Take Every Chance, Drop Every Fear.

In the universe there are things that are known, and things that are unknown. In between there are doors.

Today I close the door to my past, open the door to my future, take a deep breath and step through to a new life.

  – Unknown

We actually do this every single morning.  We may not realize it most mornings.  It is only special mornings that we truly see what is happening.  The first day to a new job.  Our wedding day.  The day a divorce is final.  The day we bury someone we love.  They are all days when we truly see the door to the past shutting behind us.  And although we may only have a glimpse through this door to the future, we know that everything will be forever changed.

Your teacher can open the door, but you must enter by yourself.

  – Chinese Proverb

If we are lucky we have teachers, mentors or coaches throughout our lives.  We have them as children and if we continue to all of secondary education we have them as adults.  But there comes a time when we leave school behind us.  I am mostly self taught.  I dropped out of high school to get married.  My parents never encouraged us to go to college.  They felt that it would take us away from God.  What I did have in my favor was I was smart and I loved learning.  Since I started reading I would read several books a week.  I would alternate between books that took me to a fantasy world where I could solve the murder; or have an adventure in space; or fight the barbarians in medieval times.  And then I would read a book that would teach me something I didn’t know.  I’ve been that way my whole life.

While some wait for the doors of opportunity to open, some kick the doors down.

  – Unknown

I knew my lack of an education was perceived as a liability, so I had to kick open doors to get them to let me show them what I could do.  I also equipped myself by taking a lot of classes online and through adult education that educated me on what I needed to advance in my career.  I started out as a bookkeepers assistant and move up through accounting and then I switched over to mortgage financing.  My career was always a series of doors opening, and I would step through advancing up the ladder.  My original goal in school was to be an administrative assistant to someone important.  I went much further than that, I became someone important who had the administrative assistant. 

I discovered I had a knack for knowing what to look for in loan applications.  I could see the missing pieces in the story it told.  I could see the incongruences.  It was almost like a spot shined on them.  I got to where I could almost tell when I picked up a file that there was fraud involved or not.  I have always seen patterns and their breaks.  It is one of my gifts.

Your life is a result of the choices you make . . .  If you don’t like your life it is time to start making better choices

  – Michelle Pennel

Then after the death of my mother my whole world fell apart.  All of her lies came spilling out of the closet and I found myself in a broken world where I didn’t trust anyone, not even God.  It took me years to close the doors to the past.  Years to see that the doors to the future contained wonderful things.  Years of reading books, getting certified in Herbal Medicine, getting certified as a Reiki Practitioner, and then getting certified as a Aroma therapist.  I was looking at a second career in these fields when my nephew was murdered.  Another couple of years went by.  This time I wasn’t mad at the whole world, and I wasn’t even mad at the killer.  I was saddened by our loss, saddened that this world had lost such a special young man, who only wanted to help others have a better life.

Deep within your soul is a door that opens into a world of wonder.  Open the door and let the magic in.

  – Unknown

This time I was trying to figure out what was beyond the door to my future that had opened to me.  I knew from experience that it would require hard work, because every door requires something new and different from you.  Expanding your comfort zone.  Learning that you have so much more potential than you have ever given yourself credit for.  I knew that I would self create most of the obstacles I would find along the way, because I have seen myself do it in the past when I had a huge door open before me  But this door was different.  It wasn’t a small round hobbit sized door.  No this door was like the door to the giants house in Jack and the Beanstalk.  When I looked through this door I could barely figure out the table and chairs let alone what else it might contain.  This door was truly scary.

Follow your bliss . . . , and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.

  – Connie Hanks

I knew that LemonadeMakers was part of going through this door.  I knew that everything in my life that I had learned, experienced, literally everything I have acquired would be necessary if I walked through this door.  I had a ragged life as a child, I have had some horrible experiences as an adult.  I knew that courage would be required to use and share all of it without exception.  So I wanted to make sure before I walked through, that I wasn’t going to turn tail and run away from this opportunity.  I truly feel that Carl’s death opened this door.  I wanted to make sure that the courage and conviction that LemonadeMakers needed from me, was going to be there.  That I wasn’t going to fail it and dishonor Carl in some way.

Most people will go their whole lives and never understand this feeling.

  – Unknown

So I started writing.  Something that Kami had kept me from all of my life.  She had me convinced I didn’t know what I was doing.  That I would only embarrass myself.  I was a high school drop out – that is one of her favorite weapons, that I don’t have a college degree.  I would like to introduce Kami to all of you. She is my personal saboteur.  She knows all of my weaknesses and knows just where to put the holes in the road I am traveling on.  She has blown up train tracks and bridges.  She has created massive road blocks.  Sometimes it took me years to figure out the reasons why I had my foot on the gas and brakes at the same time.

Strive for progress, not perfection.

  – Unknown

When I look back on the very first things I did, it was more share a quote and a couple of sentences.  But I kept expanding what I was doing.  Then I learned how to work a couple of software programs to create the quotes with the photos.  I created a Facebook page.  My writing kept improving.  I discovered a new gift in finding the perfect photos and quotes to go together.  People started liking things.  They started commenting, then sharing.  Some people told me that my grammar and punctuation wasn’t all that great.  But I kept preserving.  I proofread over and over, but some mistakes still come through.  I learned to believe that it was ok if everything wouldn’t pass an English teachers red pen.  It was my thoughts I was trying to share, and I think that is what is most important.

Don’t just dream of success; create a plan and act upon it!  Your momentum creates the door upon which opportunity knocks.

  – Dr. Steve Maraboli

Myself and some of your fellow LemonadeMakers are about to go through this door.  I am hoping that many of you who have been following us for awhile will join us.  It is a huge door of opportunity.  The kind of doorway that just keeps growing wider and wider and will open wide enough for all of you.  In a week or two we will announce our first webinar for this year.  When you open doors, you will find all of your fears waiting for you – but you will also find the keys to the treasures of your heart and soul.  I can promise that it will lead you to somewhere you didn’t even know existed.  The real you!  


It is a free webinar series.  If you have been encouraged by any of my posts – If you have been moved to make a change or transform something in your life, I hope that you will attend.  We have some great groundbreaking thoughts and ideas.  Some new and deeper ways that you will be able to work with us directly in your own growth.  And some ways that you can raise your hand and walk through the door with us to help Women’s Shelters all over the United States.

This will be a  door that no one can shut on you – only you can shut this door.  I hope you will walk through this door with us, because we have some transformations to get done!

Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of LemonadeMakers.org, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.

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