Have you read Susan Jeffers' book Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway? If not, I highly recommend it. It's a powerful way to live. The concept is quite simple, really, as you'll learn from the book. Although not connected, this recent post on the Harvard Business Review blog echoes Susan's message. Fear means go.
Dr. Christi Hegstad, a wonderful coach & friend of mine, has been
establishing annual themes for her life for many years. I decided to try it
last year and for 2012 chose PHYSICAL. It represented both my physical being
and my physical environment. Whenever faced with a decision, I tried (when I remembered) to ask myself which
option would best align with my theme? It was a nice way to keep my choices
true to what I wanted to focus on. The result? A lighter, healthier & more
energetic me, a redecorated bathroom and a remodeled kitchen (nearly complete anyway). This theme
When it came time to set a theme for 2013, I gave a lot of
thought to what’s important to me – what I’m passionate about. Every time I
thought about it, animals topped the list. I’d donated funds to animal causes
all my adult life. It was time to actively participate in some way as well.
Another passion bubbled towards the top too. As much as I enjoyed the
remodeling project (hubby and I work well
together on household projects), I sorely missed playing in my craft room
and being creative. I can count on one hand the number of times I tinkered in
my craft room last year – and I told myself it would receive higher priority
this year. So, animals, volunteering and craft time all floated about in my
head for days as I tossed around themes. Suddenly the other day a word popped
up that, at first so simple, I nearly dismissed it. Further consideration,
however, revealed it to be perfect. The universe seems to agree because ever
since I selected it, I see this word and its message everywhere.
I know, simple, right? I like the message of JUST DO IT, but
don’t want to always be thinking about Nike, so that’s out. DOING IT is great because
it’s active, but might be misinterpreted and I don’t want to get a bunch of
blog hits/comments from folks thinking it’s suggestive in nature. Nope – DO
was/is it. Plus, I’m a planner and can get so wrapped up in researching,
planning and thinking through all possible options, that I’m tired of a project
before I even start it, or have allowed fear to tell me how I won’t succeed so
why start, etc. DO is what I need to DO.
When it hit me how it plays perfectly into my blog and business name, it sealed
the deal. Sweet.
So, what am I going to do? You’ll see that over the course
of the year. For now, if you’d like to learn more about annual themes, check
out Christi’s blog. You can also visit the blog of the talented Debi Minter for inspiration.
I’ll leave you with this fitting TED Talk I discovered today
from Young-ha Kim:
Greetings & Happy 2013! Yes, I’m late, but
considering it’s been 286 days since my last post, I’m doing well to only be 39
days late saying Happy New Year – ha! Seriously, I’ve missed the online
community and am touched and grateful to see only one follower left during my
long absence. Thank you for sticking around, folks – this is going to be an
After I post this, I intend to spend quite a bit of
time blog hopping and catching up on your blogs. As for me, well since my last
post in April, I’ve helped my hubby remodel our kitchen (totally gutted it then
hubby built custom cabinets – will share before & after photos in the next
couple months), lost 10 pounds, read several books (see list at right), made
some new friends & reconnected with some old friends. Along the way a
couple elderly family members departed and three new step-grandbabies arrived.
Things are never dull. Well, I take that back, my craft skills have dulled from
not being used. THAT will be rectified this year.
For now, I wanted to get my first 2013 post under my
belt and since I haven’t crafted, I’m sharing a photo of one of the best and
brightest parts of my life. This is Winston. He rescued me six years ago today
and this is a photo of his first car ride home from the shelter. Enjoy that
cute little face while I go off to visit your blogs ^smile^