I think it’s fair to say that I have been coasting a bit through life. I have had my little routine for a while now and I have not really detoured from it. We all know that nothing great occurs within our comfort zone! But when you are so set in your little routine that is “life”, how do you step outside of that zone?
I am not really a fan of Self Help books. To be clear, I am not saying that there is anything wrong with them,or the people that read them, but I just never felt that I would gain anything from them. I think that there are times in our life when we are more receptive to various things and maybe that is why they didn’t come along earlier? You have to be old to be wise! One day while I was scrolling through Instagram I came across the book “You are a badass, how to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life” by Jen Sincero. The title is obviously quite catchy and so is the yellow color of the book cover. I quickly logged onto my Amazon account and ordered a copy of this bad boy up. I eagerly awaited the power of Prime shipping for my book to show up so I could start living my best life!
Since starting to read this book I have had a lot “aha” moments. Don’t get me wrong, this is not rocket science that this women has wrote about, she is just someone who has figured out what she wanted in her life and how to stop procrastinating and go get it! “You go girl and live mine too with meaning while you are at it”! I don’t even know this Jen person but I think that we would be really good friends if we ever met in real life (I am probably going to be blocked on all levels of social media now!!!).
This book really made me realize that if I don’t go after the things that I want, no one is going to bring them to me. If only! I have passed up a lot of opportunities because of some silly phobias / fears that I keep dragging along with me in this journey called life. I have held tightly to some of them that they have started to feel like a second skin. Because of this book, I have learned that just because I fear something does not mean that it is going to happen. I wish that I had that enlightening moment a lot sooner. Better now than never. It dawned on me a while ago that I don’t want to spend my last day on this earth wishing that I would have done so much more with my life. I am going to fail at things, that much is a given, but if I don’t try I will never know!
What I have gained / changed since reading this book?
JOINED A RUNNING GROUP: This week I have joined a local running group. I knew before I even showed up for the group run that it would not be easy! Nothing in Whistler is ever easy! Everyone here is SO extreme! I basically felt like I was running with a group of elite runners! For me, this is so outside of my comfort zone, but I committed to it and I showed up! Could I keep up with them? That would be a “HELL NO”! Also, I have been sore for the past two days! But I feel so proud of myself! #winning
I have marked it in my calendar for next week and will show up for another round of having my ass handed to me! I know that it is never going to get easier, but each week my goal is to get just a little bit stronger. A huge incentive is if I take part in 8 runs I get a free t-shirt. And let me tell you, I want that t-shirt! It will look totally bad ass.
I knew that if I didn’t show up to run with them they were never going to swing by and beg me to run with them! Life doesn’t work like that.
BOOK CLUB: I did a little bit of research to see if there were any book clubs in our area and was super excited to see that one is hosted at our public library on the last Wednesday of each month. It is a great way to get me to read more and enjoy an open discussion with a diverse group of individuals who I would probably never meet if it were not for the book club. I am quite excited to start reading the book that has been selected and make a few notes as I go.
START BLOGGING AGAIN: Getting back to blogging. I have been a loyal blog reader for about 10 years. I love to read them and learn about the bloggers life. Does that make me ultra nosey?!! I find some of the blogs that I read to be very inspiring. I always think about how much I would like to have my own. I love the creative aspect of it and coming up with different topics. I have a lot of stories (and voices) in my head that are worth sharing. I have a lot more time on my hands than I did a few years ago. More than ever, I feel that it is important for me to have a creative outlet and to use my brain more.
PLAN A TRIP TO SOMEWHERE AMAZING! Italy – ever since I can remember I have wanted to go and eat my way across this beautiful country. I am not lying when I say “eat” my way across Italy. This would be a trip of a lifetime and there will be no counting calories or portion sharing! Everything in my luggage will have an elastic waist and no crumb will go uneaten! This trip will unfortunately not be happening this year but it WILL happen next year. I want to spend a lot of time researching the places that I want to go and make sure that it works. I think that even the planning will be exciting. It will be a trip of a lifetime and I want to make every aspect of it memorable.
There are few books that I actually want to read again after I have finished them. But I really think that I will read this book again. I think that it would be like a “check-up” for all of my life goals. How am I doing? Did I actually accomplish any goals that I listed for myself? Is there room for improvement?
ARE YOU A BADASS? HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? WHAT AMAZING THINGS HAVE YOU DONE SINCE?