Begin (Again) Now

Zero to Hero Day Six: Write to your Dream Reader

If you want to go somewhere, you have to start from where you are now.
If you wish to finish a task, you have to start it first.
If you yearn for an accomplishment not yet achieved, you have to start somewhere.

Begin where you are now
You don’t have to start at the beginning
These may seem like ridiculous or obvious statements; and yet it is often just starting which proves to be the most difficult part of a task we give ourselves. Whether we are not sure of the best plan or doubt the possibility of a successful outcome; we often continue to put off that first step.

Don’t get stuck by letting yourself believe that you have to start at the beginning. Begin right where you are now. If there doesn’t appear to be a natural place to start — or if there appear to be too many places to start — don’t sit around worrying about making the “right choice.” Making any choice is better than inaction.

Just start – and you will be surprised at how a plan emerges once you get going. There will be challenges and probably mistakes will be made. But as you solve the challenges and fix the mistakes you move ever closer to the goal.

The first step on any journey begins right here, right now. And the next step will be there when you need it. As every step leads to the next, the journey builds its own momentum and carries you forward along with it.

So if you are looking for new, or better, possibilities in your life don’t waste time trying to come up with the best and only plan. Start right where you are and move forward with confidence in your ability to get to a successful outcome.

50,000 and Counting

Zero to Hero Day Three – Write the Post that was on your mind when you decided to start a blog.

 

I have more than 50,000 messages in my email Inbox.

Really.  More than 50,000.  The counter actually says 49,999+.  But I’m pretty sure it is considerably more than 50,000. These emails go all the way back to 2008 – the year in which I just stopped. The year in which I stopped doing everything that was not absolutely vital to sustaining life.  Including managing my life……..

Ramsey Creative CommonsMost especially managing my life. 

This ridiculous situation, in which my hoarded emails now strain the seams of my little chunk of the online universe, seems to have become a metaphor of sorts for my life in general over the past five years. The lost years. 

You can read a tiny bit about the why of the lost years on my About page if you like…but the why doesn’t really matter so much right now.  Right now what matters is that I seem to have finally come back to find myself, armed with the realization that it is time to begin again.  

But where to begin?  There are so many choices it is overwhelming.  So the metaphor of the emails seem as good a place as any.   

I’ll let you know how it goes.   

 

About

Most of what I write about here is for anyone interested in changing up their current life a little bit. Whether that means a new life philosophy or a recipe that can make gluten-free bread taste good (IS there even such a thing?) I hope to bring some insight from my own life to yours. And hopefully include some smiles along the way.

I was born and raised in The Heartland, graduated college and then made my way out into the big wide world in search of adventure. I found it on the east coast where I lived and worked for several years before returning to The Heartland where I met my husband and where we raised our three kids together.

Five years ago my nest emptied abruptly, inevitably and fiercely when my husband passed away on the day our youngest child left for college.

I stopped. Just sort of — stopped.

Very recently I’ve started again. This blog is hopefully going to be a part of that.

Thanks for reading.

Zero to Hero Indeed

Well this is hardly what I would call an auspicious start.

I’m participating in the Zero to Hero challenge at WordPress.com and yesterday I wrote a brilliant first post – or so I thought. But now it is gone. Just gone. I was waiting to publish it until after “sleeping on it” and planned to do some revisions this A.M. But it is no longer within the WordPress Universe and I am, let us be honest here, a wee bit frustrated.

I’ve spent well over an hour reading everything I can find about how to restore posts from auto save and how to find all of my revisions, which theoretically are stored for 30 days deep within the bowels of the WordPress Beast. Oh, how my heart leapt with joy at that news!

But……nothing. Not only does my post no longer exist, it seems that it never did exist. There are no revisions to find. In fact — although I have meticulously compared my screen with the “Help” version of the findyourrevisionsheresillygirl page I’ve discovered that MY version of that screen looks EXACTLY like the one pictured on the Help page with the sole difference being THERE IS NO REVISIONS BUTTON!!!

Ok, ok, if I’m being really honest here I have to say I’m a LOT frustrated right now.

And between the writing of the Brilliant first post yesterday and the futile attempt to find it again today, I have lost about three hours of my precious time which could have easily been better spent watching reruns of Juan Pablo trying to get his fifteen minutes of fame without having to risk saying the “L” word much less proposing marriage on national television. But I digress.

I’ve considered putting in a HELP request or spending some more time “searching” for a solution amongst the myriad options on WordPress or the web. But at this point it seems more logical to just let it go.

Even though it really was exactly the kind of first post I wanted to write; a nice little intro with some smile-worthy humor that set the tone I wanted and explained that I’m here to have fun and learn how to blog and I’ll be writing about lifestyle, self-improvement and random things that catch my fancy (Ooooo shiny!) and while this morning I can remember two or three brilliant lines I can’t for the life of me recall how the original post started or what was in the middle or how it ended…and maybe that is because I wrote it late at night and was pretty tired at the time and I’m brand new to WordPress and this blogging stuff and so I can’t be expected to remember exactly what I was doing, much less the way I was slinging words together…and it’s possible that I am mis-remembering that I saved it at all…or maybe I saved it in that one way that doesn’t really save anything…or maybe I just thought I saved it…and if that’s the case then that could mean that it will never be recovered and so to spend any more time searching for something which doesn’t really exist would be silly and besides I am so tired today that…….Hmmmm.

It couldn’t possibly be operator error. Couldn’t. Possibly. Be.

But you could say that I have nailed the “Zero” part of this challenge really well, don’t you think?

(And the first post I wrote was WAY better than this one. Trust me.)