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The Finish Line


Like every other project in my life, I started writing the Board of Your Life Kit con mucho gusto.  I shouted from the rooftops. I whooped it up and got bizay. I came up for air to revel in my progress. It was easy, to start. After all, this is the program that I developed in 2008. I’m damned well masterful.

Annnd…90% of the way through, I lost my mojo.

Like the final putts on the 18th hole. The gravy that still needs to be made for the Thanksgiving feast. The final 500m of a 10k run.

I wanted. To. Stop. Tired. Bored. Apathetic. Contrary.

Who’s going to love this thing, anyways?

Recognizing a pattern that has had me stopping short in life, I caught it this time.

One thing I’ve learned deeply: if you want to feel better, open your circle, be vulnerable, ask for help, say you need it, allow it in. – Maria Shriver

I called in friends. I called in reinforcements. I invited them to help me hold this. Their cheers, offers and love has meant more than I can ever utter.

How else could Board of Your Life be born? After all, it has everything to do with rallying your team.

So grace be to them, the Board of Your Life kit will be available within two weeks. There won’t be much fan-fare (though how gorgeous is that new graphic on your left? Carrie Klassen, Imma talking to you). It will slip quietly in the water. I will break a bottle of Veuve Cliquot on its side with my nearest and dearest and whisper a prayer that you love it as I do.

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If you are fighting through the last 10% of ANYTHING,  please heed this:

  • Lean into your friends. They want you to cross the finish line more than you know.
  • Clear your calendar. You may need to say no. You’ll make up for it in leaps and bounds when you are finished.
  • Keep going. Edit by edit, swing by swing, stride by stride, whisk by whisk, we are getting there.

And you know what? We’re going to love your thing, that’s who.



  1. As someone who is in the last throes of creating my new ebook Guide [Shine on Screen - Your guide to creating great video on your own] I can wholeheartedly empathize and ‘get’ it.

    Thanks for the reminder, needed that today
    Genna xxx

    • I’m here for you too, Love. Cannot wait to see the gorgeousness you’re creating. ‘Cause, you know, to me, you’re the Queen of Shine. xo

  2. ooh, boy, am I familiar with this pattern. xox

    • Yup. And every time, we get it done. With our own version of grace. (As graceful as sweat can be, mind…) xo

  3. Oh, boy, they way you started this, I was afraid you were going to say that you had been distracted by a better idea and the idea had led you to now concentrate on something else. I am so glad you didn’t! I don’t know of anyone who could do it better!

    Cheers! Congrats! Mazel tov! Have one for me!

    P.S. The graphic IS gorgeous!

    • Thank you Pat! I completely feel you cheering me on. Missed our chats this year.

  4. I constantly struggle with this too. The last 10% is twice as hard as the first 90%. Potential to fruition, finality, judgement. One day at a time becomes one minute at a time. Much luck to you as you cross your finish line. You and your kit will shine!

    • Feeling it with every passing moment. Thank you for the up-love!

  5. Tanya, beautiful Tanya, Your crossing is my crossing, your joy is my joy, your delight in completing this amazing gift is my delight. How could it be different when we are borne from the same simple seed of existence?
    Love you, beautiful!

    • You know how much you’ve meant to me in this process. Thank you. (If I had a dollar for every time I said “thank you” to you, we’d go on one helluva trip, you and I)

  6. I’m struggling with the middle 80%, and dreading the last 10. I’m going to heed your advice!
    (and I can’t wait to get my hands on your kit!!!!)

    • Don’t dread the last 10, Dear One! Reel in your peeps and they’ll see you through. Handing you cups of Gatorade from the sidelines.

  7. darling,
    knowing that the last bit was a) so very challenging and b) aided by your dear ones makes it even more appealing. can’t wait to see for myself.
    big love to you,

    • Thank you for the whoop whoop from the side line. Will be happy to pass the finish line so I can get back to the business of Skype teas with dear colleagues.

  8. Woohoo! I’m so excited for you and proud to have put you on my “MUST WORK WITH” List! (I’ve actually been waiting for this to come to fruition – so necessary for me at this point)

    And yes! – the cover is fantabulous :)

    • YES. To YOU. xo

  9. Oh. My. Goodness. I am preparing for the start of a HUGE trip/project involving the American Indian Reservations out west and I TOTALLY needed to read this today. Thank you!! I love your writing, I love the quotes, I love how inspired and motivated this post made me feel. :-)

    • Oh Darling…beyond glad it found you when it did. Sounds like your on the cusp of something deliciously important. Cheering you on from the finishing line of YOUR race! xo

  10. gasp gasp gasp… she makes it over the finish line! the crowd goes wild! and then goes into the board room for the event of their lives.

    • Love you, woman.

  11. Awesome post. Way to get through the last 10%. I’m proud of you. Never easy. Always worth it!

  12. Late to the party as usual, but in my deepest heart I am so happy and proud of you and can’t wait to see this beautiful tool you’ve created!

    • You and I both know, better late than never. Huge love and appreciation, D. xo



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