Right Here and Now

Do you ever feel like everyone else seems to have it figured out? Sometimes I look at Instagram and have this overwhelming feeling that I’m screwing it all up. I wonder, “How do all these moms have so much energy?” Half the time I want to crawl into bed and pull the covers over my head. Comparing my life to others makes me feel small and less than. The other night I woke up at 2am and this poem came to mind. So I got up and grabbed a pen and paper and wrote it down. {Then the next morning I refined it because, you know, I was half asleep when I wrote it!}. I hope it encourages you like it encourages me. Sending you a giant hug and reminding you it’s all good. All of it.

You Are Right Where You’re Meant To Be

Every step forward
Every step back
Each giant leap
The occasional trip and fall
Have landed you here
Nothing is wasted
Everything is useful
Each victory makes you stronger
Mistakes are your teacher
This is your path
You didn’t miss it
Or mess it up
You’re not behind
You’re not ahead
You’re right on time
The what ifs
The possibilities
The regrets
The forks in the road
Are all part of your path
They shape your unique journey
The right turns
The wrong turns
The u turns
Have all brought you here
To this beautiful place
This exact spot
You’re not lost
You’re not off track
It’s okay
All is well
Look around
Breathe deeply
Soak up this moment
And the incredible truth
You’re in the right place
You did it
You made it
You arrived
You’re ready
To take the next step
Believing it will lead you
To the next right place
Don’t worry
Even if it’s the wrong place
It will be the right place
You don’t have to be perfect
Or have it all figured out
Lean into the adventure
One step at a time
With boldness
And trembling knees
With faith
Giving love to yourself and others
Knowing this is your journey
You’re right where you’re meant to be


  1. Love this <3
    it is perfect , thank you so much always.. everything you share is honest and from the heart needed to read this .

  2. …wow…I purchased your ‘love lost’ ring one heart one ruby (his birthstone: July) one diamond (ju$t because)…then read a bit about you and your story…as I now have ordered a birthstone ring (my boys Nov/Oct) and another for a friend…so thanks so much for this amazing poem…you are where you’re meant to be…after years of unexpected changes…divorce…separation…death…job changes…this is encouraging to read…blessings to you and yours!!

  3. This hit me between the eyes… a confirmation from the Lord …i have been searching the Lords direction in the relationship I’m in right now. I was alone ( which is rare) reading a book on Heaven when the Lord put in my mind… You are where u are supposed to be…!!! And now your poem!! Thank you for being in tune and listening to Him…you are reaching others….thank you!!!

  4. Thank you Lisa. I have been feeling a little lost lately after retiring from teaching. I needed this. May I share it on my Facebook page for friends who may need these words.

  5. YES! and AMEN! I am so thankful you listened and wrote it down. It is every second, every minute, every lifetime-‘you are right where you are meant to be’. Thank you.

  6. These Words are terrific & inspiring to me, & to many others I’m sure— sending the Lord’s Blessings your way!?

  7. Oh Lisa. This is sooo beautiful and exactly what I needed right now! Thank you so much!!!! <3
    Sending you big hugs!

  8. From a fellow exhausted mom and working woman, thank you for this. Really touched my heart <3 So beautifully said!

  9. This is just what I needed to hear today!
    I’m 60 and a caretaker for my 84 year old mom with dementia. It’s taking a toll on my health, marriage and quality of all our lives. Thanks for your inspiring words to keep going!

  10. Such a beautiful poem! I feel like that a lot lately. My children and grandchildren are far away that I don’t get to see them. Some days I wonder, what is my life. I have a lot of health issues that keep me from doing a lot of things I use to love. Regrets for taking my health for granted. Wishing I could turn back time and have my children around me. They are where they should be. Thriving and living their lives to the fullest. Your poem is very inspiring to me. The Cross of Faith I now where is a symbol of hope. Thank you for sharing. We are both where we are meant to be. Love and Hugs.

