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“So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing Introductions and get on with the book.”
― A.A. Milne

Gracie’s Wisdom

Posted 02/26/15 2:47 AM by Mo Parisian
How many of you look at this picture and think “Yes!”

You can feel your stomach near you heart, which but the way, is beating madly.  You can feel the wind in your hair and hear the screams of your friends cheering you on.

Can you feel it?

And when you’re done, you swim back to shore, probably a little sore in places, but you can’t wipe the smile off your face.  You did something crazy and incredible, and now you carry that memory with you for the rest of your life.

How often does this happen in our lives?

Probably once if we’re lucky, but more often than not, it’s never.

And that’s okay, really.  I’m not here to make you feel bad that you don’t have million dollar dreams and goals that are unattainable.

But as I was working on my next project, I did realize that the advice one of my characters is giving might be beneficial to you as well.  I know most of us are still just going through the days trying to get to the next one, or the next weekend.  Always something to look forward to, but never focused on the now.  It’s time to start living and giving our own lives the attention they’ve been so patiently waiting for.

Gracie’s Steps to Reinvention

1. Take care of your health.  This is non-negotiable.
2. Find your hobby.  Not a job.  Not a kid.  Something that you can lose yourself in even for a small amount of time each day.
3. Take 24 hours before making any decisions.  Any. Decision. At. All.
4. Journal every day.  Have a place to dump all the thoughts that you can’t say out loud.  It doesn’t have to be long or well written.  Just get the thoughts out of your head.
5. Have a connection… a touchstone, a theme song, a prayer that will bring you back to this place of knowing what is most important to you.

No, these are life changing, and they seem so simple, but how many of us are doing these everyday?  I’m here to tell you that numbers 1 and 3 are kicking my ass, while the others are okay for me.  I would love to tell a co-worker that I needed to check with someone before taking their Sunday morning shift.  My initial instinct is always to make someone else feel better, even at my own expense.

Sometimes Usually I regret this quick decision.

Life is a work in progress, a journey, and it’s not meant to be mastered by the age of thirty-five.  I actually think that’s when it really begins.

So take a moment today and think about what you could (reasonably) change in your life to make it better?  Is there a hobby calling your name… photography, maybe?  Can you fit in a walk, even if it’s a short one?  What song would be playing if you were walking down a runway?

Today is about inspiring yourself.  Take the time to do one thing on the list today… two if you’re feeling adventurous.  Start somewhere, anywhere, and see what you can do.

Happy Wednesday!!


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Posted 09/10/13 1:37 AM by Mo Parisian

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Finish Lines

Posted 05/24/13 12:29 PM by Mo Parisian

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The Dream

Posted 04/2/13 12:37 PM by Mo Parisian

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Posted 04/2/13 1:52 AM by Mo Parisian

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Dream Jobs

Posted 01/30/13 1:19 PM by Mo Parisian

I had a conversation with Jeff yesterday, and I literally can’t stop thinking about it, even today on my day off.  He was showing me pictures of his basement that he’s had to redo because of water damage a few weeks ago.  It is unbelievable what he has accomplished, and I simply told him he’s […]