Start immediately. No exceptions.


Start immediately.

No exceptions.

We were sent to this earth to Thrive.

To live the biggest, boldest, most beautiful life we can imagine.

Our soul is calling us to it.


To find what ignites our passion, our joy.

What fills us with love and energy.

Let’s not waste another minute being smaller than our calling.

Let’s not waste another second avoiding our soul’s purpose.

Let’s not waste another afternoon playing computer card games, checking Facebook statuses or blog hits.  (Name what you know keeps you caught in any checkmate of your day.)

Instead–try something new.  Anything new!  Dive in, bold and deep, into Unknown Possibilities.

New music, intriguing thought, yoga, a walk in the woods.  Read a classic.  Start a new blog that more accurately reflects your highest calling.  Hold a workshop.  Begin meditating.  Taking singing lessons.  Sing to the birds.  Sleep overnight under a cedar tree. 

Dare to do something different, something which upsets our precious comfortable patterns.

Be creative! 

(Discover what thwarts your dreams and plans and energies and learn how to recognize and shift when this happens.)

Life is too short NOT to follow our dreams.

Life is too quick–barely a breath from start to finish–to ignore our inner guidance.

Our inner guidance knows what we need to do next.

And next.

And next.

Start immediately.

No exceptions.

(Thanks to the passionate artist who created the collage in the above photo.  I do not know her name…but I suspect she knew we needed a gentle prodding to live to our fullest potential.  I thank her deeply in spirit.)

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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46 Responses to Start immediately. No exceptions.

  1. holessence says:

    “To live the biggest, boldest, most beautiful life we can imagine.”:

    Amen siSTAR!

  2. Brenda Hardie says:

    “To find what ignites our passion, our joy.

    What fills us with love and energy.

    Let’s not waste another minute being smaller than our calling.

    Let’s not waste another second avoiding our soul’s purpose.”

    Wow Kathy!! You have perfect timing 🙂 I have been dwelling on this very idea….feeling “stuck” in a rut, wondering which way to move, which direction to take. I feel a little less stuck now and am getting a sense of which way to go. I love how God speaks through other people to get His messages across, because sometimes maybe we don’t listen well enough or maybe we’ve been too busy to quiet ourselves to hear Him. Whatever the reason is, I love seeing Him work through other people. ♥ Thank you for being my message today! ♥

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, I love it when God speaks to us through other people and things. It is the best. Actually, God kept speaking to me with this message, too. I was contemplating my own rut(s) and kept seeing this message arrive on the computer screen. (Can’t remember this photo flashing during the slideshow before.) A definite message! for many of us, I think.

  3. Susan Derozier says:

    And always, ALWAYS celebrate the moment! Thank you again Kathy for bringing us back inside to that special place within us all!

    • Kathy says:

      ALWAYS celebrate the moment, Susan! Thank you for adding that. The sacred beautiful moment that we sometimes miss because we’re lost in worry or repetitive thought or other paths in the woods of our mind.

  4. Sybil says:

    Can’t find the “Like” button to click … 😉

  5. Elisa's Spot says:

    Would that I had these words earlier this afternoon, I could have been doing some exhilarating instead of trying to reinvent the wheel! I could really learn to be less verbose sometimes!

    • Kathy says:

      This message always feels so inspiring and exhiliarating, doesn’t it, Elisa? And we need to learn to surf along on the wave of it, instead of forgetting the preciousness and possibility of the next moment. (What am I talking about? Of THIS moment!!)

  6. Karma says:

    Wonderful thoughts – wish it was realistic to bring my dream to reality (and it isn’t such a big dream, I don’t think – to be a teacher in my own classroom). I am disappointed that my somewhat simple dream feels so far out of reach. I will have to find my satisfaction in other things, which I try to do as often as I can.

    • Kathy says:

      It’s always interesting when our dreams don’t materialize. We wonder “why?” and can get so frustrated. I recently read a book called “The Four Desires” by Rod Stryker in which he suggests practices to help us. Fascinating. I can’t begin to explain…but it’s a good book for people to read who are feeling frustrated with attaining their desires.

  7. Just perfect Kathy! Absolutely perfect!

  8. Barb says:

    A good reminder, Kathy. I’m going to start small and just switch to my left hand when I brush my teeth.

