Doing what you love & living your passion

I’ve heard it said (likely from Oprah) that the key to happiness is to doing what you love for a living. And if you are doing what you love for a living, you will be successful.

My beautiful BFF is on a quest to do just that. She “likes” her current job (and has enjoyed much success in the field thus far) but she has a sense that she’s meant for something more. She isn’t interested in doing what she likes for the rest of her life. She doesn’t want to settle for doing what she’s good at. She wants to live her best life and that means a career she loves, is passionate about it and that fulfills her.

Love that! What an inspiration!

Her problem; she doesn’t know exactly what that is…yet.

Doing what you like instead of what you love

After I finished high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a career. I worked for a year or so before going to college and university. I knew I was good at English and enjoyed writing so I used that as a guide post in choosing to study journalism in my post secondary education.

My first college class, our bad-ass journalism instructor (a hardened, cynical reporter type) asked us to do a round table about why we were there. With about a dozen students, he got mostly typical answers. My answer:

“I want to write novels and I figure this course will give me a great foundation for that.”

He was surprised. So was I. I had never really voiced it that way.

After 4 years of study, I think journalism did just that. But instead of following my passion to be an author, I took a safer route and opted for a career in communications; a close and relatable career choice but not necessarily my passion. Now mind you, I enjoy it, I find it fulfilling, and I am happy for the most part. But am I doing what I love and am passionate about!?!?! Probably not.

My BFF said this isn’t surprising. Based on the books she’s reading and the workshops she’s taken, it’s not uncommon for people to choose a career that taps into part of their passion but to be off just a smidge, making the difference between liking and loving your career choice.

Interesting. Since communications has a huge writing component to it, it has enough of my passion to keep me checked-in and “in like” with my job but it’s not enough of my passion to tip the scales to an all out love affair. I’d have to agree with that.

So, how do we figure out what our passion is if we aren’t necessarily sure? And how do we move from like to love? Well, of course I took that question to Mom (AKA: The Oracle) who I knew would have the answers for me.

1. Use your childhood to clue into your passion

Mom suggested I look back to my childhood for answers and clues to what my passion would be now. What did I loved to play at as a child? What interested me most? What did I seem interested in year after year? She said this would give the best indication of what I would love to do as an adult.

I know when I was 14, I had a personal journal that I wrote in daily for nearly 10 years, and I used to write a lot of poetry as a teenager. I did gymnastics for a number of years but…sadly wasn’t much good no matter how hard I tried. I did dance and swimming but neither tweaked my fancy “that” much. Still not seeing it yet?!?!?

She suggested I go further back; what did I play at as a child at 5, 7, 10 years old? All I could remember was mud pies and Barbies; how did that related to an adult’s passion?

Mom said that even as a young child I loved writing. She said I wrote countless plays and acted them out for the family. And with a childhood friend, we would write news reports and would act out entire news programs for the family. 

Seriously?! It seems like writing has been a part of my life longer than I even realized.

With that information, Mom had another suggestion. 

2. Have a vision

She suggested I sit down, clear my mind, think loosely about doing what I love and just see what visions pop up.

I envision a comfortable “writing” room with a window overlooking some water. My room has a great writing desk (dark wood but old), fantastic lighting, notebooks and pens, a fabulous laptop and monitor, paintings with my favorite quotes, a corkboard wall for storyboarding, a comfortable chair for reading, and shelves holding tons of my favorite reads.

I can almost taste days spent researching and writing, falling in and out of love with characters, creating new and wondrous worlds and drama that no one else understands but me…until we go to print.

I can feel the sun on my face coming through the window as I close my eyes and hear my character’s voices. I can smell the warm cup of coffee sitting next to me. The dog is sleeping under my desk. Maybe some instrumental music playing softly. I am here to create. I am here to write. I can almost FEEL what it would be like to be doing this day in and day out. I feel the passion and excitement stir. But at the same time, it feels so….natural.

More than what it physically looked like, I am left in awe of how it FELT! Amazing!

3. Start to take steps to live your passion

I think being in “like” with my day job has made me somewhat complacent and less willing and hungry to risk everything to do what I’d love. A compromise I am sure a lot of people make.

Mom suggested that anyone on a passion quest start with small steps. Things like ROW80, setting up a writing room in the house, and working towards writing that first book move me more towards my passion. And closer to the day when I can follow my passion full-time. They are also small ways to try on the writing life for size and see if it’s a fit; if it’s truly my passion.

