Monday Notes: Anything’s Possible

Remembering anything is possible has been one of my goals since 2017. It’s the first sentence on my list of goals that sits on the right side of my bathroom mirror. I remind myself of this because it keeps me not grounded. It reminds me of life’s possibilities.

Recently this statement was reinforced. One of my colleagues contacted me and asked if I would be the keynote speaker for a session at our national literacy conference. Their original speaker was Laurie Halse Anderson. Laurie…flipping Halse Anderson! If you don’t know who she is, then click here. She had a scheduling conflict and had to bow out. Because my colleague knew that three other women and I have an edited anthology coming out October 2020, he thought showcasing our work would be a good fit.

I had zero hesitation. I knew I could deliver the keynote because my co-editors and I have a strong message about marginalization in sports media and a desire to highlight how we talk about or don’t talk about issues of diversity and representation. Think Megan Rapinoe, Serena Williams, Simone Biles, and the most obvious, Colin Kaepernick. But I digress.

My point is never in a million years would I have thought I’d be replacing Anderson or giving a speech about this topic in November 2019. But anything is possible. All you have to do is be open to the anything and maintain alignment with what you value.

If you have 14 minutes to spare, here’s what I had to say:

 

36 thoughts on “Monday Notes: Anything’s Possible

  1. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

    You proved this with the message in your beautiful speech AND this post. I am so like you *surprise surprise* twins & all… and my dream inventory gets BIGGER every year. This post REaffirms belief in something bigger. Already on it’s way

    TOGETHER ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! Amen Dr. G!

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  2. Congratulations! Well done and well said. I can relate to the astonishment of being chosen as a keynote alongside other personal heroes. This past Spring I was chosen as an alternate to a woman I deeply admire; the great Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, first ever Surgeon General for the state of California who is doing ground breaking work on addressing childhood adversity and resilience building in medicine. I still get chills just knowing our names were discussed in the same space by the selection panel. Imagine? I say high five you and me and yes, we should always save space for unbelievable possibilities. ❤️

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    1. Girl. I was like hmmm…and then the next phase was like, I could get caught up in being second choice (ego), or I can ride this out in acceptance! Did you go through that too? And congrats to you/us! I just think life’s amazing, if we stop and recognize the amazingness of it.

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      1. I hear you and while I did have a little ego about a being the default I was more like “oh my god my name was next to her name and I can’t even” 😂 Congrats to us indeed. I wasn’t supposed to be anything. Now 💃🏻🕺🏻💃🏻

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  3. Nice one Kathy. At 3:36 AM i really wish I could get back to sleep. I will come back and view your video at civil o’clock and also check out this flipping woman you speak of although I don’t need that to know who she is to recognise your well earnt place on a podium talking a subject you a well versed on.

    Ok this is good…this tapping into my phone is making me sleepy.

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  4. Congratulations and Brava Kathy!! You killed it and proved “anything is possible!” Fighting for social justice is on-going in nearly every area of life. I think we have a number of issues that aid in promoting inaccurate information that leads to misperceptions. Today more than ever, It seems like people prefer lies to the truth. The more sensational the lie the more shares it gets as more people jump on board. Then there’s the dangerous fusion of journalism with entertainment and folks not understanding the difference between the two and of course many people just accept content at face value instead of doing their research and providing the correct content. I also think we are too reactive and get angry and upset before we know the entire story. Your keynote spoke to my heart and I wish I could have seen the whole segment. Is it posted online somewhere?

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    1. Thanks so much Steph! Of course, I agree with all you’ve mentioned here. This is pretty much the whole thing. It was about 14 mins and the parts that are edited were where I was asking the audience a question. I can email the transcript, if you’d like? I have your email.

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