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A Letter To My Parents #HappyReinventing

I wrote this Blog sitting on a plane one day on one of my many cross-country flights, contemplating my wonderful life and thinking about all that I’m doing with the “Reinventing Your Life” space – my media company, website, book, blogs, interviews, content and social media.

I started this “hobby-turned-business” because people have always told me how lucky I am that I get to do what I want, when I want, how I want and my business – THE SHARPE ALLIANCE – always makes it look like I’m just having fun.

Not so! It’s hard work but I owe a lot to my parents who gave me the tools to recognize HOW to have the life that I want – entrepreneurial, no box, free spirited, balanced, passionate, curious and driven.  As they say, if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life! And I do!!

For that I’m grateful and thus, I wrote this sitting on that plane ride and decided to share it with you.  I hope it resonates for you.  We don’t always stop and take stock of the profound impact our parents have had and the learnings we have taken away from all of our life experiences with them – good, bad, different, other… but if it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be here!

I love you Mommy and Daddy! This one’s for you…

 

Thank you for showing me what’s possible

Thank you for bringing me up with the view that there’s no box

Showing me the world

How to be strong and independent

The safety I grew up with

The security to be me

To be self-reliant

To be open

To be inclusive

To be accepting

To see what’s possible

How to love

How to live

How to give

How to be compassionate

How be inspired

How to be curious

How to speak up

How to want more always

How to be involved

 

Not because it’s your birthday or Father’s Day or Mother’s Day

Just because I can. Thank you.

I love you!

Kathi

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DOORS – The Gateway to Reinvention

 

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Doors – they hold the promise of something new, curiosity, adventure, fresh starts, mystery. They all stand just on the other side of that door.  So close yet so far away.  Bringing two worlds together, yet part of the same. Inches apart yet so divided.

Doors separate rooms, tones, themes, experiences, activities.  They have their own distinct space and worlds yet that one door brings them together when open. Blending the visual and energy of two different spaces.  As you step through one to the other, the new environment is usually in deep contrast to the other, leaving traces of the old to the new.  The door symbolizes a gateway to something different.

The metaphor of a door captures the moment in time when we’re on the precipice of a movement, decision, opportunity. We stand in the familiar, with the vision of what’s on the other side right before us.  We can choose to walk through it, we can choose to stand in the doorway till we’re ready,  we can turn back and never cross that threshold.

Doors offer a glimpse into the future.. what’s next. The option to indulge in it are yours. Is it freedom or confinement? Future or regression? Stand still or Reinvent your life? These defining moments, whether small or large are the doorways of your life that offer you opportunity or confine you. The choice is always yours.

I always walk through those doorways, usually I run thru them, excitedly approaching what’s next. What do you do? How do you live your life?

And what does your doorway look like? Big, small. simple, ornate? Wood, iron? With windows, without? How do the doors that present themselves in your life show up? And when? Are they barriers for you? Do they stop you or invite you?

There’s a saying that when one door closes, another opens.   Do you believe this?

What’s your interpretation of the doors in your life?

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Re-Find Your Passion – Tennis Was My First Love

LIVE WITH PASSION quoteWhen I was a little girl, I learned to play tennis. My dad played semi-pro in Australia against some of the big Aussie tennis names and understood the value and fun of the game – old school tennis, clay courts, tennis whites, wood rackets.  Classic!

Lucky for me, my parents instilled that love for tennis in us kids as well.  My sisters and I loved to play and I took that much further – always had a racquet in my hand and as we moved from country to country, tennis was my sanctuary, my “go to place.”  A way to bond with new friends in new places with some common ground.

I played through high school – chose cheerleading over tennis team (yes, admitting it!), through college, and always recreationally with friends and family.

And then it stopped…just like that, life got in the way, and it wasn’t until my boys were old enough that I had to get them on the court and get a racquet in their hands too. A life skill, sport and passion that I wanted them to have.

As I started to play here and there with them, it reminded me how much I loved and missed the game and vowed every time to keep playing…but I didn’t.  Life got in the way.

They went to tennis camp every summer, played occasionally with friends and the occasional family trek to the court – 6 blocks away -happened.

I had “tennis envy” of everyone that played and still loved the game but everything else seemed to take precedent and I was doing all these other activities – Zumba, Pilates, business activities, mom jobs… but not tennis.

