A lot of people throw around the word “inspiring” when they talk to me or most recently talk about me in the news. I read a lot of blogs-and one I really like that my best friend Ally (read her blog post below!) got me started on is called Zenhabits. I read one this morning called “Be Inspired” and borrowed parts of it to write my own “How To Be Inspiring” mantra (with my thoughts mixed in) below.
Step one: Be thankful for the miracle that is your life.
Step two: Ask yourself-is this how I want to spend it?
Step three: Get going. Begin to create.
Please remember-that my journey didn’t start when I left Chicago Yacht Club on June 15. It began over two years ago when I started dreaming about a rowing trip. On day one it was just me-with my little idea, full of doubts. It’s been a roller coaster- and the ride is about to end. I feel lost. I feel happy. I feel sad. I know that I have to celebrate- but my mind keeps dreaming about the next adventure. I am thankful for this miracle, this life. This is exactly how I want to spend it. The adventures will continue and I will continue to create and share- for you and for me.
Step four: Pick yourself up and get back on the bike, the horse, the boat (whatever you’re doing) when shit happens. Because inevitably, it will.
Step five: Don’t let anyone take away your dream. It is yours. Protect it. Never forgot how important it is to you. Nothing will ever be as rewarding as the day you put that dream in focus, letting all the negativity and every obstacle become blurred around it. People who try to stop you don’t matter. Nothing else matters.
You are all that I can see, you are all that I have on my heart and in my mind- and you have never looked so beautiful.
See you Tuesday morning.