Start by doing what is necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – Francis of Assisi

Could it be time to dive into something you know you need to do? What’s holding you back? Can you break it down and just start with the most basic first step? Ask yourself, why not now?

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“I realized it was up to me to take control” – Vivian Stancil

One of our favorite subjects to feature are the stories of people who inspire us to be our most authentic selves, the ones that are going against the odds to do whatever they want, what they love, whatever they set their minds to, and asking themselves, why not now?

Today, we’re sharing the story of one of these individuals. She’s gone against everything anyone has told her that she wasn’t capable of, so without further ado, here’s the story of Vivian Stancil (with thanks to Riley Hooper).

If you’ve ever wanted to do something, why aren’t you trying it? What’s stopping us? Are we too young? Too old? Are our bodies capable? Do we have the funds? Do we have support?

How have we become so conditioned to think that we’re unable to do something merely because someone told us that we can’t? Or, is it more the case of us becoming comfortable listening to our own self-criticism that we believe we’re actually unable to accomplish our goals?

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Here’s a Good Reason to Take a Moment Just for YOU

What if we listened to the chatter in our minds and started treating ourselves like our own best friend? What if - when we've done our very best - our inner critic just accepted that, celebrated a small gain or two, even the gain of wisdom, and moved on? Here's a very cool insight!

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We write our own stories. What’s yours going to say?

Keep yourself open to new possibilities, and happiness will stay nearby!

Oh! And if you’re interested in learning a little bit more about the work Vivian is doing to keep seniors from living a sedentary lifestyle and the youth involved in physical activity, please visit her website!


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  1. “Why Not Now: Vivian Stancil.” Vimeo. Riley Hooper, 19 June 2017. Web. 09 July 2017. <>.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.