Fast forward – my youngest son is on the high school tennis team and for years has become an excellent player.  For the last few years when I asked him to play he refused.  Thought he was too good and didn’t want to bother with me!

Hmmm – that got me going and when my husband asked me to sign up with him for a tennis clinic, without thinking I said “yes.”

That first week I played five times, enlisted a coach and for three months I have been fully re-engaged in what was my first love and passion – tennis.

I cannot tell you how incredible it feels to be reconnected …

My scheduling priorities have shifted from “I can’t exercise to because I have a business dinner,” to “I can’t do that business dinner or drinks…because I’m playing tennis!”  As a result, I’m also finding lots of new tennis partners – business colleagues and friends – that we can now socialize over a game, rather than the traditional lunch, drinks, dinner plans.  Love that!

What’s your passion that you’d love to rekindle?  What’s that one thing you keep saying you want to do or revisit that you once loved? Was it learning a language? Playing the guitar? Painting? Indulging in some hobby that made you happy?

This Reinvention is a tremendous antidote to boredom, a mid-life crisis, a yearning to stir things up in your life, a desire to be happy and just have fun,  so if you have that itch and feel the need to mix things up a bit and nurture your passions, give it a try – you’ll be amazed at the results you feel and how it affects so much of your life. #GoHaveFun

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You CAN Have Your Cake And Eat It Too!!! Go Ahead – Reinvent Your Life – Just How You Want It!

Since it’s my Birthday week, it’s quite fitting to share this post …as I will be having my cake and eating it too!!

“You CAN have your cake and eat it too!”  We’ve all heard that expression throughout our lives and many have come to accept it.  But have you ever thought about what it really means, and why CAN’T you have your cake and eat it too?

Think about it – the expression implies that you can have your cake – but what? You’re supposed to just stare at it and NOT eat it?

When it comes to Life Reinvention – I’m a firm believer that you MUST have your cake, and  you MUST eat it too!!

You are entitled to have what you want in life – you have the power and your responsibility is to use it, own it and grab life by the horns and make it what you want.

No wonder so many people are lost and stuck in a life that they don’t want to be living.  They’ve been brought up believing that they are not to indulge in the things in life that make them happy and that you can only have “so much” but not the whole enchilada!

That’s absurd!  Why on earth can you not do what you love, be with who you want to be, create the hobbies and interests that you want to cultivate, build the life that is your optimal existence.  If you’re not hurting others, and what you want is not at someone else’s expense, you deserve to pursue all that makes you happy.

Are you afraid to go after it? Do you think you may not succeed? You won’t be able to attain it? Is the risk not worth the reward?

You need to prioritize yourself and begin to create the framework for what you want.  These can be small reinventions – baby steps towards the bigger goal.  But start setting your sights on what you want from your life and be clear about how to get there. I often talk about creating that roadmap – without it you just won’t get there or be able to chip away at the obstacles with clarity if you can’t define the path for yourself.

You want to have your cake AND eat it too? Then go for it!

Here’s what I do to stay the course, after I’ve identified something that I want to embrace (or tackle) as a new part of  “project me”…

Every night I go to bed, thinking about the few major things I want to accomplish the next day (or on Sundays, for the next week – in which case I write it down.)  Sometimes they are personal goals, some are business goals and tactical plans…. Some are family plans and projects… I’m not a  “type A” person, or so I’d like to think, but I find it keeps my head organized and clutter free, and it helps me get through the things I want.

We all  juggle a lot and keeping all the plates in the air is a fine skill – fun if you really master the art – a daily challenge – but fun, nonetheless!  Weekends are for the loftier goals but squeezing in some of the soft and precious stuff into the middle of a work week is good for the soul.  Sit back in the middle of a busy day – close your eyes – take a deep breath and clear your mind.  Allow yourself that focus and clarity to indulge and get back to “you”.

When was the last time you stopped and put yourself at the front of the line?  You’re entitled…

Yes, you’re entitled to have your cake and go ahead…EAT IT TOO!!!

And to quote the amazing new campaign by CADILLAC – #DareGreatly

“Our Greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.” – Confucius

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OPEN THE NEXT CHAPTER – Kick-start your Reinvention

HOW TO GET STARTED, HOW TO ACT ON IT, HOW TO LIVE IT!

