Trusting the GPS

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city streetAfter years of getting lost every time we visited a new city, we finally bought a GPS. For those of you who’ve used one for years, you’re wondering what the big deal is, but it is a big deal to give up your choice and trust someone or something else.

We still managed to get a bit lost the closer we got to our destination, but every time Lady GPS was there to guide us out and get us on our way again. By the time we got to Charlotte, we were beginning to trust her.

But on the way home, for the first hour or so, Lady GPS took us on side roads and through small towns instead of on the main highway. The view was much prettier and we should have relaxed and enjoyed the scenery, but instead we started to stress that we were lost. It wasn’t until we connected to the main highway that we began to trust our little Lady again. She brought us safely home, with no loss of time. If only we’d trusted what we paid for, instead of worrying because we couldn’t see the end of the journey.

How often are we like that in life? We ask for guidance, pray for it, even pay for it, but when the direction doesn’t seem to fit our ideas, we begin to worry. Then we either stop entirely and try to find our own way instead, or lose the enjoyment of the journey because it’s taking us outside of our comfort zone.

What if we learned to trust our internal GPS and were willing to take a different route than we would have chosen on our own? How much joy are we missing out on when we refuse to take a risk?

Learning to live in the moment,
Carol

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Never Too Old and Never Too Late

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Notes from this episode:

  • Quote from Antoine de Saint Exupery and why it made me sad when I first heard it.
  • don’t let the clay harden, waken the potential that you were given in the beginning
  • take a risk and get out of your comfort zone
  • the regret of a 90 year old

What have you been putting off? Why not get started?

Make this a great week,
Carol
P.S. Sorry about the rough beginning of this audio, but I need to get it out before the day is over.

 

My Podcast Experience So Far

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online radio microphoneFor the past two years, I’ve wanted to start a podcast. But the process seemed way too intimidating. I took three different podcast courses and still was intimidated. Finally I decided enough was enough and at the beginning of 2017 I started my podcast – Purpose For Your Life. And guess what – I love doing it!

I decided to work with what I could do instead of waiting until the podcast was perfect. That means even though most podcasts have intro and outro music or a professional introduction, mine doesn’t. But something is better than nothing. I can’t use most of the capability of the Audacity program, but I’ve learned it well enough to do minor audio editing. Getting the podcast out became more important than whether I’ve repeated the word ‘so’ three times or not. In the future I’ll probably make the podcast more professional, for now I’m satisfied that every week my message is getting out there.

I did pay to have my audio files on the Libsyn platform, but for only $5 they not only host the files, they also send my podcast to iTunes every time I record a new episode. If you have a WordPress website, Libsyn even has a plugin that adds the recording to your site as well. That came in really handy when I was travelling for two weeks. I was able to schedule my podcast episodes to go out two separate Mondays, just as though I was at home. Bet you couldn’t even tell I was away, could you?

Have you got things you’ve always wanted to do but the excuses keep you from achieving your goal? Why not forget about getting it perfect and focus on getting it done? People need what you know, don’t hold back and let them down.

Start sharing your story,
Carol

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Focus On The Good Things

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Notes from today’s episode:

Who do you hang out with? The kind of companions you have will influence you. Negative people will rub off on you.

Philippians 4:8 encourages us to think about whatever is true, honorable, just, commendable, and excellent. When we worry, we lose our focus. By thinking about the good and positive things, it will keep us going in the right direction rather than focusing on the what ifs, the negative things.

Have a wonderful Easter and enjoy all the good in your life,
Carol

New Year, New Direction

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I know, this is April – the new year started over three months ago. But I’m a slow climber, not like the little girl in this picture. As you’ve noticed from my blog posts this past while, I’ve been unsure where to plant my feet as I make this climb called ‘life’.

I have come to some conclusions though. I’ve decided to divide my website into two areas – one for motivation and purpose, the other for the help and training needed to take that purpose and give it breath online. Think of it as the two sides of a coin, one the inspirational and the other the practical.

Since dividing the site means moving a number of my old blog posts to their new room under the banner of Sharing Your Story (which you’ll find up there with the other page titles) and since I’ve been blogging for many years, it’s going to take time. A lot of time. Once I’m done, all the posts related to business, social media, product/course creation, and online marketing will be in the new area. That way, those of you who are ready to share your experiences and expertise with the world will have an easier path to do so.

The content on this part of the site is designed to stir up the longing in you to be all you were meant to be. As such, my posts here will often speak to that desire in us to live lives that matter. I hope you’ll continue with me on the journey.

Here’s to living life to the fullest,
Carol

Category: Life and Purpose