Friday, August 27, 2010

Mondo! Mondo! Mondo!

How much have I written about Mondo Beyondo here?

If I could pick one thing that has motivated me more than anything else this year and got me on the right path in life, it is Mondo. For me it came at the right time. I was just coming off a terrible winter after my skin cancer scare and my grandfather passing away. Facing my own mortality, I realized life is short and I was not getting as much out of life as I wanted but I didn't know the next steps to take.

Then I followed along with Amiee's Mondo blog as she experienced Mondo. I saw the changes she experienced and was inspired. Then bam, someone mentioned Mondo on twitter and I signed up right then. And I'm so glad I did because it has literally changed my life.

I have done some amazing things since Mondo. Went part-time to provide balance to my family. Got serious about my photography hobby. Ran a couple of half marathons. Tried an adult swim class. Took a month-long break from TV. Ate duck tongue. Scheduled boudoir photos. Scheduled not one, but two, Warrior Dashes.

I met up with a fellow Mondoer Natalie in Chicago to drink wine, eat cheese, and talk dreams. I'm fairly introverted but have a great sense for people's souls in the way they write. I generally feel awkward meeting people for the first time, but we just naturally fell into conversation (picture stolen from Natalie's blog!) and I came away wanting to yell, "KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE SISTER!"


But never has it been more apparent how much Mondo has done for me than last week. I was mentally debating signing up for an online workshop at Clickin Moms as my photography composition class winds down. I asked Jon what he thought and he said, "Go for it. This is the happiest I've seen you in a long time."

And that my friends, is what Mondo gave me. A renewed sense of me. The only way I know how to describe it is to say I feel ALIVE. For the first time in my life, I have the courage to pursue the dreams that I used to write off as impractical, unachievable, or plain crazy.

So what are you waiting for? The next Mondo class starts Monday. Click the button on my sidebar to sign up and a little something goes to help a fellow dreamer achieve their dreams.

12 comments:

Joanna said...

The cool thing about Mondo and the happiness you have experienced is the fact that it seems to spread out from just a few dreams to more dreams, and from there it radiates out to those who surround you. Very awesome.

The Great Askini said...

Mondo has been one of the best things to happen to me in a long time. I could not encourage people to do it more. Having a blog was one of my Mondo dreams that seemed so unrealistic and yet, here I am, and loving every minute of it. Plus I met cool people like you and Natalie :).

London said...

Great post. I'm glad you're enjoying your life so much! I know the feeling, of feeling really alive and awesome, when you're doing something just for you and loving every minute of it. That's sort of how I feel when I write. Now if only I had more time for it!

Susan D. said...

I'm sure I will learn what I need to from clicking on the Mondo link, but what is it? How would you describe it? Classes that you take online? I'm intrigued ...

Ursa Major said...

Laura C, you are so inspiring. I first found you on HDYDI three years ago when I discovered I was pregnant with twins. You are part of what I now consider the 'old guard' from that site, who provided me with so much comfort and amusement and support through my own early challenging days. In part I write just to acknowledge that and thank you for what you have given to me over these years. But I am also interested in what you thought of Mondo before you signed up. Did it strike you as hokey? Did you sign up with a part of your brain in reserve, dubious? Because that is definitely a hurdle I face as I look at the site, yet you have obviously found it to be immensely rewarding. Am I just lacking the courage to leap in? Probably.

cathy said...

I cannot wait to talk to you more about Mondo! I just listened to a podcast yesterday while working, and I am totally interested!

I am so happy for you Laura!! It is so exciting!

alison said...

and great thing about keeping in touch with mondo beyondo friends, we get to witness all the mondo beyondo dreams and it's so inspiring.

Yvonne said...

I would love to do Mondo. Unfortunately, I have a few blocks preventing me from joining this time around. Your experience with it is certainly inspiring. I've developed my own little program. I call it Fit Forties. I turn 41 next month and realized, "Holy crap! I'm middle aged!" It's time to get some of that joy, outside of kids, into my life.

Thanks for talking about your experiences with Mondo. I love to hear about people who go for their goals.

Carrie77 said...

Wow... I am really inspired to try it out... I may sign up for the October workshop.

Carrie77 said...

Ok, second thought... I signed up, for the August session... which starts tomorrow! I can't wait!

RookieMom Whitney said...

What a great testimonial. I am intrigued. And having had dinner with Andrea (now I'm name dropping, right?) I'm wondering why I haven't considered signing up more seriously. I guess because I feel like I already have finagled a lot of time to pursue a hobby/passion and feel like I can't ask for more. But I am in need of a morale boost... and envying yours.

Cynthia said...

You're going to make me do this thing, aren't you...? :-) You are really inspiring me!