You’ve weighed all the critical issues, banged your head against the wall, complained to everyone you know, you walk around grumpy or frustrated but you’re not sure why. You know you need to do something, you’re just not quite sure what that “something” is.

It’s time to Reinvent Your Life, so, now what do you do?

Let’s start here…what were you doing when you were five years old, maybe 12, perhaps 17? When were you truly happy?

What did you dream about doing when you grow up? A rock star, an artist, a fireman, a dancer…

Dig deep, close your eyes and think of what you used to imagine your life to be …”one day.”

The little rock star grew up, was told to go to school, learn something that would help make you money one day and get a job so you could help support the family…the guitar that you might have played as a teenager started to gather dust and ultimately got sold in the garage sale or put away in the attic (figuratively and literally).

So here you are, 25 years later, the lawyer, chained to your desk, your life duties, commitments, financial responsibilities…now your kid’s dreams perhaps?

I ask you this – when was the last time you picked up a guitar?

Did you ever consider how you’d feel if you bought yourself a guitar? The thrill of nurturing your decadent, ridiculous, childish whim? Ok, so maybe you’ll not become the next Eddie VanHalen but what if you took guitar lessons – get a book, remind yourself how to play; maybe get some “like-minded” buddies together and put a weekend garage band together.

Sound ridiculous? FABULOUS! It should!! This will nurture your soul in a way you can’t imagine, and clearly haven’t dared to dream of doing!

And they wonder why people go through a mid-life crisis?  It doesn’t have to be a crisis – it’s called nurturing your soul and indulging your passions!

Perhaps when you go to work on Monday, you’ll have a skip in your step or a smile on your face that just wasn’t there before.

The goal here is to create balance, dig deep and tap into the things that stir you and give you a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, stimulation and simply make you happy while getting back in touch with your true self.

Hello, are you still in there?

Ask yourself that question and look back to that moment when you dreamed.  It’s priceless…

THE THINGS TO DO:

–     Keep notes on the things that make you smile in the course of your day – track it in a little notebook —

  • the things that make your heart sing
  • the places you like to go
  • the smells you like
  • the sounds that you like…all of these are little signs of the things in life you want to surround yourself with.
  • go somewhere and daydream
  • get magazines of all sorts – flip thru them and pull out anything that gets your attention – a headline, a chair, the color of a wall, a favorite shoe, a look, a font style a profound statement…collect things that excite or interest you
  • do you see a pattern, similarities – anything that inspires a “maybe I could/should” thought?
  • do it again a few weeks later
  • look in the classified ads – ideas
  • create a budget of your life – What do you need – then write it down – what you want – include what you have to take care of and the things you’d like to include – aka “indulgences” – i.e. vacations, college savings, shopping, sushi one time a week, language lessons…
  • establish the connection between need-want-attain through happiness
  • believe it, project it, create it, visualize and then detail the process to get there
  • the success, the challenges
  • the ideas, the tactics
  • the exit strategy for your current situations

You’re entitled so there’s no need to deprive yourself of the life you want. Take care of the ones around you, don’t abandon them in what might be considered a selfish aspiration, but take the baby steps to create your own happiness. If it’s a bold Reinvention that doesn’t affect others, have the courage to go for it.

  • Sunshine? Go outside!
  • Food? Go get it!
  • Work? Do more of it!
  • Leisure Time? Create more of it!
  • People? Invite them into your life more!
  • Music? Turn it on!

The answers to these  questions help you focus on the things you love – bringing them to the forefront of your mind – articulating and identifying the things that make you feel simply fabulous!!

Always have a vision of the future you want!

Enjoy and #HappyReinventing

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IF I COULD, I WOULD… TIME TO REINVENT YOUR LIFE?

How would you finish that sentence? Do find yourself thinking this often?

Would have, should have, could have… Do you say that to yourself? Do others say it to you?

Is that how you truly want to live your life?

Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years…they fly by and sometimes you’re inclined to wake up and say “where did the time go?”

Do you want to live a life of few regrets? Do you want to live with passion and fulfill some of your dreams? Well it won’t happen all on its own. You have to consciously create your reality and your life to make it what you want.

