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52 Weeks Forward

Journey Jar


My friend gave me a journey jar as a gift and I wanted to share it’s significance to 52 weeks forward.

We’re all on a journey. Even those of us heading down the same path will find that their journey is unique to them. And that is where the journey jar comes in.

Shelly is a film professor in New Mexico and I only get to see her a few times a year. On her journey home this year she gave me and few other friends these jars. We will spend the year collecting and honoring our journeys and this time next year we will get together to share some of the significant moments.

I love it! So often we make huge progress in our lives. Or experience momentous change and we’re hard on ourselves. Maybe we didn’t go as far as we wanted or we forget how far we’ve come.

Embracing the journey and documenting it is the central theme of 52 weeks forward.

Making a Journey Jar

Journey JarNaturally any container will work, but I gotta say, I love mason jars. There is just something about them that makes me feel connected to the past, grounded in the present and encouraged for the future.

Shelly stamped a copper tag with the words journey jar. As a perfectionist, this became a bit of a journey for her. Letting go of the need for the letters to align and embracing the charm that each of these will be unique in their sameness.

She wrapped the top with a rustic piece of ribbon and tied on the tag.

Simple and beautiful.

I put my jar on my Paris shelve, it’s where I keep all my books on Paris, bits and pieces I’ve brought back and my plans to travel there as soon as I can.

Memories in a Jar

So what am I going to put in my journey jar this year?

It started yesterday with a movie stub. A movie I honestly thought I wasn’t going to like but was thrilled to see so I could spend a little time with my friends.

Making Memories for the Journey Jar

I laughed through the whole thing. Laughed so hard I cried twice.

There will more movies, trips, restaurants, and adventures, but I will add a lot of my 52 weeks forward into my jar as well.

How will you remember your journey?

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I didn’t know I wanted to be a mom until I met my husband, and then I couldn’t imagine not being a mom.

The day I became her mama started a journey that essentially has no tangible destination (which can be tough for a goal setting go getter) but is full of much purpose. Everyday tests my limits and sanity and yet the whole world can be washed away by her laugh. Whining never helps, but wine certainly does.

She knows that there is a time for work and a time for play and that it is okay to value and encourage fun into our lives. She knows who the Beatles are, is a huge fan of Billy Preston, thinks Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is the funniest name she’s ever heard and asks anyone from Germany if they’ve been to Stuttgart.

So I was thrilled when walking through the Chastain Park Arts Festival that she grabbed me and said that I need my picture taken at this booth.

LIving the dream

She doesn’t read these posts, but she knows that the idea of living the dream is my life. For me it’s about making decisions that feed my soul, give space to live a creative life, and find ambitious fulfillment in all aspects of my life. I’m always seeking ways to feel connected to the people and places in my world.

Are you living your dream or still dreaming of living? is what 52 Weeks Forward is all about. Sometimes we know what we want to do but don’t know how to get there. Sometimes we have no idea what we want to do but know what we’re doing right now isn’t it. Whether taking baby sets or making giant leaps now is the time to focus on you, build a path forward and start living your dream!

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BE fearless


The truth about being fearless is that it is less about not feeling the fear and more about not letting the fear stop you.

We all experience levels of fear because fear is a primal human experience. It teaches us, protects us and sometimes saves us. The goal is to not let it paralyze.

Our lives are filled with options and it’s easy to get marred down by indecision. I’m a big believer in weighting out the pros and cons. But it’s always with the intention of action. Of doing something. Even the wrong decision can create major gains because the very act of doing something instils confidence and physics dictates that an object in motion tends to stay in motion.

We all get stuck from time to time. The minute we dig in to it we often find an underlining fear. Almost as if we were conditioned to respond a certain way and to a certain point we have. Whether by our peers, our family, our friends, the media we digest… everything is conditioning our responses. So how do we stop the insanity and listen to ourselves in this very loud world?

I mediate and I read.

I just finished the book Wild, by Cheryl Strayed. I wanted to read it before I saw the movie. I had no idea how profound it would be, how it would resonate with my soul. Cheryl’s journey is not one I have any desire to take, and yet it is one we all seem to take at one point or another. This moment when we decide to follow through regardless of how prepared we are. To face the challenges head on and persevere. To embrace our fear and carry on.

But the part that really hit home was the collecting of the story it self. The journals and pictures that would document her journey. If Cheryl had never published she would have her story. Continue to collect your story. Create your memories of this journey toward your goal.

Have you ever read a book that moved your soul, connected with your journey and inspired you to move forward? Let’s share!

