Why I Do What I Do

 

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This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 2
Written by Robin Kelley Harp

I am convinced that through discovering and understanding your personal “why” you can become anything you wish to become! You see, this personal dedication to the bigger picture will always keep you pressing forward! The beauty of your personal “why” keeps you striving for your long term goals, even when your today doesn’t go very well. My personal why stems from many years of disability and challenge. It continues to give me hope to get up every morning!

My deep core reason for doing what I do revolves around the disease of Sarcoidosis. I have been dealing with this disease on a daily basis for 30 years now, and 8 years ago it caused me to go blind. Sarcoidosis is primarily a pulmonary auto-immune disease, but can affect every organ in your body. Sarcoidosis is just as insidious as Cancer, just without the recognition. Basically, the medical community does not know much about this mystery disease. My goal in this life is to spread awareness of the disease of Sarcoidosis, find the unknown cause, and ultimately through research find a cure. I have dedicated myself to this purpose…’til my last breath! For that purpose, I have started a Sarcoidosis community on Facebook. Everything that I plan to do will refer back to Sarcoidosis awareness!

I am currently working on a business venture to help chronically ill and disabled persons who need to lose weight. I intend to use the profit from this venture to fund my Sarcoidosis awareness campaign. As a wheelchair-bound disabled person, I realize how easy it is to gain excess weight, and how difficult it is to then lose it. The medication Prednisone alone (which is given for auto-immune diseases) can really pack the weight on. With illness and fatigue, you are unable to exercise, and so one feels very helpless. I have recently reached my goal weight loss of 100 pounds with a fantastic nutrition program utilizing very little movement. I am bursting at the seams so ready to help others do what they feel is impossible! It is possible to be physically disabled and still lose 50-100 pounds!! I am ready to empower and inspire others like me!

Seeking Clarity Amidst Chaos

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This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 1

Written by Robin Kelley Harp

Growing up in America we are taught that we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. But how free are we really if we work for a boss who dictates our daily activities while at the same time being limited by our weekly paychecks? Are we brave enough then to strike out on our own and start a new business venture from scratch? This Georgia girl decided last November that I was indeed brave enough, ready, willing, and able. So here I am, ten months later–stuck!! Why?

Taking the time to sit down and reflect on this question, I discovered many reasons for this dilemma! I must admit that I have some serious obstacles in my path, but I was well aware of them going into this. These larger obstacles revolve around my chronic illness of Sarcoidosis, including my blindness. Therefore I must accept being a little slower than most, but determined nevertheless to cross the finish line! While working around the health issue, I realized that something deeper must be holding me back! But what?

Could it possibly be that instead of being scared of failure, I am actually scared of possibly being successful? I know that may sound strange, unless you understand the mindset that I had growing up. In my household, there seemed to be a definite bias against people with money. In fact, I have just come to the acceptance that wealth is not a dirty word!

Honestly, this writing exercise regarding my challenges around finding my focus has really made me brutally aware of the issues that are holding me back! I have been self-limiting my potential success based on a negative mindset that I must restructure. I intend to wake up totally fresh and recharged tomorrow morning, ready to start anew and cross those hurdles on my way to the finish line!