It was the peak of my career and life. I was the Chief of Operation for a national government agency, an elected official, a wife, a mother, a dedicated friend, family and community member, a supportive colleague and mentor to many. I gave and gave and kept giving. Everyone recognized me as a leader and expected me to be a leader. I stepped up to the plate to bat, and each time everyone could count on me to make contact with the ball. I was clueless and quite frankly dead to the fact that I and most importantly my leadership of others was on life support. I knew all about strategic planning, pausing to assess where my organization and others were at and forgot to do the same for myself. To check-in to see how I was doing. To pause, retreat and make an honest assessment on whether I was still connecting and modeling what I expected of myself and others. Connecting with authenticity and leading and motivating from the heart.