Wednesday Bubble: Yes, you can!

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in aging, Inspiration | 6 comments

If you are anything like me, you may not always think you can, even though you are capable, smart and talented. And as women, we often find ourselves questioning our abilities (even though we are capable, smart and talented). For example, when was the last time you asked for a salary increase? Or defended yourself against a bully? Or took the bull by the horns and made that change that you’ve been telling yourself that you are going to make for a zillion months? Well? When?

No worries, because I’m not going to go all kumbaya on you. It’s not my style. But I would like to share my own ‘yes, you can’ moment, in hopes that it might motivate at least one person to take the first step they’ve been procrastinating about taking.

Let’s talk about taking the bull by the horns, aka, there’s no time like the present. First, a bit of context.

The last quarter of 2011 was a trying time for me. Business issues became all consuming, I was traveling a lot, sleeping a little, drinking too much and had swayed from diet. All of which add up to zero. And by the end of this time, I ended up a few pounds heavier, exhausted and truly out of balance. Not a great way to start a new year. And hence, my body revolted, forcing me not only to slow down but to stop entirely; I contracted a viral infection of the inner ear that resulted in terrible vertigo. And if you have ever had vertigo, you know that it ain’t pretty. Or fun.

This year, I have made a few promises to myself, mostly, to shed those couple of pounds that are hanging on, improve my eating habits and try the hardest to stay balanced. The latter part of this does not necessarily jive with my A type personality but so far it’s working. But more importantly? Yesterday I challenged myself to run a 10k at the gym. And I completed it in a fairly good time. Although once an avid runner, I have not run any admirable distance in decades. And it felt really good, AND dragged me out of the January doldrums.  Mostly though? I realized that I can; I can get back into a healthy groove, maintain some calm, rethink where I am in my life right now and if it’s where I want to be. And if not, I can define what’s next on the horizon and work towards making it happen. Because, I can kick it. I can run a 10K if I feel like it.

Guess what?  So can you.

Promise me that the next time that little voice in your head starts to talk you out of taking a step, even it’s a baby step, that you’ll pause and tell yourself “yes, I can.” And then just try…cuz:

Before this did you really know what life was,
Comprehend to the track for its wide cos,
Gettin mentions on the tip of the vibe buzz,
Rock ‘n’ roll to the beat of the funk fuzz,
Wipe your feet really good on the rhythm rug,
If you feel the urge to freak do the jitter bug,
Come and spread your arms if you really need a hug…

[Lyrics: A Tribe Called Quest]

Kumbaya? Maybe a wee little bit. Wednesday? No bubble this week. Just a little inspiration and whole lot of admiration..

Kick it.


  1. 2-1-2012

    Perfect post to start off the month of February with Liz!! We’re all kinda dragging our asses through these last few months of winter – lord knows (and *you* know!) that I’ve been having some down days. I wallow for a bit, then kickstart myself again and carry on! All we can do is keep on keepin’ on – and fly that freak flag! 🙂 Glad to hear you’re shaking it off. And thanks for more inspiration! xo, LIndsay

    • 2-1-2012

      Thanks Lindsay. No complaints on my end other than it was time to get off my ass (literally), stop wallowing and start challenging myself. It was an important realization, kumbaya and all!

  2. 2-1-2012

    You’ve got a cheering squad, Liz! Thanks for sharing this.

    • 2-1-2012

      Thanks Elaine! 🙂

  3. 2-1-2012

    Good for you Liz.

    I need a similar kick in the pants or, simply, inspiration to make some changes. Been ill since I saw you (think there’s a connection?? :0 )
    and am in a bigger need for a kick start…which maybe means taking better care of my self while ill.

    hugs, Cherry

    • 2-1-2012

      Oh no. Sorry to hear that you’ve been ill. Time to kick that bronchial stuff to the ground and make some changes. You can do it! I know you can! Feel better Cherry.

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