no excuse

don't make excuses. make something incredible happen right now.- greg hickman

i had started a blog post yesterday about how thankful i am to be here in kansas. but that will have to wait for another day, as i think this is more important.

i have a friend, who was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer and will be having surgery in the near future. she needed something from me via email. i told her that i would get it to her in the next couple days...and didn't. yesterday, i got a reminder email, requesting the documents again. i told her that i would get them to her right away and rattled off a bunch of excuses as to why she hadn't already received them.

then i visited this blog, which is a new favorite (i actually have a girl crush on her). anyways, this post kicked me in the stomach and dropped me to my knees.  sadness [at myself] flooded my mind. how ridiculous was i...making excuses to my friend. i mean really!

i immediately went to my email and wrote my friend the following:

BTW...i feel like a fucking dumb ass that i would even consider venting to you about being too busy, when you're just trying to get things done before your surgery. sorry for my selfish excuses. i'm a dumb ass! love you and again, sorry for my inexcusable delay!

it's easy to make excuses. it's not always easy to move forward or just get it done. but in the end, it's your choice.  this time i definitely made the wrong choice.  i'm thankful (and lucky) that my friend accepted my apology!

next time you're going to make an excuse--or a bunch of them, just take a moment to think about it first.  i know i will!

tomorrow, i'm off to san diego, for a bunch of shoots.  and to see my friend--in person--and give her the hugest hug and an apology in person!!

remember... the best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. no apologies. no excuses. no one to lean on, rely on, or blame. this gift is yours and it's an amazing journey. you alone are responsible for the quality of it. - bob moawad