"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!"--Audrey Hepburn 

Kate Kaplan Photography (c) 2018 

Kate Kaplan Photography (c) 2018 

I've always loved that quote by Audrey Hepburn. In our world, it can be very easy to turn to cynicism--but cynicism in itself is a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy--it breeds inertia. 

While it is important to be grounded, I do feel balance is necessary: we must remind ourselves always that anything is possible.

Like many members of do-over.me, I have an interesting road to redemption story. For four and a half years after graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a Creative Writing degree, I was in a constant uphill battle to find a career. I was underemployed doing freelance gigs that barely paid anything, there was constant tension in my family due to my frustration with finding employment. 

We all need cheerleaders and besides my father, I felt like there was no one in my corner. 

In 2016, I had an epiphany. More than ever, I wanted a stable career to provide for the family I wanted to create. I had fallen in love and my eyes were wide open to possibility and to pragmatism. More than ever before, I wanted to find meaningful employment. 

In 2017, I found out about do-over.me from a friend. Cynthia and Bella wanted an Administrative Assistant because do-over.me was on the rise. I applied for the job.

When I applied, dear reader, I was so worried I wouldn't get it.

"Impossible," I thought. 

But then I met Cynthia and Bella. They were both so welcoming and Cynthia was so precise. She saw potential in me that I'd forgotten about in myself. As the months went by, I continued to work with her in anyway I could--volunteering, doing clerical work, ad hoc duties, and helping with client résumés and LinkedIn profiles. It didn't take very long for Cynthia to pull me aside and tell me I had been promoted to do-over.me's first Communication Specialist! 

Me and Bella on a normal workday. 

Me and Bella on a normal workday. 

My friend Cathy told me she sees Cynthia as a Fairy Godmother type, and I have to agree. Because of Cynthia (and Bella) I've learned how to embrace all the magic that was already within me all along and you can, too. 

After all, anything is possible, remember?

P.S., another great Audrey Hepburn quote is: "Who thinks you're as fantastic as your dog does?"