What am I pretending not to know?
What would the person I intend to become do next?
What are 5 concrete examples of actions steps I could take to leave my comfort zone? In my relationships, in my business, and in personal growth
What am I waiting for?
Why won’t I finish (drafting!) my DMP!?
These are all examples of the questions that have been going through my mind this week.
I just about typed “it’s been a challenging week…” and then I started laughing.
(It’s 11:14pm on Friday night. I’m sitting at my dining room table, with my laptop out. Everyone is FINALLY asleep, knock on wood. And I am trying to get my blog post out for the week. I’ve been writing it in my head for a few days now.)
Who am I kidding, in theory I guess I could say that about every week…there’s a mindset switch that needs to happen surrounding that sentence, RIGHT HERE and NOW. I don’t think I could honestly say I remember a week that HASN’T been challenging, for several if not many years. As in “gosh, this was a pretty easy laid back week.” HAHAHA
Ok- so on that note. I think my approach needs to be expecting and ACCEPTING and EMBRACING whatever variety of challenges come up any given day or week. Just plan on it, and plan to hunt for and discover the growth opportunities, like a TREASURE HUNT.
This week: A got tummy/fever sick Sunday night, and stayed home both Monday and Tuesday because she had to. D’s Monday afternoon class got cancelled due to inclement weather. A wanted to stay home Wednesday morning – I think she was still just feeling a bit beat from her illness though technically she could attend. By 9:30am though, she would not stop asking to go to school, so I took her around 11:15 so she could have lunch with her friends and finish her school day. D had his usual Wednesday afternoon class. Thursday and Friday were already scheduled days off for A for the whole school. What does this mean? It means that the little chunks of time I might normally be able to squirrel away with only the two boys home, or the time D is in school when I only have C (and sometimes C naps), were non-existent. I could feel my frustration and negativity building as the length of my to-do list grew and the opportunities to cross those items off disappeared.
Also, my sweet feline sidekick of almost 12 years started acting funny on Monday around dinner time, and following my gut I got her into the vet on Tuesday morning, accompanied by 3 helpers. Unfortunately, the general exam & and xray revealed an abdominal mass approximately 2″ in diameter on her right side, slightly displacing some organs. She is super furry/fluffy, and that fluff had disguised how distended her poor belly had become. We don’t have a for sure diagnosis at this point, just some possibilities. I am heartbroken.
So, all that might not seem like much, but it was enough of a detour from our routine that it really threw me for a loop.
I am so grateful for my father. He surprised me on Tuesday by showing up with subs and parfaits for lunch about an hour after we got back home from the vet. While we waited for him, the kids & I put in some serious playdough creation time!
Grampa also came bearing interesting pamphlets and info on community activities & events to show the kiddos. And my mom’s bottle of OPC-3 to share some until my order arrives. The kids were so happy to see Grampa. Today I got both a text and an email from him asking if he could come down and spend some time with me and the kids, go on a bit of an adventure. I replied that yes indeed that sounded lovely and also I could really use to grab a shower. 🤣 We skipped part of the adventure in favor of C getting his first decent morning nap all week long (Praise God!) and we went out for lunch instead. I got to see a dear friend of mine, who I haven’t seen in far too long. I was able to fly through a handful of items on my list that were time sensitive to this week and that required me to apply some critical thinking skills to complete while Grampa played with the kiddos. I got my shower in.
I connected with our mail delivery person. Her name is Colleen, and I know specifically how I can help her with her job over the next 2 weeks.
I followed up with a few potential clients that I am confident that I can help with some of the products I broker, and even if they choose not to become clients, I know I am adding value to their lives simply by providing education and resources to them.
I learned something new about social media today from my friend Carrie AND I took action on it right away instead of “waiting for a better, more convenient time.”
I have some pictures i’d like to add in, but I hear someone stirring, and I still have to brush my teeth.
I feel like that moment between knowing what I need to do and doing it is shrinking, that hesitation is there less and less often. The space between the ‘a-ha’ and the action.