I just ran across this post from a million billion years ago...actually just a few years ago...but it seems like eons. Anything that happened pre-baby seems prehistoric to me these days. I just wish I could figure what is distracting me so much...
Hmmm...hard to tell...
Anyways, when I re-read the below article I loved it just as much as I did when the BFF sent it to me originally. I've never re-posted a post before but I thought we might all need a happy New Year pep talk on this colder than cold January day. (I mean, seriously...how cold does it have to get? We get it! It's winter!!!) After all of these years of working from home, freelancing, consulting, enterprising, etc, I can tell you that I still need a reminder to keep pushing forward every now and then. Working from home can be lonely some days and it's easy to allow those nasty voices in the dark corners of my mind to haunt me with doubt and criticism. Just as I said before, doing something different is not easy, but it is worth it when you are doing what you love. I have no doubt that everything in this southern child's life has happened for a very good reason and will continue to happen that way as long as she keeps the faith.
Same goes for you, Gorgeous! Hope you enjoy this little flashback, and don't forget: you are amazing.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
a different kind of am inspiration...
Yesterday BFF sent me this article by Ashley Ambirge, and I loved it...
This is for all of you girls out there who know you are destined for great things...Amazing things. You can feel it. But it just hasn't happened yet. And now, it feels like an eternity has passed without results, and those black clouds of self doubt are rolling in and blanketing your thoughts and dreams, suffocating you, and crushing your self esteem. You find yourself wondering if these goals and dreams will ever happen. Maybe you are kidding yourself. Maybe you aren't destined for great things...
I know this feeling. I know it very well...BFF knows this feeling too, which is why she sent me this article. Anyone who has ever decided to do something different knows the feeling. Going against the grain, living like a gypsy, searching for your passion is not easy. It takes a lot of self confidence. A lot. And time (lots and lots of time). And good people, like our BFF's and Ashley Ambirge, to remind you that you will make it....
Sometimes, you find yourself living out of your car, storing all of your toiletries in an oversize red purse, lodging sweatshirts in between head rests and sun roof panels to block the windows so you can sleep, explaining to unsympathetic credit card companies that you can’t pay your $41 minimum payment because you’ve got negative $12 in your bank account, having borderline nervous breakdowns over what Equifax is going to have to say about all this, showering once every other day whenever someone is kind enough to let you use their water, subsisting on coffee and McDonald’s Snack Wraps, and finally starting to grasp why the homeless have a reputation for being alcoholics.
Sometimes, the shit hits the fan, and you can’t seem to reach the plug, so all you can do is duck and then curl up into the fetal position, and hope it doesn’t hit you too hard.
Sometimes, the there’s going to be a whole bunch of obstacles and challenges that feel almost as if there’s an evil man with a curly mustache and maroon-colored, 1980’s style gym shorts in the clouds whose sole job is to make your life hell and watch with delight as you struggle to manage while he slowly sips on a vat of Banker’s Club brandy from a gaudy crystal glass.
Sometimes, it’s going to seem that bad.
Sometimes, it’s going to feel impossible.
Sometimes, you’re going to be launched into a bout of despair.
Sometimes, NOTHING. WILL. SEEM. FAIR.
Sometimes, everything will seem bleak.
Sometimes, everything will BE bleak.
And you’ll be angry.
And it will break your heart.
And you’ll start to question everything about yourself.
Your intelligence, your choices, your dreams, your LIFE.
You’ll wonder: Am I fooling myself? Who am I to have such big aspirations? Obviously I’m not good enough, or I wouldn’t be living out of my car, eating McDonald’s snack wraps and having delusional thoughts about men in maroon-colored gym shorts.
And–dammit!–you’ll start to withdraw. You’ll start to step back from the war against mediocrity. You’ll feel intimidated, and then you’ll feel petrified, and THEN you will let those feelings decide the outcome of your life.
DO NOT LET YOURSELF BECOME A VICTIM OF YOUR OWN INSECURITIES.
Because sometimes, you’ve just got to pick yourself up off the bar floor with all your might, use all of your remaining energy to dust the empty peanut shells off your jacket, and GO AT IT AGAIN.
This is not a post about imagining the silver lining.
This is about taking the sharpest knife you can find, cutting through all of the bullshit, and yanking that lining out with your bare hands.
That’s all that we can do.
Be confident in your quest.
Be arrogant when it comes to your desires.
And be downright defiant when it comes to adversity.
There is no other way.
To read more from the very brazen and inspiring Ashley Ambirge, click on the title link at the top of the page to be directed to her website...
Oh and pass this along to someone who could use a little encouragement today...
p.s...the BFF has her own blog now. Go check it out at http://aimeeelizabethmars.wordpress.com.