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Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter

There is no right time. There will never the perfect time to do what you have been dreaming about. There will never be a magical moment when all of our obligations are neatly bundled and put away. Because of this, any time is the right time. You can do it now. It can be messy. It’s ok to make mistakes. It’s ok to drop some of the balls you happen to be juggling today. We use excuses to keep us stuck in our comfort zone. I’m too old, I’m too young, I don’t have the right education, I’m too heavy, the list could go on and on. It really comes down to fear. It’s ok to be afraid. But be afraid and do it anyway. I have been working on a project that feels big to me. I am taking steps each day to move forward with something that I am very passionate about. It’s a program that educates and encourages women to be the healthiest they can be. There are moments that I feel excited and sure that this is the right thing for this time. And then there are moments that I want to go hide in my bed for hours. I hear the voices of self-doubt creep in. They say things like, “Who would want to listen to you?” or “Who do you think you are?” Fortunately, I know how to answer back. I have been through similar situations and have learned to be able hush the chatter and walk through the fear. Every time I walk through the fear, I come out the other side a little stronger. In moments of weakness, I ask myself how I will feel a year from now if I don’t follow through. I imagine that I would have regret if I stop now. They say that we are more likely to regret the things we haven’t done. I would rather try and fail than not try. I also rely heavily on my community. My husband, sisters, parents, friends, and even people who I have never met face to face are helping me every step of the way. It is so important for me to remember that even though this is a solo project, I don’t have to do anything alone. A supportive community has been a key to my sanity for the past 17 years.

Is there something that you are wanting to do? Are you holding back? What are you waiting for? We have one chance to live the life we want to live. Allow yourself to express yourself fully. Get comfortable with imperfection. Be available to support and encourage others who are putting themselves out there. As Marianne Williamson so beautifully stated in Our Deepest Fear, “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.”

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