  11. Lisa, absolutely well written. I love how you wrote that when you woke up. Your a true mother & it shows! I love your blogs your emails & your jewelry. I look forward to opening my emails & seeing lisa leonard, in lower case. That’s what caught my attention when I saw an ad in a magazine, while I was @
    The dentists office. I saw the necklace with the names of kids on it. I immediately tore it out, came home & went to your website. I fell in love right away!
    I want to get the necklace with the names of my kids, I have 4, with their birthstone on it. I’m awaiting for the 20 percent to come again.
    Sorry to ramble but I like what I see!!

  12. Thank you Lisa! Sometimes I lose track of positive thoughts, life is a journey with unexpected challenges. God is good, our paths crossed, your inspiration is my medicine❤️

  13. Thank you Lisa! Sometimes I lose track of positive thoughts, life is a journey with unexpected challenges. God is good, our paths crossed, your inspiration is my medicine❤️

  14. God must have tapped you on the shoulder to give this to you to share-honestly I looked st the email and scoffed how does she know, lol-then I read it and cried because it was like you were hearing my thoughts and answering my questions, thank you

  15. This is beautiful Lisa …. a blessing this morning in a message Thru your poem i needed
    Thank you for your heart and sharing?

  16. Going through life with my mother very ill, trying to make the right choices for her. My own on going health issues that have changed my life as I had know for 60 years to one that is not a quality of life that I want. Year old grandbaby that is my heart, daughter that is a single parent and needs my help. Your poem is beautiful and has given me hope, maybe today will be one without tears. You are a wonderful mother, wife, designer and now friend. Most grateful!

    1. Lisa, you are awesome! I have admired your strength from the first time I read your story. Never doubt the gifts God has given you. You are truly a hero’

  17. So inspirational. Thank you for sharing this very personal and heartfelt poem.
    We are all sharing this journey with all the ups and downs life throws at us.
    Faith and gratitude helps me every day.

  18. Beautiful poem and way to view life. Just what I needed at this point in my life. Thank you… You have a beautiful soul….

  19. Just beautiful and EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED, as well as my son. Sending to him now. You are such an inspiration to me. God bless your sweet soul and your family!!

  20. This is perfect! I NEED to know that i am exactly where I am supposed to be and that it is ok! Thank you!
    love and light,

  21. Everyday I hold faith in Jesus that he will give me a sign of hope. I went to bed last night with such frustration and disappointment. Just having my morning coffee and checking my e-mails when I came across your poem. I loved it! Thank you for such a touching inspiring poem. Today this was my gift – my sign.
    Your words have brighten my day. Thank you.

  22. Beautiful words and exactly what I needed to hear. I have been feeling the same way lately; lost….. Good to know that its a journey and I am where I need to be at this time.

    Thank you 🙂

  23. This is so perfect…my career will be in transition by the end of the year and I am excited, but also have no clue what’s next. I also sent it to my brother who has been struggling after losing his job almost 2 years ago…needed to remind him that maybe he is right where he is supposed to be. Thank you =)

  24. I enjoyed reading your poem. I’m new here and just ordered a ring from you. Happy and safe 4th of July to you and your family.

  25. I’m 66 and struggling with health, career choices, relationships, where to live in retirement, and overall direction for my life. This was shared with me by a client and it touches my heart. Loving the miracle of life. Thank You.

  26. Thank you for this poem, it’s exactly what I am needing right now. I’ve printed it out and look at it every day to remind myself that everything will be ok and that I am exactly where I need to be…even tho that’s hard to swallow lol. I appreciate you even though I don’t know you personally. Thank you.

  27. Beautiful, going through some hard times with my grand-baby, health and this poem is all true you never give up. Just have you faith and never stop giving. Prayers and all your way.

  28. That is so beautiful and true. My daughter just graduated from SLOHS and is headed off to college. This is exactly what I want her to know. Thank you for sharing your beautiful insight!

  29. I am in totally awe with tgese lines, Lisa!
    So beautiful and so true!
    I can totally relate to this as just eight days back I wrote a post with some similar thoughts in it- like I am feeling I am slow to where I’m heading in my journey, and not making any significant progress etc.

    You made my day by inspiring me to keep going and not feel left alone behind everybody. Wishing you more strength and success.

    Epsita | http://www.thepositivewindow.com

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