As I approach a big birthday milestone this month, I’ve been thinking a lot about the challenges I’ve faced, the work I’ve done and what I’ve accomplished so far. Looking back, it’s so much easier to see how silly certain situations might have been or how I might have really made a mountain out of a molehill at times. New experiences in life can be so scary, but we all have examples of taking a big leap and actually landing safely on our own two feet.

Okay, I know that many a time you might have stumbled, tripped or fell flat on your face as well. Then you want to kick yourself in the butt for having taken such a risk. I can think of a few situations in my own past that follow that sequence. But I think that equally as many times, I’ve also succeeded in battling through something difficult. We all have little moments as well as big experiences that fall into the category of taking a big leap, something that was oh-so-freaky-scary, only to realize it wasn’t that bad in the end. You succeeded, you got through it, you made it…you DID it! I’ve been thinking a lot about those specific scenarios in my life…those pivotal milestones where I have grown up a bit, advanced just a little closer to my dreams and how much I’ve learned.

I guess, I’m feeling proud and trying to give myself a pat on the back. In turn, I want to use that confidence to tell myself that it’s okay to take another leap or two moving forward. I mean, new things always seem scary when you are looking into the jaws of it all! From experience, I should have learned that when I look back, it’ll be another notch in my stick of life (however, you want to put it). I am telling myself that now…so that I can push myself even farther…even closer to my ultimate goals and dreams. How do you motivate yourself to step outside your comfort zones?

As you can see, I’ve posted some awkward photos of myself, since I’m going to hit the big 3 decades of life milestone this month. Wow… I feel old and young at the same time. Old because there’s so much I want to do and feel like I should have finished by now…young because there’s still so much to do and I have it all in me, energy waiting to burst out. I know, weird ambivalent Linda am I. Anyway, those are my thoughts on this lovely Friday. I’ll be heading into the weekend to chill out a bit with my hubby and perhaps work on a special scrapbook I’m creating for the big occasion. Another sort of scary event coming up…but I know it’ll all be fine and dandy. In the end, age is just a number, right? Let’s leap away…

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