Have your cake and eat it, too


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For some time now I’ve been wondering if it’s possible to live life with one foot planted firmly in reality and the other bound in fantasy — essentially enjoying the comfort of the known, while previewing a little of what we expect (or hope) to come.  The future is unknown, of course.  At best, we can offer up a guarded, yet accurate guess because it’s what we’ve set our minds on for years, maybe even a lifetime: those dreams which fuel our passions and fill the empty places deep within our hearts.  If it is possible (to have our cake and eat it, too), I believe it will call for us to step outside of our comfort zones, realizing we cannot be true to ourselves if we deny what makes us tick.  Which happens to fall under two of my goals for 2012: #10) take chances and #14) step outside my comfort zone.  Now I just need to give myself permission to live it.

Do you think it’s possible to have your cake and eat it, too?

Getting your groove on

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[Image credit:  John Kasawa]

Bittersweet: the taste of my favorite dark chocolate and the color of my new toenail polish.

Admittedly, this week I’ve been struggling with getting my groove on since returning from my trip.  My stomach is in knots from changing up my normal fitness regimen and food choices, and my motivation is next to non-existent.  For as long as I can remember, I have regularly craved these getaways with the purpose of recharging my creative juices.  But this time instead of feeling refreshed, I find myself in a period of mourning.  Or more accurately, a period of reflection over my future plans — not the 24 goals I prepared for 2012, but my dreams for that indefinite season suspended in time — when fantasy and reality collide, my hopes finally coming to fruition.  And I figure I’m going to require a supply of that dark chocolate and frequent pedis (along with a side of patience) in order to survive (and thrive) between now and Someday.

How do you get your groove on after a break from reality?