The Thrill of Something NEW!

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The University of Vermont

It was 1983 and my dad was driving me to the University of Vermont to begin my freshman year as a college student.  Traveling from Connecticut, we had at least 6 hours in the car together, which meant plenty of time for him to share his fatherly wisdom before releasing me to begin my college experience.

Thirty years later I have one clear and distinct memory of the advice he offered me that day.  He said ‘try everything once’!  Of course I looked at him with a huge grin on my face and said ‘everything’?  He didn’t say a word, he just cracked a smile and gently nodded his head.

I’m not so sure I’d be brave enough to offer that same wisdom to my soon to be college freshman son.  But I can say I finally get it – I mean really, really get it!  My dad was passing onto me his life’s motto, his belief that life can only be fully experienced when we seek out that which is NEW to us.  Sometimes it is a simple and inconsequential new thing, while other times it requires taking a risk or facing a fear.

My dad is not one to do the same thing twice.  He is constantly in search of a NEW experience – a new restaurant, new vacation place, new music, new weekend activities.  He thrives on the thrill he gets from doing something NEW.  This probably made it all the more challenging for him to be my father,  since I am the complete opposite.

My comfort zone has typically been to seek out the familiar, the constant, the repetitive, the stable, the consistent, the expected.  Some habits are meant to be broken.  Although I didn’t intentionally set out to break this one, I have recently become addicted to the rush of trying new things.

I can distinguish the moment when my perception of trying new things really shifted.  It was January 2012 and I zip lined for the first time – walking away with an exhilaration I hadn’t felt in years.  This also opened up a whole conversation about FEAR that I will save for another post (probably multiple posts because its such a big concept).

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Zip lining unleashed my desire to really live and experience life to its fullest.  This meant being willing to give up my attachment to knowing and controlling the outcome.  It meant exposing myself to the unknown at a greater frequency than I preferred.  It meant giving up my expectations in exchange for embracing the unexpected.  But the result of repeatedly engaging in new experiences gives us the opportunity to learn and grow at an exponential rate!

Here is a brief list of a few NEW things I’ve tried in the recent past:  IMG_1328

  1. Crossfit
  2. Tuna Sashimi
  3. Stand Up paddle board
  4. Dancing in the grocery store aisle
  5. 30” box jump
  6. Chunky blond highlights
  7. Eating Paleo  IMG_1158
  8. Sky diving
  9. Deep purple toe nail polish
  10. Becoming a blogger

You can test the waters by dipping your toe in or you can say YES and jump, fully clothed into the deep dark waters!  Whichever way you choose is perfect – but CHOOSE!  Choose to try something new, something unexpected, something that will make you feel like you are living full out!

I can’t wait to hear what NEW things you try and how they make you feel!

with Joy & Gratitude,

Leap of Faith….

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There are so many different ways I could kick off my new blog – Discover Your Awesomeness!

I could create a sense of fanfare, almost like a virtual ribbon cutting – grand opening – doors flying open for the first time event!

I could go back to the very beginning and share my life history, but that would be called a book – not a blog.

I could start with the present, weaving in stories of my past and dreams of the future like a well planned and twisted movie.  But you probably wouldn’t fully understand the real story until it was over – and this story doesn’t have an ending!

I think the best way to launch this journey is to share with you my vision for Discover Your Awesomeness.

What I most want for you, each and every time you come visit me – is that YOU have the opportunity to discover just how freaking awesome YOU are!  Now if I’m lucky, there are many ‘You’s’ out there reading this!!  And YES – each one of you is awesome exactly as you are, even with your imperfections.  But until you discover and own your awesomeness, you can’t fully live out your purpose!

Imagine what this world would be like if each one of us owned our AWESOMENESS!  We could set aside our negative self talk and fears to fully discover our purpose.  It is our human obligation to fulfill our purpose, to use our individual gifts to make a difference in this world!  It’s so big (ALL of us living this way) I can’t fully grasp the magnitude of it – but the simple thought of it brings me JOY!

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You are probably wondering how the heck I’m going to accomplish this?  Guess what – so am I!  A huge leap of faith and a lot of trust.  I’m on this same journey to discovering and owning my awesomeness.  Writing and speaking – sharing my voice with you – is where this part of my journey begins.   I have this quirky way of looking at life, almost dissecting it at times in search of answers and understanding – which usually results in some interesting interpretations, a new found awareness and a lot of laughs (mostly at my own expense – but I’m happy to pay if forward!)

I jumped, or maybe I was pushed – but either way I’m building my wings each and every day and I hope you’ll come SOAR with me on this journey.

I want to leave you with a poem that I discovered just a few months ago.  It is NO coincidence that it continued to show up in my life (3 different times in two weeks) until I was able to let its message sink in.

Read it….

Read it more than once….

And let its message sink in!

Our Deepest Fear – by Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

with Joy & Gratitude,