Overwhelming. Demanding. Joyous. Murderous. Exhilarating. Exhausting. Uplifting. Distressing. Demanding. Inspirational. Growth. Power. Surrender. Persistence.
All of these words come to mind as I look back at the 2016-17 JLO year. I remember less than a year ago, I had grand plans about what the upcoming year would look and feel like.
And then fate stepped in and laughed in the face of those plans.
And I am so grateful for that.
I'm grateful because it taught me the true meaning of leadership. It taught me to be flexible. It taught me to let go. It taught me just how much our women are capable of. It taught me what this organization is capable of when we embrace the unexpected.
When we are comfortable with being vulnerable.
When we disrupt convention.
When we dare greatly.
I believe that it is our job as leaders - no matter our position - to better the ball. This means that we must do the best we can with what we're given, with the ultimate goal of getting the ball in a better position before passing it off to a teammate. I can look back on my time in the league and say with confidence that each year, the board has bettered the ball and improved our organization in ways that are important and often overlooked. They've each brought the organization to a place where the hand-off allowed their predecessor to build on the placement of the ball. And all of this has trickled down to the membership, who put on their rally-caps and absolutely took care of business
I am so proud of the things we accomplished this year and grateful to have been surrounded by such amazing teammates and friends. While there are a lot of things I wish we had put a bow on this year, I have full confidence that they will be taken care of next year. I believe that the 2016-17 board and our members have put the league in solid footing for generations to come.
And when I think about disrupting convention and how we can apply it in the Junior League, I smile. Because we were disrupting convention before disrupting convention was cool. And now... well, now it's just a way of life. And it is my hope that we as members continue to rally against convention and norms to embrace change and evolve to meet its demands. To continue our legacy of unique servant leadership and focus on our members to expose the powerhouse that lies in each one of us.
Thank you to everyone who made this year what it was. Leaders make sure that they replace themselves with someone who can take the baton and run with it. I have faith that we have the right people in the right positions and cannot wait to see what's next for the Junior League of Ogden.
It has been the great honor of my life to lead this organization, and it is something that I will always cherish. Best of luck to Kim Bowsher and her board. I'm expecting great things.
But first, a nap.