I love thrifting! It’s exciting to find treasures hidden in what seems to be an ocean of “stuff”. The other day during one of my expeditions, I found the cutest measuring cups and a spoon holder. I couldn’t wait to get home, wash them, and place them in my kitchen. Isn’t it interesting how something so simple can affect you in such a big way? I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that every time I see them, I smile. There’s a message written on the spoon holder that has been on my mind: “Make it happen!” It has become more than just a cool slogan, it’s a way of life. I am determined to do what I have been created to do, no excuses and no fear.
But what if, like me, you’ve been on this road before, knowing deep inside that there’s so much more, and then feeling frustrated because other things get in the way? How many dreams do you have on hold? Have you put your passion to the side until there’s more time? This may help bring some of those ideas to life:
Be determined: Everything starts with a decision. That’s the first step toward the direction you want to take. After many years of trying to juggle what I really wanted to do and other jobs to stay on the “safe” side, I realized that if I give half the effort, I will get half the results.
Be wise: Take time to think, plan, study, and prepare. Take risks, but do it wisely. Clearly define what do you want to achieve and the ways you could accomplish it. Be daring and realistic at the same time. There’s a balance between believing something amazing, and seeing what you have available to make it happen.
Be flexible: Adapt to circumstances as they change. Sometimes we’re focused on getting things done a certain way and we miss opportunities or signs that show us that there are better ways. Keep your eyes open to see the possibilities.
Be happy: This is a journey, so enjoy it! The final destination is important, but everything that happens along the way is valuable, you don’t want to miss it.
Whatever you feel in your heart to “make happen” go for it! Don’t let fear stop you from doing all you can do. Things don’t just happen, you make them happen. People that you may look up to didn’t become who they are overnight, it took hard work, dedication, persistence, growth, and a great investment. What are you waiting for to make it happen?
Manuelita Otero @manuelitaotero