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January 8, 2018

This Wednesday Word No. 99, spotted on Pinterest, is dedicated to those who want to live life without regret. It’s better to make a mistake than it is to sit idly by and wonder what could have been. With the start of a new year comes an influx of hopes and aspirations of ways to improve various areas of your life. And of course, there comes the cynicism of those who feel like the new year is simply a changing date on a calendar. But I personally am harnessing the newness as a real opportunity to start over and go after the things that I’ve pushed aside. I want to be that person who learned a bunch from their failures, instead of that person who looks back over their life in their 80s and wishes they had taken the risk or did the thing they always wanted to do. This year, I’m going to do things that scare me and push me out of my comfort zone. I’m currently listing to Shonda Rimes’ “Year of Yes” (seriously, do yourself a favor and head to Audible right now — well, after you finish reading this post — and get it!) and it’s giving me all kinds of life. And it’s giving me all kinds of ideas about what I could say “yes” to, and I’m excited about what I’ll learn about myself along the way. For starters, I’m taking a series of public speaking courses offered through my job. Like many introverts, I’m terrified of public speaking. “I’m a writer, not a talker,” I tell myself to make sense of this phobia. But who knows what this newfound courage will bring about? I can’t wait to see. I’ll fill you in!

What is it that you’re making a commitment to pursue? Let me know in the comments below.

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Wednesday Word

September 16, 2015

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Today is the birthday of comedian and best-friend-in-my-head Amy Poehler. ¡Feliz cumpleaños, amiga! What I enjoy about her is that she seems like an all-around genuine, kind, awesome person. And, of course, funny as all get out. This Wednesday Word No. 32 is a quote from Poehler, who has seemingly mastered the art of dancing like no one’s watching. I agree wholeheartedly with the notion of looking silly and not caring what others think, or second-guessing how you look. It takes confidence, and it allows you to get the most out of life. The times when I’ve had the most fun are when I said, “Bump it! I don’t care if I look dumb.” And proceeded to act a plumb fool with friends (most of the time involving a dance floor or a microphone). Guess what. Those are the memories that I cherish. There’s power in feeling completely free to be yourself. And, hey, it empowers others to be their true selves. So this week, I dare you to get weird, silly, outrageous — you name it — without a care in the world. I bet you’ll feel more alive than ever.

To get inspired by previous Wednesday Word posts, click here.

ashley ♥ adores