Have you ever eaten something that was so delicious you wanted to scrape your fork with the prongs as parallel to the plate as they’d go so you could scoop up every last morsel of yumminess? If it weren’t rude, you’d even pick up the plate and literally lick it clean so you didn’t miss a drop?
Recently, it has.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve become very intentional. I have a lot more work to do here, but I want to share what it’s allowed me to create for myself so far, in hopes that it inspires you, even just a little bit, to live your life like it’s the most delicious thing you’ve ever come across, because it is. It’s the only life you’ve got.
Here’s how I’ve been living my most delicious life lately – proof that it can be done.
You may know, I’ve become a huge Harry Styles fan over the last few months (and frankly, I’m enjoying being a 14-year-old girl living in a middle-aged woman’s life!). I recently saw him perform in LA with my mom on a last-minute whirlwind 48-hour trip where we truly made the most of every moment. After that trip, I wanted to see him perform again, this time with my husband, so he could experience the energy and the talent. I half-jokingly planted the seed, except this time it would be somewhere international since his tour was now outside of the US. I didn’t want to wait until he maybe toured again, some day.
As two working parents with busy full-time jobs, expenses, full schedules, no family in the area and scheduling complications of two kids going in totally different directions (not 1 Direction, har har), this was no small feat. Old Shayna would likely not have even considered what we ended up doing. I wouldn’t have wanted to take time away from work. I wouldn’t have wanted to impose on anyone to take the kids so I could do something indulgent. I’d have been too hesitant to spend the money. Too worried about the economy, the timing, the logistics. Excuse. Excuse. Excuse.
Not this time.
As I shared, I live very intentionally so that when there’s something I want, I have the ability to go for it. I don’t want or need much – but when I find something that interests me, I go all in. My husband (bless him!) was on board. And we made it happen.
We planned a trip to Amsterdam in just about 2 weeks. It made my already delicious life even tastier. I made sure that I savored every last drop. And excuse my French (or Dutch in this case!), it was fucking worth every. single. moment.
I want this life for you. Not my dreamy double-dutch feather boa’d version, but yours. Your life can be delectable. You don’t have to wait. The plate is ready for you to devour it!
If you don’t know where to begin, I have an awesome exercise that I do with my clients to help them articulate in tangible terms what they really want personally and professionally. It’s a great way to kickstart any journey of self-empowerment. All it takes sometimes is that first step. Reply if you want to see it and I’ll send it your way.