I was recently hired by an amazing women, Karen, to help her organize her paperwork. In truth, she really didn’t need me at all. She was a really organized person, but together we tackled the papers in her home office that she just hadn’t found the time to organize yet.
Going through Karen’s papers was like taking a wonderful journey through her life, and what a life she lives! She is a whirlwind of positive energy and passion and she lives her life to the absolute fullest. Karen has her law degree, an amazing career and she also is passionate about cooking and caters on the side. Did I mention she is a Vegan? And a fitness buff. When I first met her, she mentioned training for a triathlon. Seriously. Her husband is also a lawyer and while running his law practice, he also took University art classes, eventually earning his bachelor of arts. His paintings are breathtaking. What struck me the most about Karen and Bill’s life is how they not only work hard in their careers, but they also work hard in their personal life. They give their hobbies and passions everything they have. The result is a life bursting with amazing memories and fullness. A glimpse into Karen’s everyday left me wanting more out of mine. When I mentioned how inspired I was, her response struck a chord with me. She simply said “yeah, we put a good dent in life”. The best part is Karen and Bill are only half way through their lives, they still have decades to make an even bigger dent.
I went home with an inspiration I haven’t felt in a long time. I want to make a huge “dent” in life as well. Sometimes I get so caught up in the day-to-day life, I forget to actually live. I love painting, writing, creating and blogging. I love feeling like I’m making a difference. I am passionate about sharing how a clean and organized home can have such an amazingly positive and profound impact on your life. I have a lot of hobbies and things I love doing, but I had forgotten the importance of working hard on them and making them a priority. I always tell myself “I’m too tired” or “too busy” but the truth is, it’s engaging in the things I love that give me more energy and bring me joy and happiness.
So I’ve dug out my silly Zombie Apocalypse novel I’m writing, starting blogging more often and vowed to craft or paint at least a few nights a week. I’m busier than I have been in months, and you know what? I feel incredible.
Karen has inspired me to start working hard on my passions again and I hope to pass a little of that inspiration on to you. Give up spending hours wasted in front of the television or computer and invest that time into something that will make you happy and energize you. Whether you love cooking, baking, photography, crafting, writing, exercising, gardening or you haven’t found your passion yet, make time and work hard to make your dent in this life.
I hope that someday when I leave this world, I can look back and see a huge crater I’ve left behind.