This past fall, my partner and I crossed an item off our travel ‘bucket list’ by spending three fabulous weeks touring Japan.
Japan didn’t disappoint: it’s marvelously rich with history and culture.
We got to see a lot of it firsthand.
One place that really impressed me is Yamadera — a cluster of Buddhist shrines and religious structures built into a mountain-side and linked by 1,000 steps.
We started climbing.
The higher we got, the more in awe I was.
Building at Yamadera temple began in the mid-9th Century.
As I huffed and puffed my way upward nearly 1,200 years later, I thought about those passionate, dedicated devotees who carved their way through rock faces and felled ancient trees to make this place.
The sheer scale of the vision. The incredible effort required to bring it to life over several centuries. It was all very humbling.
And yet, our reward awaited.
Onward we climbed.
At Yamadera’s highest point is Godaido – a viewing platform that overlooks some breathtakingly beautiful, mountainous countryside.
From here, everything that went into making this place just seems worth it.
Closing out my first year as a full-time entrepreneur, I have a renewed appreciation for hard work and big goals.
I’ve always been someone who’s poured myself into my work. I’ve had some incredible professional opportunities in life.
But none has been more satisfying and passion-fueling than forging my own path, with great clients, and clear purpose.
I am building, learning, growing. And I have never been happier.
High atop Yamadera, I was again reminded that I am not alone in this journey.
Tucked into the wooden planks of Godaido’s roof covering I saw the business cards of entrepreneurs from around the world.
Who knows if these folks were hoping for divine intervention or simply a potential lead?
But my blue business card is now among them.
And if a call ever comes as a result, I will be ready to take it.
There are some big things in the works already for 2020. But I honestly feel it’s just the beginning.
For that, I am grateful beyond words.