Day 3479 – Justin Timberlake Wrote A Really Cool Book

I have to say, I am absolutely loving Justin Timberlake’s book, Hindsight, & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me. The design work of each page alone is worth the read, or at the very least, a flip through.

This morning, I came across this quote:

That’s what I love about my job. I love the spaces that are not about the win but the practice.

As I’ve been working with Bret to build our business, I’ve had to grow in a number of ways. While it’s exciting to have a closing and get paid, the more exciting part is the growth and change in myself through the process.

I love this idea of “practice.” With my running, it’s about having a practice, not a finish line. With reading, it’s about enjoying the book I’m reading, not about hitting a number read.

What we practice adds up to some incredible things, so what are you practicing today?

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Day 3473 – Make Your Dreams Come True Day

I think it’s fitting that this day fell during a business retreat with our partners. 🙂

A big part of actually making your dreams come true is setting goals, breaking them down, and chasing hard after them. I spent some time yesterday working on my goals for the year and I’m super pumped to see where the year ends up.

What are you doing to make your dreams come true today?

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Day 3472 – Permission To Say No – or – JEN SINCERO LOOKED AT ME!

One thing I’ve been wanting to talk about for a little while is giving yourself permission to say no….as well as reminding you it’s ok to say no….which I will, but first, I wanted to geek out a little bit.

A few days back, we went to see Jen Sincero speak and it was a truly wonderful experience. I want to do more things like that. It was a speaking/book signing event. I did take two books to be signed, but we were like number 540 in line and we’d had a particularly long few days, so while it would have been great to have a few seconds with her and get my books signed, I decided it was just not worth losing even more sleep over.

During her talk, she had great audience interaction. Dudes, she looked RIGHT at me! Several times! So amazing.

So saying no. There are lots of reasons we say no to things.

I say no to alcohol because I’m a former alcoholic. There are times when I say no to events because of alcohol. I’d say 95% of the time, I’m totally ok with being around other drinkers, going into a liquor store, or going on a getaway where I’ll be around drinkers. But there is a small number of times when I’m just not. I have a lot more to learn about myself and my drinking past that I’m still dealing with, and I just have to say no.

I say no to watching movies with nudity because I struggle with remembering the images. One of the most important things in my life is my marriage to Bret, anything that could take away from that, I fight against it. I have no problem with others watching nudity, but I know myself and my limits, so I just have to say no.

I say no to some TV shows that raise my anxiety.

I stopped watching football, mostly for time….but also because at the end of the day, my Ravens won’t win every game….so why put myself through the stress of “will they/won’t they/WHY DID YOU DO THAT?/THAT REF IS AN IDIOT!” for a few hours?

But you know most of this since I’ve blogged about it before. What I’ve found makes saying no harder is when others don’t understand why or, and I think this is the bigger reason, they don’t struggle with what you’re saying no to. I’ve found that some will never understand you. Just like I cannot understand how someone can have a glass of wine at dinner, not finish it, and not want to finish the bottle…Even being sober for over four years, I still can’t comprehend this.

When we have to spend twenty minutes finding a movie to watch that doesn’t have nudity, it can be hard to explain my reasons to those who don’t have a problem with it.

When I have to say no to seeing people or canceling a social thing because Bret needs the car for an appointment, or basically any of the changes we have to make for running a business, it can be hard to express why it takes priority.

But here’s the truth, some people will never understand where you’re coming from. No matter how many times you explain it, or try a different approach, or even hand puppets with pie charts, they just won’t get it.

So I want to remind you it’s OK to say no. I’m giving you permission to say NO. I’m also giving you (and myself) permission to let go of the worry and wish that they would understand you.

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Day 3467 – Going With The Flow

When we got back from Cali, we hit the ground running with our business. Bret and I were just talking about how we really haven’t had a break since. “Weekend” and “day off” are unknown words right now.

I’m finding instead of getting overwhelmed, freaked out, stressed out, etc, I have to just go with the flow and do what I can. I’m breathing deeper more often than I have before, and boy howdy, learning to grow.

I’ve been all about rest, self-care, etc, and I still am, so the challenge is trying to find the balance in our current season. One thing that really meant a lot and has helped on these days is something Bret said a few days ago, “I can’t wait to see how you change this year.”

I can look back to last January and I see a very different person. Heck, I can look back just a month or two ago, and see the big changes.

If nothing else, this season is teaching me to breathe more.

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Day 3465 – Finding Joy In The Journey

At least half a year ago, I purchased a mug. The day I found it, I was wandering through a dollar store, a little ticked off. I had traveled to an appointment only to have said appointment canceled right before I was set to arrive. I then saw the mug (pictured below) and had to buy it.

I drink my coffee out of this mug and I love seeing the reminder to find joy in the journey, it is a reminder I need often. Building our business has been one of the most challenging and most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I am consistently needing to grow, stretch, mold, and meet the challenges.

After a pretty long day, Bret was encouraging me to remember just how far I’ve come, even in just the last few months. Reminding me of the stress of taking less calls versus how many we’re getting now…what once was completely overwhelming, is now normal and a part of my day.

I try to consistently keep in my mind when I’m starting to get stressed: “imagine how much this will help you grow, you will likely not recognize yourself in a few months.” My word/phrase for this year is Journey More, Stress Less.

I actually love the fact that life is not about each milestone, it is about the journey itself.

So friends, find joy in the journey you’re on today.

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