Wow. Yesterday was so much fun! I hope many of you made it to the Shenandoah Valley Blues and Brews Festival at the Sunspots Pavilion yesterday afternoon and evening. A really good time was had by all. Our dream team was spread all over town and it was just wonderful to see so many of you enjoying our booth and the camaraderie and shopping our stores. As is my custom, when you don’t see me, it is usually because I have run over to one of our locations or I am in between trips. I don’t ever want to count the trips I make from home to LTD 7.2 and back again to our original LTD 7 location in any given week.
Keep putting those LTD 7 magnets on your car and maybe you will be the next one we find. There are sales and surprises associated with us spotting you. The magnets are free for the asking. Let’s cover our cars, people.
Today’s post has more to do with taking the plunge. I have written a lot about finding your dream and your passion. Now, what happens to you once you decide to jump? I had the opportunity to telephone conference with a woman who “jumped” this week…after TEN years of waiting and planning and dreaming. She was stuck on the name of her small business and once we determined what that should be, she was able to walk across the sand, stand at the cliff edge and jump right into the waters. It was glorious for me to witness and I felt such excitement for her.
What she found on the way down was a euphoric sense of joy. She knew she would not be as graceful as she wanted to be in her first “dive” into her business. She also knew that she had people who had her back and would help her along the way, once she took the plunge.
When she caught her breath and once a few days had passed, I called her back to see how she was feeling, since that first day of elation and excitement. What I found was that she was scared all over again! She had landed in a bit of a belly flop and had water running from her nose and eyes and she wasn’t quite sure which end was up. Waves and jumps are like that. They upend you and send you topsy- turvy into a whirlwind of emotions and tasks. It can be overwhelming, much like a rough and rogue wave at the beach that catches you by surprise.
I told her this: “My friend, the next wave is yours. Wake up, get dressed and show up, because your life is your own now. Your dream is alive and well! You can do this.”
You will know when it is time to jump and I would caution you to not take the plunge until you are totally ready. You won’t be able to claim smooth seas and calm skies after you take the plunge, as these things are out of our control; but what you can expect is euphoria and a sense of great accomplishment at taking the plunge. Wet and sandy, exhausted and happy, you towel off and plan to get right back in the water.
Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world.
Living the Dream,