In The Groove


June has been MY month so far. As busy as it's been, and as fast as the hours go by, I've been hanging on by a thread and rocking it along the way. Do you ever just get in those moods where you want to accomplish everything you've ever thought about accomplishing? I feel like the past few weeks have been that way for me. I've exercised, I've eaten well overall (not perfect, of course!), I've kept up with stuff around the house, I've worked on design projects, I've made time to read AND time to write in my novel. It's like something has come over me. Something that's saying, "Erin. Quit wishing for things in life and start doing them! You're the one in charge of your success!"
I think it's so easy to make our lists, our daily to-do lists, our 30 before 30 lists, our bucket lists… and then let them fizzle out. Too often I think we make goals, and then put those goals up on a shelf, out of reach. We think okay, those are my goals, I'll get there one day. But yet we go about our day-to-day life, not doing ANYTHING to pursue those goals and dreams. I'm guilty of it too. Sometimes I think of my ultimate goals in life and I think, "Okay- hopefully I've reached those in the next ten years. Or at least in my lifetime."

But why wait? Why not just assume I can go after things NOW? I'm not too young, or too old. I'm not too busy. Ohhh, never use the term too busy when you're thinking about what you want to do with your life. If it's important to you, if it's all you can think about, if it's the only thing you want to do when you wake up? You have time for it.

I'm feeling the motivation today, and I've set a realistic timeline for some of the big things in life I'm currently going after. So go on. Grab those goals off the shelf, or perhaps you've even put them all the way up in the attic. Dust them off, take a deep breath and go after them. You're the only one holding yourself back.

31 comments

  1. Yay! That is all so awesome! June has been the opposite for me, I am in a funk and accomplishing very little! I've been feeling the consequences of these choices and I am going to try and remember your advice- you are so right, I can't wish my life to get better! Though if that were true I could probably also have a pet unicorn and then life would be GOOD!

    :) Happy Thursday

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  2. WOOHOO, go you lady!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. You got this friend!!!! :) So true that putting it off won't get you any closer! The time is now!!

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  4. Go you! I so wish this was contagious...

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  5. I've been thinking of a post along these lines myself, I've also had a great month which would have never happened if I hadn't just decided to follow my dreams now instead of waiting until later or never.

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  6. Go big or go home!!!!! ;) its the only way to live. When I look back on this month and see how busy I've been I can't help but smile, because I've been so busy doing things I love!!! : ) headaches, stress and tiredness aside, I wouldn't have it any other way. Like you said - were the only ones holding ourselves back! Go you! Glad you're cranking out that novel!

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  7. Well this is just absolutely inspiring and just what I need today! :)

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  8. You are so inspiring, Erin! I love that you set your goals and go after them!!

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  9. Way to go! I love those times when I get a kick in the butt of motivation and get everything done I wanted to do! Feels amazing :)

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  10. This is so great! I've been finding myself thinking this way a lot lately too. Why aren't I doing things? I need some motivation and this was great!

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  11. So true! In order to avoid putting a goal on a shelf, someone taught me that once you have a goal in mind, actually sit down and write down the steps and route you're going to take to ACHIEVE that goal. Way too easy to say "I wanna do this.." but never even work towards it!

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    1. Great insight, Kelsey! And a good reminder to make attainable goals along the way to get to the BIG goal :)

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  12. Just took mine down from the attic...maybe I should close the door so I can't put them back up there again? Great post, and so motivational! Sometimes we (ahem: ME) just need some good talk and quotes to get that extra push!!

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  13. It's like you are speaking to my soul. I am so good at making lists and plans and then letting life get in the way and pushing them to the side. Good for you for rocking it out and finding that good balance of everything you want and need to accomplish. Teach me your ways!!!!!!!!!

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  14. LOVE this, girl! Those kicks of motivation are the best. The feeling of determination and wanting to achieve. It's a great feeling! So glad you're having a great month! :)

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  15. What an amazing post! This couldn't have come at a better time. I have so many lists that are for "when I'm ready" or "when I have more money" or whatever the excuse is... Why not start right now?
    This was just the inspiration I needed today :) Thanks for sharing your heart :)
    -Leslie

    www.withloveleslie.com

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! :) I'm the queen of list-making and it's too easy to sometimes focus on just making them, and then not following through with them! PS- I can't find an email address to respond to you directly!

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  16. Thanks for the motivation. Life is hitting from all sides these days and I find myself putting my dreams on a high shelf. Time to grab a step stool, take them down, and dust off my dreams again.

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  17. Maybe you should consider a side job as a motivational speaker. I know exactly what you mean about shelving your long-term goals and then simply not working toward them. I do it ALL THE TIME! Then, I look at my list and wonder why I haven't gotten any closer to achieving it.

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  18. I feel re in control this month than past months! Hopefully things will keep getting better.

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  19. Definitely needed to read this today!!

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  20. Love this!!! Way to be on the ball, I need to follow your lead here!
    You also forgot to add you've been designing awesome blogs too ;)

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  21. This was so inspiring to read! You've definitely motivated me to kick my butt into gear!

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  22. Go girrrrrrl! So glad motivation has taken hold. I've been pretty productive lately, but my to do list is ever growing always. Haha.

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  23. Sounds like you're getting after it! I've been really busy this month too. This year is seriously flying! I'm still working on my goal of doing a pull-up, so that's what I'm trying to accomplish right now.

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  24. Yea, you go, girl! Awhoo hoo! :)

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  25. Love love love love! I have been *trying* to do this more as well... but I'm still pretty good at getting sidetracked. HAHA

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  26. I love this post!! After telling other people how they should do the Disney College Program/work for Disney, and having a few jobs, I'm finally moving back to Florida to work for Disney again! I 100% agree with this post. I am nervous about the change, but I'm also very excited. I'll be farther away from my family/boyfriend, but my boyfriend is already talking about possibly moving down to Florida too when he finishes grad school. So we'll see. Go after what you want and dream big! You got this!

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  27. Thanks for the motivational push :) I am in the process of following one of my big dreams right now.

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  28. I've been feeling slightly motivated recently as well. Maybe it was my refreshing California vacation. Whatever it is, I like it. I like feeling accomplished. I like overcoming my fear and just doing something that scares me. I realize that as much as I like to make lists, I much prefer crossing things off of them, so cheers to getting our buns in gear and getting stuff done! And for making time for our dreams and goals!

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