Positive Thursday: Think Less, Live More

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I’ve spent the past week catching up on a few favorite blogs and with some friends – and really was reminded just how absolutely brilliant and inspiring the people in my life are.

One person and one particular blog post stuck out to me – Rayne’s latest. In her post from this past Sunday titled “Be Brave – Define Your Dream” she wrote:

I think forgetting about what others think is crucial to pursuing your true dream.

Wise, wise words, my friend. I was lucky enough to not only meet fellow dreamer, Rayne, in person, but live with her for three weeks. I explained in this post how her and her fantastic husband opened their house to me during my first few weeks in California and helped me get adjusted to California. Rayne does more than just talk the talk, she walks the walk. She lives out her dream every single day – to the point that she recently flew to Iowa for research for her book.

So in Rayne’s latest post, she discusses bravery and how vital it is to define and live out your dream without holding back. Without worrying or over-analyzing if it’s the right choice or wrong choice. Without caring what other people think.

Without giving up.

She continues:

Yep. It’s been quite a journey. I’ve learned to value my dreams, make room for them, and commit time and energy to them without apologies.

Rayne is a perfect example of someone who not only thinks about her dreams and talks about her dreams, but lives them. She states how time and energy go into pursuing dreams. It’s the doing part. It’s the LIVING part. She is someone who has learned first hand to live life to the fullest and that has definitely reflected on me.

It’s so easy to sit there over-analyzing and “making plans” but not actively moving in the right direction. I’m going to advise you – don’t take the easy way out.

Andrea and Rayne

It is so vital to live your life actively, rather than passively watch life just happen.

Below is a quote by Mark Batterson that has changed my life since I first read his book a few years ago. I often reread the quote as a reminder to live to the fullest. I will not live my life in neutral gear, but instead above and beyond the normal. This quote reminds me to stop thinking and start doing. To start LIVING.

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.  Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Accumulate experiences. Criticize by creating. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away.

May today be the day you switch from neutral gear to active gear. May today be the day you dismiss fear and embrace bravery.

May today be the day you think less and live more.

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  • Great post and one more vote for “Rayne rocks at dreaming”. So glad you are out here – hope to catch up with a date in the city this summer!

    – H

  • Rayne

    Oh for crying out loud! I’m feeling my way along a dark hallway without my glasses on! But your reporting is sound. I have decided that talking about dreams is lame. You gotta book it. You gotta declare it. You gotta live it. Even if it’s just a teeny-weeny dream — do it. If it’s huge, cut it into manageable portions and tick em off in a systematic way. I think the saddest thing is to know what your dream is and never take the steps to accomplish it. When you feel that invisible hand on your back you can’t ignore it and you don’t have to apologize to anyone. Thanks Andi for the bloggy high five. Back atcha!

  • Such a timely post Andrea and I agree that Rayne is the complete embodiment of the dreamer. But then, you are too and maybe that is why you both share such a connection.

    Cath

  • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

    think less and live more. Love it! You and Rayne Rocked the Cashed Out Dance Hall! lol great photo. xox Rem