girlsSuccess is knowing what you should do and doing it. Failure, waiting for someones permission to do it.  I’m not saying feedback isn’t important, but getting insight from 10 people may be overkill. On Sunday, our pastor connected the Gospel to the cultural icon of The Hunger Games.  This kind of sermon is not my style.  As she tried to pull up the 4 note bird call that fans know from the show on her phone, the room fell silent.  And then, the 4 tones were whistle from the middle of the sanctuary by a second time visitor, age 16. He did what he knew to do and saved the day in a perfectly timed action.

What are you waiting for?  Why don’t you just start writing 400 words per day in an effort to finish that book you know you can write?  And why are you putting off the next steps of your great idea.  It is only an idea now, but your action and sharing it with 3 others, sets it into motion.  You know what you should do…so do it.  You are a success.

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Hogirls on dockw I relate and work with others while growing my moral and creative self is my best self.  Enjoy your day and yourself.  This is the best self.  Learn who to trust, who to avoid, what to risk and when to quit. Seek time along, with friends, in new space and familiar cafes.  This is the best self.  When in doubt, listen and ask. When you are 46% sure, jump!! Look for newbies, mentor young women and enjoy new ideas. Seek out change, equip yourself and team for assertive moves and use failure.  This is the best self.  Nothing is the end, you can always pivot. When you are wrong, apologize.  When you aren’t, don’t! And when it isn’t accepted, screw it. This is your best self and it is only the beginning.

Birth of VenusRecently my husband and I watched a movie that showed much different than I expected. I was glad for the opportunity and for making the choice to see it. When my expectations of someone or something interfere with an opportunity, I know I will loose out on a transformation every time.  The movie we watched was about a man who took a risk to be himself, to allow his flaws to be seen and to follow the biggest risk of all – exactly what his heart was telling him.
I have realized, my desire to keep up with the status quo is wasting time, holding me back and therefore, keeping my voice silenced.  I may sound like a misguided creative “looking to make a difference” in the world, but maybe if I stop matching up with those around me and give what I have – I will do just that.

crevasse everestToday, I am writing down my business plan for a 2nd adventure.  I have read many books and today I step over the great crevasse of fear to put my own words into the universe.  What a quiet thrill to see my future ignite before me.  Failure is possible….or not.  That is why I do it!
I share this because I know in business, fun, faith, music, life – we are all connected.  I need your encouragement and hope my ideas will encourage you.  Not encouragement in the form of a phone call or pat on the back.  But as an accountability.  If I post a goal out for all to see, I am starting the clock to make it work.  So here I go!

To follow a dream is to express myself.  I acknowledge the possibility of failure in its outcome but I don’t consider taking a leap of faith as failure.  If a project fails, stalls or succeeds, I count it all as a learning experience.  I do believe we need to feel the feelings of failure in order to understand our ability.  When I succeed, failure is still a central part of it.  It is my comparison, my reference. As I teach students to sing, I also let them know the risks, highs and lows.  But “risk” is another post topic.

Your work is not too much for you to handle.  Take it one step at a time.  Today, I began by finding the right pickaxe, the right latter and then I took 1 step after another.  That 1 step is success.