What Are You Trying to Fit Into?

Last week, I bought new jeans. After spending all winter trying to fit into ones I’d outgrown. It wasn’t comfortable or pretty. I was holding on, though because I kept saying things were going to change. Doing stuff that should allow my jeans to fit easier, but they still weren’t.

I planned the time to buy new jeans and I had wonderful service at the store. Funny thing, when I got the jeans home and finally looked at the sizes, I didn’t go up in size. My body had just changed and no longer fit into what I had worn in the past.

This was a huge metaphor to my work as well. I’d been staying in a job I no longer fit but keep trying even though it was no longer comfortable or pretty.  It was time to let go and move into something else that fit better–coaching and consulting full time.

Sharing this, my question to you is – what have you outgrown? OR where have you changed but continue to stay uncomfortable? Relationship, job, clothes, home, ego?

I kept trying to fit into the old because I was afraid of what I might see in the new.

Putting on my new jeans feels like freedom. That freedom now is seeping into every part of my life.

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What Are You Waiting For?

That is the question. Excuses are common…..

“I’m waiting until the kids are out of school.”
“I’m waiting until the bills are paid.”
“I’m waiting until I loose weight.”

What excuses do you hear or tell yourself?

Stepping out of the known and “comfortable” into something you’re not sure of or can not see a clear picture of can be scary. That’s when the excuses come into play. Exuses allows you to stay where you’re at, even if you really want to give the other thing a try.

The excuses given either never goes away or when it does, there’s another excuse.  So people who say “I’m waiting until all the bills are paid”, end up with more bills—because really, how often are most of us ever fully done paying bills?

Same with the weight thing. That was what I would tell myself, “I can’t stand up in front of in front of people until I loose weight.” However yesterday, I did just that. And, it was fine!! My weight was not on my mind, the message I was sharing was.

I read a quote from Hugh Laurie  yesterday….“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”

You can not fully see it or feel it unless you do it.

What’s the worst that could happen?

Turn that around to what’s the best that could happen?

You’ll never know unless you try and you have right now.
Waiting for

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Live Your Dash

A couple of years ago the phrase Live Your Dash came to my attention. A man was pointing out that when we look at tombstones we notice the dates: of death and birth. But, that there’s a dash in the middle. He shared that while the dates are significant what you do in between is what is the most important.

That story hasn’t left me for long. I think about it often, especially when I hear stories of people who push off what they dream of most. And, the opposite, when I see a friend doing the things that light her up and sharing with the world.

Living your dash is about living a life you can look back on without regrets. It’s about….

· taking risks
· choosing adventure
· getting out of your comfort zone
· loving full on
· being reminded that we may not have our retirement years for those trips of a lifetime so planning for them while you’re healthy or alive.
· making time for the things that light up–allow you to relax, laugh and be

If you’re a fisherman who doesn’t fish, where in your life can you make space for some fishing?

If you have been wanting to take a trip to Hawaii but say you’ll never be able to afford it why not set that as a goal and start socking away $10 a week.

Nobody is going to life your life for you. The dash is yours to image and to live, without regrets.

“I’ll tell you what it’s time to do right now. It’s time to set your schedule in order so that you don’t look back on the day of your death and wonder why you never really lived. It’s time to ignore the opinions of those who think your life should be all about their cause, their rules, their agenda, and not your soul’s desire. It’s time to stop flagellating and start dancing.”

~ Command your time…Insight from Martha Beck

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