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I was on a ROLL with creating content when I should be creating content – as in, getting ish done when I had actually scheduled it to be done instead of flying by the seat of my pants like a hot mess.
Then last night happened.
J and I had this whole plan in place to work on my business finances, budget, reconciliations – all that jazz. I had my laptop all set up for us, spreadsheets up, receipts organized…and then we fell asleep. We straight up fell asleep at 7:30 pm. And then woke up at 10:40, only to move from the living room to bed and call it quits for the night. HA. We’ve both worked such long hours lately, that it was bound to happen – it happened to me during the first launch of BossPitch, too – where exhaustion kicks in and my body just shuts down.
At first, I woke up lowkey freaking the freak out that absolutely *none* of the things I had wanted to get done last night got done. Womp.
But then, I realized…I actually felt good. Like, my body felt good. Not just my productivity radar.
We’re constantly in this GO-GO-GO society. Sometimes, it can feel like those who hustle through life – working more than they sleep, running on Red Bull and Adderall and only seeing “a good time” if it involves alcohol to forget the everyday ho hum – are the ones praised for “making it happen” and told “it will all pay off one day.”
But, will it?
I’m so guilty of this, since I literally just got over a few solid weeks of working 16-hour days; I’d wander out of our room to the Keurig at 6-7 am, fuel up, then head straight to my office, where I’d stay until calling it quits around 10-11 pm. Granted, I’d migrate to the living room or kitchen and work alongside J, or attempt multi-tasking, but there was always work distracting me from life.
This just got waaaaay deeper than intended…my bad. 😉 Really, I just wanted to share a few things to remind yourself of this week. Just in case any of ya are feeling similar feels as me.
Blue ruffle dress (c/o – This is the most FUN dress for summer – and so light + breezy! Runs TTS) // Pink statement earrings (not too heavy + come in so many colors!) // Pink polarized sunglasses (c/o – lovelovelove the good cause associated with these sunnies! For every pair of sunglasses sold, they donate a pair of reading glasses to people in need) // Pink heels (from Target, but sold out – similar here, here, here, here and here!)
12 Powerful Things to Remind Yourself Today:
Work to live – don’t live to work. Life is so full of vibrancy – so full of opportunity. Why limit yourself to your cubicle (so to speak)? You can – and do – have more potential for impact and meaning than you might think. Don’t box yourself into your job title. Accept that your life involves more than your means of income, and just because you’re not being financially compensated to do something else, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time.
Acknowledge your seasons – and honor them. Some days/weeks/months will be drier than others, in every sense. Accept it, and embrace it. Don’t force yourself to change something unnecessarily.
Water is underrated…
…So is sleep. You’ll be a much happier, healthier person if you clock yo’ 8 hours of zzzzz’s and let your body rest. We are not immortal. We can (and do) break. Protect the one vessel you have. Fill it with good things. Choose water over wine (hard) and broccoli over Oreos (harder).
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It’s OK to go get a manicure in the middle of a Tuesday. Justbecause.
Don’t neglect your path to get on someone else’s. We’re all unique individuals (cliche, but true) with unique, individual paths ahead of us that make up the journeys of our lives. Try as you might to be someone else…you’re still you, and they’re still them. Own YOUR path. The grass is not greener on the other side – it’s greener where you water it. Stop worrying about everyone else and their mom and water your own damn grass.
You are not always in control. Actually, you never really are. Control is an illusion made up for Type A, hustling perfectionists that don’t like leaving anything to “chance” (guilty). God is in control. Whether that makes you jump for joy or cringe…you are not in control.
Opinions are irrelevant. Everyone’s got one. Throw 6 billion opinions in a room and holy sh*t, you’ll be left paralyzed by inaction and confusion. Therefore, they are irrelevant. Only share yours if it makes a situation better, or lifts someone up. Sharing an opinion and sharing a fact are two entirely different things. Sharing a negative opinion (especially one not based in fact) just makes the world less of the kinda world we wanna live in.
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Schedule your priorities. If you want it to happen, make it happen by putting it on your calendar. Put that ish in INK. Don’t let your schedule prioritize your life – do it the other way around.
Not everything (or everyone) is as it seems. Take everything with a grain of salt, and never take any of it personally. Chances are, “it’s not you, it’s me” is a more valid excuse than it seems, and it’s oftentimes not admitted when it’s really actually not you. If you don’t know the full story behind something or have irrefutable proof of its truth, don’t accept it as 100% fact right off the bat. Be willing to question things and search for the truth in matters, especially before you internalize something as your own fault or failure.
Don’t think twice about booking the flight. Think twice about adding yet another graphic tee to your collection.
Sometimes the first step to getting what you want is getting rid of what you don’t. I heard this somewhere on the interwebs some time back and never forgot it. Sometimes, you need to literally clear out the bad to make room for the good. Say goodbye to toxic people (and kick them out of your brainspace, too), clear out any clutter, and identify any + all blocks of any sort standing in the way between where you are now and where you want to be.
What do you need to remind yourself today?
Friendly reminder: You’re worth it.
P.S. Challenging all of us to reach out and be a powerful reminder to someone else today.