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What do you see at the top of the Mountain?

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At 6 AM this past Saturday morning, my alarm clock went off. I put on a few layers, threw my hiking boots in my car, stopped at 7/11 for some gas and coffee, and headed for Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Mountains for my solo adventure.

After driving 30 minutes into the park, I pulled off to the side of the road, parked, and started up the mountain. The first 15 minutes was acclimating to the elevation change, then life started to set in as I gained comfort on the ascent.

As I hiked in the prior years, the path was one in which I felt always resembled my own life. Trying to figure out which turn to take. I always had a vision in my mind of what the summit looked like, but never knew how to get there on my own. The experience of being at the top, never fully matched up to the reality of my own life.

Simply, the summit served as an inspiration. While I wasn’t fully content with where I was, the act of hiking, was an act of me finding my path.

However, this summit (my first hike of the year), felt different. When I got to the top, and looked out over the mountain, what I wanted for myself was staring back at me. It wasn’t fuzzy like it had been in the past. It was clear.

This time, the question at the top wasn’t “How can my life be different, or what do I need to make more clear for myself?” It was, “How do I continue to stay on this path I’ve worked to carve for myself — for the rest of my life?” 

And the lesson for everyone reading:

It’s okay to be lost. It’s okay when all the “pieces” of your life don’t add up to the end goal you have in mind for yourself in the areas of life you care about. The bumps in the road, the things that don’t go your way are the biggest learning lessons, because they’re the things that ultimately get you closer to where you want to go on the journey and provide the self awareness to realize when what you want is right in front of you.


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At 6 AM this past Saturday morning, my alarm clock went off. I put on a few layers, threw my hiking boots in my car, stopped at 7/11 for some gas and coffee, and headed for Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Mountains for my solo adventure.

After driving 30 minutes into the park, I pulled off to the side of the road, parked, and started up the mountain. The first 15 minutes was acclimating to the elevation change, then life started to set in as I gained comfort on the ascent.

As I hiked in the prior years, the path was one in which I felt always resembled my own life. Trying to figure out which turn to take. I always had a vision in my mind of what the summit looked like, but never knew how to get there on my own. The experience of being at the top, never fully matched up to the reality of my own life.

Simply, the summit served as an inspiration. While I wasn’t fully content with where I was, the act of hiking, was an act of me finding my path.

However, this summit (my first hike of the year), felt different. When I got to the top, and looked out over the mountain, what I wanted for myself was staring back at me. It wasn’t fuzzy like it had been in the past. It was clear.

This time, the question at the top wasn’t “How can my life be different, or what do I need to make more clear for myself?” It was, “How do I continue to stay on this path I’ve worked to carve for myself — for the rest of my life?” 

 And the lesson for everyone reading:

It’s okay to be lost. It’s okay when all the “pieces” of your life don’t add up to the end goal you have in mind for yourself in the areas of life you care about. The bumps in the road, the things that don’t go your way are the biggest learning lessons, because they’re the things that ultimately get you closer to where you want to go on the journey and provide the self awareness to realize when what you want is right in front of you.



You know when you see someone who has a ton of potential?

And for some reason, it takes awhile for that person to see it for themselves and then unlock it?

Over the past 4 weeks, my good friend, Carson Sweezy has sold more than 200+ dozen pumpkin chocolate cookies! 
Carson’s story is unique and his journey hasn’t been an easy one. 

He dropped out of college 2 years in and worked in real estate. While making good money and unfulfilled, he transferred to William and Mary and made his own major. Upon graduating, his Crohn’s condition started to flare up which set him back about a year. He opted for surgery and took a few months to recover.

The past year and a half, he’s really been trying to figure out how to spend time on his craft of cooking, but not realizing what it would take. After working with Rich Keller, he realized his core value was to nourish people. Food for Carson is a means to connect others together and nourish them.

I couldn’t be prouder of him for the new product he’s launched, and recently bought 20 dozen cookies from him to send to clients, family, and friends (they’re really tasty).

He’s not only getting on the path he’s supposed to be on, but he’s also the new favorite customer at his local post office.

Connect with Carson: LinkedIn or through Food!

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“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

Oprah Winfrey

It’s easy to look around you and feel behind; perhaps you’re not quite at the summit wherever that may be. But remember, it’s all perspective. At the bottom of the mountain it’s difficult to see why the climb is worth it, and at the top it is easy to see why. But, the journey, is always where it counts. 

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Catherine Kushan

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