Usually on Monday mornings, I post interesting articles from others on my page. Today, I’m going to go out on a limb and post my own “blog.” I’ve hesitated to do this as I wonder if I really have anything of interest to share and I worry about being judged. Today, I’ve decided to jump into the deep end of the pool.

WHAT I’VE LEARNED. . . after full-time RV’ing for the last 2 months: If something isn’t moving freely or easily, stop and look! What’s wrong? What am I not seeing? What do I need to do differently? This has come up in so many ways in the RV from closing the hood to attaching the filter and water hose. The first episode of “forcing” cost me $300. Fortunately, the other times were learning opportunities and not wallet busters.

While on a bike ride, I was pondering how this “forcing” was affecting my daily life. I asked myself, “Where am I forcing things and what is it costing me?” I wondered, am I even willing to notice where I’m forcing things? What I know is when I’m forcing things; I tend to become very serious and stern. Things aren’t much fun when I’m in this frame of mind for me or others around me. How about you? What do you notice for yourself?

Over the last 2 weeks, I’ve been deliberately setting an intention to make things easy and fun. When I notice something is getting hard and I’m getting serious or stern, I ask myself how I can make the situation more fun and easy. This causes me to stop and look for the opportunity to do things differently. When I’m able to shift, my enjoyment factor goes up dramatically while my stress level drops. The people around me feel a whole lot better too.

As a self-proclaimed control freak, (and yes, those of you who know me should be shaking your head in agreement) it’s hard for me to let things “be.” It’s hard for me to not force things to be the way I want them to be. What I’ve learned and I’m still trying to accept is, even when things don’t go as I plan, things go just as they should.

If you’ve read this far, here’s a challenge for you: Where can you stop and look in your life? Where are you forcing things to be a certain way? What’s the cost? What might be possible if you set a new intention for fun and easy?

I hope you’ll set an intention for yourself. I would love to hear about your “ah ha moments.”