It was August 10, 1985 at about 10 pm. The warm night air was blowing through my windows as I drove up Route 2 East and the Boston skyline burst into view. The radio was blaring “What a feeling…take your passion, and make it happen…” Wow, what kismet! After months of planning and a long day of driving from Ohio, I was finally within sight of my new home, Boston. Two years earlier, I had fallen in love with the city as I stood by the Charles River, reminiscent of the landscape of my childhood home, Pittsburgh. As I rounded the hill heading to my brother’s apartment, I was starting a new chapter in my life. Looking in the rearview mirror thirty-three years later­—after building a career in leadership and organizational development, starting a 6-piece R&B band, getting married at 44, adopting a baby girl from Russia, and launching a consulting/coaching practice—I recognize that this pivotal moment on the road was when I made a commitment to live my values and passions in life.

Now… I’d be lying to you if I said it has always felt great or been easy…

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