In a bad relationship? Sure you can live with it for a while and maybe continue to be somewhat happy. Maybe you’re both better off moving on and creating an even better life with someone more caring/engaged. If time has changed both of you or one of you and your relationship has shifted, it may be hard to admit to it but if you both deserve happiness, maybe that’s ok.

What about a job that isn’t quite what you’ve dreamed about ? You keep putting off the work involved in finding a better career or job thinking that “it will never happen anyway” or maybe you “don’t deserve it.” But you do deserve it and if it means finding a passion in life and seeking ways to make money from that business, there are ways to get there. So, what exactly are you doing about it?

Change is never easy, but Reinvention and evolution can be really fun. Don’t think of it as leaving other things behind, rather as a chance to take lessons and findings from where you’ve been and that all those have been a springboard to what’s next. Don’t have regrets for what you’ve been doing in any of these places in your life – work, relationships, spiritual, health – they’ve made you who you are today and led to this point of clarity and inspiration to create something even greater.

If you take the time to focus on the parts of your life that are worthy of a little Reinvention, you can dig into it – call it “PROJECT ME” and go for it.

Come up with your Action List – pros, cons, things you have to do, people who may be a part of it, a timeline, goals, milestones, and ideas that will get you there.

Write it down – Buy a great little notebook and make it your place to check in with daily. Create tabs or sections for each category you want to focus on and the project details listed above. You can use a computer or notepad on your smartphone, but writing on paper in a little notebook that you can always have with you will give you access to it all the time and actually is more visceral – connecting at a deeper level with you, thus helping you to actualize it.

Make a date with yourself – pick a time each day that you know you can stick to – wake up 15 min. earlier, 15 min before bedtime, 15 min of your lunch hour. Whatever else you’ve been doing, make this your new priority – “PROJECT ME” should be your priority – if you don’t put yourself first, who will?

Use this time for research, jotting down ideas and plans, making lists of how you’re going to accomplish your goals, write down the challenges you foresee, how you’ll overcome them.

Set the intention of what you want to the point that it’s so clear you can feel it, smell it, taste it and help manifest it becoming your new reality.

Remember, many months ago in a previous blog, I shared with you that if you have a road map but don’t establish where you want to go, how are you going to get “there”? If you don’t know what/where “there” is…it just can’t appear in front of you. A road map is literally that – a series of moves and directions to where you want to end up.

Reinvention and evolution in your life are inspired, creative, exciting times – and they’re YOURS – you don’t need to rely on ANYONE else to make a decision for you and set the course for this process and journey.

I’ve been juggling a fabulous company for 26 years, an incredible family and tremendous friends. My life is wonderful and every day I wonder what else I can fill my life with – the world and our lives have so much to offer us.

My Reinvention (one of the many and ongoing) is incorporating this Reinvention “business” into my existing life, all while running a successful marketing/branding/sponsorship agency for global clients.  Making time and effort to make this happen isn’t easy – as anyone who knows me will tell you – but it’s worth it. I am writing blogs, a book, doing interviews, creating a TV project, looking at brand extensions and other ways to bring these stories and this inspiration to thousands. It’s my “hobby” for now but could one day be a media company and brand that will deliver more than just smiles to others.

If you had the chance to dig in and create your Reinvention, what would it be?

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TIME OUT! This is Your Life! Reinvention Inspiration

It’s time for an adult TIME OUT! If you can dream it, you can create it!

Do you ever take the time to think about your life? Are you satisfied, elated, complacent, living the dream?  Is it time to answer that question honestly and own your truth?

It’s ok to admit that you’re not living your life just how you want it.  It could be something minor that you just wish you were doing.  It may be a major life decision that you keep putting off, thinking it’s easier to stay in your comfort zone.

Maybe it’s time you allow yourself an adult TIME OUT and a chance to sit back, address the question and focus on your dreams and what you really want in this one life you have.

We are all caught up in the day-to-day of our lives – the work, family, friends, life juggling act. How often do you create “me time”? Like most, probably never. 

Do you feel that those fleeting thoughts while you’re driving, doing dishes or working out is sufficient “me time” to figure it all out? 

News flash – it’s not enough and it’s not dedicated to you and your very specific agenda of Reinventing your life.

