I have been really quiet here lately haven’t I? Yeah, sorry about that, sometimes life gets too busy happening on the other side of a computer screen. I’m writing today about something a little unconventional, something that’s very instagram-y (it’s a word, trust me). Today, I’m going to take a note from Nike, and we’re going to talk about how to “Just Do It”. In the midst of traveling, I pulled some time aside (mostly on airplanes) to listen to Shonda Rhimes’s book, A Year of Yes, and as I poured my savings into my travels to Europe, it resonated with me deeply. In her speech at the Dartmouth Commencement, she encourages the new graduates not to be dreamers, rather to be do-ers and that sometimes you have to do less than ideal things while your real dream is brewing. That’s what it’s all about, the hokey pokey of life is in just doing it. Since I have gotten back home, people have asked me how I was able to afford to travel, and among blessings like having family in Europe who graciously hosted us, and another person working to support expenses, I just kind of went for it.
The old adage, where there’s a will, there’s a way, is really true. In all things, for my travel, I made choices, I stopped going out for coffee or lunch, we stayed in hostels (which honestly, I get a kick out of) and we cut back where we needed to. If you have any goal, you can make it happen. Whether it’s going back to school, losing 100 pounds, or seeing Indonesia (Eat, Pray, Love tour anyone?!), you can make it happen. These things for most people who don’t have rich uncles, don’t happen overnight, they happen like erosion, slowly, over time.
If you want to go back to school, take one class a semester, you don’t have to do it all, take 15 credits, work full time, be a parent, whatever your situation is, as long as you’re doing something, you’re getting there.
If you want to lose 100 pounds, start thinking about some changes that you can make and implement them over time, park farther away from the doors, make it a bowl instead of a burrito at Chipotle.
If you want to go to Indonesia, brew your own coffee, paint your own nails. Find the little things that you can do to make your dreams happen.
It doesn’t take a leap, it takes a step, you’ve got this, take the little actions, make the little changes, and before you know it, you’ll be on the other side of the hurdle, whatever it is.