Mom also suggested that people can use volunteering at different organizations doing different task as a great way to try on new jobs to see what strikes a chord with their passion. Or take courses, not just academic but artistic as well, to try out different aspects of the world.

All I know is that watching my BFF on her quest is inspiring me. She’s brave and determined to do find and do what she loves. Whatever the cost. Whatever the sacrifice. She’s made a commitment to do whatever it takes to live her best life. No complacency. No compromise.

Now that rocks! 

2012 for me will be all about taking steps towards making my passion my dream-come-true day job!

Do you love your day job? How did you discover your passion? What steps do you take to live your passion every day? What did you love to play at as a child and do you think that ties into what you’d love to do as an adult?

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As a former pageant queen, I lost my crown but I found myself

Tonight marks the 60th annual Miss Universe pageant (airing on NBC – check your local listings). Eeeekee…I LOVE pageants!

Each year I curl up on the couch with a bowl of hot popcorn and watch the Miss Universe pageant admiring the dresses and the glamour. I sit with my pad and pen tallying up my own scores while making bold predictions for who will win and who will place. Even hubby joins in on the fun (he is such a good sport). Tonight’s pageant will air live from São Paulo, Brazil with contestants from more than 80 countries participating.

I know there can be a lot of controversy surrounding “beauty” pageants but I I love them. I respect those women. When you read their bios and see their accomplishments, you quickly realize that pageant women are some of the most incredibly talented, educated, and empowered women doing amazing things in communities around the world.

Unfortunately, growing up I was a notorious bad-ass with a reputation to uphold so I felt unable to take part in any of the small-town pageants we had. But I always watched from the side-lines with envy as the popular girls got to have all the fun.

After I got married the first time, I stumbled across the Mrs. Canada International pageant*, a pageant system for married women. NO SHIT!?!

As a platform pageant system, all participants were required to have a cause or issue they promoted within their community, such as breast cancer awareness. At the pageant, half of the overall score was based on a 20-minute interview that was centered on community involvement. The other half of the score was divided equally between an on-stage fitness (instead of the swimsuit) and evening gown competition. The top ten then competed in an on-stage question, which was factored into the overall score to determine the winner. As well as many wonderful prizes, the winner was given the opportunity to promote her platform nationwide and compete in the Mrs. International pageant in the US.

I was SOLD. This was my chance to fulfill a secret lifelong dream to become a pageant queen. Fame, fortune and world domination to follow!

Because this Canadian pageant system was relatively new and small, participants became city title holders through a mail-in application. I won as my city title holder two years in a row and competed nationally both years. My platform for both years was “self-esteem: what you believe, you can achieve.

The first year, I didn’t even place in the top ten. Boo!

I didn’t let it get me down. I was determined to win the big crown! The first year, I learned a lot and it motivated me to try again.

The second year, I placed first-runner up. 

Wow, not bad, eh?! I was the person that if reigning Mrs. Canada wasn’t able to fulfill her duties, I’d get to step in. Although I loved the woman who won, I am not ashamed to admit that deep down I prayed for an injury that’d take her out of the running but that she’d recover from 100%…I am a terrible person…I know!

Anyway…don’t get too excited. In the end, it turned out it was a good thing I didn’t win. Half way through my reign that year, I lost my crown when I filed for divorce. Funny, they don’t like women in the midst of a divorce representing their married women’s pageant. Tight-asses. Oops.

So I didn’t win….not once, but twice…and I lost my crown…and I fell from pageant glory…and I was slightly humiliated over the whole thing.

But here’s what I did learn.

  • I learned that pageant women are some of the best, brightest, and most dedicated and determined women out there. They are doing phenomenal things in our communities for the love of giving back. I am still close friends with some of these incredible women today.
  • I learned that going after your dreams, at any age or stage in life, is worth it. No matter the cost, effort, or “is she crazy???” looks you get from family and friends.
  • I learned that self-esteem and self-confidence is something you can gain at any time in life; that you build it within yourself one step at a time by doing things that fill you with pride.
  • I learned how to rely on myself by stepping outside my comfort zone and doing something totally on my own (knowing most of my friends and family thought I was totally insane).
  • Speaking of friends and family thinking I went nutty, I learned how to care less about what others think; to stand on my own two feet and let the judgments of others fall to the ground.
  • I learned to tune out fears, insecurities and self doubts so that I could follow my own heart.

