People, Places, Purpose / by Tynesia Boyea-Robinson

Yesterday, I celebrated the 4th of July in Woodbridge, VA with my framily (yup, friends and family).  This is a tradition that we've had for about 15 years now, and it's been an interesting snapshot as we watch kids growing up, folks getting married, folks having their own kids... rinse, wash, repeat.  Now I know my first three posts have been a bit of a Life Entrepreneurs (LE) commercial, but I'm hopelessly linear and can't help but share what I've learned in the order in which it was revealed.  There's a cool LE concept of people, places, and purpose - that being a life entrepreneur is about being with the PEOPLE you care about, in the PLACES you love, fulfilling your PURPOSE. The fourth of July picnic always reminds me of the first two, and as I've grown older, I'm struck by how precious a gift that is.  I'm not generally averse to change professionally, but I find it difficult to move away from the people I love.  I feed off of their joy, their ability to keep me from taking myself too seriously, and my general admiration for who they are and what I learn from them.  Yet, the 3 P's (not to be confused with Michael Porter's 4 P's) provide the compass I need to keep my life going the direction that makes me happy, and ultimately reminds me of the importance of living on all dimensions.