Contemporary Fiction Author, Infrequent Blogger & Retired Clown

2013 Motto: Just Show Up

We’re almost two full weeks into 2013 and I’ve got one important question:

Our New Year’s Eve bonfire!

Where the heck did 2012 go?

I feel like I blinked and lost an entire year of my life.

It was a good year though — a year with many changes. I left my full-time job to become a full-time entrepreneur (which is equal parts exciting and terrifying). I took control of my health, joined a gym, started thinking twice about the things I put in my body (most of the time…I’m not perfect and neither are donuts and that’s why I love them).

I hope in the future when I look back on 2012, I’ll be able to say it was the beginning of the rest of my life. The year when I took the reins and set to work building the life I want for myself.

But for that to happen, I have to keep the momentum going through 2013.

Last year, I made resolutions to be honest (check), positive (check) and pro-active (check).

I’m proud to say I went 3-for-3 with my 2012 resolutions and my life has improved as a result.

So what’s next?

Well, I’ve decided there’s only one resolution I need this year: Just show up.

The concept for this comes from my experiences at the gym over the last four months.

Like most people, I have a hard time keeping up a steady regiment at the gym. I usually go in the afternoons, which means I have the whole day to talk myself out of it. I make excuses, I promise myself I’ll go tomorrow, I bend reason and logic to convince myself it’s okay to stay home.

But on the days when I *do* go in spite of all that, I *never* regret it.

In fact, when I force myself to JUST SHOW UP at the gym (even if it’s just to walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes) those are the days I usually wind up pushing myself harder and setting my own personal bests. Which means I walk away from the gym feeling really good — physically and mentally.

I always leave knowing it was worth it.

So now I want to take that principle — JUST SHOW UP! — and apply it to the rest of my life.

When I don’t feel like working on my writing, I’m going to tell myself — Just show up! — and do it anyway.

When thinks start to drag a little at Duolit, I’m going to tell myself — Just show up! — and do it anyway.

Same with my new, better eating habits, my gym routine, everything.

Just take the first step and show up, the rest will fall into place and you’ll never regret doing it.


So what’s your motto for 2013?

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