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Follow your dreams…. big or small!!!  What are you waiting for? Today won’t come again …. but tomorrow is a new day.  Don’t be scared – we all are.  Just go for it, and do that thing that you have always dreamed of!

Start that new business that you have thought about for years, take that photography course that you have always wanted to, join that walking club on Saturdays – even though you don’t know how you are going to squeeze in another thing, or raise funds and go on that mission trip to Costa Rica.  Set another goal…. set another dream!  I am learning as I “mature” in age, you are never too old to start a new adventure, hobby, or interest; so come on and step out into that scary, unknown danger zone! 

 

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I remember, after I had my second baby, I really wanted to go to court reporting school.  I was an experienced legal secretary, and hated that career choice, and didn’t “go for it” as I just couldn’t figure out how to make it work – and I have always regretted not “going for it”!  Eventually, I broke away from that profession.    I worked part-time for a realtor and went to real estate school at night until I got my license.  I was a realtor for several years, loved that I was providing an important service to people, and it was a very enriching and fulfilling career choice.   I was glad that I went for it.

Sometimes you just have to GO FOR IT!  But it’s not easy and it’s often challenging.  If you never go for it and try, then you never will know.  Fear, lack of funds, discouragement – these are all things that keep us from seeking our real goals.  You can be practical but still get there.   Make a plan and break down the goal into practical steps to get there.  That should help you realize your dream. 

 

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My dear friend, Gail M. while in her 50’s went back to school for her ARNP degree.  It was tough and challenging – and often times she felt like she wanted to quit.  Here’s what she shared: 

“My mother always said that education was something that could never be taken away from you.  She passed away when I was young, and this always stuck with me.  I went back to school in my late 20’s to become a registered nurse.  I was a nurse for 25 years and found it to be more and more difficult to work 12 hour shifts.

My sister, who had been a nurse, went back to school to become a nurse practitioner.  She strongly encouraged me to return to school.  I wasn’t sure if I could do it because I was in my 50’s, but I decided to just “go for it”!  I had a lot of doubts and was worried I would fail.  Someone told me to just stay in school until they kicked me out!  They never kicked me out, and I graduated with honors.  I am so glad I went out on a limb – I feel like I am making a difference in people’s lives and have never once regretted my decision.

I say – follow your dreams – and go for it!!”

 I decided to start this blog pushing 60 years old.  I mean when you go through decades, no matter what your life has been like, like it or not you have plum experienced a thing or two!   And to be honest with you, I had no idea all that was involved with writing a blog, keeping up with a schedule, all the social media as well as all of the technical aspects of maintaining a blog.  I mean, I work full-time and have a family, and this takes up a lot of my time.  But I am glad that I went for it, and I love it!  And hopefully, if you are reading this – you like it, too.

Is there something in your life that you are waiting to do?  Is there something that has been on your mind or in your heart to do for a very long time?   If so, I hope you “go for it”!   With a little planning and thought, I know you can do it! 

 

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“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

Until next time,

Your friend~

~Clare

 

Author
Clare is a 57-year-old fun loving Italian-American self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl” who believes, “Life ain’t easy street. Life is one of those crazy little city streets, complete with potholes that could swallow your car.” With one foot planted in fun and the other planted firmly in her Christian faith, Clare enjoys making people laugh while helping them navigate life’s “crazy little city streets”. Clare has raised two girls (now grown young adults) with her husband, Michial, Clare is ready to take on the challenges of making new friends through her blog, Life Ain’t Easy Street. With an aim to entertain while addressing topics important to women, Clare’s focus on the positive power of good stories, good friends, inspiring women, and strong faith will have you looking forward to reading the next post. Clare is a freelance writer who lives a real life in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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38 Comments

  • MEDINA says:

    I agree! Life is for living and doing! This has got me motivated 🙂

  • andi says:

    but then God has a LOT to do with this as well 😀

  • Karen says:

    I know that I for one am very glad that you “went for it” and decided to write this blog. It is always full of good common sense, and is very inspiring to read, especially early on a Monday morning! Reading it helps me to start the day with a good attitude.
    Karen
    P.s. Love those pictures ?

    • Clare says:

      Thanks Karen, I so appreciate your support, truly! I am glad you were encouraged and this helped get you off to a good start of the day, and hopefully the week! Thanks so so much (and my readers and friends thank you too) for sharing your beautiful pics with me/ us!

