It’s a new year, with a blank slate. How will you fill yours?
I don’t bother much with resolutions anymore — they never end well for me. But striving for a fresh mindset seems to work — at least until the chaos really hits the fan.
Living outside my comfort zone, as I have been doing in nearly all arenas of my life these past few years, keeps me on my toes.
It’s a big change for this former mouse. Reading about some of my adventures, you might be surprised to learn I was once accurately described as a doormat. No more.
Sure, life outside the comfort zone can be scary as hell. I often make colossal mistakes or play the fool, but taking a chance, trying something new, questioning the status quo offer wonderful experiences and connections … and life lessons not learned any other way.
Of course the key is to keep one’s sense of humor, which fortunately Basil and I have in spades.
Even when things go badly (and trust me, they often do), I find myself somehow better for putting myself out there, as we used to say.
So for 2014, I will keep it fresh by sticking with my now tried-and-true formula.
I will take deep breaths and step through the doors that open for me.
Perhaps I will wear a sombrero.
But every day, I will aim to live out loud.
I hope you will, too.