Pursue Your Other Interests…

Dchildhood memorieso you remember that something special you wanted to be when you grew up?  Go back to when you were about eight or nine years old.  This was the time in life when you could dream of becoming anything you wanted to be – Superman, the Bionic Woman, or world’s smartest kid. Heroes aside, my dream was to become the world’s greatest teacher or artist. I absolutely loved reading, writing and spent hours drawing my favorite Disney characters believing that one day I would become famous. Despite this sweet dream, I pursued a completely different career.

Fast forward to the present. There are two loves still competing for my attention.  Growing and learning more about my current field or on more creative pursuits. My childhood dream is alive and well.  Yours may be too.  So how do we find time to do both in an already packed life? We’re hard at work, raising children and taking care of family.  We are always trying to keep up with all of life’s demands that seem to get bigger every day. Perhaps to lessen the busy tug we tell ourselves that its too late to go back and start tinkering with our earliest hobbies.

Friends, it is never too late to start again. To pick up a paintbrush to create something, find a marker to draw again and begin doing something that you always wanted to. I just met an accomplished professional who just started to take drum lessons.  That’s awesome.

tree houseHere are some steps that you can take today to get started:

  1. First spend time to reflect on your earliest dreams – what captured your heart? what did you always dream of doing someday? Write these down
  2. Make a list of the ways you can get these interests started again.  Want to build an old skill? Look into a reading up on the topic – how about going to an art store to buy some supplies if your dream involved some creativity – Sports dream? Look into a joining a gym to get the gears moving.
  3. Look for open time slots that can be dedicated for your other life “purpose” – I get up extra early so that i can read or write for 15 mins – with a hot cup of coffee nearby.
  4. Network – find people who excel in your “other” interest area. How did they get good at that speciality? Do they have a website or blog? I just recently signed up as a member of a new communications organization that offers lots of benefits – webinars, meetings, whitepapers – all of these are tools that can help build my own skills and personal interests.
  5. Set specific goals according to a timeline – set benchmarks for when you want to complete certain tasks – don’t leave these goals open ended – set key dates so you can track your progress. By next month i will have completed my first two steps…

enjoy your weekend!

Your Attention Please…

Spring Inspiration

Spring Inspiration

How are you?  How did you fare getting through the blustery winter? It was a long and cold season for so many of us.  Thankfully, Spring finally arrived. The empty tree “bones” that now surround us will soon be greeted by tiny budding flowers and leaves covered in varying shades of green. This is the time of year when paying attention becomes especially important. Everything around us is transforming in some way. With so many things competing for our time, it is hard to find moments of pause to think about how today is different from yesterday.  How today may be different than tomorrow.  Pondering this can help build our appreciation for where we are right now. The grace given to us by God at this very moment. Today we hopefully have health, are safe, know where our children are, have milk and bread in the refrigerator, have a home and a family to love and love us back.

Yet, clicking on the news reminds us how quickly this can change. The Blessed Mother of our Lord warned us at Fatima about Russia. Family members of Flight 370 are deeply anguished over the inexplicable disappearance of their loved ones. Americans have lost trust in the character of those elected to lead our country and protect us. I could go on, but will stop there.

As all of this transpires around us, it is more important than ever that we pay attention.  To be alert and very much aware of the changes taking place in our world and to pray harder. And as we are reminded by the tragic events taking place in the lives of others, to take the time to appreciate the gift of every single day, of every person in our life that we greet in the morning and then get to kiss again goodnight. Not everyone thinks this way.  Today on the subway I rode next to a small girl who tried to get her mother’s attention for several stops.  Her mother was reading a book and paid no attention to her daughter’s tugs.  She never looked up to answer her question. Her nose remained buried in her book and never even glanced in her direction.  It was hard to watch this little girl have a “pretend” conversation by herself.

Here is a prayer that I often lift up to God asking for his grace and protection:

Just for Today

Oh, God, give me grace for this day
Not for a lifetime, nor for next week, nor for tomorrow, just for this day.
Direct my thoughts and bless them, 
Direct my work and bless it.
Direct the things I say and give them blessing, too.
Direct and bless everything that I think and speak and do.

So that for this one day, just this one day, I have the gift of grace that comes from your presence…


Prayer by:  Majorie Holmes