip over themselves and anyone else in their way just to get to the live truck before the driver even found the keys. For some of them, the passion they had for their work was insurmountable. But for me, there was none. And not because I was burned out or tired after 10 years of reporting and anchoring; that wasn’t it. It was because I didn’t love what I did. I wasn’t happy. And therefore, I wasn’t empowered. There was no way for me to understand that I could be because at the time I had no idea what that even meant. Admitting that to myself took strength. Leaving the world of television news to follow my passions took twice that, plus an overwhelming amount of courage. But I did it. I left my comfort zone to walk through the unknown world of self-employment. And I promise, it’s been worth every scary, exhilarating and unpredictable step.
So what is it I’m doing now? As my business cards say, I ‘empower, invigorate and motivate.’ I am a transformational speaker and writer. After working for so long in a place that didn’t bring me joy, I decided to pursue my vision of speaking by offering encouragement to others that felt as trapped as I once did. I wanted to let them know they had every right to feel as empowered as the next person. I wanted to teach them how to be and do whatever they wanted. And I wanted to be able to say to them, “Anyone who tries to tell you that you can’t – that’s their limitation. Not yours.” And so I began my journey. I turned fear into curiosity (thank you, Wayne Dyer!) and surged forward.
I have heard and repeated the phrase: you can have, do or be ANYTHING you want at least a hundred times. For me, it doesn’t get old. I had another speaker tell me once I should try and find my own phrase that says the same thing. But there is no other way. Those words alone can empower even the most frightened person into believing in herself. There are no limitations. There never has been and there never will be. Empowerment is about tackling fear head on and harnessing and caging it so one can move forward. It’s about trusting your gut and going against any cultural beliefs that have restrained you. It’s about ignoring the pulse of the mundane to fly freely where you truly want to be.
My desire and passion to be a writer and transformational speaker unleashed a fire within me that grows hotter everyday. I want so much to share this fire with others. We all have the ability and strength to go after our passions. When we learn to trust the power within, then we are ready embark on the journey that will take us where we need to go. And by the way, the journey never ends. That’s what’s so fun about harnessing your desires. It’s an adventure; an ever-loving, exciting and colorful journey.
I encourage each and every one of you to go forth and explore your world, love your life and live with purpose. There really is no other way.