Jun 5, 2013

Alive, awake, alert, enthusiastic!

Today I'm pumped to be a part of The Declaration of You's BlogLovin' Tour,  featuring more than 100 other creative bloggers! The Declaration of You will be published by North Light Craft Books this summer, helping readers get all the permission they've craved to step passionately into their lives, discover how they and their gifts are unique, and uncover what they are meant to do! I was thrilled to be asked to take part in this - I hope you'll join me in checking out some of the other posts as well! 

When I was in a Girl Scout troop, one of my favorite things to do was go camping. Building a fire, making s'mores, learning how to read trail signs on a hike - I loved it all. There's nothing like waking up in the morning, cocooned in the warmth of your sleeping bag, listening to nature.

There's a softness to it.

It's quiet. Special, even. Until a  voice starts obnoxiously singing, "I'm alive, awake, alert, enthusiastic! I'm alive, awake, alert, enthusiastic! I'm alive awake alert, I'm alert awake alive, I'm alive awake, alert, enthusiastic!" 

That voice was my mom.

Our fearless troop leader, she knew the best way to get girls moving was to sing (loudly, I might add), until she could see all our faces at the flap of the tent. (Saying we were awake did not count). She went from tent to tent knowing if one girl didn't move fast enough her tent mates would make encourage her to get up.

Hilariously enough, this is how enthusiasm has always started for me. It'll come to me in the form of an idea, or a big decision, and a lot of times my initial reaction is similar to how I was in that sleeping bag - I want to burrow away from the unfamiliar, and enjoy the warmth that I know. But the shift has already started, so by the time I think "yeah I could do this," or "I like this idea," I'm already at that tent flap, preparing for what's ahead.

Enthusiasm can be a slow burn for me, but once that flame is struck there's no turning back.

Occasionally this leads to chaos because I get so focused on what I'm excited about I forget to slow down and enjoy the journey, but most of the time it just becomes a part of who I am. Enthusiasm for one thing leads to another, and another, until I'm just enthusiastic (and dare I say it....alive, awake, and alert) about life in general.

Do you consider yourself an enthusiastic person? Is it immediate for you or do you need a few minutes to "wake up" like I do?

Be sure to check out all the great conversations that are happening this week (Facebook party say what?) and get enthusiastic about The Declaration of You coming out this summer!


Nora said...

I am enthusiastic about things like days off, heading to a vacation and special events at work and some big decisions as well. I'm the worst morning person in the world.

Funny about your mom; growing up my parents used to put on records in the morning to wake up me and my brother. I'll never forget waking up to the Beatles, some Mickey Mouse record and other awesome music.

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

Awww, super cool you're also participating in this gig. I'll be officially posting in a couple weeks.

When I think of you, enthusiasm is definitely one of the words I'd use to describe you - it's in your nature!

I'm enthusiastic about my boys, my dog and opportunities to spend time with good friends.

Kate @ GreatestEscapist.com said...

My grandmother used to wake me up with this sing-song, too-upbeat voice: "Good moooorning! It's a beautiful dayyyy outside! Time to get upppp! The world is waiiiiting!" It became a running joke in our family, how angry it made me to be woken up like that. Now that she's gone, I confess to even missing it - & I try to bear it in mind on those slow, sleepy days (which is, um, every day, for me). I try to stay enthusiastic, in life, but I'm prone to fizzling. I'm immediately SO PUMPED & then... whoosh, there goes all the wind out of me...

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Fun post! I can't say that I describe myself as enthusiastic, instead I would say I am passionate. I feel like I rarely get really excited about things anymore, which is probably kind of sad... It's like I am too rational and grounded to really give myself to feeling the pure emotions of excitement...

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Hahha- I'm a morning person so no one ever had to wake me up with enthusiasm :)
Probably because I think I'm pretty mellow for a kindergarten teacher I don't consider myself a super enthusiastic person but I think that's just because for me that means talking in that super high voice ha ha. Seriously though, I tend to embrace new things pretty quickly (though I avoid change- I know this doesn't make sense).

gail said...

I definitely agree that enthusiasm builds and like begins to attract like. Great post! I'm part of the book tour too. Such a great way to meet people and build a community!

Mandy said...

Just read about this project over on Nilsa's blog, how awesome that you are participating too!

I get enthusiastic about a lot of things -- live music, seeing far away friends, roadtrips, deck drinking..

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