Pageantry gave me wings to fly after my dreams.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, these were steps that lead me closer to myself and further away from my marriage. These were vital lessons I needed to learn in order gain the inner strength to put a voice to my own needs and make tough decisions for the sake of my own happiness and self-esteem.

And hell…you all KNOW I looked fantastic in a crown!

What experiences in your life have built you up and made you stronger? When have you laughed in the face of conformity to do something totally outside your comfort zone?

 

*At the time I was involved in the Mrs. Canada International pageant system there was an actual pageant to determine the national titleholder. I am not sure what the format is now.

How do you stay true to you?

I am taking Kristen Lamb’s Blogging to Build Your Brand workshop and it’s been a great learning experience thus far. We are a little more than half way through and we’ve been soaking up Kristen’s expertise and advice on branding, log-lines, and how to write posts that have a broad, relatable concept and are emotionally charged. At the end of the course we should all have a better sense of how to use our blogs to connect with readers, create a community, and develop ourselves (our name) as a brand.

One of the most fulfilling aspects of the workshop has been meeting so many fellow bloggers and writers and creating a community of support. One such blogger Diana Murdock, took all of our lessons thus far and packaged them into a fantastic blog post today: When I Found Myself; I Found My Muse that I just had to share.

In her post, she wrote about how she lost herself for years in the business of life and the needs of others and how she’s rediscovering herself and putting herself first…and writing like mad.

Although I don’t have children of my own, the story resonated with me because like Diana, I struggle with making time for my personal priorities and dreams. I often get overly wrapped up in the busyness of my life whether it is work, friends and family responsibilities, household stuff etc and I put working on my dreams last. Even the pressure to get out and have as much fun as possible during our precious and limited summer days can take over my “dream” time.

It always comes back to the same thing: balance and prioritizing!

For me, blogging helps me stay true to me…Maybe I am not quite ready to sit down and start writing my book but I know deep inside that writing regularly is a priority for me. I love it and it feeds my soul. Blogging gives me that venue to write, to tap into my creativity, to reach out, to express myself and to enjoy the passion and pleasure I get from writing. In this way, blogging helps me stay focused on making time for my dream and keeping it a priority in my life.

How do you stay true to you? How do you find the balance between your life and your passions?

Life handbook???

Over the holiday season, I was perusing some of my favorite blogs and came across an interesting post on divine caroline entitled “Thirty Ways to Live a Life of Excellence,” which was full of great ideas that were useful, and timely given the 2011 new year resolutions. One in particular stood out to me and has had me pondering and chewing on it for the last few days – a life handbook.

The idea is to create a handbook to store everything in one place – my life purpose, vision, long-term and short-term goals, and plans to achieve them, success, dreams, other plans, mottos, values, inspirational quotes, ideals, daily/weekly/monthly to do lists, annual budget – everything.

Fascinating idea! My interest was understandably peaked and in wanting to know more, I was lead to the Create Your Life Handbook post on the Personal Excellence Blog where I learned that a life handbook is your own personal manual – and that sounds like just what I need for 2011!

More often than not in my travels I come across quotes or blurbs that move me, touch me, inspire and motivate me and I wish I had one central spot to store them. More than once I wished I had a place where I could outline my long and short-term goals along with a strategy/plan on achieving them through “to do” lists. I am pragmatic and analytical and lists are my friends. And right now, I have them stored here and there electronically with a few dozen scratched out in pen on this piece of paper or in that notepad. To have one, central repository – why didn’t I think of that!!?!?!

I like the idea of having a digital version for the ease of organization and editing. I am BFF with Excel and Word so that doesn’t intimidate me but I also love the idea of going out, shopping for a gloriously gorgeous hard copy journal that speaks to me upon sight to create a beautiful rendition of Natalie’s Life Handbook. I can see myself filling it with pen scratches and iteration after iteration of ideals and goals. There’s something about seeing the growth of the journey scratched out in ink (although god help my hand writing). Eeeeekeeee….which to choose???

