As I was pondering what to write about to celebrate November, Thanksgiving and the holiday season, I was stumped. So I went to good ol’ Google and started researching “fun ways to celebrate Thanksgiving” and my favorite Thanksgiving recipes. And while all those were good things to share with you, they just weren’t coming from my heart.
I have vowed in this business not to give you fluff, but real feelings from deep inside me.
So, as I sit here at my kitchen table tapping on the keyboard, the thing that keeps burning inside me to share with you is take the first step. We all have a list hidden in our heart of things we’d like to try, people we’d love to connect more with, or an idea for our life that seems out of reach.
For the majority of my life, I let people and my dreams just roll on by me. I would only do something if someone else did it first or would do it alongside me. But after doing that for twenty-six years I started thinking a little differently. I started thinking that my life didn’t have to look like society said it had to. But the hardest thought was that I would have to make the first move because I couldn’t wait around for the comfort in approval from others.
The past year and a half has changed me tremendously. It has made me think of what CAN BE instead of WHAT SHOULD BE. Even though I still wake up most days scared to keep moving forward, I have realized that I am the only person who can make that decision.
I love the quote above because it is TRUTH.
“You must go first. Because if you don’t there’s a great chance that no one will ever go before you and you’ll miss the greatest thing in your life.”
Friend, you deserve every good thing this life has to offer. You deserve to work hard to make your dreams happen. You deserve sharing your talents and abilities with the world one person at a time. I know what you are saying: “I don’t know how to do it” or “I don’t have time” or “I’m to afraid to fail”. Can I be honest and just say ME TOO. But you’ll never know what you’re missing until you go first and take one teeny step.
During this season of reflection, can I encourage you to just take the first step. It could be a first step towards something small like hosting your own Thanksgiving this year. Or it could be a giant first step like taking the leap to switch jobs. Whatever it is, give yourself a mini pep-talk, take that tiny first step and celebrate your win.
I’m cheering you on, friend!