It was cold and raining the other day and I had some errands to run. Because I simply didn’t want to endure the cold and the rain, I let the errands go until another time. How often do we put off things that we need to do because it’s uncomfortable for us?

Is there something in your life that you know you need to do, but you just don’t want to go through the “whatever it takes” process needed to get the desired results?

Sometimes I wish I could just wiggle my nose like Samantha from the television series “Bewitched.” If you know what I mean?

You need courage to take action even when you don’t want to. Courage means “of the heart.”

We women know how to live from…our hearts. I believe as we become courageous we can continue to hope.

A french proverb states, “Hope is the dream of a soul awake.” Hope fills life with meaning by creating attainable goals congruent with reality. Sometimes hope might need to be redefined.

Maybe your marriage has ended in a divorce or you lost your job recently.

The hope once held by you as a couple or an employee will need to be evaluated as you redefine yourself as a single woman and perhaps an entreprenuer instead of an employee.

Attainable hope could mean deepening your relationship with God, reconciling the past with forgiveness, re-inventing your work skills and connecting with whatever brings you joy.

Hope and courage does not need to be difficult. They can be as simple as seeing the sunrise and welcoming a new day….even if it is cold and rainy outside. This is The Awakened Life.