Growing old is required. Growing "up" is suggested. Enjoying growing up is optional and not usually a popular choice. But, people like Jolean seem to truly have a passion for it. She enjoys developing herself so much, she's committed to take her gift onto college campuses in the Triangle through a ministry called Campus Outreach. As the Resource Director, she expresses this gift through leading a team to accomplish goals. This will be Jo's fourth year with Campus Outreach and her second year as one of their leaders. What's different this year is that Jo will be bringing a new, yet critical aspect to her leadership. That concept is love. "By nature, I don't understand feelings and signals," she confessed to me. She explained that before 2014, she thought the only two emotions she had were happiness and anger. But, after reading a book called "Emotionally Healthy Spirituality" and uncomfortable, yet essential, introspection, she unraveled many assumptions about the beauty that rested inside of her. She uncovered that people, like herself, chain their beauty with rules. "My roommates call me Stay At Home Joey," she laughed. Little do many know, her desire to continually clean is sometimes the result of an internal guilt. She and I spoke more deeply about this, as I not only agreed, but related. Sometimes we'll hear voices in our head that critique us or worse, demean who we are. Little do we know, those "rules" influence our actions which then negatively affect the atmosphere of the room and the people in it. But Jo is on a mission to change that. One of the biggest steps is embracing failure in front of others, so that they feel the comfort and peace to embrace their own. "We're only human," I shared with her. Knowing Jo for a few years, I can tell you she's truly grown into a brave, beautiful and caring woman of God who's a sensational cook and an intentional leader. A quote from the interview that stays with me to this day is this: "If anyone remembers what I say, I hope it's what God wants them to hear."