July 20, 2010

5 Ways for Making Someday Happen


So I’ve had this fancy blog for about 7 months now (thanks for stopping by!) and I’ve somewhat alluded to things on my Someday List. It seems like my list just keeps getting longer and longer as I think more about what I want and how I want my life to be. And the funny thing is that the things I add are more complex than those I put on my list back in my 20s.

Evidently, I was very materialistic back in the day. Yep, I admit it. I wanted stuff. S-T-U-F-F, stuff! Stupid stuff. Like a ring that had ball bearings so the little design would spin around. Dorky, I know. And, no, I never got the ring. Because by time I had save up the money I gained some sense. If you’re wondering what one of these motion rings looks like, you can check it out here.

And while I can probably tell you what I was thinking about that made me add something to my list, it doesn’t excuse the fact that I was in the full throes of the 80s and embracing my inner Gordon Gecko. Sure, it’s fine to have things on your Someday list. It’s not really a ‘bucket list’. But, c’mon, go for something classic there, Sara!

Which brings me to today. Here I am. I’m 40-something. And I see that I truly am responsible for making Someday happen. It’s about me taking the steps and wanting it more than just wishing for it. It’s easier to just look at the list and sigh, waiting for my lotto numbers to hit or for the planets to be aligned or for Dr. Phil to knock on my door and and tell me what I need is a program. I don’t need ‘a program’. I need me! I need to take active steps. So I’ve come up with 5 ways to help me make my Somedays happen and I want to share them with YOU!

5 Ways to Make Someday Happen

1. Don’t be afraid! – Stop telling yourself that you can’t do it. Stop worrying that you won’t get it perfect. As Nike says, ‘Just Do It.”

2. Make a Choice – You can’t do everything on the list at once. Focus! Hello ADD girl, back here! Look at me. Fo-cus! Whatever you really want to do NOW, choose that and make it happen. You can’t do everything, so don’t get caught doing nothing.

3. Stop playing it safe – Yes, it’s easier to stay with the status quo. Auto-pilot doesn’t require much thought or action. But it also doesn’t allow you to explore options to get where you want to be. You have to be willing to go out of your comfort zone. Sure, packing up and selling all your possessions is a shock to the system when you’re content living in the pleasant life that exists now. But sitting in your house for the next 20 years because it’s easier won’t magically bring your Someday to you.

4. Make a plan – It doesn’t have to be elaborate or perfect. The point is that you need to think about how you might make your someday happen. It’s not a recipe. It won’t be a failure if you don’t follow it to a T. It’s like looking in the fridge and pulling out 5 things and whipping up a dish. Sometimes it work, sometimes it doesn’t. And if it doesn’t work, you change the plan and order take out. But you’re not paralyzed just by opening the fridge.

5. Believe it can happen – It’s like that book The Secret. If you think you’ll make it happen then everything will start to fall in to place to make it happen. Don’t let yourself or others tell you it’s not possible.

I know you have things that you want to do ‘Someday’. It’s probably a huge list that keeps growing, too. Like mine. I hope you will think about these tips so you, too, can make your Someday a reality.  So, what’s on your Someday list?



Maureen July 20, 2010 at 2:05 am

This is a very inspiring post! Thanks for sharing and encouraging me that ‘someday’ can be real 😀

Julie@Frugal & Fabulous Design July 20, 2010 at 3:53 am

Excellent post!

Must be our age – I’m 40 something too, and I’ve been feeling the need to make things happen instead of just daydreaming about it.

Kim Piter July 20, 2010 at 6:12 am

What a great post!! I felt like you were in my living room and talking to me about how to make my dreams happen. It couldn’t have come at a better time. THANK YOU!!! 🙂 I am really working hard at getting my small business off the ground, it’s hard and time consuming but I really do want it to happen so this article just helps me stay focus..thanks for reminding me to keep going and believing in it.

Mama Kat July 20, 2010 at 7:16 am

Great encouragement! Time to get off our butts and do something around here!!

Next will you make a list of things I should be doing?? 😉

Ramblings of a Woman July 20, 2010 at 8:29 am

I am coming by from the 31 day challenge. The title really jumped at me because I have a peeve of people always talking about someday, but never getting off their duff and doing anything to get TO someday. You’ve got some great suggestions!
Wanted to also tell you I recently watched the movie Knight and Day with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Good movie, not on the awesome list, but it was good and it had some of this very thought in it. Here is a quote “Someday is a dangerous word. It is a code word for ‘never’. ” That just really hit home with me! I don’t want my ‘somedays’ to turn into ‘never’!

V Demetros July 20, 2010 at 10:21 am

Thanks for the encouragement and “kick in the butt” to get moving. You are so right, and I love the quote above from the movie! So true.

Melissa July 20, 2010 at 11:20 am

Thanks for the encouraging post! My hubby and I believe that we most often know the solution to our problem and how to implement the change. It’s the follow through that we have a problem with. We’re always going to start tomorrow or “someday.” Appreciated the motivational words today!

Kim July 20, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Great post Sara. Life and success is all about attitude.

I’ve never read the Secret but I will say that it has encouraged a lot of bad habits with people. So many are just believing in it that you simply have to think and life will happen. It also takes action.

Caroline July 21, 2010 at 2:59 am

Stopping by from 31dbbb. What a positive post and soooo true! When I was setting up my blog (it’s less than 2 months old!) I used a combination of all those things. One thing I also did was break it down into baby steps and just focus on one task at a time.

Kate @ Songs Kate Sang July 21, 2010 at 11:09 am

Thank you, Sara! Great advice…

Someday… oh wow. I need to start a list 🙂

Honey July 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Hi Sara,

Thank you for the encouragement to make my “somedays” a reality. I’m off to make my list.


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