Each week we will have an amazing warrior, and as a bonus we will give him/her a title in the hall of warriors.
More than 6 months ago, Enso Journey was a project that was still starting. We were nowhere around 100 posts as we do now, we barely had 10. But kindness has always surrounded this project.
I have been waiting for a long time to include Kathy in our hall of warriors. She was the very first one to lend us a hand, offer us to guest post and re-twitted our material. We owe her a lot of our early success and she is always inviting us to share our views on her blog Bliss Habits.
It’s an honor to include Kathy in our hall of warriors, she has earned her spot not only for helping us, but for sharing her journey with everyone.
What are you most passionate about? And why?
I am passionate about people and our planet. I believe humanity is on the cusp of great change and I want to be part of the force for good that shapes the world my daughter will live in. As an older mom I am keenly aware that my legacy will live longer than I, and I want that legacy to be filled with joy, wonder and personal responsibility.
What was your inspiration or motivation to begin your project?
When I was in my twenties I read Ben Franklin’s Autobiography in which he detailed following 13 virtues for living a good life. I was always fascinated by his project and thought it would be fun to try one of my own.
What is the biggest reward you have received while working on your project?
All the fabulous new friendships I’ve made. When I first started out the blog was a way to hold myself accountable for playing my Bliss game. Very quickly I started to meet other people who have become incredibly dear to me. I am grateful everyday for having these new friends in my life.
If you had the ability to change the world in any way, would you? And if so, how?
I would like to wave a magic wand and have people be kinder to each other. No one really knows what kind of struggles someone may be suffering through and a little kindness goes a long way. If kindness were the linchpin of human existence I believe many of the earth’s biggest problems would dissolve.
What advice can you give to someone who is struggling to find happiness?
Help someone else. If you are concentrating on someone else’s problems you will very quickly forget your own and the satisfaction of knowing you made a difference in someone’s life is guaranteed to bring you joy.
Who is the most remarkable person you have ever met? And why?
Tough one! I have met some very remarkable people over the years but I think it is likely that I don’t really know which was the MOST remarkable. I’m always amazed by stories of kids who put up with complete dysfunction and abuse but show a brave face outside of their homes. We never really know how amazing someone really is, it is best just to assume everyone is more remarkable then you can possibly imagine.
What are some of your future goals or aspirations? Do you have a plan to accomplish them?
I have always wanted to have enough money so that when I see someone in need I can easily help. I want to build my Bliss Habits site into a viable business that generates income for the charities and causes that I care about. My plans are under construction!
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced during your life?
I think I am living it now. I have had many ups and downs in my life but because I have generally maintained a positive attitude, even when I was broke and almost homeless, I never felt like things were insurmountable. The obstacle I am committed to overcoming now is complacency. Being joyous has enabled me to get through many things but it also allows me to get satisfied a bit too easily. This next year of my life is all about daring to be wildly successful and being able to share that success with others.
Tell us about your biggest success in life, perhaps something you struggled with that you were able to overcome above and beyond your own expectations.
I plan to tell you this story by the end of the year!
(Note by Alex: And we will reserve this spot for the story!)
What is something that you wish you knew before you started your path?
I wish I knew that it is ok to ask for help. I have always been a “grit my teeth and figure it out” sort of gal who would never let folks know when things were bad. Eventually I got myself through things, however I could have done so faster if I had only asked for help. I also missed out on a lot of stuff because I didn’t want to tell people I couldn’t afford it. My pride made me say I wasn’t interested rather than admitting the truth.
If you were a cat, which type of owner would you choose?
I would choose the type of owner who would build me elaborate cat trees and other climbing things all over the house. I’d want to have cozy nooks and great perches to take my certainly frequent naps!
For her answers, kind heart and true passion for life and enjoying the bliss in every part of her life, we grant Kathy the title of:
The Bliss Warrior
Bliss is something that must be cultivated and Kathy has found a wonderful way to share her ways with us. Her site, Bliss Habits, is a great place to share the bliss, both as a writer and as a reader. If you want to discover how to become blissful, head over to her site, like her facebook page or follow her on twitter.
Oh, and don’t forget to leave her a hug in the comments.