Seth Godin says “Pick Yourself”. Here’s What Happened When I did.
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Here we are at the end of another year, on deck is the New Year swollen with hopeful expectations and unpredictable joys and challenges. Time passes at an irritatingly constant pace and yet I am surprised every year when December 31 comes and the curtain closes on another “Groundhog Day” year.
Sure, each year has it’s own unique experiences like travel or maybe a kid born, but in general each New Year’s Eve ends a replicated calendar year of blurred events and people. I begin each year with dim possibility that it will bring something new my way, a glimmer of change on the wings of my flighty desires.
What inevitably passes is a year of the same dreams, same passions unfulfilled and losing hope. Dreams of being a writer written off. Muffled desires of having a voice that mattered. I settle for the mundane when the extraordinary is within my reach. Waiting to be called, to be picked. Every single year, until even hope is hopeless.
“No one is going to pick you. Pick yourself.” –Seth Godin
No one picked me to start this blog. I didn’t receive an email or a call telling me I won a contest to follow my dreams. I read a not-so-bad book. It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great either. And my thought to myself about this non-fiction, Christian relationship book “I could write this book”.
That day I picked myself.
In the weeks that followed with little conspiring on my part God laid before me opportunities I can only explain as divine intervention. Precious pebbles strewn about my feet when I decided it was time to pick myself. I soon found myself enrolled in a writing program designed to help writers write, publish, and market their book. I began writing a book. I began believing I could write a book and wrote some really bad pages.
The unexpected happens, though, when you pick yourself – you continually do. Horrible writing pages? Who cares! No one has to see them. Lack of expertise? Fine, it’s time to learn the craft. Afraid of failure or success? The fear won’t go away, lean into it and learn from it. I pick myself when I’m afraid of what others will think. I pick myself when I’m insecure of a post. I pick myself when I’m afraid of myself. I’m afraid of being a bad writer. And being good. I still pick myself.
As I spent the following months working through my writing program and writing through fear the idea of a blog was born. That was four
short months ago. I started 2015 hopeful and fearful. Yearning to create something meaningful and valuable for the world, and yet paralyzed with fear.
I’m closing this year, four months into this adventure I am overwhelmed with gratitude for what Creative Holistic Home is becoming. You, my readers, have agreed to come along on a journey that continues to surprise me and scare me. That means you see a lot of fumbles, tweaks, experiments, and mistakes. I’m okay with that now. I’m okay with showing you flaws and possibly some horrible writing pages, if that means I’m growing in my art and finding my voice. Thanks for hanging with me.
When you pick yourself you give yourself permission to do something
At the beginning of 2015 I asked God for a theme word or phrase after hearing of the idea from John Eldredge. Gratitude was the word I received. I didn’t know what that would mean but I trusted that God would reveal why He chose that word. I sought after gratitude and found I had everything I needed.
I found hope.
I felt the spark of passion.
I trusted the gift within me.
I found courage in the fear.
Gratitude illuminated the path to pick my life, my talent, my dreams. It’s with enormous gratitude that I enter into 2016 with a heart for intentional living and specific goals, because I know that if I wake up every day with gratitude I can pick myself and do something incredible.
This year I walk into 2016 with an expectation that if I show up in my life, God will too. Here are my goals (in no particular order) for 2016:
Intimacy with God – I’m expectant. I’m eager. I invite God to show up in every place of my heart and to be my Father in those places. He is a good, good Father.
Minimalist Challenge – 365 days of minimizing my home. Each day of the year I intend to de-own, donate, throw out, or gift at least one item in my household. This is the year we become full-fledged minimalists.
Run fifth half marathon – registered today for the Rock n’ Roll San Diego in June with the hubs!
No Book Purchases – until I read the stack of books I bought this year.
- Believing God by Beth Moore (almost finished)
- Simplify by Joshua Becker (started and loving!)
- The Art of Work by Jeff Goins
- Love Does by Bob Goff
- Quiet by Susan Cain
- The Search for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
- Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel
- Bilingual is Better by Roxana A. Soto and Ana. L Flores
- Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze
- The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes
Bonus Reads (re-reads by my favorite authors because they are JUST THAT GOOD)
Starbucks Boycott – I’m choosing locally owned coffee shops. This may be harder than I anticipate, but I’m giving it a go.
Blog Growth – I’m amazed that there are so many of you who are subscribed and follow this blog on social media. You inspire me to continue pursuing my dream for CHH. These goals include:
- Create valuable content that inspires, encourages, and creates community
- Write guest posts and freelance articles
- Narrow focus and niche
- Increase email subscribers (please subscribe and share my blog!)
- Increase social media followers (please follow and share posts and tweets!)
For the first time I’m looking forward to the New Year with expectation and inspiration. I wish this for you.
Pick yourself in the New Year. No one will do it for you; this is your opportunity to begin something new.
Choose yourself. Choose your dreams.
Happy New Year!