If you build it, they will come

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In yesterday’s post All it takes is a solid foundation, I mention that this — a solid foundation — is where everything worthwhile begins.  But there’s a whole lot that goes on in between laying the groundwork for success and arriving at the end result (preferably unscathed).  Whatever it is, whether a friendship, marathon, undergraduate program or a dream your future is hitched to, it takes a continuous supply of building blocks to get there.  Your tools may consist of such qualities as open and honest communication, or (blood), sweat and tears (for my fellow writers out there), or maybe hours of research and hard labor.  And perhaps compromise is the mortar which holds it all together.  No one way of building up to our personalized Somedays looks the same for the next person.  But if we don’t rush, and do it right the first time, I imagine only preventive maintenance, rather than a major renovation, will be necessary.  Sounds like a sure-fire way to successfully navigate the blueprints of our lives.

What kind of tools are you using to build your future?

Laying a solid foundation

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I’m pretty excited about how things are going on-the-job.  Last week my boss took me out to lunch to celebrate my six-month anniversary and discuss my position, as well as his ideas for expanding it.  We talked about the potential for me to write for one of our construction publications, something that both thrills me and causes a bundle of nerves to snake up my spine.  After all, I write pieces for a beauty and lifestyle magazine relating to body image, spider veins and migraine relief.  What do I know about the construction industry beyond the copy I read during the editing process?  I was discussing this very thing with a spin-class buddy who didn’t skip a beat when he pointed out that construction and beauty have a lot in common — starting with a solid foundation.  And I realized that’s the way it is with most things in order to succeed; i.e., relationships, fitness regimens, education, careers, etc.  Whatever your desired outcome, it’s definitely worth the effort to lay the groundwork first.  I can hardly wait to get started.

What would you say is your most solid foundation in life?