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She smiles, extends her hand out to me and says, “Hi, my name is Tracey. I clean teeth for a living. What do you do?”

And I find myself at a loss for words. Because I do lots of things, and I do lots of nothings. I do personal training, life coaching and sharing the beauty of essential oils. I also do walking, crying, praying and giving. And I do pouting, and smiling, and fighting and loving. And singing, and baking, and scrubbing, and a lot of others “-ings”.

But that’s not what Tracy is asking;she just wants to know what my profession is–how I make money. Because that is what she is going to use to decide what she thinks about me. And I find myself unable to answer, terrified of her judgment of me because of what I “do.” What box will she put me in? Will I remain in there forever? Will that affect my future relationship with her?

Am I defined by what I “do”? Absolutely not.What I “do” to make a living does not define me.

Am I defined by what I “do”? Absolutely yes. Because what I do with what I do to make a living–what I do with my hours and my minutes and my facial expressions while I do what I do; what I choose to do with my God-given abilities while I do what I do in all of the hours of my life–that has a lot to do with who I am.

I work as a personal trainer and a life coach, and I educate people on the value of essential oils. That is indeed what I do. But that is not who I am. I am not what I do for a living. What I really do for a living is much bigger. What I really do is bringing hope to people.

I bring hope to people by showing them that there is always a way to strengthen their bodies and therefore own more of their lives.

I bring hope to people by helping them discover what they were meant to be, what they long for, and then I partner with them and together, we develop a plan for a future that is full.

I bring hope to people by sharing with them the possibilities of natural medicine in their lives. 

I am a vessel of hope.That’s what I do. And that’s who I am.

I am a vessel of hope. And yes, that defines me. I’m good with that.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

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