Last weekend, my son Joey graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.  I am so proud of his accomplishments in just three years of college.  In the fall, he is heading to Long Island University – Brooklyn to pursue his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.  He will be living all the way across the country from me!  I am so excited that he has found what brings him joy and is taking the next step to fulfilling his dreams.

While I sat in the audience for Chapman’s convocation ceremony, I found myself thinking about what brings me joy.  I too found what makes my heart happy and found a way to earn money doing it.  I was particularly struck by the keynote speaker’s (Larry Wilmore) message to the graduates.  Larry is a writer in the entertainment industry.  He wrote on such shows as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and most recently Black-ish, just to name a couple.  He said his goal was to never work again.  What he was talking about is finding your passion and finding a way to earn money doing it.  Even when you work in your passion or just every day living, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to work or life isn’t hard.  I loved the three phrases he used for persevering:

  • It Is What It Is
  • Do What You Have To Do
  • Play Better

All three phrases, while very simple, have a profound impact on your daily life when you apply them.  You aren’t always going to like every day – It is What It Is.  Some days are overwhelming – Do What You Have To Do.  And, somedays you will lose – Play Better.

I feel blessed in my family and what I do for work.  Both bring me great joy!  But, when life gets hard, these three simple phrases help me move forward and not get stuck in negativity.  Find your path, find your truth and find what makes your heart smile – Play Better!


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5 Responses to Blog: Finding Your Path

  1. Veronica Wilson says:

    Kim, congratulations to both your son and his supportive parents. A positive attitude can make or break almost any situation. Good luck to him in his future endeavors. I can always count on this website to show me how to emphasize the positive in my life through my scrapping. (And I do admire Larry Wilmore.)

  2. Terry Vachowski says:

    Congratulations, Kim, Joey, and family! Great key phrases to remember!

  3. Sandy Norman says:

    Congratulations to all of you!! Education is truly a family affair. I really love these three phrases. I know I have used them with my daughters but seeing them in someone else’s writing has validated them. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Deanna says:

    I am so glad I read this blog today. Thank you! Congrats to your son!

  5. Jan B says:

    I love the three phrases for persevering. They are so true. Congratulations to your son and of course Mom and Dad!

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