the single most important thing.

23 Sep 2013

“the most important thing is to find out what the most important thing is” wrote shunryu suzuki in his book zen mind, beginner’s mind. that’s your assignment for the next three weeks. do whatever it takes to find our beyond any doubt what the most important thing is. meditate naked an hour a day. go on long walks in the wildest places you know. convene intense conversations about yourself with the people who know you best. create and sign a contract with yourself in which you vow to identify the experience you want more than any other experience on earth. no waffling allowed, libra. what is the single most important thing?


that’s what i read this morning when i randomly picked up a random local newspaper. it was open to this paragraph, my horoscope. now, i’m not an astrology believer or anything. i don’t read my horoscope regularly. but, like many of y’all (i hope!), i check it out from time to time, cause it’s fun.

when i sat down in a cozy red chair, took a sip of my coffee, and picked up the newspaper, my eyes fell directly on this horoscope reading for today. as i read those words, i knew it was one of those little moments where i received a message that i was meant to hear. it’s not voo doo, astrology, magical stuff. it was just words that spoke to my soul, that challenged and encouraged me to use the next few weeks to focus.

you see, i’ve been thinking about blogging a book. like, writing it out here. and publishing it  post by post. so, it is an ongoing, over time, fluid, kind of revelation. and then, when i complete the book, i will have had all of your feedback in addition to actually getting it done. win win, situation, huh?

now, i’m not really sure what i am going to write about yet. or, i suppose i have some ideas about it. but, it was clear to me that with this beautiful message today, i should take the time to just soak in all of my thoughts and not jump to any hasty decisions. however, i am completely excited about this project, and while i will be heeding the advice i read in the paper, i also want to get started as soon as possible…

i’m anxious to get started because tomorrow is my 39th birthday, so i’ve got one more year until the big forty. and you know what? that doesn’t scare me at all. it actually thrills me! it makes me want to celebrate, so i’m gonna do just that. i am going to celebrate all year long. by writing a book. and in my book, i’m gonna chronicle and share my journey from 39 to the big 4-0. it’ll be my 52 weeks to 40.

what all of this will include, what i will write, how often, and everything else will be determined as time passes. but, i do know that i will be celebrating. life has given me so much. i have had dream after dream, and i have decided to make some crazy decisions in order to follow those dreams. but, you know, i have many more dreams left. so, this coming year, i am going to spend an entire year reflecting, giving thanks, celebrating, and  dreaming. i am going to spend this year living life and writing all about it. i can’t freaking wait!

tomorrow the journey begins. and in the beginning, i am going to to do research. research about myself, my dreams, and what is the one thing that is the most important. i’ll meditate, talk, write, walk, and just be. and, in the end of three weeks, i will write that contract. and sign it, with a witness, just to make it even that more binding. and i am certain that this contract, this covenant with myself, will be the guiding compass for my book. perhaps, i will even end up writing about my single most important thing… as i discover it from week to week.

you know, there is a wisdom that comes with age, and passing the milestone of 40 should mean that i have something to pass on to others. and i think i do. so, that’s what i am going to blog about. all that i’ve learned about life so far because of the experiences i’ve had… to celebrate it, live it to the fullest, be exactly who you are, chase your dreams, and enjoy the journey of discovering your own single most important thing.

while i’m doing all of this, i invite you, my dear readers, to weigh in on the book i am going to blog… tell me your thoughts. give me your suggestions and ideas. what do you think about me writing more memoir-ish or more present moment-ish. or perhaps both? share with me your amazing opinions. because, while i’m writing this book for me, as a spiritual journey from 39 to 40, i am also writing it for you.

no waffling, now. it’s time. time to celebrate and write and get this done! and i can’t wait to share it all with you. xx

love and peace.

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  • Reply Meghan 23 Sep 2013 at 23:41

    Happy birthday, Liz! In my humble opinion, this is definitely your year. It’s pretty obvious that you have something very important to share with the world and I wish you peace and good luck on your continued journey. Whatever you do will obviously be fantastic; I can’t wait to read about it!

    • Reply liz 24 Sep 2013 at 15:33

      What an amazingly kind and wonderful comment! Thank you for the gift of your social media friendship! xx

  • Reply yogaleigh 24 Sep 2013 at 03:20

    Happy birthday! I’m sure I’ll enjoy your book however you do it.

    • Reply liz 24 Sep 2013 at 15:34

      Thank you! You are too sweet. 🙂

  • Reply Gesine 24 Sep 2013 at 04:31

    I´m looking forward to read more and more and more, and still wait for you to continue “from death to peace”

    • Reply liz 24 Sep 2013 at 15:34

      Thank you my dear Gesine. You are such a great support!! MIss you!

  • Reply Holly 24 Sep 2013 at 05:42

    Happy Birthday!! AND, as for your writing, past and present – both will be just great 😉 Have a fab day today, do all you enjoy!

    • Reply liz 24 Sep 2013 at 15:35

      Thanks, girl! Your utterly faithful following blows me away. I. am. so. grateful. xx

  • Reply lanie belluz 24 Sep 2013 at 07:44

    Happy birthday, girl! (and, you don’t look a day over 32) I can’t wait to read your new book beginnings!

    • Reply liz 24 Sep 2013 at 15:35

      Woo hoo! Thanks for the compliment! 32 is fab!

  • Reply ash 24 Sep 2013 at 13:05

    just wanted to quickly say thank you for being such a positive influence. & happy birthday!!
    best wishes.

    • Reply liz 24 Sep 2013 at 15:36

      oh, thank you so much ash! you know what? i think you’re an inspiration!

  • Reply laura 24 Sep 2013 at 18:16

    I wish you a happy birthday and hope you have a great day. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experiences on this blog.

    • Reply liz 28 Sep 2013 at 16:47

      Thank you so much for reading and following along. 🙂

  • Reply Audrey 25 Sep 2013 at 11:25

    I can’t wait to see the book as it develops!! I must tell you that I love to read, and as I do I often think about the characters in my books throughout my day. Well lately I find that I can’t wait to hear about your fika adventures as well as your interesting, encouraging and thoughtful words on this blog. Oh, and the photos on IG of course!! Happiest of birthdays to you <3 And PS, 40's are truly fabulous!!!

    • Reply liz 28 Sep 2013 at 16:47

      Oh my goodness, this is such a fabulous comment Audrey! Thank you so much. I am honored that you look forward to my fika adventures. And I’m thrilled that you enjoy me in all the crazy places I post & update. Thanks again, my dear cyber friend! So awesome to hear about the 40s. You know, I have a feeling that they will be. 🙂 xx

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