I am. You are. And, Together, We are GREAT!

My good friend, Jenn, and I were talking last night about to-do and to-be lists. We all have them. And for most of us, they are never-ending….

How many of us have a list of our accomplishments or why we are GREAT next to the to-do’s and be’s?! I encourage you to listen to/watch this and find some piece of it that you can believe. Use this as a starting point to set your intentions. Then, do your part to carry them out. 

America, we are GREAT! We always have been. I think that as long as we believe we are, we WILL continue to be! For what we put out into the world is what we will attract back.

This means that all of us have the power & potential to be GREAT, too. I get it; you might not feel so great. We are surrounded by such negativity and unless we create positivity, the negativity will only grow until it eventually consumes us and creates unproductive thoughts and feelings. My sense is that this is where we are as a community and for many of us, individually.

In an effort to counteract some of the negativity and increase productivity, I encourage you to make at least 2 more lists:

 1. of all of your accomplishments; and,

 2. of all the qualities that make you GREAT

Then put these next to or on top of your to-do,  to-be, and any other lists you might have. I promise that eventually GREAT feelings and things will come…

 I am. You are. And, Together, We are GREAT!!

About Kristin Phoenix

daughter turned teacher turned social worker turned wife turned foster parent turned mom When people who don’t know our family story find out that we fostered and adopted the girls, we generally get one of two reactions…”I would have never known. They look just like you!” or “Oh, how beautiful.” Both of these things are 100% true – on the surface. The picture perfect, shiny, pretty surface. But, just below the surface is a whole lot of mess and brokenness. Our girls endured things that I never even read about in my textbooks. Our family endured things that go completely against the 3 philosophies of safety, permanency, and well-being that the child welfare system is in place to protect. When we have the chance to share a little bit more, the response always goes something like “but…how?!…and why?!” I believe in dreaming big. Part of my dream is a child welfare and healthcare system that would have prevented unnecessary trauma for my girls, my family, and our community. The other part is one of redemption and recovery for everyone involved in our story – which is everyone. I now believe part of why our family endured what we did is so that people would hear our story and ask the hard questions of how and why. With sexual abuse, trauma, foster care, and adoption, we never truly know until we find ourselves in a position of not knowing. Because of the nature of our case, I often found myself in a position of not being able to really answer the hows and whys. I reached a point where staying silent was the only option. Now that our adoptions are finalized, it is time for me to break the silence. This blog is me daring to run after my dreams – even when I find myself out of breath (which is mostly every. single. day.) It is stories of how the collective we have lived up to the Phoenix name and are rising from the ashes to burn bright! I also currently write and edit for Social Justice Solutions
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