When I ran my first marathon, it was quite comical how it came to be. I was driving home from Disney World and, out of nowhere, I had the idea to run the Disney Marathon. Within 15 minutes, I had signed up from my phone. Keep in mind, I had never run. And, the thought of 26.2 miles seemed like something that only insane people did. (during the marathon, I saw a guy wearing a sign that said, “26.2 because 26.3 would be crazy.”)

Eight months later, I had completed my first marathon.

When people ask me how I’ve accomplished so much, it’s this mentality that has continually elevated of the quality of my life.

Get an idea. Act on it.

Fast forward to most recently; I had a deja vu moment.

I was at dinner with a friend and we were talking about next year. Sarah, my daughter, graduates from high school this year. I will officially be in the empty nester’s club.

Instead of sitting around and moping (because that would be easy to do, and I’m sure I’ll have my moments), my friend and I were talking about dreams and goals for next year.

I decided that I need something to train for, to occupy my mind in a healthy way. One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is run the marathon in the wine country of Bordeaux. You actually run from vineyard to vineyard tasting wine and eating samples of delicious French food. No consuming power gels or energy bars at this marathon.

Within 10 minutes, I had us on the waiting list. Fingers crossed, we’ll get in.

You see, if I sat around and thought about things too much, my mind would talk me right out of it. Oh, the chatter:

You’re not ready.
This won’t work.
You’re not a runner.
You don’t have time to train.
Your idea sucks.

Ruminating too much on your desires often steals them.

Sure, I have many ideas that never take off. That pause is usually a sign that it’s not the idea for me nor the right time.

But, when I deeply know, I don’t delay.

For the record, this isn’t just with marathons or exercise when I take this attitude of acting on my deep knowing. It happens all over my life: From with my home decorating, dinner party ideas, style experiments, and business ideas.

Waiting around, twisting your thumbs and hoping to ‘manifest a miracle’ is what steals so many dreams.

The miracle requires that you show up.

The best part of showing up is the relationship you develop with yourself. When you follow through on things you say you want, you create a deep, intimate relationship of trust with yourself. As a result, your confidence grows.

These days, I’m about less talking and more doing.

Right now, I know there is something you deeply want to do.

And, it probably won’t feel practical or easy. 

But, doable?


Your dream is waiting for you to show up. {tweet it}

Don’t let yourself block you from doing something that will blow your own mind.

Take action!

Book the trip.
Take the class.
Make the call.
Write a paragraph.
Sign up for the race.

Waiting until “someday” is the biggest thief of dreams.

Are you ready to make a commitment to your dream?

Tell me in the comments one thing you’ll commit to taking action on this week.

With Love,



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