“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do, and mostly live.” — Dalai Lama

I love planning.

It’s a big part of my life and how I’m as effective in my work and my life as I am.

If I didn’t plan, I would be late, lost and losing in all areas of my life.

And yet … right now as the world seems to be saying PLAN PLAN PLAN … word of the year, goals, resolutions!

But, I’ve got a different story to tell.

Because this year, it wasn’t great for me.

And I needed to sit with that longer. I needed to reflect on why and how and, especially, with what went right.

AND, the result is this: I’m all in for today.

So I’m sharing all of that and some inspiration for YOU to lean more into TODAY. This post is the latest episode in The Abundant Mama Show. Listen to the episode here or read below.

I’ve delayed my goal setting and planning for 2019 to this point. With only a few weeks left in the year, this is lingering around the edges of my life.

I love to plan out the future. To have a shape of what is yet to come in my life. I may not be able to hold it, or even experience it, but I can imagine it. I can dream it into being if I really desire to do so.

This year was hard in so many ways.

I am so grateful for every bump in the road and there were many.

But there were so many peaks as well. Like being named as one of 10 Women of Style by Susquehanna Magazine, a regional publication where I live.

Leading a sermon on my life word — awake — and then turning that into a year-long journey you can now sign up to begin for yourself called the Stay Awake Challenge. This challenge offers you one email per week for 52 weeks with a light and easy prompt to remind you stay present and aware of your life — and what matters most.

And, perhaps my most favorite thing this year has been finally creating an Abundant Mama T-shirt that is so fine and divine to wear. And the shirt was the gift to the 17 women that showed up for our Abundant Mama Weekend Retreat where we laughed and cried and cared for our souls so deeply … and now I’m shipping these beautiful shirts all over the world. My hope is that when women wear them they feel the love and support of the Abundant Mama community all around them.

Oh and then there was the beautiful work that we all did during our Year of Yes inside the Abundant Mama Peace Circle. Work like saying yes to being strong, to belonging, to joy, to ease and, this month’s MUCH-needed Yes to Magic.

But mostly the highlight of this year has been seeing how strong I can be when things start to get real. When I get sick. When things go sideways. When things just aren’t working. When the world literally and figuratively feels like it’s all on fire.

Turns out, I am pretty effing strong.

Stronger than I ever thought.

And so as I review my year and really reflect on the GOODNESS that transpired, I have been staying put in the moment without getting too far ahead to this point.

And even now, I want to live for today. This moment. I want to stay awake for this thing called life that can only be lived today, one day at a time.

I want to watch the tea kettle come to a boil on the stove.

Feel my hands plunge into the warm water to wash the dishes.

Curl up with my girls on my bed and watch movies and read books while they are still young enough to agree to this.

And hold my husband’s hand as we walk along in life that sometimes feels hard and sometimes feels crazy and sometimes feels profoundly beautiful.

So much of life is what we put into it.

So much of life is what we are willing to see with our eyes and hear with our ears — not in what we do.

But I want to do as well. I want to bake the cookies. I want to knead the bread. I want to water my plants and snip their dead leaves and talk to them like the crazy plant lady I’ve become.

I want to take my girls on a surprise trip to Starbucks when they aren’t asking for it and let them order whatever they want just because.

I want to be awake. Awake for this moment. For this life. For feeling everything passionately and profoundly as the highly sensitive human being I am.

If you want to be fully awake, too, I offer you this.

The world is yours for the taking. If you only open your eyes and see it for it’s true beauty.

Interested in The Stay Awake Challenge? Go here to learn more.

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