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Friday's 3 Things From My Last Day

For the past 11 years I have had the opportunity to travel the world. I have been forced to go outside my comfort zone more times than I can count. I have met the most amazing people who would change my life forever.I found a career. Then I found my passion.I owe this to one place. Oakley.

Today, in the strangest TGIF ever, I will walk out the doors of the "big grey bunker on the hill" for the last time. It is a bittersweet time and in honor of that I have decided to dedicate today's post to 3 things I have learned during my time at here.

Tackling your fears can lead to some of the most excruciating & invigorating moments of your life.


Thanks to a team of 8 individuals who not only love thrill seeking but apparently also loved seeing what this girl looks like when terrified I crossed off so many things on my "I've Never" list. There was the time I cried upon receiving a death waiver before white water rafting and then cursed my way down a river in Vail, CO. (It was truly the most terrifying moment of my life.)

Then there was the time I screamed my way down a zip line in Big Sky, MT and was affectionately nick named "HSMF" by the guides. (I cannot and will not define what those initials stand for.) But just imagine what it feels like to be hanging hundreds or more feed above the ground just flying through the air when heights are one of you biggest fears ever and imagine the words that might be slipping out loudly and frequently and you will probably get the drift. (don't event get me started about being left alone on a chair lift!)

Of course there were more adventures from indoor sky diving to fly fishing, glamping, a half marathon, running in general and more. I might be the most scared person in the world with all of these things, but I did them. I will never have to wonder "what if" and what an amazing life lesson that has been. 

1 person, giving you 1 chance can change your life!

That person for me was "Becky Wilkinson". She took a chance on me in 2004 and then proceeded to keep giving me chances. It was because of her I got a passport and was able to travel to places I really never even dreamed I would go. It was because of her I had a career. It was because of her I went back to college. It was because of her I learned what I was capable of. It was because of her I learned what a smart, savvy and accomplished woman looks like in business.

People can say what they want but she was the boss that was okay with me being outspoken, aggressive and driven. She nurtured that and that was the first time my life changed at Oakley.

The toughest moments  bring you to the best moments.

Not every moment was good. In fact some were awful. This is true of all relationships and that is definitely how I would define my time there, a relationship. Some days pure bliss. Other day's not so much.

Oakley is a place to find your pasion.
— Jim Jannard - Founder

But in those tough moments I I learned more than I probably even know. The last few years were rough. It is hard to be away from your support system. I felt beat up and tired and some days I didn't want to get out of bed but I did. My boss told me that he had never seen someone get hit so many times that would dust herself off, shed a tear or two and then get up and do what had to be done. I never saw myself that way but I think he was right. These challenges showed ME just how much gumption I have. 

The quote from Jim above is right. I found my passion at Oakley. I'm not meant to live it out with there but will forever be grateful for all that I got from my time with such an iconic brand.Finding this passion and my purpose was the second time my life changed because of Oakley.

Today is not an ending. It is the start of the next chapter where I get to take everything I learned & apply it to my purpose. Butterflies are already going bizerk in my stomach. I'm ready! As always, let me know what you think. Comment here or on social media.


P.S. Today's P.S. is a 4th thing. That's right it's a true Ginsu Knife infomercial "That's not all" moment. Here it is.

Best Friends can be found in the strangest places!


Some of my BEST friends were found the first day I walked into Oakley. I gathered a few more amazing ones along the way but these first 6 ladies, we had something unique that lived in one of those bubbles of time that cannot be replicated. Some have drifted away while other's are still putting up with me but the ladies in this picture taught me a tremendous amount about friendship and made me a much better person. Technically, this was probably the second time my life was changed by Oakley but I didn't want to put them out of order so let's just agree to call it the third time my life was changed because of Oakley.

Three life changes in one place is not a bad way to spend your time. #fabsevenforlife

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Recently I found a survey done on Linkedin. The survey asked 8,000 people around the globe what they dreamt of being when they were kids. Can you guess what types of answers came in? If you look at the list, you might discover one that was on your wish list. However, the survey also discovered that only 8.9% of the respondents actually work in the field they dreamt of. Why have so many of us abandoned the dreams we had when we were young?

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The survey gave a number of reasons for the low percentage. They ranged from changing interests, difficulty getting a job, expensive to go after their dream (think cost of college).Of course some had concerns over money. But regardless of the reason, it is sad to see so many move away from their dreams, especially when you consider the quote below.

The dream jobs we aspire to as children are a window into our passions and talents.
— Nicole Williams - Connection Director at Linkedin

I believe one reason for this is that we are asking the wrong question. Why do we ask kids what "JOB" they want to have when they grow up? Shouldn't we instead be asking them what they like to do NOW? Shouldn't we be asking them what they like to do? We should even be asking questions like what do they think they are good at or what do they lose time doing? It is crucial that we ask them these questions, not just once but frequently

When I found my purpose/passion a few years ago, everything came into focus. I realized I was put on this earth to TALK. I should note that I discovered this while on stage in front of 400 people in a Marriott conference room in North Carolina. I call it my "Beyonce Moment" because it was in that moment on stage when I actually had a conversation with myself.

Dawne, you are killing it. You sound so smart. People are laughing, they think you’re funny and your outfit is on fire. Holy Crap, I love this. If I had a wind machine, this moment would go down as the most epic of all time”
My real life baby book with the proof in my own mother's handwriting. (1976)

My real life baby book with the proof in my own mother's handwriting. (1976)

The truth is I felt like this must be what it's like to be living in your purpose. It was life altering but it also hit me like a ton of bricks. How had I never realized this? Every job I had ever imagined myself in was centered around talking (SNL cast member, Broadway star, the next Barbara Walters, a lawyer...you get the point). To make matters worse, I asked my Mom when she knew I was a talker. She didn't answer me, instead she texted me this picture of my baby book. You'll notice it says that I started talking at 6 months! Did you know the average baby starts talking at 18 months? (Yes, I looked it up). It was always there. I wasn't paying attention because I wasn't looking for what I was good at or what I loved doing, I was looking for a job.

In an effort to help other people find their purpose, I want to share a few of the questions I ask myself. It is important to dig deep and understand what the questions really mean. I keep a journal for just this purpose. Each year I ask myself the same questions. (these are just a few of them) I do this so I can make sure I am not missing anything and I am moving in the right direction.

What did you want to be and what are you doing to make your dreams real? Tell me in the comments.



P.S. I have decided not to suggest a book today but instead I want to compel you to pick up your own journal and start answering your questions now. It is never to late to go for your purpose.It's yours nobody else's. You have to pick the journal that is best for you, but if you want a suggestion, check out Compendium who makes some great books to help inspire you in your writing. Click on the image to find all sorts of great journals.