When my boys were young they were vey fond of a game called "Would You Rather . . . ". I'm sure if you have kids in your life (whether they are your own or not), that you at some point have been subjected to this game of having to choose from what are inevitably two really horrible things. In my case it was between eating something gross and the other choice was ALWAYS " . . . Or Lick a Dogs Butt?"
Of course my answer was always NEITHER! which would be followed by loud complaining that I was no fun & not playing by the rules - etc. etc. (This would be the one time in my life that I didn't actually follow the rules - funny!)
In the last six months I have read a fair share of self-help books - and one of my favorites was "The Art of Non-Conformity" by Chris Guillebeau. It wasn't so much the examples of people starting non-profits to bring clean drinking water to Africa, or bloggers that acquired large audiences and turned their writing into streams of income, or globe trotters who figured out how to live on the cheap anywhere in the world - working in location independent jobs. Nope - while all of that is totally cool, as a mother of two teenagers those aren't goals for me right now. (Well maybe the writing gig?) What I loved most about the book was that it opened my eyes to the idea that you can choose how you want to live your life - it doesn't have to be the way society has always dictated.
I mean really - can you imagine playing a real life game of "Would You Rather . . . ?" where you only had TWO choices? Even if one of them wasn't Licking a Dogs Butt (ha!) it's such a "this or that" mentality ... when really we can create our own reality in any number of ways - ideally doing work & doing "life" in a way that makes our hearts sing. This is the land of opportunity, right?
You may or may not be familiar with Martha Beck's concept of Wildly Improbably Goals. (If not, you can read about them here.) If you're feeling stuck I would highly recommend giving this a try even if it seems outlandish - I'll share one of mine here so we can do this together:
I am going to write an eBook on Coaching and Creativity that will provide me with $2000 a month in passive income.
Does it sound crazy? Yes. Is it Impossible ? No. If you haven't written down your WIG's in a while, take some time to do it this morning. If you're just learning about them, write some for the first time . . . it's fun! I'd love to know what kind of Wildly Improbably Goals my people are dreaming about - leave a comment or send me a note!
Love and Light,
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" - Mary Oliver
Meet me here on Saturdays for some weekly vibes - honoring the week that has past, and clearing the way for what's new. Gather your journal and favorite pen, along with a hot cup of coffee/tea/chai - and settle in for 30 minutes dedicated to YOU.