|The word of the day is "Ewwwwwwww."|
My iPad filled with IIN material is all fired up and ready to go (I listen to my IIN lectures while I'm at the gym, and I love it), and I'm just waiting for the caffeine to do its job so I can no longer feel like an extra on The Walking Dead.
|Get! In! Mah! Bloodstream!|
While I'm waiting, though, I'm going to flesh out an idea that I had recently -- an idea that I'm really, really excited about.
You see, I find that inspiration strikes at incredibly random times: mid-shampoo, at the end of a boring meeting, while stuck on the train...you name it, and if it's totally random, chances are good that it's a situation in which I've had flashes of inspiration.
The other day while at the gym, I suddenly thought of a passage from a book I just read, and...shazam! Inspiration!
|Fact: this book is awesome.|
Secondly, I realized a few months ago that I've tended to internalize the messages and ideas that I'm exposed to -- so when I'm surrounded by pessimistic and negative messages, my inner monologue mirrors those concepts. Once I realized this, I decided to take concrete steps to surround myself with positive ideas, people, and messages. I shamelessly subscribed to happy, inspirational podcasts, and I brazenly bought books that focus on staying positive throughout major life changes.
When I read the passage of Dare, Dream, Do that talks about interviews, I realized: in an effort to surround myself with positive things, I want to interview people I know who've taken risks in order to follow their dreams, pursue their passions, or be relentlessly true to themselves.
Then I realized that I already have a substantial list of friends who would fit perfectly into these categories. I have friends who've left secure but unfulfilling careers in order to pursue career paths they love, friends who've worked well into the wee hours of the night writing the book they'd always dreamed of, friends who've left safe but unhappy relationships because they valued their health and happiness too much to stay with a guy who brings them down.
Naturally, these are folks who're perfect candidates!
So, my plan for this week is to start reaching out to those friends to see if they'd be willing to chat with me about the process of pursuing their dreams -- the challenges, the high points, the whole enchilada. I'm really excited about the possibility of doing this, so keep your fingers crossed that people say yes! :)
With all that being said, I hope everyone has a fabulous Tuesday!