I’m amazed, and frankly a little scared, at how fast time passes. A lot has happened since I last wrote and yet somehow I can’t believe it’s been over a year. 2018 was in most ways a year like any other. I worked, I ate, I laughed, I cried, I moved. Ah, yes, the ever presenting moving. It was also the year I turned 50. That birthday so dreaded by many but also rightly celebrated. A milestone. The combination of its approach, an additional major life change and an unassuming little yellow book are what initially led to this blog. I knew I wouldn’t complete the challenges by 50 but I’m ready to start again. I’ve missed this endeavor. The planning, the writing and the connection, not only to my faithful, supportive readers but to myself. Two of my new guiding principles for 2019 fit nicely with this: live deliberately and direction over speed. As I’ve written before, one of the benefits of this blog has been that it’s forced me to live more deliberately.
My subconscious has been busy trying to convince me that it’s been too long for me to pick up where I left off. The ship has sailed, no one cares, you (shockingly) failed to finish something again.
But, I’m in charge here and I want to pick up where I left off. I’m choosing direction over speed. As a military spouse I find this to be a difficult task. We don’t feel like we get to choose the direction and once we land somewhere we have to act with speed, ever aware that time is precious and finite. The truth is that whatever the outside forces or internal whispers WE get to set the speed and direction of our lives. Obstacles just make it more challenging and interesting. I’ve said all of this to say, I’m back! There are many challenges ahead and I hope you are still with me. Let’s do this.
Before you go…Facebook has been reminding me that all 69 of you that liked my Before You Grow Up page haven’t heard from me in a while…I’m not sure if that’s supposed to motivate me or depress me but either way it worked.
Ok, I just realized that I’m the 69th person (or probably, more accurately, the 1st) so to the other 68 of you, thanks for reading.
3 thoughts on “Direction Over Speed”
Without direction speed is useless. And can be dangerous.
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I love your blog! I struggle often to finish what I start. It’s not that I’m lazy, more that I take on more than I can handle. The item that I’ve invested the least…always seems to fall to the side. However, I set a goal in 2018 and finished at 9pm the last day of 2018. Lol Focus…and steady motion forward helped me finish. You have a gift for writing. Witty and articulate. My advice if you are still considering a book. There will be days, weeks you will feel uninspired. Those days felt dark for me. I wanted to quit. Instead I used that time to learn more about myself….and just like poor ole Michael Finegan…I began again. (The line about Michael Finegan is in my book) lol Chris has no idea who Michael Finegan is…here’s hoping you do. Xo
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Thanks, Denise! You’ve inspired me! You decided to do it and you did! I will write a book, hopefully more than one. Being away from the blog has shown me how much I missed writing. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement! I do know who Michael Finegan is, lol.
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