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!


Who could not be happy

"With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?" --Oscar Wilde

We complicate life sometimes. We overthink and we worry. We make up things that might happen even though they probably won't. We often spend more time thinking about all we don't want rather than focusing on what it is we do want.

Just for today, why not keep things simple? Enjoy a book or a walk in the park or a simple meal made with things that came from the earth. Just for today, notice every smile, the warmth of the sun, or the color of the leaves. Just for today, notice how easy it is to just be happy.


Joy in the journey

"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it." --Greg Anderson

In our fast-paced world, so many of us race through the day checking things off our lists. Before we know it, it's time for bed and we've not even had time to reflect on the day that's just gone by.

This week has been one of those weeks for me. I've had emails flying at me much more quickly than I can keep up with, events to attend, errands to run, and my very first radio interview to promote my book.

Luckily, though, in the midst of this whirlwind, when I started to feel a little bit frazzled, I had the clarity to realize that even in this especially busy time, I could still appreciate all that was going on.

It really is about the journey and joy is available not just at the end but at every step along way. Your assignment for today: laugh, feel, celebrate, live it up.


Great things

"To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time." --Leonard Bernstein

I have both a plan and a shortage of time as I head into the final stretch before Moms Mean Business is officially released. As I lamented my current state of feeling a bit overwhelmed earlier today, though, I realized that I'm so very fortunate. As I told a friend on the way to our sons' soccer game this morning, none of this is life or death.

The laundry will get done (it's happening as I write this), the groceries will be procured (I'm hoping my husband will go to the store today), and the list of things I need to do will get done--or they won't. It's all OK.

This week as you look at the undoubtedly long list of things you need to get done, I encourage you to breathe. And to smile. And to put taking some time for yourself at the top of your list. The important things have a way of getting done.

By the way, if you see me in the coming days, I might need a quick reminder me of this fact!


Where are you looking?

"If you're looking where everybody else is looking, you're looking in the wrong spot." --Mark Cuban

I remember telling a past boss along with his boss that I wanted to write a book. I was in my late twenties, doing marketing for a financial services company, and really just kind of killing time in my career. They knew I wasn't in it for the long term and they asked me what I wanted to do. When I said I wanted to write a book, they looked at me with an amused, "Oh, how naive you are" expression.

I immediately felt like a little kid who had put forth some grandiose idea. I questioned whether I was somehow wrong or maybe just idealistic to want to be an author. I remember wishing I could feel content at the thought of continuing on with my marketing career.

But, the thing is, I couldn't. I went on to work in advertising. Bad fit. I worked for a start-up company in a management role. Better fit but still not right. And, then, I started working for myself. Much better fit.

Fast forward several years and I've finally written a book. I'm just so thankful that all of those years ago I had the inner knowing to look somewhere other than where my two bosses would have had me look.