"The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof." - Barbara Kingsolver
There were days when I was beyond exhaustion over the last few weeks. Days when I couldn't be bothered to go on the computer, apart from doing my work for clients and supporters of Vervely.
Between organising stuff for buying the new house and getting our house ready for selling + coping with my workload + looking after day-to-day stuff, the thought of doing anything else apart from veging out in front of the TV or sleeping was just beyond me.
When personal social media and blogging get pushed out of my "to do " list, that's when everyone who knows me know that I have reached my physical, mental, and emotional limit.
Today is the day when a big part of that limit has finally been lifted.
Not everything has been smooth. In fact, I am not yet ready to tell the full tale of our house buying and selling because we're still waiting on a few things to get finalised. But, I'd like to think that we're well on our way. At least, that's what I hope!
And that's why this month, "hope" has played a big part in our day-to-day life.
First of all, my family and I needed to understand what we were truly hoping for in order to know how to step out of comfort zone gracefully. Once we knew what our hopes were, we became more ready to face the challenges that came with what we are longing for.
Of course, knowing what we hope for comes with a price. Acknowledging that hope also opens up possibilities for disappointments. But, sometimes, it is better to face disappointments than to be too fearful to face our hopes.
We're still at that place where what we hope for may turn into a disappointment. But, we can tell ourselves that if this doesn't work out, at least we know what we are looking for. And, since we know, we have a better chance of finding it.
Having said that, I am hoping that I will be sharing some great news soon enough.
What about you? What are you hoping for the most right now?
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.