why you have to do it now


I heard those words the other day from one of my students at a barre workout studio where I teach. I hear it all the time, and it's part of lululemon's manifesto, but this time, those three words pierced me deeply.

After class I learned that my student was getting ready to travel to Italy. Her sister surprised her with the trip and she was taking her children as well. "Wow!", I told her. "I have been dreaming of going for so long."

My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary a few years ago, and I was hoping that we could celebrate in Italy. I made it one of my goals for the year, and we even made plans to go with another couple. But as the date approached, it didn't seem likely to happen. Life took over, and there were so many other things that zapped our savings. My husband was on disability for over two years, and it really affected our finances. Our anniversary came and went. The couple we were going to go with went without us. "Oh well", I thought. "Maybe once we get back on our feet we'll go."

It's been 2 years, and Italy has turned into a "someday" goal once again. Until that day in class, that is.

You see, after I told my student how much my husband and I wanted to go, she said "Do it now"! She and her husband always said they'd go someday too, but then he passed away before they ever got the chance, which is why her sister is taking her and her children. I realized I had to just find a way and go!

What might you be putting off for someday? "Do it now", before you miss the opportunity. I've already begun checking out airfare and dates, and I just signed up to take Italian for travel. I'm so excited!

Buon viaggio!

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Thank you for the reminder to take action. Great post!

Comment by Facebook User — April 16, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

:) it’s all too easy to find ‘logical’ and ‘rational’ excuse not to do those things you really want! Good on you!

Comment by Jenna — April 16, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

Follow your heart! Italy is an experience everyone should have with.

Comment by Lara — April 17, 2009 @ 10:10 am

Great job Tori…can’t wait to hear about your trip!

Comment by Rachel — April 21, 2009 @ 11:07 am

I will never forget the morning of September 11, sitting in my New York office, not knowing whether tomorrow would come. I learned “DO IT NOW” at that moment in a way I never would have expected or imagined.

During the next year, I established a schedule of regular workouts with a personal trainer in honor of a dear friend who lost his life in the towers that day – he had been a triathlete and always encouraged me to become physically active. After a couple of years, life took over, I quit training and went back to my crazy corporate work and travel schedule. Until this year.

Again, I remembered DO IT NOW and made a bold move from NY to California. This in the midst of the nation’s large-scale economic troubles and not really knowing how I would support myself. I have made the leap of faith and realized a long-standing dream of becoming a California girl! With every day that passes, I am living my dream and loving my new adventure. I’m still not sure how all this will come together, but I believe that the universe works in support of those who DO IT NOW!

I will be happy to offer lots and lots of advice on Italy – my second favorite place in the world, after southern California! DO IT NOW!

Comment by Sandie — April 22, 2009 @ 8:58 pm

Wow! Thanks for sharing such an amazing story! I’m so proud of you for taking that bold step of faith and moving out here. New York’s loss is our gain for sure. I count it a pleasure to be getting to hang out with you, and I will definitely take you up on the Italy tips. Blessings, Tori

Comment by Tori Allen — April 23, 2009 @ 12:08 pm

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