Monday
Nov172014

A great life

"A great life is the sum total of all the worthwhile things you've been doing one by one." --Richard Bach

It's not about the big accomplishments. It's not about outward recognition for what you've done.

It's simply about doing whatever is worthwhile to you on a regular basis. If you do that, your life will be a great one.

Easy peasy!

Sunday
Nov092014

Be careful what you wish for

"Some say be careful what you wish for. Well, I'd be more wary of not wishing at all." --Unknown

So... great things are happening over here. Podcasts, radio interviews, articles and guest blog posts, fun book launch parties, amazing support from friends and family, and my debut on live TV this last Thursday. It's all exactly what I hoped for when I imagined publicity for the book. It's also a lot to take in and, at times, I feel utterly exhausted by it.

But, here's the thing. I asked for it and, as a result, I'm stretching my boundaries and growing in leaps and bounds. And, that's the lesson. It's worth wishing for things that are scary and exhilarating and outside of your comfort zone.

Yes, I wanted to sneak out of the television studio as I waited for my turn. Yes, I had to coach myself through staying. Yes, there are things I wish I'd said and things I wish I hadn't. And, yes, I got just what I wished for--and more.

What's your wish? Bonus points if you tell me in the comments.

Wednesday
Nov052014

Harmless amusements

"Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world." --Voltaire

I found this quotation and a calm came over me. Most of the very best things that life has to offer are so simple. Reading, dancing, laughing, walking, gazing, breathing. These are the basics of being human yet it's so easy to take them for granted.

And, the cause no harm part. Wow. If we could get back to these basics when conflicts arise, what a different world this could be.

By the way, how is it November already?

For Seattle-area peeps, I have two book events coming up: one at Fly Fitness on Carillon Point this coming Wednesday and one at Mockingbird Books near Greenlake on 11/20. If you'd like to come to either of them, I would absolutely love it. Just send me an email at erin@magnoliaworkshop.com and I'll send you the details.

Monday
Oct272014

Do what you're afraid to do

"Always do what you are afraid to do." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

The next time you're staring down something that makes you feel fearful, take a moment to assess the situation. What's the worst that could happen? If the worst happens, what will you do? How can you face the fear with an open mind?

Some things are just plain scary. Some things, though, are scary because we let them be. For those that fit into the latter category, how about denying them the opportunity to rule our lives by courageously stepping into the fear. Often, you'll find an opportunity for life-affirming growth just by taking that first step.

Sunday
Oct192014

Saddle up

"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway. --John Wayne

My book officially launches tomorrow. And, oh my gosh, that is exciting, And scary. I wrote about this for 52 Dares this week but suffice it to say that while I'm thrilled about the whole thing, it's also a time of great vulnerability.

Here's the thing, though, I can say wholeheartedly that if you have a dream or a goal that you've been putting off, start it. Take some small step toward it. Even it's huge and it will take a long time, it's so incredibly worth it to get on the path that will lead you there.

You guys, it's so worth it!