Friday, October 26, 2012

What's Your Amazing?

A recent blog made me really start to think about myself and the people I have met in this journey. It’s been several weeks and I haven’t been able to shut my brain off. In the blog, I mentioned that my goal was to be in the best shape of my life when I am 40. Several encouraging comments later, I remarked that 40 is my new amazing! And this is where the churning started!

I realized in my conversations with several of the women I now call friends, while we have never met, we have one thing in common. We all have a story that makes us unique. We all have hopes and dreams and aspirations to be something amazing! Many of us have reached that goal and many, like myself, have more we are working towards. The one thing that has helped me to stay motivated  is the ability to share my dreams and have just one person give me a high five or some other form of encouragement. It’s what keeps me putting one foot in front of the other and keeps a smile on my face.

It’s easy to become dejected when it seems like our goals stay just out of reach. But what if we have one person, or maybe 100 that can pick us back up again and just say “I believe in you”? Suddenly, the impossible doesn’t seem so hard anymore. Suddenly, the point that seemed so far away gets a little closer, a little clearer.

With that little build up, I am super excited to launch a brand new Facebook page. What’s Your Amazing? This is a place where we can all get together and share our stories of what we have accomplished or what we want to accomplish in our quest to be able to shout “I’m the new amazing”!

So, whatever it is that you have in your life, we’d love to hear about it. If 40 is your new amazing, or climbing Mt. Whitney, completing a 5k or publishing your own novel, tell us about it. If you need a little pick me up along the way, I have a couple hundred friends that are great at that.
My first big goal was writing a novel which turned into publishing a novel. I’ve done that. I can tell you after the initial scared as shit feelings, which do surface with each new book, the feeling of holding my book in my hands made me feel amazing! My next challenge to myself will be a little harder, but I know that my friends have my back and when I say I want to put back a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Half-Baked Ice Cream, they are going to remind me that the fleeting feeling of joy I might get with that will pale in comparison to getting to stand up and shout, “40 is my new amazing!”

Whatever your new amazing is, look in the mirror tonight and shout it. And when you’re done, feel free to visit the new FB page and share your story, encourage a friend and leave with a smile.