Jumping In – A New Chapter

I previously mentioned  that for some time I’ve wanted to start a blog and did a lot of the research, but got stuck on the naming process. However, I recently decided to just go for it and BAM!…here we are!

Well, I don’t think I merely stumbled upon this newly acquired outburst of confidence and determination. I have been doing some things these past few months that I believe have contributed to my resolve to jump in.


There is a lot of motivation out there, and easily accessible. Some months ago,I set out to gain some motivation, not for anything in particular, just . I began looking for motivational videos on YouTube and found a couple of channels I very much enjoyed (more about that in a moment).

Finding the motivation was quick and painless, however, I know from past experience that it’s very easy to get motivated but difficult to remain that way, so I came up with a strategy to feed that drive.

The Goal

My end goal was simple – to maintain the motivation I had intentionally set out to get.

Pink 2018 PlannerThe Plan

  1. Watch at least two motivational videos at home each week. Of course, one leads to another and another and that’s usually how it goes. The trick was making time for it at least two separate times.
  2. Listen (on my phone) to at least one motivational video from both channels once a week or more at work. Most of the videos range from 10 to 30 minutes. And again, one video leads to another and another so I could easily spend a couple of hours listening.
    • Add a reminder to my work calendar for Monday mornings. This may sound silly, but I didn’t want this to be something I would do if I found the time or remembered. I wanted to make time for it, make it a regular practice, and to ensure I wouldn’t forget about it over time. If Monday happens to be a holiday, listen in on Tuesday.
    • Take notes if something jumps out at me that I’d want to research at a later time. The plan was to listen to those particular videos, not to spend time browsing the internet.
  3. Continue my progress on a personal writing project I am working on (more about that in a future post). I have met my goal now for the first two months and I feel more motivated each time.
  4. Continue to get involved with new projects at work.
Girl jumping in front of water fountain
Photo by Mauricio Campino – Mírame Photography

Jumping in

There is something I find myself saying quite often; I let life happen to me. In my grown-up wisdom, I have found that this is not something I like about myself. I no longer want to let life happen to me. I want to take control of my life and make things happen for myself. But that’s a post for another day!

I am so glad I decided to jump in and start this blog. If you saw the reasons why I blog, you may know that I am not into social media. I am reserved and don’t normally like to put myself out there. Plus I didn’t think I had much to say. But that was before…I’ve since jumped!!! So, check in on the right panel and let’s connect!

And now for those You Tube channels. I hope they can be as encouraging to you as they are to me.

Watch, listen, and jump in!

  • How to Turn Your Fear into Fuel by Lisa Nichols by Lisa Nichols where she basically addresses the fact that fear keeps us from jumping in to our destiny.
  • The other channel is Be Inspired; the videos are mostly compilations of some of successful people (including celebrities) sharing the things they do that have led to their success.

What are some of the things you do to remain motivated? Share by commenting below.

Until next time,

Judy Dove

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”

George Addair

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