Monday Morning Motivation:
Who Are You And Why That Matters
Hey everyone.. HOLA! And happy Monday. Let me be the first to welcome you to a brand new week.
Without being too much of a downer I need to tell you about a frightening thing that happened to me just about a week ago.
We were shooting the second of two Sweet Retreats shows in Maine; the first was in Bar Harbor and we were wrapping things up in Portland. When I know I’m going out on shoots, I write as much as I can for GoodEnoughMother.com and stockpile it ahead of time because I know when I’m on set, I’m not going to have time to do anything other than the task at hand, as it should be.
Last week I had been so busy getting ready for this shoot and trying to re-immerse (is that even a word?) myself in the lives of my family that the time slipped by and before I knew it, I was on a plane, winging my way to Bangor Maine with nothing written in advance.
“No problem”, I thought to myself. “I’ll just wake up early Monday morning and write Monday Morning Motivation.” I had done it before, so I knew I could.
Only, I couldn’t.
I woke up early, and stared at a blank screen for what seemed like an eternity.
Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Not one encouraging thought, not one uplifting moment came to my head.
I had hit the wall. That’s a terrifying thing for someone who makes their living as a writer.
But is that what I am?
That, ladies and gentlemen, is the crux of today’s Monday Morning Motivation.
You see lately, I have felt like I’m running on a treadmill; always going, never taking time for myself, shortchanging me and the others in my life. But the last several weeks that feeling has become more acute, as has the crushing pain in my chest. Like a..
It wasn’t a heart attack but more like an identity crisis brought on by the realization that I am one woman and I cannot (CANNOT) do it all. It was time for me to decide who I am.
Am I a blogger/brand? Or am I a TV personality?
The truth is I’m a little of both. I started Goodenoughmother.com all those years ago because I wanted to build something, a brand that no one could take away from me; after all, it’s hard to forget a moment like this. I also was looking for a way to get back into TV, my chosen career.
When I started the site, I had nothing BUT time. Time to write, time to go to conferences, time to work on the brand and all that entailed.
Simply put, I don’t have that luxury any longer. Sweet Retreats is a success, now the number one rated show on the Live Well Network and shows no signs of slowing down! That’s great right? Well as you can imagine, the demand from that and my other show Exhale,will only continue.
The blank brain, the crushing chest, all helped me realize I am a TV personality who writes, not the other way around. When the TV gigs are poppin’ (and they are) I’m going to have to accept the fact that I won’t be able to crank out as much content as on the days when I was working alone in my closet.
Figuring out who I am, cutting myself some slack for not following the prolific posting schedule I had been for the last several years, basically giving myself a break from myself, instantly made me feel better, not to mention, happier.
Figuring out who you are might not be about TV or blogging but in your life, something needs to be the lead horse. Maybe it’s the job (or like me, you have to decide which job); perhaps it’s the family or maybe even your own health. The point is.. it’s impossible to serve all the masters of your life for the same amount of time, with the same gusto.
Time to decide.. and then be okay with it.
What about you? Agree? Disagree? Have you ever been here? What did you do about it?