Do it Now !

I wonder if there’s someone you’ve been meaning to call or send a note to, or maybe offer some words of encouragement…maybe a long overdue reconciliation, an apology, or an “I love you”. Hmmm, been meaning to do it when I get “unbusy”. There’s only so many hours in the day you know. I’ll have time to get to it soon.

How about going on that trip you’ve always dreamed about, or writing your book, visiting your Grandmother, or taking your kid fishing?

A wise man once explained to me that hours become days,and days become weeks, and weeks become months. Then before you know it years have gone by. And with the passage of time, everything evolves and changes. Kids grow up, new relationships develop, people get old…and die. I think that most of the tears shed at funerals are not tears of sadness, but tears of regret for words left unspoken and deeds left undone. And as we get older, while we may get a little wiser, we also lose some of our youthful vigor and stamina….even if we won’t admit it. You’re probably not going to run many marathons in your seventies or eighties :)  How many more reasons do you need to “Do it Now”?

No matter how long you live, life is short! You don’t know if the remainder of your earthly existence will be measured in years, months, days, or maybe even minutes. This fact slapped me upside the head last week when I learned of a friend of mine’s death. “Little Joe” is what we called him in high school, was short in stature but he sure had a big heart. And I’m proud and honoured to have known him and call him my friend. At less than 60 years of age, and physically active with no serious ailments that I was aware of, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who thought he’d have many more years on this earth. It’s been a while since I talked to him…didn’t have any urgency in contacting him, however had I known that his time on this earth was about to come to an end, I sure would have put it in high gear and got on with it.

Enough said, Do it Now!

R.I.P. Little Joe

 

 

Get Revved Up…No more Excuses

I’d like to share one of the most important, invigorating, eye-opening, enlightening realizations that I have had the amazing good fortune to realize…I only wish that I had figured this out years ago, but better now than sometime in the future.

What I’m about to tell you can be one of the most significant ah ha’s that you can have. Just give yourself the gift of really giving this idea the consideration it deserves.

It starts with asking yourself this:

What do I love to do and/or would like to try?

Am I doing it?

If the answer is yes, then go to the next thing on your list. I’m sure it won’t be long before you identify something that you’ve been putting off…and I’m sure you have all kinds of excuses reasons for not doing it. Don’t let these excuses reasons keep you from taking a step towards what you know in your gut that you really, really want to try. You know this is something that will get your motor ”revved up” Don’t have the time? You know you can tweak your priorities. Don’t have the money? How much do you really need to get started? Don’t have the skills or talent? I’ll bet you have a lot more potential than you’re giving yourself credit for!

Do yourself a favor, and give it a shot. It could totally change your life.

Are you sitting in the driveway waiting for all green lights before revving up your engine and heading down the road you know you want to travel?

Here’s why I’m so passionate about this fundamental idea…and you know it’s not a new idea. (There aren’t any new fundamentals.) I’ve always enjoyed fooling around with guitars but have not taken that first step of actually learning to play. I learned a few chords when I was a teenager but other than that it has always been something on my list. Lot’s of excuses…no time, no money, I’ll do it next year, I probably won’t be any good at it cause my fingers are too big. Then it was I’m a little too old to start now, and besides I don’t even have a guitar. Maybe next year. You know the kid’s will probably get a hold of my guitar and destroy it, so why even bother getting started.

Yup, it’s easy to talk yourself out of doing something that you really want to try. I’ll let you in on the real reason I didn’t go ahead and learn to play the guitar. I was afraid of getting out of my comfort zone. I know it’s not a good excuse, and I’m actually getting out of my comfort zone right now by admitting the real reason I didn’t do it :)

But something changed and I got together the “courage” to make it happen. Once I made the decision to do this thing that I always knew I would really enjoy, all my excuses dissolved. I didn’t even own a guitar…a friend of mine offered to lend me one. How was I gonna learn to play?…my family got me a gift certificate for guitar lessons (I guess they knew me better than I knew myself) I don’t have anyone to play with…all kinds of people I know are musicians and I didn’t realize it. Where am I gonna find the time to play?…cutting down on watching TV gives me lots of guitar time.

The best part is that I got my motor revved up and I’m having a fantastic time learning to play the guitar. It was a mere 14 months ago that I took my first lesson and it took me about 6 months to really get into it. But right now I’m learning so much…my rate of learning has accelerated to the point that It’s a whirlwind of activity. I could spend hours and hours playing if I had the time…Oh, oh, there’s those excuses again…I just gotta make more time. And did I mention that I’m all revved up and have a smile on my face when I get to play.

I’m so very grateful that I got beyond all my reasons for procrastinating and got on with it, but I can’t help but wonder about what would have transpired if I had done this a lot sooner, i.e. followed my intuitive desire to pursue what I always knew I loved. There’s nothing we can do about the past except for learn from it. And I feel compelled to shout it out from the rooftops for anyone who will listen…and even for those who won’t, it might sink in anyway.

Drop the excuses and get on with it! Get your motor revved up, get passionate about what you know you want to try. It might change your life!

Have a Fantastic Day

PS: I’m really into this guitar playing thing so you can expect a lot more info coming up soon.

 

 

 

 

Chill Out and Have Some Fun!

The holidays can be really stressful with fighting crowds in the mall, battling the bulge of the waistline, making sure you bought the perfect gift and making sure that you didn’t forget about anyone special. Yes all of those things are really stressful, and they can make you want to pull your hair out (or have a temper tantrum in the middle of the mall).

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We all know the holidays are supposed to a time for fun, but it is sooo easy to get wrapped up in the stress of exams, gift buying, decorating etc. Remember when you were a kid and you thought there were monsters in your closet? Well do you remember how you didn’t want to admit it to anyone, because you thought you were the only kid in school who was afraid of the dark?

Not saying that we are all afraid of the holidays (well some of us might be), but it is refreshing to know that WE AREN’T ALONE! Seriously though everyone feels that way!

So why am I telling you this? You can stop thinking ‘Okay thanks Karlee for pointing out that the holidays are stressful… We clearly knew that already!’ Well this is me speaking out to remind all of you to have some fun today!

Ya you might have nine hundred things on your to-do list, you might be trying to cram for your last exam, or you might be trying to get your kids ready for the last week of school… but seriously I DARE YOU to take some time for yourself today and do something that you LOVE. It is easy to get caught up in the holiday rush and forget about the things that make you happy.

Today I am going to do something for myself. No I am not going to shred my to-do list and pretend like I don’t have to study, clean my room, or pack for home.  I am still going to get all of that done, but I am also going to go to the gym, watch an episode of my favorite tv show, and maybe even take a few minutes to dance around to Christmas music (okay fine I already did that today).

Stop stressing about the holidays! This is supposed to be a time to enjoy the company of friends and family, not a time to be angry with the world. Everyone has something they want to do, but can’t because they don’t have the time, money or energy. Today is your day to do whatever that thing is!

-Karlee

Questions for you guys to answer. We wanna get to know our readers!

What is your favourite holiday tradition? What is one thing you wish you had more time for during this busy time?