Some key sections/ideas:

  1. Life purpose/vision/mission
  2. Core values and beliefs
  3. Strengths and improvement areas
  4. Life adages and inspirations
  5. Dates of note (birthdays/adventures etc)
  6. Annual Budget
  7. Life goals: Long-term (5, 3, 1 year) and short-term (monthly/weekly) goals
  8. Plans/lists to achieve the goals
  9. Accomplishments – as acquired
  10. Bucket List

The only downside I foresee for this new project would be the time management issue. How would I fit in creating the handbook, updating and maintaining while achieving my other goals, and especially my writing goals? Is this just something else that would sit on a shelf once done only to collect dust (virtual or real)? Or would this be the foundation of finally staying on track; creating a consciously driven lifestyle and therefore, a worthwhile time investment? It’s hard to say. My instinct tells me this is a great idea and could become an invaluable tool, if I invest in it and then use it – that being key!

In my professional life, I use a book similar to this ideal. It’s a hard cover, ring notepad (8X10) and I put everything in it – tasks, long-term and short-term goals, meeting notes, ideas, brainstorming sessions etc. It’s not sorted by any theme or idea in particular, no sections, other than being in chronological order. I know many people do the same thing electronically through Outlook and tasks but there’s something about my hard copy book that I love and that works for me. It keeps me on track, helps me prioritize week to week, enables me to store everything pertinent in one spot, and allows me to plan efficiently. When I am work, I am rarely seen without it, and to be honest, I’d be lost without it. And since it’s hard copy, I never have to worry about it “crashing”!

Interesting…hmmmm…maybe I do have a track record of making good use of a something similar to the life handbook.

I feel like this year more than ever I have this craving, an unbelievable urge, to get ORGANIZED across all facets of my life. My writing life is haphazard; my healthy lifestyle is completely hit and miss; and some of my relationships (including the one with myself) are not quite where I’d like them to be. Maybe it’s exactly what I need to kick off my 2011 life plan!

What are your thoughts? Ever used a life handbook?

Making dreams come true: an update

In September, I wrote a post on how to make dreams come true. I put together a list of goals/tasks to help me reach my dream of creating a successful blog. So how’s that been going for me? Let’s see.

1. Write and post one blog post a week

In September, I posted on my blog four times. October was sheer insanity for me and I only managed to write three posts for the entire month. November is off to a bang up start with five posts already. 

What I am finding is a schedule and editorial calendar are essential to keeping me on track and focused. In September and October when I didn’t have anything written down or structured, I was easily distracted and lead astray. Towards the end of October, when I created an ambitious editorial calendar for November, I was able to “bite” into it and gain traction. The key is to find a posting balance that I can maintain so that readers can get used to a routine and flow.

How often do you post? What’s a good posting regime? Every day, three times a week, once a week?

2. Write a post at the beginning of each month, starting in October, outlining my achievements and feelings thus far

Okay, so October was pretty much nonexistent for me but November is shaping up okay.

3. Follow a variety of blogs weekly and make at least two comments per week

I am definitely following a variety of blogs each week and enjoying it. I love reading the different perceptions and voices out there; blogs on sexuality, happiness, life, writingrelationships, widowhood, etc. It’s amazing. I am not sure if I am commenting twice per week so this is definitely something I want to improve on.

4. Research and seek out new blogs that can help me grow and learn, find at least six

This task has proven extremely helpful. I love reading and exploring. I am learning by looking at others – as hyperlinked above – the types of posts I want to write and I gain inspiration and ideas for posts. I think this is something that comes easy and naturally to me because when I find a blog I enjoy, I always peruse the blogroll to see what other gems I can find.

5. Buy the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog (31DBBB) eBook

Done!

6. Join and follow the 31DBBB Group (and complete all the exercises) facilitated by Walker

Although I still have a few steps left to complete, this task has been amazing and has taught me so much. The editorial calendar, highlighting a blogger each month, how to comment on other blogs, different avenues to explore to promote your blog – the lessons and the group interactions proved to be invaluable!

So, I have definitely had some wins and still have areas to improve on but so far, so good!

What do you do to achieve your goals and dreams? Any specific techniques that you’ve found work?

Character development: it’s all in the details (Day two of 31DBBB)

Last weekend I worked a little harder at committing to a basic story line for my novel. I wanted something not quite firm – pliable and workable so I could see what the characters could do to shape the story but yet, something to provide me with a jumping off point.

