. . . You Don’t Start Now!
That is the title of a book written by Barbara Sher. I bought that book more than a decade ago. And today, I’m ready to talk to you about it.
But first, this –
Whenever something happens “in threes” I know to take notice. This time, the “coincidence” that happened three times may have a REAL impact on your life, so I know I have to share it with you.
I’m here in New York to learn how to create a flourishing movement of women at Mid-Life. We’ve talked about the really important things like health, vitality, focus, and such. But we’ve also taken a more granular view of our work.
On our site, there is a place where you can choose to stay in touch with us. That place – with the floral headdress woman – is called an Opt-In form. (Please fill it out now, if you haven’t already.)
Later, we met a REALLY cool couple who decided – four days before their wedding – to totally toss their upward trajectory lives (by traditional standards) in the can, and become social movement nomads. Their company is Misfit, Inc. They call themselves “professional troublemakers.” I LOVE that!
Anyway, they talked about “opting in” to themselves, to listening to what their hearts were telling them about what they WANTED to do versus what they were SUPPOSED to do.
And then I woke up this morning and found a comment from a reader on our site, who, at 62 years old, is standing right at the gateway of her current life dream, but just hasn’t been able to cross that threshold because she has been afraid “it’s too late.” (A lot of people come to our site that way. IN FACT, I came to our site that way.)
And, the first thought I had was, “Opt-In, Love!”
If you’ve read my I’m Jennifer page, you know that I waited nearly 15 years before I decided to “opt-in” to my own Big Dream. I even had to “age up” my audience demographic because I waited so long to get started, both my readers and I had outgrown those concerns and were on to the next thing – the challenges of Mid-Life.
When we’re afraid it’s too late, we are talking about regret. And regret is about sorrow. And if we don’t move through our sorrow, we can get stuck in a downward spiral of hopelessness that has as its mantra “Could Shoulda Woulda.”
So back to Barbara Sher’s book. I bought that book 15 years ago.
And I started this site on February 1.
I’m not going to waste one minute regretting that. But I do so EARNESTLY hope that you can use my experience to propel you across the front landing to your Big Dream.
Please, please, please, OPT-IN to your own life today.
You don’t have to make a Big Splash. Why put all that pressure on yourself?
Start with something really small, and build from there.
If you want to get healthier, eat ONE strawberry.
If you want to be a writer, write ONE paragraph.
If you want to be a world traveler, check today to see if your passport is current.
But whatever it is you want to do, OPT-IN to your own life.
Because here’s the thing, Sweet Cheeks, It’s Only Too Late if You Don’t Start Now.
By the way, here’s where you Opt-In to get our eRetreat, “Reclaim the Sass” so we can stay in touch. Go ahead and believe in yourself, love.
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