“It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint.

It’s the evening of Thanksgiving, and everyone in the house is lying down in a food coma while Stranger Things is buzzing on the living room television.

I’m sitting at the kitchen room table after clearing three days of food prep and execution on another year of Thanksgiving (I was so excited about the creamed pearl onion and cranberry sauce recipes I made this year) and I’m thinking about how excited I am for tomorrow…

It’s not because I’m doing any Black Friday shopping. I’m not going to be waking up at 4:30 in the morning tomorrow to stand in line at a Kohl’s or Best Buy for an immersion blender or a 65" 4K TV that cost 25% less than it does the other 364 days of the year. I’ll be too busy working on other things that are a little more important to me.

What I’ll be doing on Black Friday is finishing up a coding bootcamp prep course and sitting in the middle of reworking the manuscript for my first book. I’ve taken the past month to take a step back from social media to try and not let it control most of my energy and attention so I could focus on what’s important to me like the bootcamp prep course, writing my book, and a lot of other things I’ll be excited to share in 2018 and beyond.

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

I’ve got a lot of work to do and I think I’m just now realizing the patience and dedication that it’s going to take. What matters is that I’m focused on what I’m putting out in to the world.

For me, it’s not about rushing to buy a product that’s on sale. I want to put my time in to work that I can be proud of; learning a new skill and creating content. I love to do it.

What makes me happiest is to stay the course of improvement, I enjoy learning new skills and gaining life lessons from mistakes. After a handful of conversations with friends and family over this holiday I’ve realized that I’ll never settle for anything less. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

No one knows what the future holds, but what I’m thankful for always being on the path of creating, growing, and improving.

I recorded my first piece of content four years ago. It’s pretty terrible, I’ll admit that. But that first podcast recorded from a live Google Hangouts got the train on the tracks and I’m on course to the right destination.

Take today to be thankful for how far you’ve come with everything that you do. Go thank someone for helping you in your life, and then thank them again for believing in you and whatever your passions are... tomorrow, you can start thinking about what’s next for you.

Keep growing!

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