I love words. Early on, I became fascinated by the look of them, their sounds, and their rhythm. And growing up in a family with Southern roots, it was not uncommon to hear the random colorful turn of phrase. I waited for those moments then and still do now. So I wasn’t surprised that for the last year or so I have been hearing the phrase “when push comes to shove” in my head. It’s always been one of my favorite expressions but until recently, I didn’t know why. What’s becoming clear to me now is that words themselves are only a small part of why I like this expression. Really, I think it is the deep connection I have to the place they describe. To put it bluntly, as a 45 year old women with a busy life, I often feel like I am living in a push come to shove moment—the time when you’re pressed, backed into a corner, where the stakes are getting higher and where you are not quite sure if the pain of not moving is greater than the pain of standing still. As I connect with family, friends and co-workers, I know that I am not alone in this. Are you bumping your head against the same wall? Are you seeking progress but scared of failing? Do you know your own greatness is just around the corner but still can’t find a road map to get there? If so, you too know what I’m talking about. So I’ve made a decision. While this space feels familiar to me, it sure isn’t a spot where I want to hang out or set up residence. In fact, with this blog I want to explore how to get on the other side of our push come to shove moments if for no other reason that I have a sneaky suspicion that that’s where true growth lives.