Every year, I choose a new word for the upcoming months. This year, through a series of synchronicities, the word chose me. Beyond is my theme for 2014. For me, this means moving past where I currently am, and into new areas of life. As I bump up against the edges of my comfort zone, I can choose to go beyond those self created boundaries and into freedom. Excited about the prospect of going beyond and thinking about how that was going to play out in my life, I came across an article about Lu Ann Cahn and her year of doing something new every day. I bought and read her book, “I Dare Me” and knew I’d found the perfect way to implement moving beyond. I adopted Lu Ann’s idea and launched my year of firsts January 1, 2014. Finding 365 first experiences seemed daunting as I began to make a list of possibilities at the beginning of the year. Lu Ann’s book gave me great ideas. Being aware of community events has helped too. I’ve also found that holding the intention of trying different things actually brings experiences to me. Several times already, a first has shown up that I wasn’t looking for, circumstances arranging themselves in unexpected ways to present an opportunity to me. This gives me confidence that I will be able to carry out my year of firsts. Blogging daily to record each experience keeps me accountable and will provide a record of events at the end of the year. What an amazing journey this has been so far! Each day brings a new experience and a fresh excitement for life. Some firsts have, indeed, pushed me beyond my comfort zone. Attending an event with Theresa Caputo, otherwise known as the Long Island Medium, was an amazing first, but sharing that experience publically was a challenge for me. I had to move beyond my fear of what others would think. Another first, the primal scream, made me extremely nervous, yet what a release, emotionally, when I allowed myself to do it. Some firsts have been interesting and fun. I’ve tried new foods, such as lemon curd and Pakastani cuisine. I laughed with delight over making icy garden globes. It’s been fun to share some of my firsts. My granddaughter, Aubrey, and I sang our hearts out in the theater watching Disney’s movie, Frozen, in the sing-a-long version. My grandson, Dayan, helped me write encouraging notes and leave them on random cars in a public parking lot. Other firsts connected me to people in amazing ways. I heard back from a junior high teacher that I wrote a thank you email to. He said it was a first for him also as I was the only student who had ever contacted him. Reaching out to other women with my same name connected me with a wonderful and courageous Cindy Moore who has overcome so much and lives her life with such joy. All of my experiences have brought me opportunities to grow and shift. The attitude of opening up to firsts has opened me in other ways as well. As a realtor in my city of Joplin MO, I normally experience a slow start to the year. January is typically my slowest month. I just experienced my most productive January ever. I know there is a correlation between doing something new each day and having a fantastic month. My real estate business is tracking along with my personal growth. Because I am excited about life and enjoying each first, life is sending me more to be excited about! I hear the Divine calling to me, in all areas of my life, and I am answering with all of my being. I’ve always loved anticipation. It is such a sweet state of savoring what is and what is about to be. I am in high anticipation of the remainder of 2014 and my year of firsts. Follow Cindy’s blog here http://cindygoesbeyond.wordpress.comCindy Moore is a mother, grandmother and realtor in Joplin, Missouri. She started a year of firsts and says her Real Estate business took off. Coincidence? She doesn’t think so. Here she is with her grandson randomly putting encouraging notes on parked cars. Love it. Below is her guest blog.
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