The blog begins...

I have been planning, preparing and agonizing over this day for months.  I’ve pushed back the launch date countless times and given myself every justification in the book as to why it just wasn’t the “right time” to start this blog.  What I finally realized was that I had everything I needed and that waiting to “feel ready” was a major cop out.  I was scared to feel vulnerable, to make mistakes and to delve into a project that was full of unknowns.

Being Type A personality, I decided to create a pro/con list for why I should start this blog now rather than wait until it was a better time.  I’m publishing my first post today because of the following 5 reasons to start right now:

  1. I don’t know what I don’t know.  Until I actually get started, I won’t really know what I don’t know. The quickest way to learn is to experience, even if that means making mistakes along the way.
  2. Joyfear.  First coined by Leo Babuta, joyfear is that powerful combination of joy and fear, which often occurs during pivotal moments in our lives.  When you are doing something that you aren’t completely prepared for, but know will be life altering, you will feel joyfear.  I’m embracing it.
  3. There is a fine line between preparation and procrastination.  Getting ready is easy, because no actual leap has taken place and no commitment has been made. I’m tired of procrastinating and this is something I know I need to do.  It’s true that nothing worthwhile is ever easy and without risk.
  4. Momentum. Once I actually get started, my emotions will become energy, my energy will become action, and it will develop into an unstoppable quest to create something meaningful.  It's going to be one heck of a ride!
  5. I’m not alone on this journey.  I know I’m not the only person out there that has suffered from acne (or other difficult afflictions) and has not found relief using the conventional methods.  If I can help one person through my blog, then it is my duty to start right away.

I’ve created this space to chronicle my journey to clear skin through experiments in loving kindness.  My plan is to spend a year testing out different theories, techniques, and practices related to being more self-compassionate. This blog will be an account of my experiments, with the goal that by the end of one year, I will have cleared my acne and learned to be kinder and more loving towards myself.

I’m starting now.  No more excuses.  No more delays.  Right now is the right time to get started.  I’m excited to delve into a year of unknown and to take you all with me on the journey.   In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

Have you ever had to start before you’ve been ready? Leave a comment below and let me know!