  • Lakisha says:

    Just go for it! I pretty much just go for my dreams these days. I have a fearless best friend, who just goes after everything she wants and she just said why do you keep complaining just go after what you want. So I started my blog two months ago and even though I’m not making any money, this is the happiest I have ever been. I hope we all continue to shoot for the moon and try new things. Good luck with all your projects in the future.

    • Clare says:

      Wow, I wish I was that self-motivating as your friend and as fearless! Fear holds a lot of us back, I know it does me often time! I am so delighted you are enjoying your blog! Thanks for this encouragement, too! Blessings! 🙂

  • Ab empowering post today. It reminded of the Henry Ford quote; “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re always right!”

  • Kate says:

    Super motivating! Thank you! I’ve been putting off trying stand up comedy for the first time. I can’t seem to quite make it past the “what if I suck” point. This has helped. Thank you! <3

    • Clare says:

      Wow – stand up comedy! If you are ever in NE Florida, let us know – and I’d love to come see you! Go for it!!!! Thanks Kate! And blessings to you on your endeavor!

  • McKaye says:

    I love messages where I feel like they were written for me. Thanks!

  • Tami Villa says:

    Love this post! So many of us spend time making excuses for why today is not the day to do XYZ, but who knows if you’ll have a tomorrow? Thanks for the motivation!

    xo,
    Tami

    • Clare says:

      Thanks, Tami and so glad you liked the post! Well, I can certainly procrastinate and put off things, plenty for sure! But tomorrow is certainly not promised! Glad you are motivated!

  • Renee says:

    Life is to be lived, which means you have to go for it! Such good advice.

    • Clare says:

      Life is to be lived… but sometimes I need a little push or a nudge to get moving in a certain area! So glad you liked the post! 🙂

  • Mim says:

    Great advice! You only live once, but sometimes going out on a limb is hard, so you change which limb you want to go out on.

  • Paola says:

    Beautiful motivational post!!! I kidn of needed that today… I just found out my cancer is back after only 6 months of treatment… you just feel like giving up everything else.

  • Justine says:

    it is awesome to see others out inspiring! This post is the motto of my life and my blog!
    It is important that we live life to the fullest. God gave us all gifts and it is exciting to see people using them!

    • Clare says:

      Thanks for sharing Justine! So glad you encourage and motivate with your blog! God did give us all gifts and it is exciting to see people using them!

  • Terri says:

    Love this post, such a great thing to keep in mind

  • Hi Clare! Just as my first daughter was born I was graduating from court reporting school. But I didn’t “go for it” because my husband and I could not find a good daycare option that we could trust. So instead I shifted gears and took night classes for medical transcription which I continued to for several years working from home. Then when my two daughters were older, I went for it by starting a business that lasted for 10 years. Then I shifted gears, closed down that businesses and again “went for it” with websites and blogging. No matter what you age, young or old, if you have a dream there’s still time to make it happen! Thanks so much Clare for this inspirational post. 🙂

    • Clare says:

      Wow – our lives have run kind of parallel, Denay! Goodness I am currently (by day) a legal transcriptionist (after having a few other careers). I am so so glad you went for it Denay! That is inspiring to us all and I love blogging (my first love now for sure)! And I know you do, too!

  • Vi Dotter says:

    What an inspiration! I just started blogging this year, but really started concentrating on it a couple of months ago when a friend of mine encouraged me and she’s retired and started writing and publishing just a few years ago. “Just do it” and “You can do it” – mantras to live by. Your blog is such a success in such a short time ~ thanks so much for your story! — Hope you don’t mind my duplicate response from Facebook. I keep getting sidetracked from my own blogging deadlines!! But I’m smiling and hope you are too!

    • Clare says:

      Wow Vi! good for you that you are “just doing it”! – I am delighted that you enjoy my blog! I am certainly smiling!!!! 🙂 🙂 Blessings! 🙂

  • Jenn says:

    What a great morning motivator! Thanks for the inspiration, Clare!

  • Tiffany says:

    This is speaking to me right now! i have to constantly push myself to move forward. i just launched my business and it’s so scary and overwhelming but i’m going to keep going until I fall flat on my face and then i’m going to get up and do it again! 🙂

  • Farrah says:

    Love, love, love this post! <3 I definitely agree! I had some initial doubts when I was first thinking of pursuing medical school, but I'm so glad I didn't let them stop me! :]!

    • Clare says:

      So glad you enjoyed the post, Farrah! Wow – medical school! You have such an exciting future – hang in there – We know you can do it! Your future will be so rewarding and exciting! Blessings!

  • You have to take a chance sometimes for sure! I am pursuing a calling myself. Trying to step out into ministry.

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