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Today I made popcorn with my little girl.

It’s not the microwave kind. I’m akin to the homemade popcorn makers because it’s fun to watch and I like the taste and texture better (more roast-y, less microwave-y).

We’ve made popcorn before, no big. But I couldn’t find the measuring scoop this time. So we guessed.

But we guessed wrong.

About 30 seconds in, the popcorn maker started smoking and I smelled burning.

Part of me wanted to just let it go, and hoped that the popcorn would pop eventually. But the other part of me was screaming, “Turn it off! Turn it off!”

So what did I do? I turned it off.

And luckily I did. I cut off the power and realized we had put too much popcorn. The bottom kernels were burning and the top kernels weren’t getting any heat. So I scooped out about half the kernels, and voila, perfect popcorn.

In life, you have the choice to be lazy, coast by, but never get what you really want. Or you could wake up, examine what’s happening, and make changes to live the life you truly want.

So what smoke signal is life sending you?

What’s burning? What is so uncomfortable that it’s better to make the change than to stay where you are now?

Make a commitment today to snap out of it, make a change, so that you can start living the life you desire.