In early 2017, I set a goal for myself to do a single unassisted pull up. It’s October, and I’m still working on it. And that’s a win. Why is it a win, if I haven’t met my goal yet? Because without accountability from the personal trainers that I mentioned my goal to, I would have given up by now. My trainer, Beth, pictured above helping me develop the muscles I'll need for that one … [Read more...] about Step 13: Ask Someone(s) for Accountability
At different times in our lives, we each encounter situations for which we feel unprepared. Maybe it's a difficult family situation with no end in sight, a work project that grows bigger each day, or simply a personal goal that seems out of reach. Each step hasn't gone as planned. Progress seems elusive. And you feel ill-equipped to finish. If you gave in to your stinkin' thinkin', you might … [Read more...] about Step 9: Feeling Unprepared? Show Up Anyway
Each time I pass our kitchen window, or sit at the table nearby, I cringe and berate myself a little. I immediately want to stop whatever I'm doing, grab work gloves, go outside, and start digging. The mulched, natural area in the furthest point of our yard once beautifully held a few bushes and flowers, crepe myrtles and a dwarf magnolia, two filled bird feeders, and a small mobile fire pit … [Read more...] about What Happens If You Look Beyond the Weeds?
My mind is racing through my list of activities and commitments ahead in the next few days, scrolling through a mental to-do list that needs to be written down. I feel my pulse quicken as my thoughts dart from what I should have finished already to what I’ve yet to start. And I’m not even out of bed yet. Sound familiar? With the holidays upon us, the feeling of overwhelm can be great. It … [Read more...] about Overwhelmed? The 1 Question to Ask Yourself
As I trained for my first (and to date, only) marathon, the words of a longtime friend kept coming to mind. Always remember, YOU signed up for this. I laughed when he said it, but I didn’t know how true his statement was. Yes, I registered online and paid the registration fee. I printed out the training plan. I bought new gear. The anticipation was pretty exciting, before I had put in any … [Read more...] about You Signed Up for This
I’ve played Novak Djokovic, the world’s #1 men’s singles champion, in tennis. It was such a crazy scene. Before I even woke up, I knew that it was a dream. Did I mention that I don’t even own a tennis racquet? Nonetheless, there we were, in dreamy color, facing each other on a rooftop tennis court atop a hotel. And … wait for it … Novak and I were playing with tennis balls made out of … [Read more...] about Novak, Toilet Paper, and Dreams