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By Lorne Holden, “Make It Happen In Ten Minutes A Day”
On my 50th birthday, I was lying on a chaise under a palm tree in Puerto Rico, with a gorgeous breeze blowing across the ocean, and all the time in the world.
It might have been except for the fact that I spent the day trying to dodge a big, lead weight in my heart. I was 50, single and still wanted a child.
I Wasn’t Longing For What Was Lost
Then, it hit me. I wasn’t longing for a limb that I had lost forever in a car accident. I was just wanted something that I had always wanted. A baby.
So, on that day, I closed my eyes and decided to jump. It was the best and boldest birthday present I have ever given or received.
Less than 2 years later, and after many months of research and effort, I adopted a baby boy from Guatemala and became a single, over-50 mom.
The Stark Reality of Being On My Own
The Atomic Bomb of Love that hit my heart was like nothing I had ever experienced before. And just as big was the stark reality that I was raising my son entirely on my own.
I had no partner, no family nearby, and my parents were not in a position to help me either practically or financially.
I loved my son utterly and gave our new life together my all, but I also found my circumstances brutally confining.
I just had NO time.
One Flower A Day At A Time
Then one day, after longing to put a garden in my front yard, I bought a six-pack of summer flowers. When we returned home, I planted a single flower. Just one.
Each day, planting a new flower, I eventually created a garden that knocked me out with its beauty. I never spent more than ten minutes a day on it, because it was all I had available.
I could do anything as long as I did it in small increments of time every day.
5 Steps To Making Things Happen
If you’re an over-40 mom who’s exhausted with little time on your hands, here’s a 7-Day Method To Make Things Happen in your life:
- Make a Create and Conquer List: quickly, and simply write down a few dreams, as well as a few obligations you’d like to go after.
- Pick one dream/task and commit to spending Ten Minutes a Day on it, for 7 days.
- At the end of the seven days, take stock of what you have accomplished. You will be amazed!
- Plan ahead with your Make it Happen goals and steps to achieving them.
- Fold this new pattern of habit into other aspects of your life, so that you can experience the gentle, gigantic power of incremental change.
Notes For This Blog:
Lorne Holden is the author of “MAKE IT HAPPEN in Ten Minutes a Day: The Simple, Revolutionary Method for Getting Things Done.” http://www.makeithappenintenminutesaday.com (http://www NULL.makeithappenintenminutesaday NULL.com).
She is also an award-winning artist based in New England. She writes, teaches and offers teleseminars about the quiet, gigantic power of incremental change.
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