If you’re curious or committed, research shows that you actually need to set time aside with a focus and purpose.  Even put an agenda of topics together to think about!

This may sound a little crazy or unnecessary, however, if you think about it, those thoughts such as “I wish I could…” Or “I’m going to try something different…” Or when the kids grow up I will finally do…” or “I’m too young to be feeling this way…” are all good, a start, but it’s a far cry from putting a true road map together to actually realizing your Reinvention.

 Make a date with yourself a “Time Out Weekend” – a half day, a weekend, a few weeks – whatever you can carve out. Create a few lists that you can work from as your working tasks for that time.

 The lists should consist of:

1. What I used to dream of, think my life would be like when I was younger.  Cover different topics – personal, relationships, health, work, career, hobbies, spiritual, community, volunteer, friendships.

2. Why I took the path I did to be where I am today – who influenced me, why I am where I am, what impact on my life do I believe these things are having on where I want to be.

3. What I envision I could create in my life if I really made it a priority. Cover different topics – personal, relationships, health, work, career, hobbies, spiritual, community, volunteer, friendships.

Be honest with yourself. You don’t need to share this with anyone – it’s for your use and as you spend time with this exercise, look at the gap between your reality and your dreams.  Where can you bridge that gap? What plans can you make to affect just one piece of your life? How can you empower yourself to Reinvent your life?

If you start with this gift to yourself – the gift of time and reflection – you’ll be on the way to creating a profound change that you never realized was possible.

Allow yourself this indulgence. This is YOUR life and you deserve it. Let your fears become adventures. Let your trepidation become courage. Let your complacency become happiness. 

Take a little time out!

Enjoy and #HappyReinventing

 

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High School Graduates – They’ve Got it Right!

 

Need inspiration ? Take a page from the young high school graduates and it will remind you of something we all need more of – a degree if innocence, optimism, belief and adventure.

My son just graduated high school and aside from the overwhelming, surreal place we’ve all arrived in our lives, that 18 years have passed us by, that my gorgeous little baby is now a young man about to go off into the big wide world alone and live a life that I won’t be as much a part of, that it tears my heart out while I’m so incredibly proud and excited for him, are all beside the point! Well, not really, but for the purpose of today’s blog, it is…

As we sat through the graduation speeches, and listened to the words of these young adults, there were some moments of clarity in all that I do in this Reinvention space.

We, as adults, have lost sight of the wonder, the hopefulness, the vision and the world of opportunity that we once looked through the lenses of when we were younger.

We hear in these speeches an extraordinary sense of optimism and a great sense of adventure to take on the world.  They don’t speak about fear and the things they can’t do and have to do. They speak of the excitement with which they’re going to conquer the world and their own lives.

There’s both a beauty and a truth in this that we must all remind ourselves of.  The spirit of Reinvention means going right back to that place, that moment in time, that feeling that sets your nerve endings on fire that you just want to jump out of your seat and go do something special with your life.

Take a moment and find that spirit in you – hello, are you still in there?  Get to the core of who you are, what you want and go out and create it.  Don’t let anyone or anything hold you back because of duty, conventional wisdoms, status quo.  Pretend you’re that 18 year old graduating senior all over again and think about what would you do with your life if you could Reinvent it all over again.

You can – it may take some planning, some entry level positions, some late nights studying, some moments of stepping way out of your comfort zone.  No one ever got anything without dedication, commitment and a sense of direction that wasn’t worthwhile so if you’re seeking that way of inspired living, chart your course and go conquer your life!

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Reinvention – The Ultimate Self Intervention!

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Imagine my surprise when I had a call from a friend who need my help dealing with a personal issue with her son.  He was indulging just a little too much in pot smoking for a teenager and she felt at a loss on how to handle it.  Her conversations with him were falling on deaf teenage ears, her ex-husband wasn’t quite aligned with her POV and his friends could only say so much.  One thing she was certain of was that if he was going to stop, she’d need some outside help and she was calling in the cavalry.

I was touched and sympathetic, and although this wasn’t an “official” intervention, it was definitely something I had skills for that could be put to use – getting to the root of an issue, analyzing why one chooses to live in their current state, what the pleasure and pain principles are that are attached, what’s the ideal and desired outcome, and how to set the roadmap for change.

