December 31, 2011
Turning the Page
A New Year. Are you giddy with the possibilities a new year brings? Me too. Is this the year you will simplify, get healthy, get organized, make that big change or take that risk? I believe if you can dream it, you can do it.
How many of us will actually attempt the things that we are dreaming about? It's so much easier to just keep dreaming. Don't get me wrong, dreaming is one of my favorite past times, but if you look back on your life with regret at the things you never did, then it's time to do something different. Don't listen to the naysayers, don't give in to the fear. Don't get stuck on the possibility of failure. Here's what I want to ask you...What is the worst thing that could happen if you went for it? What are you sacrificing by not trying?
I've always been a dreamer. I used to sit around wishing my life was what I envisioned. One day I realized it wasn't just going to happen. I had to make it happen. I worked hard, made life changing decisions and made a big dream come true and now I feel empowered. I feel like if I put my mind to it, I can accomplish anything. I no longer care what people think about the life I choose to live. I also no longer fear failure. I will fail. I'm sure of it. If I take risks, not all of them will work out. But you know what? Not even trying is its own kind of failure. I'll choose the first kind, thankyouverymuch.
I cannot imagine going back to my old life. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad life. It just wasn't the life I felt I was meant to live. It took some soul searching to figure out what I wanted and once I did I just started taking one step at a time until those steps led me to my dream cottage in my dream town. Very often I stop and reflect on the journey that brought me here and I am filled with gratitude that I listened to my inner voice.
I have learned that sometimes you have do the very thing that scares you because it scares you. It is my nature to be afraid but I push forward. Sometimes I just need to fake it til I feel it. When I'm scared, I make myself commit to something that pushes me out of my comfort zone so that I'm forced to face my fears. Of course I regret it each and every time. Right up to the point when it's over and I'm no longer afraid. Crazy, but it works.
I love my life now. I'm grateful we took a risk and changed the course of our family's lives forever. We've never been happier. There was a time when I couldn't imagine this life being a reality but I turned my thinking around and after a lot of sacrifice we made our Village dreams come true. I appreciate most the things I work the hardest for.
If like me, you have a dream, no matter how big or small, take one small step today to start making it come true. Sit and make a plan, then take some action, no matter how small. Then I want you do the scariest part, tell someone about your dream. Then tell more people. That will make you accountable. If you would like, tell me about your dream. I would love to give you moral support. I want you to succeed. I want you to feel the soul deep satisfaction of making your life what you want it to be. Whatever that is. I want you to feel empowered to steer your life in a direction that gives you joy, that fills you with peace and that makes you feel like you are living the life you were meant to live.
This year we have 366 days. I'm going to make mine count.
(except the first picture, all the above pics are from pinterest)