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Day 3: what are you afraid of?

3 Jan

Still soaking in the spa and wonder of Washington sites here in Woodinville.

Justin and I just finished a couples massage — our first together and Justin’s very first massage ever.

He had tons of questions about how it worked —- Do we wear clothes under our robes?  Where exactly do they massage?

I was reminded of my first spa visit.  The questions, the nerves, the unknown.

And, that, I suppose is really the biggest barrier to trying new things — the unknown.

So that’s why this year and this new promise is all about taking away the fear and going after my goals not just fearlessly, but with love in my heart — be it professional, personal or just plain fun.

Just putting myself out there is really the hardest part.
And then, of course, following through.

Today, I was inspired by Justin’s total commitment to try something new.  We giggled in our robes as we dressed down to our naked bodies and hopped onto each of our designated massage beds.

I was so happy to share my new-found joy with him.
Even more so, I was reminded of another reason why I love him — he’s just not afraid.

There are many things I am not afraid of — I can give a speech to 3,000 people, but ask me to hold a spider and I turn into a crying mess.

There’s even scarier stuff  — like taking a chance, sticking my neck out, trying new things, swimming in the ocean, failure, disapproval, embarrassment … the list goes on and on.

As I sit here in my comfy robe, all warm inside and out, it makes me wonder about this fear thing — just what is it all about?

I know one thing:  this is the year where I will find out.

What are you afraid of?
I would love to know.

P.S. Thursday night I will be talking with the funny and fabulous Janette Barber on Janette’s Show SiriusXM Stars Chanel 107 about The Promise 365.

P.P.S. Hope you can tune in!  Don’t have Sirius?  Get a free Sirius trial here.

Day 2: celebrating the past 365 days

2 Jan

Here we are in Woodinville, Washington at the beautiful Willows Lodge.


I waited 365 days for this, to relax and unwind and celebrate my promise of 2011.
It’s my holiday spa-la-la-la if you will.

The lodge is located within a stone’s throw to numerous wineries (Chateau St. Michelle, Columbia, etc) and comes complete with spa services and yummy restaurants (The Barking Frog, Herbfarm and Redhook Brewery), plus, to top it all off, our room is scrumptious.

The showers have digital hot temperature sets and the hotel is so pet-friendly they even offer a doggy turn-down service.  (But we won’t tell Pup since we left him at home.)

My favorite, is the over-sized bathtub that looks into the bedroom with cozy fireplace. The tub is built at the perfect angle so you can watch TV while submerged in bubbles.

It works.
Believe me.
I tested it out.

I share all this only to prove one point — the importance of celebration.

I have a few celebrations lined up to reward myself for this past year of taking care of my head, heart, body and soul.

  • A few days at this special spa with my honey, Justin, whose support was unwavering this past year.
  • And then, of course, a personal-stylist-consulting-shopping-extravaganza with the one and only Holly Getty.

I promise to take you along for the ride.

But, tonight, I promised to share the rules for Year 2 of The Promise 365 (plus one leap year day of course, but who’s counting).

As I wrote yesterday, I am dedicating this year to LOVE.  That’s right, that four-letter word that runs the world.

The reason I am doing this is much deeper than just some lovey-dovey idealistic notion.  It’s actually pretty scary.

You see, over this past year I learned something simply profound:  there are only two forces in this world:

One is love.
The other, fear.

And, it got me thinking.  A lot.
What would it take for me to get over my fears?  Is it just a matter of love?  Could it really be that simple?

Well… this year we are going to find out.
So that’s it — over the next 365 days I have to face my fears.  Believe me, I have some fears that are everything from friendly (large crowds) to fierce (spiders). It scares me to death, but I know it will be worth it.

Oh, yeah, and write every single day.  As if that isn’t scary enough.

More tomorrow.
Until then, I hope you find some time to celebrate your past 365 days.
I will be over here floating from my facial.


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