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“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” ~J.M. Barrie



When you have full faith in the integrity and character of someone it can be summed up in one word – trust. The confidence we have in that person will help inform our decisions and choices.

So the question to ponder this week is, do you trust yourself?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. This idea that following your heart means trusting yourself and believing that those around you trust you too.

Going for your dreams, and digging in to focus on a goal usually creates change and with change can come an opportunity to second guess yourself. It’s only normal. We can sometimes stress over the simplest decisions but “know it”, “feel it” when we come across the right choice. This feeling, our intuition, is an important tool to cultivate and trust. Instinct isn’t magic, it just feels like it is.

How to Trust Your Instincts

If it interests you investigate it. Those ideas that keep you up at night could be your instinct trying to valid your passion.

Follow through and hard work are necessary to support your instinct if it’s to lead to success. Commitment is the one thing you truly have control over.

Study your world and believe in your growing expertise. As your knowledge grows, your instincts become sharper.

Set new rules for yourself and allow yourself to anticipate solutions, even when it means going against the grain.

Ideas are fluid and evolve as long as we are open to change. Trusting your instincts means allowing yourself the freedom to adapt.

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‘”Meow” means “woof” in cat.’ – George Carlin

Changing the meaning of Language


We are amazingly complex creatures with language variations that boggle the mind.

I grew up hearing that sticks and stones could break my bones but that names would never hurt me, only to learn that name calling does hurt. It hurts deeply and profoundly and that these unseen scars can cause a lifetime of pain. Why is that? Why can a name, a sound in the air, create so much discomfort?

I think it’s important to take charge of language and understand that like all things, it’s subjective.

If I had a nickle for every time I was called stubborn as a child I would own the world’s supply. Maybe I was stubborn, maybe I wasn’t, but this really came down to someone’s opinion of my behavior. My being stubborn wasn’t valued and I was always being asked to changed my behavior. Then a funny thing happened. I moved to Nashville, TN and started working in an environment that needed my unique talent. But you know, they never called me stubborn. I started hearing this new word. Tenacious. It was a light bulb moment for me. They essentially mean the same thing, but tenacious sounds so much more positive. It sounds like a talent!

Language can shoot us down or lift us up – we’ve got to make the choice on which way we want to go.

Just recently I was taking with my husband about my “what ifs”. It’s been a touchy subject. His perspective is that I worry too much. My perspective is that I’m completely prepared, honestly what if there is a zombie apocalypse – I’m so ready! What was important to me was to flip what the language meant. I’m a planner. I help people breakdown their goals into actionable items. I help assess situations, find opportunities and create options to success – in order to do this I need to thing about the what ifs and create paths for each scenario. Essentially I help to create a choose your own living the dream adventure. In this format, my what ifs sounds like a talent.

See what we’re doing here?

This week, take a look at that word, that piece of language that keeps coming up in your life. Is it really a natural strength that you just need to learn how to harness for good?

My favorite book for digging in and focusing on our talents is Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton, Ph D. I mentioned this book is Week Two. We have so many words to explain our short comings, but few to explain our brilliance. Understanding our strengths in such a way that we live within our truth and we share that with the world is profound. Sometimes we just have to change the language.

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If there was an over arching theme for 52 weeks it would be planning and executing a timeline. I know it’s easy to get so caught up on the planning that we don’t actually get started. But I also believe that a huge amount of freedom comes from a structure of fundamentals. It sounds counter-intuitive. Structure = Freedom. Let’s dig in.



Create a Timeline that Works

Committing to a timeline of actions to complete within a certain time frame is the best way to ward off procrastination and frustration while staying true to the end goal.

I tend to work backward from a goal or result. But the key is to filter it through your regular timeline.

If you have kids in school, than maybe you work your timeline around their schedule. Paying attention to their terms, breaks and holidays will give you a structure to wrap your activities around.

Maybe your day job has a specific calendar of busy and slow times, of corporate retreats and meetings, that dictate how you manage your personal time.

Maybe you are a member of a religious organization that builds their calendar around specific holidays and events.

These are all great examples of calendar structure that we use to plan our daily lives and it’s important to incorporate these filters when planning our 52 weeks forward.

How To Make a Timeline

1. What is your main goal? Your, “a year from now you will have wished you started today” idea

2. What is your plan to achieve it?

3. What activities will you need to execute in-order to travel toward you goal?

4. Working backward from your goal to today, create a time frame that incorporates your natural calendar.

5. Fill out your personal timeline as it relates to your goal.

6. Looking at your timeline in a visual manner do any barriers pop up? How will you address those?

7. Commit to your timeline.

8. Add in time to measure your progress.

9. Learn from your opportunities and don’t give up.

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