A personal reflection from my heart to yours. My story of staying present and showing-up fully.
You are exactly where you need to be.
I heard these little words from the loud silence of lazy crickets, chirping robins, and murmuring maples this morning.
This season of life is so full and brimming over that I almost couldn’t hear that little voice.
Let me back up…
Back in May I decided to say a full, loud ‘Heck yes’ to summer.
I’ll never forget the moment I was sitting in the passenger seat with my mom on an 8-hour road trip.
The very back leaf of my Present & Productive Planner Journal was open. You know, that’s the place with a secret pocket for notes, letters, and other little treasures.
One of my treasures is my lifetime bucket list. All those crazy wild dreams that burst into my brain when I think “wouldn’t it be incredible if…?”
A wild idea rooted in my mind.
What if this were the summer I finally started saying Yes! to my bucket list?
Before self-doubt could start to tell me all the things I should be doing – saving money, working on my business, my professional development – my heart nearly exploded with a giant YES!
Bigger and brighter than Fourth of July fireworks over the oceanfront.
There’s never a shortage of ‘shoulds.’
There will never be the perfect time to say YES! To a dream.
That one moment sparked a wildfire of adventure and new horizons for this summer. I’m calling it my ‘whole hog summer,’ only committing to something if I hear a giant “Heck Yes!” in my heart.
If it’s not a “Heck Yes!” then it goes to the back burner.
Living out this “Whole Hog Summer” mindset has brought all kinds of adventures into my life…
- Traveling to see friends old and new
- A bucket list solo camping trip under taller-than-life redwood trees
- Staying up until sunrise for spontaneous dance concerts
- Jumping back into distance running
- Throwing parties for friends whenever there is anything worth celebrating!
You can imagine, my heart is truly overflowing.
It also means I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone a lot. I’ve taken on some crazy new professional and personal projects that I never would have had the guts to say yes to… and I’m not at all sure of where this path will take me!
Saying Yes! To a dream involves so much uncertainty.
It means stepping beyond who you’ve been in the past, and into a deeper, fuller version of your future self. It means becoming the person your heart is calling into being.
Saying Yes! to a dream can be soooooo scary. Downright tremble-in-your-bones terrifying.
My mission with Present & Productive is to empower over-worked professionals with the skills and mindsets to say a whole hog “Heck Yes!” to their dreams.
It’s a mission I live out each and every day in my own life.
I’m fully committed to practicing what I teach. Even when it feels out of reach or too darn hard.
As I look back over the past three months, every time I’ve said “Heck Yes!” to a dream… I’ve also had a tsunami’s worth of fear, doubt, and uncertainty.
What if I’m not good enough? What if I invest all this time, energy, and hard-earned dollars into this dream… and it doesn’t work out? What if I show up and everyone looks right through me? What if there’s just a part of me that’s broken? What if everyone else can do it and I don’t?
It’s in those moments that I go back to my Present & Productive Planner Journal and remind myself:
You are exactly where you need to be.
Listen to your heart.
You are smack dab in the middle of the most awesome, creative journey ever: your one wild and precious life.
Maybe it was a whisper from the tree tops or an echo from the well of my heart. Either way, I’m so grateful that I took a pause at the end of this sweltering July morning to feel the sunshine kiss my forehead and gather myself for the month ahead.
Wherever you’re reading this right now – on your phone or maybe on your own back porch – I invite you to take a pause.
Deep breath in. Slow breath out.
Notice where you are.
Activate all five senses.
- Smell the breeze
- Feel the sunshine
- Taste the coffee
- Wiggle your toes on the grass
- Hear the cars rolling by
And gently ask yourself,
What’s waiting for you to say “Yes”!?