Anything is Possible With…

September 10, 2013 | By | Comments (23)


Yesterday I was walking to a meeting and wondering—as I often do at 3:00 p.m.—how I was going to get through it. Not that I don’t completely love my job every waking minute of the day. But there is that midafternoon exhaustion that always seems to hit me like a wave. Weirdly, chanting “IlovemyjobIlovemyjob” does not make it go away. And so I found myself heading toward our little Real Simple office kitchenette and thinking, “Anything is possible with enough coffee.” Which led, naturally, to the various other ways I have ended that sentence at other times in my life:

Anything is possible…

• With 8 hours of sleep
• If I get a dog
• If I pay down my debt
• If I grow my hair out
• If I get a haircut
• If I get a raise
• With the help of a therapist
• With a small circle of true friends
• Once the baby sleeps through the night
• Once I’m out of my teens
• Once I’m married
• With a college degree
• With a graduate degree*
• If I write a book
• If I put everything into neat piles
• If I stop biting my nails
• If I apologize
• If I forgive
• If I find a job I love
• If I start every day by making the bed
• With perseverance
• With willpower
• With patience
• If my children are healthy
• If I maintain a sense of humor
• With a trusted partner
• With a family who loves me

*Really not true, at least not in my case

OK, now you finish the sentence.

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  1. boomdava

    Reblogged this on boomdava and commented:
    Anything is possible… if I can just grab my green tea first!

    September 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm
  2. Mandy

    Anything is possible with…. Christ

    September 10, 2013 at 7:33 pm
  3. Leslie

    With a equal amounts of patience, love and wine…

    September 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm
  4. Jill

    …with God. (Matthew 19:26)

    September 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm
  5. brookekubath

    with big hair and a little too much eyeliner…

    September 10, 2013 at 8:37 pm
  6. laurie

    …with God!!!!!!

    September 10, 2013 at 9:03 pm
  7. Aimee

    Enough coffee and the perfect dress

    September 10, 2013 at 9:17 pm
  8. Steph

    Surprised this wasn’t one of the first answers … With Chocolate!!

    September 10, 2013 at 9:37 pm
  9. Jami

    …with faith, trust and pixie dust.

    September 10, 2013 at 10:12 pm
  10. Denise

    When you’re proud of who you are.

    September 11, 2013 at 2:27 am
  11. Mandy

    My first answer was taken ( God ).
    Anything is possible… If you BELIEVE it is possible, and then give 110%.

    September 11, 2013 at 8:12 am
  12. Elizabeth

    (I think the phrase is complete in itself.) Anything IS possible.

    September 11, 2013 at 10:33 am
  13. Tiffany

    I can just find the share button.

    September 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm
  14. Phyllis Richardson

    Next year when I’m 87!

    September 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm
  15. Amy

    When you’re wearing a great pair of shoes.

    September 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm
  16. Mindy

    Natural elements.

    September 12, 2013 at 7:06 pm
  17. rose


    September 12, 2013 at 7:09 pm
  18. mike

    A positive attitude.

    September 12, 2013 at 8:24 pm
  19. Joyce

    The right motivation

    September 12, 2013 at 10:55 pm
  20. Richard Wm Thomas


    September 18, 2013 at 10:09 am
  21. Beni

    With determination ,hard work and a lot luck.

    September 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm
  22. sharon gilbert

    With a good hair day,!!!!!

    November 2, 2013 at 10:07 am
  23. Priscilla

    If you’ ve read enough of kristin’s blogs for inspiration and start writing your own.

    January 12, 2014 at 2:58 pm

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