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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Change Will Do You Good

I am a creative thinker. My state of mind from time to time will be flooded with ideas of grandeur. Out of nowhere they will take over my thoughts and for a brief moment in time I am driven by motivation, inspiration, and the belief that I will see an end result.

However, tucked away in that creative mind is the rationalizing, procrastinating, doubtful jerk of a second personality that always rears its ugly head. 

Sometimes, taking charge of your life and doing something completely different is comparable to playing hopscotch next to a bottomless pit. Weird analogy, right? Bear with me. 

Change is normal and can be inviting. But it can also seem scary. The process can be uncomfortable if you stumble and that end result you once dreamed up can start to look like a pipe dream. Fear and negativity creep in and you feel like your progress is stunted. When I get to that point I feel like I'm free falling through unfamiliar territory.  

This dance is wearing on me. I'm speaking in rather general terms on purpose because this definitely applies to some of the major decisions in my life...but it also tends to be true with some of the more trivial items in my life.

 Case in point:

 8:00am: "I am going to strive to lead a healthy lifestyle."

Which is not necessarily trivial, BUT let's face it, my main motivation is getting back into some of the pants in my closet and not wearing a sweater over my arms that I curse at in the mirror. That's trivial.

12:00 pm: Carrots for lunch. Pat on the back. You must have reversed at least a year of terrible eating habits with those 6 carrots you just ate.

5:30 pm: Crap. I didn't take anything out for dinner. We just got done school clothes shopping. I'm beat and I don't want to cook. McDonald's is okay right? I'll just have a salad. 

6:00 pm: At McDonald's. I read somewhere that the salad has more calories than the burger. I might as well have a burger.  Burger is delicious. See someone eating an apple across the street.

I suck.

In this fast paced world, my second personality seems to take over while I'm stuck in the uncomfortable passage between creative thinking and actual creativity. "This is different. I'm scared. I will fail. I can do this later. I don't have instant results. This will never work. This is hard." Blah blah blah.

Reality is...it's all on me. No one else. Maybe that's the scariest part. If I want to see ideas set in motion I need to work through it until the end. I've always hated taking risks, because I'm a safe kind of gal, but sometimes the end result is worth the risk.

New things to come. Here comes my creative thinking again...here's to not chickening out. 

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."

Frederick Douglass


  1. I can totally relate to this and funny you should mention salad at McD's b/c that's what I had for lunch today. And I was starving 2 hours later and since I ate a "heatlhy" lunch I had nachos for dinner. Self sabatago at it's finest.

  2. Ha ha! Thanks Robbie. Glad to know I'm not alone! Yeah...the burger was not the most fantastic dinner choice. My stomach is still sore. Sigh.

  3. love that quote! change is painful, but progressive!

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  4. Thanks for stopping by Nicholl! Have a great day!

  5. Love the post - sounds like my life every day. Thanks for sharing. Joining from the Friday Blog Hop - stop by and visit http://allthoseartsygirls.blogspot.com/

    1. Thanks for reading! I will check yours out. Have an awesome day!

  6. You are right, change outside of our comfort zone is always difficult. I'm such a creature of habit. Plus, I love McDonald's double cheeseburgers!!! Stopping by from Friday Blog Hop.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Those darn cheeseburgers! Why oh why are they so good, yet so so bad ::)

  7. Change is hard outside your comfort zone. Stopping by from the Friday blog hop. Would love some comments and a follow. btw one of the things I did outside my comfort zone was to go ziplining and "I Loved it"

    1. Wow ZIPLINING!? That would be so much fun, but I would be terrified! Thanks for reading :)

  8. Love your end quote... one to remember!

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  10. I agree...why are we always so afraid of change and the fear of failing? We don't grow and become stronger in within ourselves if we don't step outside of our comfort zone. Great post and thanks for giving us something to think about. Good luck on your dream setting-you deserve it! = )


  11. Leia my problem is different I eat plenty of healthy foods,we love salads it is not the content it is the quantity that is my problem.

  12. I hear ya! I actually love salads too, but I am the same way...

  13. Hiya, I found your blog on 'blog hops everday' and I am now following you. I had to laugh at your excuses for eating a burger at McDonalds - I am just the same! Let's form a splinter group ;-)

    Hope you can stop by my place too!


    1. Hi Annie! Ha yes, we should totally form a splinter group. Thanks for stopping by! I will check out your page:)

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