Day 19 – Giving our best

Today is day 19 of the challenge, and I am so proud that we’ve made it this far.  

Unofficially, I had made a personal commitment to writing a post on this website five days a week during the kickoff to the 22 day challenge.  I’ve done even better, including the “weekend kindness quotes,” I’ve consistently posted six posts a week.  This has been a huge stretch for me, as I’ve never had a website before, and have never officially “written” for others.  

I’m never sure that anyone will read it, but that’s not the point.

This is my journey.  I am learning what it takes for me to create a habit, to make a commitment, and to follow through on that commitment, even if no-one knows about my commitment other than me!  It is in that “follow through” that I feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment.  Is it perfect?  No.  And that isn’t what matters anyway. 

When we are doing our best, even when it’s not perfect, the “doing” is the part that counts. What if the next time you made up your mind to do something, you followed through?  What if you set yourself up for success with small, achievable action steps?

Time marches on.  So we may as well be doing something special with our time. Sooner than we realize, our dreams will be coming true because we have been doing small things everyday that have broken the larger goal down into achievable action steps.  

And the next thing we know, we are living the life of our dreams.

So today, on day 19 of my 22 day commitment, I feel like I’m living the life of my dreams.  I have challenged myself to “do” and to “be” better, every day, in some small way.  I have broken my goal down into one achievable act a day.  One post and one act of kindness that pushes me out of my comfort zone.  

Yes, I feel vulnerable.  Yes, I feel exposed and like I am wearing my heart on my sleeve.  And, Yes, I am critical of my own work. 

But most importantly, No, I’m not going to give up or waiver. Or be crippled by doubt.  I am following through with my commitment.  And I feel great about it.  This is me living my life in the best way I can; and that is me living the life of my dreams, giving the best of me, giving my heart.

With love and gratitude to each of you who is giving your best,

Natalie. xo

4 Responses to Day 19 – Giving our best
  1. anonymous
    October 14, 2010 | 10:03 am

    Reading this posting brought tears to my eyes.

    I love the message to push oneself beyond his/her comfort zone, to give oneself permission to feel vulnerable in order to achieve good things.

    Thank you for sharing such valuable insights into our human capacity to affect positive change in this world : )

  2. beautiful
    October 14, 2010 | 12:04 pm

    Natalie – we are reading – we are watching – we are learning – and… we are INSPIRED!

    I also want to acknowledge your commitment to yourself and the win there – awesome!

    Thank you, you’re truly making a difference – and thank you for your honesty, openness and love.

  3. Yanni
    October 14, 2010 | 6:23 pm

    Just read your Day 19 post at work.

    A most seriously honest and powerful post.
    I’ll be humbled in a great way today.

  4. Mags
    October 14, 2010 | 9:14 pm


    This post just made me feel so much more connected, grounded, and determined.

    Thank you so much for acknowledging the fear/doubt because only once it has been acknowledged can it be banished. Seeing such a courageous response gives me all the strength I need to move forward.

    Thank you.

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