Momentum is such a powerful action, it deserves a period. About a year ago, I was listening to one of my mentors (do mentors need to know that they are your mentors?) Ange Peters, talk about life. This is a gal who has not only found her calling, but has created such a playground out of life. She lives a life of choice. Not of obligation. Ange spoke about momentum and about how to create it, and sustain it.
I fell in love with the word. And I started to use it more and more. And one day, the idea came to create a program, and call it just that.
Y’all may know. I love my bicycle. So much in fact, that after living in six countries, and visiting a bunch more, that if you asked me today, “Where is your favorite place on Earth?” My reply would be, “On my bike.” Doesn’t matter where. Heart pumping. Sweat dripping back to the Earth (or sometimes in my eye), the occasional vocal exhale that sounds as if I was plunging an axe into a tree trunk, wind - lots of it. There are places you can go with people you love, and your legs, your lungs and your heart take you there.
I don’t always have a vault of momentum. There are times, when my tank runs dry, when that voice in my head acts like a roadblock and stops me in my tracks. When that thing I wanted to do doesn’t get done, that conversation, the thank you card, the minimizing, the story rewritten, the big idea, the small idea, the check-in, the letting go, the cake baked, present bought, the act of service, the book read, the book written, the outfit sewn, the new recipe, the trip, the puzzle … and I could go on and on. I lose momentum all the time. And that is ok. We all lose momentum sometimes.
There have been hiatuses - when my bike has needed servicing because it hasn’t been ridden in so long (not many … but there have been some). When saddling up seems daunting because I am out of practice. Isn’t this just like life. That thing you want to do, but don’t - cause you are out of practice.
I invite you.
Step outside yourself for a moment - take a good look at yourself and let the inertia of your deepest desires be the wind in your sails. That thing that’s calling you, there’s a reason for that. As the great Gretchen Ruben says, “The years are short but the days are long.” Live a little life every single day and your wheels will forever be turning.
Saddle up friend. Fear and all. The Unknown is abundant.
Like it is - According to Vail
Momentum will change your life. How do I know? It has already shifted mine in two ways and I feel like there is possibility for so much more transformation.
When Diane and I began to brainstorm Momentum, we moved 12 small pieces of paper around my kitchen table, trying to figure out which order we would use to give Momentum its biggest impact. In those initial moments, I knew we were on to something. I didn’t know exactly what, but I knew it was BIG. In a frenzy of creativity and creation, we were able to get the structure of the Momentum book, planner and program in place. However, life happened and the little pieces of paper got put away as the school year and a new baby entered our lives. Though it was still on my mind, like an itch that still needed to be scratched, Momentum seemed to lose Momentum.
This was life changer #1: Keep moving, no matter what… and let others help you get going, if you need an extra push.
With my baby at around 4 months and while I was taking on another venture (see life changer #2 for more details), Diane called and really wanted to finish what we had started. To be honest, I just didn’t know if I could do it. I felt stuck with Momentum and I didn’t think we could possibly complete it by the proposed finish date. Enter type A personality. I shut down because I didn’t think I would meet my initial expectation for myself. BUT, who made the deadline? We did. Could we still get our puzzle pieces together? Could we still move forward? Yes, we could and we did, mostly by the positive energy and actual grunt work of Diane. I needed that push and I needed to be reminded that forward is forward.
Fast forward several months and Momentum is published! It is in our hands and it is magic. We begin. Not as as had planned, but we take the first steps, start the first module and gather a group of incredible people to helps us pilot. We dig in.
Life changer #2: There is a feeling in your gut that lets you know what you should and should not do. Be careful about where you put your energy and as Diane always reminds me, don’t do it unless it is a “Hell, yes!!!”
There was a day when I had an extra 15 minutes on my hands. In the spirit of Momentum, I decided to reflect on our module about Energy In and Energy Out. When I put the pen to the beautiful Momentum planner, I realized that I had been giving my energy to something that made my shoulders tense and my stomach cringe. In that moment I made a decision and I wrote it down, I was going to let go of one of my three side-hustles. (It was that venture that was blocking Momentum, making it feel impossible to finish.) It didn’t light me up, it wasn’t something that was going to positively impact lives in the way that I want to and most importantly it was sucking time and energy away from my time with baby Oliver.
I can’t wait to see how else Momentum will positively change my life and yours. ☺