Vol. 30 June 2021

Each month I will be sharing inspiration, wisdom, and a bit of humor as we embrace our divine journey together. Be sure to check out my website JamieValvano.com for information about my speaking engagements and more.


"I cannot wait for things to get back to normal," is a sentiment I have heard uttered many times over the past few months. In the midst of battle, it is only natural to long for days of ease. However, I believe it is a tragedy to get to the other side of an obstacle and in our haste to find balanced predictability we leave behind the valuable lessons learned in the midst of the struggle. The very foundation of our survival celebrations must be built upon our relenting courage and refusal to give up.

On May 23, 2021 I served as the commencement speaker for Saint Mary's School in Raleigh, NC. Established in 1842, the current Head of School, Brendan O'Shea, eloquently spoke of the historical hardships faced and conquered by former students. Suffering is unavoidable, but that day the collective strength I felt from the students, faculty, and families gathered was indomitable. This was my first in person speech in over a year, and I perceived a subtle shift. Fear and weariness was replaced with warmth and hope.

Take just a moment to acknowledge where you are today. Be grateful for your hard earned victories. Don't wish for things to return to how they were, but embrace the electric energy that is transforming us all into who we must become. The world needs you...come as you are...and use your talents and gifts to increase the subtle shift to a massive movement.

Photo: The esteemed faculty of St. Mary's School.
As a former teacher, I have a heart for young people. Many of our precious children are battling with depression, isolation, and anxiety. We survived a difficult school year, but the healing has just begun. My son Grant and I continue to use his 321 BAHBAM message to inspire others. Please CLICK HERE to learn more about Grant's passion for health, kindness, and joy.
Every Friday Grant's class, teachers, and administrators wear their shirts to celebrate being back together after a long year of virtual learning.
I had the pleasure of listening to Jamie Valvano speak in an intimate setting of young women and their moms. Just like her Dad, Jamie has dared to dream big and live an extraordinary life. We were also lucky enough to hear her son Grant speak that evening. His philosophy on how to live life is something we should all strive for for each day.

-Catherine Crane Kelly