This seems to be the mantra floating around my house at the moment and it bears sharing with the rest of you. In today’s world we are seeing that with the fluctuations of the economy it is becoming absolutely necessary to be capable of doing more than one thing as well as have an ability to adapt to changing tides. This could mean doing any number of things, but the bottom line – the key point here – is to do something. We need to be constantly growing, learning, aspiring, and charging forward… we need to be proactive about our lives, our families, our health, our careers. We need to be on the look out for opportunities and we need to be willing to take a risk every now and then.

What is the biggest risk you could imagine taking? In my world, that means taking a risk in myself. Not playing the stock market or investing in a company… but investing in me. My health. My success. My abilities. My intelligence. But it’s a risk that I must take if I ever want to achieve the goals I’ve set out for myself. It’s because of this that I’m leaving a secure, safe job as a secretary to go to school. That’s right, as mad as it sounds, I’m leaving a job that is Monday-Friday, 8-5PM, full benefits, retirement, and paid vacation. It’s a cushy job, too, where I could probably earn a distance degree in business administration or Social Science without batting an eye. But there would be no risk and there would be no reward. I want more for my life and so I am taking time each day to do something that will get me closer to the future I want.

This means writing and writing every day. It means exercising and eating healthy every day. It means going to school in the summer – moving to a new city – leaving my comfort zone – building a business – learning new skills – and challenging myself to take on a difficult major. It means not taking the easy route even though it is well paved and clear of pot holes. It means having faith in myself.

For my husband this means developing a second skill. He is a college mathematics instructor who enjoys teaching, but like all of us, would love to be able to own his schedule and be free of the confines of a conventional job. To this end he’s been researching programming and the different languages that exist in that world.

So what are you doing today for tomorrow? Where are you investing your time? How are you building yourself? What does your future look like?

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Jaymee is the creative director and writing force behind Beaux Cooper Media. She loves to collaborate with other writers and journalists across the genres. Jaymee lives on the beautiful coast of Rhode Island with her cat, Ada, and dog, Bean.

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