Operation Leatherback: My 108 Blog Commitment

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment” – Jim Rohn

100 yards or so south of where I live, leatherback turtles are released nearly every day as part of an effort to reestablish a population that is in danger of extinction in the near future.

Each release sees about 100 baby turtles make their maiden voyage from the sand into the ocean, and only 1 in 1000 of them will grow to its mature size of over a half-ton during its 45-year average life span.

One day while I watched the release with my daughter as the sun set over crashing waves, a thought wandered through my mind.

These turtles are like ideas.

I am somewhat of an idea farmer, and while cultivating ideas takes effort, it’s the easy part. Most ideas die before they ever make it to the sea of real possibility.

Of the turtles that are pulled with the tide into the sea, few will swim with enough strength to make it through the break, learn to avoid possible predators, and be able to feed their immense growth.

As I contemplated the lifespan of these endangered turtles, I started to think about what in my life I wanted to see grow, and in turn, what I was willing to see die.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have wanted to be a writer, and when I watch year after year go by without really tending to this desire, I cringe.

When I first started writing on I Choose Love with hopes to write everyday or close to it, I was also starting a masters program and a business, while also efforting through recovery and maintaining a robust social life. Things are different now.

And so, I begin again.

With Operation Leatherback ☺

Over the next 52 weeks, I will write 108 blogs here.

Twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays, I’ll offer up a new post, and I plan to write a post a quarter about something significant that’s happened over the last few years that I wasn’t able to write about at the time.

Because that’s the thing…I have finally cleared enough space (and time!) for my writing.

With hope and a bit of trepidation, I share this new goal. It will take discipline and persistence, but I am excited.  These qualities I knew well as an elite athlete.  Although my approach to goals is different today then it was back then.

I am learning what it means to be disciplined and whole; persistent and open.  I’ll be exploring all of this and more through Operation Leatherback!

I’d love to hear from you! Please comment below about how discipline has helped you bring an idea of yours to life, what you’ve allowed to let die, or about anything else this post inspired in you!


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  2. MaryCay Durrant on February 8, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    This is stunning my friend… I love how nature always provides us guidance and you are present enough to capture it’s beauty and wisdom with a life giving story. Thank you for always inspiring and stretching me and all of us lucky enough to know you

    • Stephanie on February 8, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, dear friend! Yes, nature reveals its beauty and wisdom through our presence. And both are vast here. 🙂

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