About Donna


Earl & Donna

Earl & Donna

Oh my goodness… who would think writing an “About” yourself page would be so hard!

I sat here staring at the white screen and tapping my fingers on the keyboard. Hmmm… what do I write about myself?

No words came to me… Only questions.

  • What do you want to know about me?
  • Do you want to know what I have done in the past: the books I’ve written, the challenges I’ve overcome, the goals I have achieved?
  • Do you want to know what I want to do with this website, my podcast, and my videos?

I looked at the clock and realized I had spent more than 10 minutes trying to figure out what to write. I was ready to shut down my computer and give up on today’s goal of writing this page because I was clueless about what to write. For a moment I considered waiting until I came up with a unique angle to write about.

But isn’t that what happens all too often when we are working toward our goals? We come upon a hurdle and we freeze. We think that if we put it off for today, we will have better luck with it tomorrow. Unfortunately, tomorrow frequently becomes next week and next year.

Just Do Something!

Instead, I challenged myself to practice one of the goal-getting techniques I encourage you to use in situations like this. JUST DO SOMETHING!

In my case I decided to share my confusion and questions (what you read above), hoping the exercise would spark some great insight into “me.”

It didn’t. I decided to just answer the questions I had asked.

Here’s what I came up with:

If you met me today would probably see me as a hardworking, caring woman who sets and achieves personal and professional goals. You’d be meeting someone who trained for and completed two triathlons in 2008 and completed her first half marathon in December 2016. You’d be meeting someone who completed two college degrees while working full-time and raising a family, and then proceeded to write and self-publish two books and two audio CDs.

What you wouldn’t see are the doubts and fears I overcame to achieve all of those things. You wouldn’t see those same doubts and fears creeping into my daily life as I pursue each new goal or dream of dreaming something even bigger.

Currently I am writing more books (and trying to stay focused on the in-progress books and not get distracted by “shiny-object” syndrome). Although I’ve been working through self-esteem and confidence issues for most of my life, I still face the same challenges most days. I wonder if I have anything of value to share. I worry that no one will care what I have to share. I doubt that I can make a difference in anyone else’s life.

But you wouldn’t see that. You probably wouldn’t even sense that in me. But those doubts and fears are a big part of who I am. I just refuse to let them dictate the direction of my life.

I also love the physicality of backpacking and hiking. I love being “unplugged” from life for a day, a weekend, or longer. I plan to hike the entire Appalachian Trail within the next five years.

I am not always current with journaling my backpacking adventures at www.snailsontrails.com, but I’m doing the best I can. That’s all we can do, right?

If you’d like to experience to your own life adventures, but there are things holding you back, allow me to offer some guidance and support.

In a nutshell, I set goals, and more often than not, I achieve them.

You have goals, too!

I am willing to bet you struggle with the common distractions and challenges that make staying focused on a goal difficult. I bet there are days when you just don’t know which step to take next. You may stand in one place for hours, days, weeks or years.

My goal is to help you develop a workable plan to achieve whatever goals you set for yourself. I want to support you on your journey and encourage you to push thru the tough times when life or uncertainty get in your way.

But don’t be fooled. I cannot do the work for you! I can just help you advocate for yourself when outside forces try to hold you back.

I have accomplished a lot in my life, but rarely has it been easy. I have experienced the frustration of my plans falling apart. I have felt the pain on not feeling supported by the people who should always have my back. I have responded to the critics who said, “You can’t do that” with “Just watch me!”

About Donna

I am a multi-faceted person. I am in a committed relationship with a man who buys me a -30 degree sleeping bag so we can backpack in the cold Maine winters. I am employed full-time in a stressful position, managing people. I have financial obligations and financial goals. I have fitness and health goals. I have an entrepreneurial mindset, but also experience self-doubt and a fear of over-committing to it to the detriment of my relationship and my fitness goals.

So, how’s that for sharing a little bit about myself?

I will conclude this page by saying this… if you want to learn more about me, stick with me. I am transparent. I will share personal stories and struggles with you, so you will know that you are not alone as you work your plan to achieve your goals.

If you’d like to share our journeys toward retirement, allow me to stay in touch by giving me your name and e-mail address. We are going to have a lot of fun together!

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