Slowing Down.

As grand plans for a new life unfold, I find myself tasked with managing a great feat that I have yet to conquer:  taking it one day at a time.

My previous transitions and new life adventures tend to be riddled with sizable dreams, and while I revel in thinking big, my brain tends to get a bit ahead of herself, failing to take into account the journey that may be required to reach those dreams.

Recently my imagination conjured up two goals, with an urge to get there by the end of 2015. The first, becoming a yoga instructor (when I haven't graced a colorful mat more than twice a month). The second? Running the next Beautiful Mess DIY blog that garners millions of views, a book deal, and even their very own glasses frames. It's nice to think that I can somehow pull that feat off in a matter of months when these women have been hustling for years.

Hopefully you get the point.

While my current realization might seem obvious to you, each day I ask my brain to remember that things take time. Startups take time. Transitions take time. Learning to love yourself takes time.  And as I remind myself of that simple mantra, there is less pressure to perform right away and more forgiveness when success isn't wrapped brightly on my doorstep, waiting to be discovered with my morning coffee the next day.

Slow down. Take inventory. Jot down your dreams. And remember that you don't have to get there tomorrow. In fact, you probably won't even get there next week. But that doesn't mean it's not worth the ride.

Besides, a good ride is all about the journey anyway, right?

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