An Intervention is a cry for Reinvention. And a Reinvention requires a significant Self Intervention!

This is so similar to the work we do when we’re trying to reinvent our lives.  This notion of self intervention requires taking stock of the present and assessing the future.  If you’ve identified something that you’d like to reinvent in your life – health, spiritual, career, relationships, hobbies, family, habits – you’ve started the process.

You may need a support system, your own “cavalry” to give you moral, financial or physical support.  The sooner you can define who your champions and the nay-sayers are, the better.  You want to make sure that your path is clear and your goals are defined so that when someone tries to rattle your dream, you’re not easily swayed. Finding a mentor that can give you true insights and help build your confidence in what you’re doing is always smart.

How about trying a “Reinvention for a Day” program – do you want to learn Italian? Learn how to cook? Start a new work out program? Look at a new career? Find a day that you can dedicate to “the day in the life” and step into those shoes for a day?  Sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? The greatest way to create your new reality is to experiment with it and see how it feels. Once you’ve stepped into it, you will figure out if it’s something you want more of and how to build it further into your life.

So go ahead, experiment, touch it, feel it, taste it and create your own intervention – disrupt the norm of your everyday life and go for it! Reinvent Your Life a little!

Some inspired quotes

It always seems impossible until its done.  Nelson Mandela

Action is the foundational key to all success.  Pablo Picasso

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.  Dale Carnegie

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.  Bill Cosby

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.  Zig Ziglar

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.  Walt Disney

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COURAGE – A SMALL DOSE WILL HELP WITH YOUR REINVENTION. DO YOU HAVE IT?

Where does one gain the courage to make a change?  It’s a great leap of faith and takes courage to define and explore your wants and needs in life.  When you understand that you need a change or have merely entertained the thought, the first reaction is usually, fear.  Fear of the unknown.  Reality of some sort sets in and you quickly negate the notion that you’re even entitled.  You play the same mantra over and over in your head, you come up with the same excuses and you rationalize to yourself all the reasons why your can’t pursue that dream, passion, relationship, career or goal.

It’s absurd and sad.  If not you, then, who?  How often do look at someone and wish you could have what they do?  You read about someone’s accomplishment or a story of their life and wonder if you could have done that. You sit in your job day-in and day-out “wishing” your life was different.  You see the way others are taking on the world and you want that, even a part of it.  But what is stopping you?  There’s absolutely no reason you can’t create the life you want.  It may take time, dedication, focus, but you can control all of this and not let the courage to do it get in the way.

I was recently at a marketing and sponsorship conference in Chicago.  An amazing city and a fabulous time.  I met some inspiring and fascinating peers in my business, heard stories of great reinventions – some done, some desired, some in the works.  I made new friends.  It made me look around and once again acknowledge that we’re all looking to be inspired, feel fulfilled, successful in some measure and happy with ourselves and our lives.  I heard so many stories from folks who were either excited about their lives, and in other cases, looking for the next great chapter.  Where do you fit on that spectrum?

What  on earth is stopping you from taking those steps?

Six action items you can do today to move towards your desired future:

  • Recognize that you’d like to create something new in your life – job, personal, health, spiritual, hobbies, skills
  • Identify and write down what it is, when you’d like to start why you’re interested in Reinventing part of your life; do it with true intention
  • Establish what the first 3-4 steps will be to move towards that goal – research, meeting with someone, go out and see how it’s being done, join a club or association that’s relevant…
  • Put a timeline down for yourself to take a few first steps – whether it’s days, weeks, months, even years and a gradual transition is required. For example: Tuesday night – research on subject xyz; Saturday afternoon – visit with someone who is in this new area of interest and ask them all the questions that are on your mind,
  • Keep a daily journal of related activities and ideas
  • Start to populate a plan that will move you towards your goals and share with others what you’re doing.  You’d be surprised how many will know someone or something that could be helpful to you and want to encourage you to do this.

So take one small step towards creating your life with courage. Don’t sit on the sidelines and look at others in awe when that could be you fulfilling your own dreams.  What may seem like a daunting task and unachievable is yours with each and every step you make towards it.  Every little step will be a major milestone for you to celebrate – with a pat on the back, a glass of wine, a victory dance – it’s yours so own it!

Enjoy and #Happy Reinventing

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