20 years and an Unexpected Journey

20 years ago.

It was 20 years ago this past week that I graduated with my Masters Degree in Education (Guidance & Counseling).  Two decades ago.  The first photo below was taken that day.  I had no idea what was on the horizon.  But I bet you can relate…..

Life is full of unexpected journeys that get us where we need to be.

In May of 1997, fresh with my cap and gown….

  • I had no idea that I would work at a hospital in the Employee Assistance Program and the Behavioral Health Unit for 5 years.
  • I had no clue that I would start a private practice in counseling and life coaching.
  • I had no concept that I would have a client commit suicide and then be named in a lawsuit and eventually lose my counseling license.
  • I had no way of knowing I would end up getting married and moving to Texas and being a military spouse for 10 years.
  • I did not know that I would venture into entrepreneurship, with no training in business or marketing.
  • I couldn’t conceive that I would ever launch an association called the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs and be the President for 7 years and then pass the baton.
  • I did envision myself writing books but would not have imagined that I would have 7 self-published books with 5 being Amazon Best-Sellers.
  • I would not have understood if you told me that I would never have children of my own.
  • I would have been completely undone if you told me that I was going to become an alcoholic and then be grateful that I had hit rock bottom.
  • I had no idea that I would paint and then continue painting and become an artist, lead art retreats, and teach about art journaling.
  • I had no idea the places that that degree would take me and how many places that it really doesn’t matter at all.

But I have done all of these things and I am this girl in the photo.

There are many stories from the 20 years and I will keep telling them, start sharing more of them, and invite you into my life.

This is where the miracle is…. in the journey.  Your story is evolving my friend.   Mine too.

Here’s to more unexpected adventures!

Love D

Masters Degree Graduation May 1997

Diane Age 3, Summer of 1975

My family at my Masters graduation May 1997

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