The Excitement of Possibilities!

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”
― Gloria Steinem

The excitement of possibilities.  What a wonderful turn of phrase. And so true!

The excitement of planning often creates more happiness than the event itself.  In a recent study in Applied Research in Quality of Life, it was discovered that people are usually happiest planning events, in anticipation. This particular study, quoted in The New York Times found that:

There is a definite connection between anticipation and happiness. The authors of the study, researchers from the Netherlands, interviewed more than 1,500 people, including 974 vacationers, and found that the vacationers felt most happy before their trips.

I believe that that is because of the excitement of possibilities.  And I agree with Gloria Steinem (or course I do!) that dreaming is absolutely a form of planning! And at the moment I am awash in this excitement.  I am planning and dreaming and planning some more.  I am in the process of planning the roll out of my national book tour here in NZ.  It’s very exciting.  Working closely with my brilliant publicist, Sarah Sparks of Markom PR. We have dates set for several venues in Thames and around the Coromandel Peninsula, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, and many points between. Such an exciting time doing all this planning and anticipating . . . once I’m on the road and going full steam ahead some of that excitement may wane, but for now, the dreaming and planning is joyful!


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Follow Your Dreams!

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

Henry David Thoreau

I am usually the one in the group that says:

Dare to dream! Believe in your dreams! Visualize what you want!

It’s true, I have been accused of being a Pollyanna more times than I can count (usually by someone who doesn’t really like the aforementioned book nor the movie with Hailey Mills.)

Amy Purdy affirms my beliefs better than anything I could write:

“Our imaginations can be used as tools for breaking through borders, because in our minds we can do anything and we can be anything. It’s believing in those dreams, and facing our fears head on that allows us to live our lives beyond our limits.”


Please take the time to watch this inspirational TED talk.  It is well worth ten minutes of your life.



I hope you take the time to watch this.  Amy Purdy is an inspirational young woman! I’d love to hear about what you are going to use your imagination for today.

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