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Merry (few days after) Christmas and Happy (few days before) New Year’s! I hope your holidays have included amazing, exciting, relaxing, and fulfilling times with family and friends galore. Now this week…this week is rough. For many, we’re back at work for a few days, being completely unproductive wishing away to-do’s until the ball drop. Maybe it feels less-than-extraordinary, like the slump has begun.
…Does it stink?
Does it stink feeling like the greatest holiday and vacation of the year is over, with only one more short break left before 2016 is in full gear?
Yup, it could stink.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
I’m Christmas’ biggest fan. But one of my favorite parts about Christmas is all the anticipation.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and it’s also the sparkliest, friendliest, yummiest…the list goes on! All this good stuff is smack dab in the middle of December…and then it’s over. And we get depressed. And we aren’t the most motivated or excited to get back to the ho hum of ordinary everyday life.
But what if everyday had the potential to be extraordinary?
Spoiler alert: it does.
Say it again!
Whether it’s Christmas week, the day after your birthday, mid-April, or the end of a rainy Tuesday, every single day has the potential to be something more than ordinary. Dare I say…extraordinary. The only limits on the potential of any day are the ones that you set there all by yourself.
Yup. You are the one making your ordinary days ordinary.
Because you are the one in control of your own life. If you don’t like something, for the most part, you can take solid steps towards changing it. When you see potential for improvement anywhere along the line, it’s up to you to start making. it. happen.
Because today is no ordinary day.
It’s the day when you can finally decide to take control of your own life. It’s the day you decide to conquer a fear, no matter how small (or big!) it seems. Today is when you finally take the plunge in trying a new hobby or uncovering a hidden talent. You can hit the gym to get a head start on that inevitable resolution. Even better? You can nix the resolution all together and just do it. And then you can wake up again tomorrow (and the next day, and the next day…) and do it all over again. It’s the day you finally tell your person how you feel about them, or the day you decide to sever a tie that you know deep deep down is just holding you back from your truest, best self. Today isn’t ordinary because you only get this day once. You only get this *moment* once, no matter how cliche that may sound.
It’s no ordinary day, because it’s got “potential” written all over it. There’s the potential to be something bigger than yourself – the potential to be extraordinary.
And another thing – “extraordinary” doesn’t have to mean so-crazy-awesome-even-Beyonce-would-be-proud. Nope. That’s not realistic, or even humanly possible for many of us muggles. It just has to be something beyond your ordinary.
Something to make you feel good about yourself, so that at the end of the day, when your head hits the pillow, you feel good.
What’s one thing you’ll do this week to make an ordinary day extraordinary?
Promise me that you’ll never ever forget about the little moments to make special, amidst the crazy sky-high New Year’s Resolutions and goals. When you take tiny steps to beat the ordinary, you *will* come out extraordinary.