In 2013, I wrote a peace essay on what peace means to me. It was an essay competition led by Rotary, that would see 10 young people chosen to go to the Rotary Global Peace Forum in Japan. 60 applicants sent their essays in, me included, and I was one of the 10 chosen to go.

At this time in my life, I had overcome chronic pain, stopped taking medication, broke up from my co-dependent six year relationship and felt like something in me was calling for more. I had overcome so much adversity and felt like an overflowing cup of energy, power and a new zest for life. Something in wanted to give back and take the learnings I had learned and share them.

I spoke to my Dad about this. Dad's a devoted Rotarian and pointed me in the direction of some programs I could get involved in, plus the peace essay. These were the first steps I took towards a path that I couldn't see clearly into, but I could feel it.

In today's episode I share this journey and the essay that I wrote (with a few tears). I believe this episode is an important one as when I wrote this essay, I had no firm vision around what I wanted to do, but had a feeling in me that wanted to be explored. Choosing to follow the feeling led me to where I am today, and maybe there is a feeling inside of you waiting to be acted upon too.

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