  9. Dawn says:

    I feel like Karma, unable to fulfill my dream of being a librarian….but I guess I could take this post as a push to start immediately appreciating what I CAN do v.s. what I can’t…

    • Kathy says:

      Dawn, they say that works wonders–appreciating what works instead of beating ourselves (or others, or circumstances) for what doesn’t work. You might want to read the comment I made to Karma, too. I just read a good book that discusses attaining our dreams and desires.

  10. Robin says:

    This filled my soul with such excitement it brought goosebumps. Thank you. 🙂

  11. Trudie says:

    Amazing how I read your blog at just the right time. Been on a personal journey of my own and finally took that plunge to look for a new job 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Trudie, it is a gift the way we are sometimes nudged to read a blog, or a book, or go somewhere at just the right time. I believe our higher selves–or God, or the Universe, or whatever you call the divine, is available to give us guidance if we but open ourselves to it. Good luck in your job search!

  12. Colleen says:

    Kathy, you ARE the most exquisitely perfect timing 🙂

  13. Kathy says:

    Nudging is an awesome skill… Your blog is a perfect form of meditation to start whatever. Love to you.all.

  14. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Timely advice – thanks for the nudge!

    • Kathy says:

      I think it’s timely for a lot of us, Barbara! (Was your timeliness related to moving to your new blogsite?)

      • Barbara Rodgers says:

        It had more to do with creative scheduling and being flexible. Took some new steps to find a workable way of visiting my father in light of changed circumstances. Now I’ll get to see him more often without stepping on too many toes, including my own…

  15. bearyweather says:

    Thanks for the energetic post.
    As I sit here slowly (very slowly) healing, I feel like time is being wasted. There are things I want to do, need to do, and have no energy, mind, or strength to do. One of my favorite Christian musician (Jason Gray) put out a new CD this week and allowed a 24 hour period to listen for free online. I still have his song “Nothing is Wasted” going through my head. Sometimes seemingly unproductive time and things we do feel like a waste … but, further down the road we can see (or justify) that none of it was wasted … it was something we needed to experience to get us to a new place.

    • flandrumhill says:

      Bearyweather, please don’t feel like you’re wasting your time while you’re *just* sitting there healing. Healing times are such opportunities for reflection, prayer and growth. Peace to you.

    • Kathy says:

      I would so agree with you, bearyweather. Some people think that meditation or prayer or quiet is wasted time. But I believe that sitting quietly and reflecting can be some of the most productive moments of our day! I think you could be sitting in a chair not being able to move and still “Start immediately. No exceptions.” Maybe that starting could mean beginning to meditate. Maybe it could mean learning to embrace silence. Maybe it could mean spending more time watching chickadees. Maybe it could mean forgiving ourselves. There can still be much movement and productivity in the quiet spaces of our being. Love and healing to you…

  16. flandrumhill says:

    Kathy, I subscribe to the view that we are not called to do great things so much as called to do small things with great love. It may seem like a less exciting calling, but one that appeals to me immensely because it’s do-able regardless of our place and time in history.

    • Kathy says:

      Doing small things with great love is a beautiful journey of the soul, and one that perhaps a soul could be nudging, “Start now. Don’t put this off another minute. Instead of playing endless computer card games trying to avoid your pain–plant a flower. Bake cookies and bring to the neighbor. Read a spiritual book. Sit in gratitude.” Simple, yet so satisfying. I like the way you think.

  17. sonali says:

    Kathy, thank you! thank you, so much! this blog has invoked that inner part of me, which has dreams of doing so many things, yet being procrastinated – and its Now! At this point in time of life, such thoughts are necessary and needs to be conveyed by someone, which keeps the enthusiasm rising amongst us. Brilliant message being shared!! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Smiling at your enthusiasm, Sonali, and happy that you are listening to that inner part of you that knows what it would like to do next. It’s always interesting why we’re procrastinating. I think deeply looking at why we’re saying “no” is a valuable gift. Perhaps we’re saying “yes” to something else…in which case, we should look honestly at that.

  18. Tracy says:

    I love this Kathy! Thanks for inspiring. As I’ve said before, you have the gift of encouragement! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Tracy, I am glad you were inspired and encouraged. (I may have the gift for it…but it’s partially for myself, too. Now need a gift for “follow through”. **smile**)

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  20. Pat Bean says:

    Great Blog. The advice is going into my journal. Sort of goes with the one I wrote today about passion. It truly is what makes the world go around. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kathy says:

      I am glad you were inspired and that this advice will find its way into your journal–and your life. The passion of a well-lived life is so worth it. Thanks for dropping by, Pat.

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