Carpe Diem

This morning I woke up at my sweet Grandmother’s house in Salinas California. I brought my family here to get away for the weekend. Something we haven’t done in almost a year. There’s a few reasons we haven’t gone anywhere, but the main one is all tied up in money. I don’t need to get into that at the moment {oh, but I WILL someday soon!} because what I really wanted to write about this beautiful morning is seizing the day.

I’ve been drawn to the saying “Carpe Diem” ever since I saw the movie Dead Poets Society when I was probably 14 years old. I even painted it on my bedroom wall, something my parents have left there all this time even though they’ve repainted the room. I love going home and seeing it there {thanks mom and dad}.

I wanted to embed the 3 minute video clip from Dead Poets Society, where “Carpe Diem” is revealed, but alas, I have to upgrade my plan {duh, I use the FREE plan now!} so if you’d like to see the clip of the great Robin Williams introducing this latin phrase to a group of teenage boys, click right here.

Did you click? Did you watch? WELL DO IT IF YOU HAVEN’T {it wasn’t really optional to click the link….} I promise, it’s amazing. Even if you’ve seen it before, watch it!

Did you do it now? Good. It’s 3 minutes of your day. I promise, it’s a life changer. For reals.

So I was sitting on the floor of the quiet office in my Grandma’s house. I was reading “The Greatest Salesman in the World,” a book that was recommended to me awhile ago when I said “I hate selling things, it’s REALLY not my thing. Sales people are so selfish and pushy and it’s so OBVIOUS they’re trying to get me to buy something and I HATE that” blah blah blah.

Where was I? Oh yeah: sitting on floor of Grandma’s office, in a sleeping house, feeling a soft ocean breeze come through the sliding door, smelling the fields that are right across the street, reading “The Greatest Salesman in the World…”

I had my phone flashlight propped up on my notebook so I could read. At the end of a pretty profound sentence, I glance at my notebook…my notebook that says “Carpe That Diem.” Actually, here’s a picture of that notebook, with 4 fortunes on it that we got last week:

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{Cool notebook right?!} {and those fortunes, SO on point for the direction my life is taking!}

I was suddenly hit with 2 pretty strong thoughts. I rushed to grab my computer so I could write them down. Then I decided I should share them, not just keep them for myself.

…………You’re welcome…….. {goodness I’m a bit snarky today!}

  1. There are millions of people in this world. Not many have the courage to pursue their dreams. Life gets in the way…Excuses get in the way…..don’t be one of those people. Be courageous. Failure will never be a part of your life if your determination to succeed is strong enough.
  2. Do not succumb to depression and despair if the life you want does not come easy or quickly. Fear and doubt are friends and helpers in our journey. Obstacles are necessary for success. Victory only comes after struggle, sometimes MANY struggles, and on top of struggles? Defeat. Victory only comes after struggles and defeat. Why? Because each struggle, each defeat {or as we sometimes call them, failures} sharpens our skills and strengths, our endurance and our courage. 

every single obstacle in life is forcing you to become better.

This past year has shaped me in ways no other year has. The struggles, trials and challenges have pushed me to become the best version of myself thus far. And I’m still going. I see no end in sight to my growth.

This week, I am venturing into something I said I’d never do. Sales. Yet I really don’t like thinking of it as sales, “network marketing” is a term I prefer. Is that me just being in denial? Maybe. Do I care? No {again with the snarky}.

But it’s not about the sales. It’s not about selling things. I’m learning that now. I’m learning it’s about connecting. It’s about networking with others and making meaningful relationships. It’s about lifting others up. It’s about constantly moving forward. It’s about sharing who I am, my energy and light, with others. And it’s also about pushing myself out of my comfort zone and continuing to learn and grow.

Yes, I’m going to “sell makeup” {for Younique! My makeup came this weekend while I’ve been visiting Grandma! I’m SO EXCITED TO GO HOME AND PLAY WITH IT!} But I’m NOT selling makeup actually {confused? stay with me}

No really. I’m not.  This isn’t just another one of those “sales tricks” {of which I have ZERO by the way}

I’m sharing my message of joy in the journey. Of hope in the struggle. Of the fact that HARD IS NOT A STOP SIGN. One of my mentors, Jim Rohn, said:

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I’m being creative. I’m playing with makeup, it’s SO FUN! And I get to do it with my daughter, who loves makeup. I get to post videos on social media. I get to be social in the way I’m most comfortable being social {virtually, of course! I’m a total introvert!} I’m showing first hand that life can be quite amazing…even if you’re faced with diversity/troubles/challenges/trials/hard stuff.

A side note:  I know there are definitely times and situations in life that do not call for a happy-can-do-attitude. Some trials are just really REALLY hard, and miserable, and soul-suckingly bad. These are not the challenges I am talking about here. Yes, there is a purpose to those incredibly horrible trials, and someday that purpose will be revealed to you. Yet I recognize pushing ahead through hard times is not always doable. And if you’re going through that right now, I am so incredibly sorry. I would be more than happy to pray for you and keep you in my thoughts as you travel this hard road. 

So, I’m going to continue Carpe-ing that Diem. I’m going to network. I’m going to market. I’m going to play with makeup. I’m going to have FUN. I’m going to be creative. I’m going to make silly videos. I’m going to write. I’m going to share my thoughts with others. I’m going to seek joy in this crazy journey.

The curve ball that life threw at me this past year? I swung at it, and that ball is going out of the park.

Have an amazing night everyone, thanks for being here!!!!

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