This past week we traveled to Washington, DC for The Event….and what a WEEK it was! Over 200 photographers gathered at The Fillmore for an entire jam-packed day of some of the most inspiring, helpful, practical, set you on fire talks I’ve ever gotten to witness from one single line up of speakers. Every single one of these speakers just poured their hearts out for these attendees and the result was absolute GOLD. Fire and gold. Which makes for the best kind of teaching in my book! But I am getting ahead of myself because we have the full recap coming tomorrow, as well as some really EXCITING news for all of you who couldn’t be there. So you WON’T want to miss that!
In the mean time, today I wanted to talk about something that we both started & ended The Event with. This idea that Something really BIG happens when you are BRAVE enough to say out loud “this is what I want for my one wild & precious life.” (A HUGE thanks to Mackenzie Leigh for lettering this quote in the photo above!!) A few somethings happen, really. The first is that when you hear yourself say it- finally– out loud and for the world to hear, something changes inside of you and you start to believe it a little bit more. The second, is that suddenly…you find yourself with a whole LOT of accountability partners. People who will call you OUT if they see you slipping back into fear. And the third and maybe biggest thing, is that it sets your eyes on something other than all of lies of “can’t” that are being spoken over your life right now (either by yourself or others…you have to be willing to be the CAN in your own life because there will always be an abundance of people willing to tell you that you CAN’T). It’s pretty simple really, when we set our eyes on FEAR we move toward that. When we set our eyes on FAITH we move toward that. And the best part is, we get to decide.
So here are a few of the really BIG things I want for my one life I’ve been given:
*To write a book. To get a literary agent, a publisher, and a core group of friends to support me…and to write this DANG book already.
*To travel just for us. Beautiful and inspiring places that make your breath catch in your throat, and remind us of the true Creator.
*To travel for some shoots of a lifetime. Paris, Ireland, New Zealand, and Bora Bora top the list.
*To finish our house. Every room. Every unfinished, pipe sticking out of the floor, exposed wires, patched dry wall piece.
*To be FOR people and to be a really good friend. To let go of any scarcity or comparison and just show up over and over again, believing that there really is enough room for us ALL to win.
*To take my Dad back to Hawaii.
*To vacation somewhere amazing with Justin’s family.
*To spend a week at the lake in WV this summer. (I know that doesn’t sound big, but it hasn’t happened in 12 years so this is the year we make it happen)
*To audition for a Ted talk.
*To speak at a Catalyst.
*To help as MANY people as I can this year. To change lives. To make that my driving purpose.
*To visit some really amazing places in America that we’ve never seen yet like the rivers of Montana, the glaciers of Alaska, or to walk through Yosemite. And also to go somewhere (maybe Iceland) to see the Northern Lights.
**So tell me, what are some really BIG things you want for your one wild & precious life this year? Say them out loud, leave them in the comments…and I’ll help hold you accountable!