Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. -Oprah Winfrey My life has taken a lot of turns over the last few years. Basically, it’s been chaotic. I’m at the beginning of another major personal upheaval and hard times are ahead. Sometimes, during […]
Building off of last week’s Monday Motivation post: I love this idea of “unbecoming”.
Of course, it’s all so simple! Except it isn’t, is it? This right here, this is my life’s work. Who am I underneath all the faces I wear outside. What is it to embrace my whole self, rough edges and all? What is it like to be you? The deep down, real, totally authentic you […]
If you can’t fly, then run if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward. -Martin Luther King Jr. I’m having such a hard time accepting that I need to go a little slower this week, and ask a little less of […]
It’s no secret that I love mantras. I find it really satisfying to come up with the right one in the morning to act as a touchstone for the rest of my day.
It’s sometimes challenging to come up with them myself, so I thought this would be a good time to post some tips for writing your own, along with some of my favorites quotes for days when you’re feeling stuck. Read More »
Spoiler alert: this is going to be a difficult (and busy!) week for me. I actually plan to use this as a mantra for the week. I’ve found this quote very accurate; the past, oh, three years have been difficult in so many ways for me, but they have transformed my life for the […]
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. -Arthur Ashe I had a simple running goal for this year: I wanted to run an 8K before Eternal Winter returned. Imagine my surprise when that turned out to be pretty easy for me. Well, maybe not easy, but I got […]
Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now. -Mattie Stepanek
I used to live in a world of somedays. There were so many things I wanted to do, but I had a hundred excuses for why I couldn’t do any of them.
“I’d love to spend a couple of hours writing in a coffee shop” I’d say to myself, “but I don’t have a laptop (and then- my laptop is too heavy) or the money to treat myself to a coffee. Not to mention nothing to say!” I thought of it as a nice, yet impossible, dream.
I had so many of those dreams and desires. What it all boiled down to was this: by waiting for everything to be perfect before I ever got started, I’d dug myself into a comfortable little rut. Sure, I was bored from lack of stimulation, and the walls were so close I couldn’t move, but getting out of it was going to require some work.
So I stayed in my rut and dreamed about all the amazing things I was going to do… someday. Inertia is serious business.
It’s not exactly like I woke up one morning and just decided to start living my dreams. I’ve spent a lot of time over the past two years reading, writing, meditating, and growing. So in a way it is like I woke up one morning and overcame my inertia.
I used one of my old standby methods; I picked a couple things. And then I did them. Achievement unlocked.
I still have dreams that I’m putting off, of course. Doing all of the things I want to do would require me to be in several places at once. Now that I’ve found a way to work some of my dreams into my life* I no longer feel confined by things I’m not able to do right now.
*For example, I spent some time on the beach this morning, and then wrote this blog post on the patio of my favorite local coffee shop. Sure, my laptop is heavy (and let’s get real- nowhere near as awesome as my desktop), but I still manage to drag it out at least once a week.