usMy boys are with their Dad this week. My ‘teens’ are back in school. The arts center is empty affording me a chance to get ‘caught up’ (as if!).

I’m thinking back on what was the best and worst time of my life. I’m remembering each and every person who did things for me that far exceeded my wildest expectations. I’m thinking ahead to all of the adventures we are sure to share.

Not everyone who has had a hand in helping me build my dream can, or still does, come around. People have their own lives, loves, work, family, ups and downs. Some I know about and some I don’t. And that’s ok. Some of those people have been here from the moment my life changed forever; many have been by my side for years, decades or even my entire lifetime. I am honored, knowing that even though everyone is working through their own personal struggles, they still choose to share what time they can with me.

Every day I find new kinship, often in the most unlikely of places. The one thing we all have in common is our love of a dream: my dream, their dream or in the endless energy I am consumed by that seems to encourage everyone to simply have a dream.

I’ve been called many things.

What I am is human. I am flawed. I am unrealistic, relentless, passionate, protective, loyal, grateful, stubborn, driven, headstrong, secretive and public. I am a mom, the unlikeliest of teachers, a scheduler, marketer, grant writer, therapist, butterfly wrangler and bill payer…

I don’t always get it right. But I am always driven to ‘get it’, for me and for anyone who wants to come along for one helluva ride.

If I don’t say thank you enough, I am sorry. I go to bed every night thinking about what everyone has done and what we need to do next. I constantly bite off more than I can chew. I’m learning how to ask for help. I feel responsible for so many things…

The center has become more than just my dream.

Evo is my family’s home, my salvation, a therapist’s office, an escape and haven for so many. A place where everyone knows your name.

People come here to laugh, cry, create, learn, live, be inspired and inspire. Evo has become more than I ever dreamed it would be.

That is both terrifying and exhilarating.

I have been given a gift in life many may never experience. Every morning I will wake up and do my very best to keep the hugs coming and door open, to my heart, my home and my dream.

How could I not when so many have done the very same for me…