Every day I'm in this campaign, I learn more about myself and others.
Last night I spoke with someone about the campaign and got some news that made my heart skip. They said that they "had heard my name being mentioned a lot lately" and that the work I've done (yard signs, the parade, etc.) has been giving me name recognition. This news came to me at the perfect time.
Any person who has ever embarked on a journey of this size wonders at some point what the heck they've gotten themselves into. Between working a full-time job, taking one on-line course, being a wife and mom, having a mom in a nursing home, AND running this race has been very demanding. Some days I wonder if I'll make it. Then I hear from people that are happy for what I'm doing and that I'm going to make a great addition to the board next year.
I've been joking with those who know me (i.e. husband, child, co-workers) that if they ever see me down or tired to just stroke my hair, say "who's a good Leah" and feed me chocolate! Well I didn't get chocolate this morning, but my husband remembered what I said about needing extra encouragement.
Running for office is hard work, and I knew this when I started. But I wasn't very truthful with myself. I thought, "if I win, I win, and if I lose, I lose, but I gave it my best shot." That was a lie. At this point, I have NEVER wanted anything more than to win this election, and coming in third place will not be good enough for me.
I just want to say thank you to everyone who has shown me kindness in the past few weeks, and I hope that I can repay that kindness back, multiplied by two!