With my plot loosely outlined, I have determined two characters thus far that need developing. Character development I understand is key to a successful novel. People don’t necessarily fall in love with your story (although that is definitely important as well); they fall in love with rich, deep, and dynamic characters. It’s imperative that before I start to craft my novel, I master my characters. I want to know them, I want to love or hate them, admire or disrespect them. I must be able to imagine them in every aspect and facet. I want to feel like they are a part of my actual life. I need to know their darkest secrets, their deepest fears, and their greatest dreams. It’s all in the details:

  • Appearance: physical appearance such as height, weight, hair, ethnicity etc. Does anything about their appearance reveal something about their personality? Back story?
  • Manner: what are they like in their behavior, are they rude, polite, mentally stable? What are their mannerisms that make them unique?
  • History: where did they come from? How did they get to where they are now? What kind of childhood did they have and who and what are some of the major influences in their lives? More possible back story.
  • Education/Financials: are they educated? To what level? In what field? What do they do for work and what is their financial situation? This may require research.
  • Dreams and Goals: what are their dreams and goals in life? What do they want to achieve? What’s their bucket list? Also, what kinds of dreams do they have when they sleep? Are they haunted by nightmares, maybe a recurring dream? Are they symbolic of some deep seeded subconscious issue?
  • Friends and Family: who are their friends and family? What kinds of people are they and what kinds of relationships do they have? How do these play out? Are there tensions or conflicts? Where do my characters fit within the family dynamic? Does this help or hurt them? This work could lead to other sub characters/stories.
  • Motivation: what are the prime motivations? What drives their very being? Are they optimists, pessimists, or realists?
  • Strengths/Weaknesses: what are their highs and lows? Are these physical or mental? Will they help them or hold them back?
  • Values and Beliefs: what are their values and beliefs deep down – about life, living, people, and everything in between? These values and beliefs drive their behavior so discover what’s really going on inside the heart, soul, and mind.

These are just a few of the many character aspects I’ll start to explore over the coming weeks and months. What character development exercises have you done that have been instrumental in creating magnificent characters?

The blog elevator pitch (Day one of 31DBBB)

I started the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog workshop and am enjoying it to the fullest. I have fallen behind slightly with my insane workload right now but none the less, I was able to carve out some time to work on our day one task this week, which actually took me three evenings to complete. I gotta say, it was harder than I anticipated and took far more time than I anticipated. But, no point in rushing through the work – I took my time, invested in the exercise, and feel like I got a lot out of it!

Our first task/day was to create an Elevator Pitch. Something short, sweet and to the point that encapsulates the blog and allows you to quickly “sell” it to anyone. I was surprised to find the task so challenging. It helped me realize how unfocused I have been. When I asked myself “why a blog, what is the purpose, the solution, the audience…” the answers didn’t come quickly or easily. I am not selling something; I am not an expert or a professional offering a service. In the end, my blog is more a creative venue for my own personal expression. I want to share my life story and my life experiences with others in the hopes of helping and possibly inspiring others to attain personal growth. As well, I want to chronicle my experience and the challenges of writing a book in the hopes of engaging others so we can help one another grow as writers.

I started wondering if I should perhaps have two blogs – one on living life and one on writing a book, or two pages on my blog, or use categories etc. The confusion was intense. In the end, to complete the mission set out before us, I separated my two “goals” and created separate elevator pitches for each. Then, I worked to put them together into one. And with the help of my fellow 31DBBB participants, I fine tuned it to:

Throughout my life, journaling has been a godsend, a healer, and instilled a love and joy for writing and getting lost in the written word. This blog is a creative outlet to share my story and my unique perspective on life to hopefully inspire others to attain personal growth. It is also a venue to chronicle the adventure of writing a book in the hopes engaging others so we can help one another grow as writers.

Task/Day One done – check!

Task/Day Two – write a list post – coming up…

Making My Blog Dream Come True

I sometimes find myself frustrated that I don’t always live the day-to-day life that I want to live – the authentic routine that I feel is crying out from within me to be lived. In my dream lifestyle, I see myself eating healthy (salmon and salad for supper) and feeling energized, maybe I do a round of Pilates and walk the dog just before dark, sit down for an hour and write a blog post or work on a scene for my book, grab a hot shower, and finish off the evening with passionate love making with my hubbie. I realize attaining this every single night may not be possible but it seems like I let a serious TV addiction and a million other distractions like cleaning the house, chatting on the phone, and running errands come before the things I need to do to achieve my dream lifestyle more than 90% of the time. What stops me from making a commitment and sticking with it – habit, fear, disbelief that I can achieve these dreams? The past two weeks especially, some overwhelming work priorities and a family visit has left me feeling even more deflated, fatigued, and unmotivated.

