It’s winter… in Wisconsin, and I’ve just started a kayaking blog. Odd timing, you may think. But not really. It’s a new year, time for new inspirations and challenges. For me, that’s creating the kayaking blog that I’ve been thinking about for a couple of years. There’s no better time than the present.
In November, I met with a life and wellness coach (Sara Lasker, Healthy & Hygge, Madison, Wis.) who noted that my eyes lit up when I talked about writing and when I talked about kayaking. Life has seemed a bit mundane lately, and I haven’t been feeling the best physically, certainly not like my usual energetic self. I’m feeling drained and less than enthusiastic about where I’m at in life. Therefore, when she made that comment, it struck a chord (and made my eyes tear up as happens when somebody reads you so clearly). It’s true! Writing and kayaking are two things I love to do, I told her, and I’ve been toying with the idea of combining these two passions into a blog about kayaking. She encouraged me to do it—to do something for myself, something that made me happy and put that spark back in my eye.
Just do it. What was I waiting for? I have the just-do it mentality at work, cranking out work product in high capacity, day in and day out for my employer. Newspapers and magazines have hired me for decades to write articles. Plus, I’ve established and managed several blogs over the years. I know how to do this. The more I thought about it, the more excited I got. Wouldn’t it be nice to write about a topic I love? Wouldn’t it be incredible to build a community with other avid kayakers?
I’ve started this blog because it’s part of my dream, and only I have the power to make my dreams come true.
I recently finished reading Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. When I read the following words in the book’s introductory pages, I was hooked, and read the entire book in two sittings.
“You are in control of your own life. You get one and only one chance to live, and life is passing you by. Stop beating yourself up, and dang it, stop letting others do it, too. Stop accepting less than you deserve… Stop! Just get off the never-ending track. Your life is supposed to be a journey from one unique place to another; it’s not supposed to be a merry-go-round that brings you back to the same spot over and over again.”
If that’s not inspiration to move ahead, I don’t know what is! I promise I have many great stories to draw on for this blog, and once spring comes, there will be plenty more.
The lakes may be frozen and the riverbanks covered in snow, yet kayaking is on my mind, and I’m counting down the days until I can dip my two orange kayaks back in the water.