Janelle Steinberg North Dakota
I am busy - like crazy, off-the-charts busy. I have six kids, a husband, a part-time job at my church, a couple of businesses, I run the North Dakota International Pageant, and volunteer opportunities coming out of my ears. You know what though, I LOVE IT! I can’t imagine life any other way. I like having a full day and a full life.
Being busy does have its downside though: I tend to be late, I may have left a kid behind before, and we eat out more often than we’d like, among other things. All of those little bumps in my day, they are just that, little. They are the things that make life interesting, kind of like road construction make summer interesting. The biggest downside I see in being busy is this….. I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME!
I don’t have enough time to do all the work I see that needs doing. Not the work of MY life, the work of the world. There is a lot that needs to be done, so many ways we can help those around us, so many ways we can reach out and make a difference. I want to make a difference! But my day is full, my life is full. I am at the point where I have to say “no” to excellent opportunities. It is terrible to believe you can be part of the solution and not have the time to do anything about it. I felt stuck. I couldn’t figure out how to do more, at least not until the kinks of cloning were figured out. I need an army.
And that is my why! There is work to do and I am just one person. It is time for me to think bigger, to find that army of passionate people. The American Heart Association and Go Red, thinks like me. It is time for a movement to start. No one of us can make a difference alone, but as a nation, as an organization dedicated to change, together we can make a difference. Together we can save lives.
The AHA equips me personally, by providing health tools, meal planning and physical activities. In turn, I use the knowledge I have learned to change the habits of my family, usually without to many protests. As Director of the North Dakota International Pageants, I also get to have a professional relationship with Go Red. The Go Red Movement and the International Pageants are Partners of change. Daily I get to work with Contestants and women from across North Dakota as they learn about women’s heart health and then as they turn around and become advocates themselves. Do you see how the circle expands?
I may be just one busy person, but I am going to live my life making a difference. One life. One heart at a time.