Timely, today I was reading a post on Women’s Life Link (what a great site) about the “6 Steps to a Dream Come True” and it inspired me – giving me what I love most, structure and direction. I am going to use this post to reenergize myself ! I love the easy steps, the examples she provides, and the enthusiasm in her tone and approach. And I like how I can apply this strategy to a variety of dreams – lifestyle goals, lifelong dreams, short-term ideas.

Natalie’s Current Dream List:

  1. Create and Sustain a Successful Blog
  2. Write and Publish a Successful Novel
  3. Create and Sustain “My Dream Lifestyle” 90% of the time
  4. Become a Fulltime Freelance Writer

Today, I am going to focus on Kellie’s 6 steps as applied to my first dream: Create and Sustain a Successful Blog. Over the coming months, I plan to outline steps to achieve all four dreams.

Step One: Inception
Create and sustain a successful blog. Successful on a variety of levels: 1) in terms of something I enjoy doing, feel proud of, and is a reflection of who I am; 2) good readership with regard to comments, blog hits, links to my posts etc; and 3) feel like I am a somewhat known and respected blogger.

Step Two: No Looking Back
Okay – stay focused – stay centered. This is no time to criticize myself or beat myself up for all the posting I am “not” doing. I need to stay centered on what I am accomplishing and what does feel good!

Step Three: Set Goals
Goals need to be specific, measurable and time-targeted. Okay – I can do this – no pressure! Be realistic – nothing out of this world. This is the structure, the guts of the strategy, the thing I can come back to time and time again to enable me, motivate me, and move me forward – like it or not. No time to be stagnant.

Over the next three months (now until December 31, 2010), I will:

  • Write and post one blog post a week
  • Write a post at the beginning of each month, starting in October, outlining my achievements and feelings thus far (see Step Five)
  • Follow a variety of blogs weekly and make at least two comments per week
  • Research and seek out new blogs that can help me grow and learn, find at least six
  • Buy the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog (31DBBB) eBook
  • Join and follow the 31DBBB Group (and complete all the exercises) on A Page of My Own facilitated by Walker

Considering I am such a newbie, I don’t feel knowledgeable enough to have a really good grasp on what other kinds of goals to set to help me achieve this dream but I think this is good start. I want to set goals that are definitely attainable and I think the list above will keep me moving forward and help me establish some good habits while being goals I can realistically achieve.

Then, in December, I will evaluate where I am at, what I’ve accomplished, and what I’ve learned, and will apply that new knowledge to create longer term goals for 2011 to continue on this dream quest.

Step Four: Invest Time, Emotion, and Effort Wisely
Work smarter instead of harder – I am not exactly sure what is meant by this step. I realize staying positive and keeping my heart, mind, and spirit focused on the positive outcomes and how it will change my life will help manifest said dream and will in and of itself, enable me to work smarter. Step five will definitely assist in this. But at the same time, I feel like I am missing something – tasks – tangible things I could physically do to work smarter.

A few months ago, I was finding it a struggle to drag my laptop (heavy beast) to the camp on weekends where I do the majority of my writing (let alone drag it everywhere I go). I needed something light, easy, and portable. So, I bought a Netbook, which is essentially a mini laptop, and it is ideal for taking everywhere I go…with ease.

Netbook

Natalie's Pink Netbook

I think this type of idea is definitely in the realm of working smarter, not harder. I wonder what other “smart” ideas I can come up with that can help me streamline while reaching my goals – suggestions?

Step Five: Track Your Progress
Each day/week, I will jot down my accomplishments in regards to my goals. I will also be sure to include ones that I may not have listed but managed to squeeze in none the less.

I will write a post at the beginning of each month to share my “wins” that will also serve as a positive summary for myself – reiterating where I am, where I am going, what I am doing about it, and the damn good time I am having getting there.

Step Six: Enjoy
Starting from step one, I will complete each of the six steps in order and at the end of the process, I will celebrate – and enjoy!! Isn’t that what it’s all about in the end? There is nothing better in life than making your own dreams come true!

How do you make your dreams come true? How do you live authentically? How do you make yourself, your needs and dreams, a priority in your own life?

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