I want to take you on a journey. We’ll only be gone for a few moments. You’ll need to quiet any insecurities and open your heart in order to enjoy the trip.

Take in a deep breath and slowly let it out.

Now, think of something you’ve always wanted to do.

Imagine yourself taking big strides towards that dream. No balancing atop eggshells, fearful of making a move and messing it all up. No, you don’t have time for that. Imagine yourself boldly moving forward.

Feel the exhilaration of possibility? It is a full tank of gas, windows down, country road, Saturday morning type of feeling. You can go anywhere you want to.

Imagine yourself so comfortable in your own skin that self-doubt takes up zero space in your mind. You waste not a second worrying if anyone’s noticed your thinning hair or your thickening thighs. You don’t have time for that.

Feel the liberating freedom? It’s the best day at the beach ever type of feeling.

Imagine your faith so unshakable that if the thing you most fear happened, you would lean into God and be carried through. You would never be alone, you don’t have time for that.

Feel the immense peace? It is a sense of comfort like no other.

So many of us are living day to day just getting by. We’re surviving but not thriving. And there are surely seasons in life where survival is a lot to ask and rightly the whole focus. But many of us have settled into a rut of routine.

We got busy with things that don’t better us. We grew complacent. We don’t have time for that.

None of us know how long our ride will be. So I ask you:

  • What dream would you regret not chasing?
  • Are you taking care of yourself physically and mentally?
  • Is your faith a priority?

Don’t expect getting out of the rut to be easy, you’ve likely grown comfortable there and the depths will try to hold you in place. You’ll have to fight your way back to higher ground. It requires change and work. But while you have time, it is so worth it.

Know that I’m right there with you, rocking forward and back, again and again, trying to gain traction toward being the best version of myself that I can be.

I enjoy life more when my mind isn’t cluttered with regret, insecurity, and doubt and I bet you do to.

Take small steps, five minutes pursuing the dream, five minutes doing sit-ups, five minutes of scripture. Carve out fifteen minutes each day and stick with it.

That small investment in yourself will be enough to feel empowered. You’ll crave more of such goodness and you’ll find more time for it.

I share these thoughts at the beginning of a new year but the date is inconsequential. If you’re ready today, start today, if you’re in that place of fiercely trying to survive begin when you can. The point is it is never too late to be your best self and live your best life.