— Tony Judt
My dad emailed me the commencement speech that Steve Jobs gave at Standford in 2005. I read it and immediately thought about Jon Acuff’s book Quitter and the “hinges” in his life. Sounds like Steve Jobs experienced something very similar with his calligraphy class. And now I’m thinking about what “hinges” have happened in my life. MTH2011 is definitely one of them.
I’ve yet to write about my MTH experience, mostly because it’s only been just over a month and it’s been a busy one. Part of the reason is because I was still processing what I learned and took away from that day, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the friendships that began in that room. And while the tools I learned there have changed my life, these new friends have taught me lessons that I never would have gotten to on my own. In the past, I would typically meet someone new, have small talk with them and think to myself, “Oh, it would be nice to get to know them a little better…” and that would be the end of it. But I promised myself as I was driving away from the Emerald Coast that I would NOT do that with these new friends. Our experience together and each individual person means too much to me to let time pass us by without getting to know each other better. So to each member of the MTH2011 Emerald Coast class - here’s to you and our new friendship! I am here, cheering you on, sending you love and support. I’m so excited to see what each of us can do in the next 3 months, 6 months, 1 year from now! I hope that our paths cross again soon! XO
Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake. - Marie Beynon Ray
As I continue to make small changes in life to set myself up for success and live a happier/healthier life, I find that I incessantly plan things out in my mind. It never stops.
Today I woke up with just a list of things that had to get done and I read this quote and it threw everything out the window. I immediately jumped online and ordered the iMac I’ve been wanting for over a year. (I did recently review our finances and we’re in a good spot so it wasn’t completely throwing caution to the wind). But I don’t know why I was holding back. I’ve completed my first photography class and am already registered for the next. I am learning more and more about myself and allowing myself time to tune in and focus on the things that FIRE. ME. UP.
I hope you take the step that you’ve been thinking about TODAY! Action, people. Do it.
“Be assured that you’ll always have time for the things you put first.” - Liane Steele
Time seems to be my enemy these days. Work is extremely busy and I find that I am consistently juggling too much. This quote was a nice reminder this morning to make sure I prioritize the people and things in my life appropriately.
Now I’m reminding you. Who are you putting first?
I’ve been following the MTH “movement” since the end of last year and was incredibly inspired by this group of people who are doing amazing things with their lives. The support, encouragement and love is felt within the entire community and transparent to those of us who have not yet had the opportunity to meet them or participate in person. And then one day Lara Casey, the found of Making Things Happen, invited one and all to participate in each activity in “The Challenge.” I did the work. I had momentum. I was ready and welcomed the challenge and change it was going to bring to my life. And then I got distracted and slowly meandered off course…because it was the EASY thing to do. I am afraid of failing. Period. I am afraid of allowing myself the opportunity TO FAIL and therefore am cheating myself out of the opportunity to succeed. And I have to stop. I don’t want to waste another year, another month, another day doing something that makes me cringe or that leaves me feeling empty. I want to be excited and push myself to be the person I know I am inside. Thank you, Lara. Thank you for sharing your story and teaching those of us without the know how - how to find whats inside of us to do and be our best. Lara just posted that there will be a three city MTH tour next month and I am beyond excited. I wasn’t able to make it to the last one in Vegas in February and have been impatiently waiting to hear when they were going to continue. I don’t know when or which one I’ll be going to, but it will be one of the three. I won’t let this opportunity pass me by again.
I’m hitting a new milestone in my life. With my husband, I’m buying a house. The excitement level is there, but it’s muffled by the anxiety of all of the things we have to do. When I explained what I was feeling to a great friend of mine, he said “Stressed? I’m sure the Pilgrims and Indians were worried about what appliances they were going to use for Thanksgiving.”
Now, I know you can sense the silliness AND sarcasm of his comment, but it hit home. I got the real message - “Shut up. Quit complaining. Be thankful this is a problem you have.” And I did.
I reset my frame of mind to gracious, humble and thankful.