Today . . . I’m finding my community. I’m talking about my peeps that think the way I do, but it’s hard for me to wrap my head around finding people with whom I share common ground if we haven’t defined the ground on which we stand. (Wow, that was dramatic). So, I’m defining the ground. Below are 10 confessions that may or may not be interesting to you, but they sum up my thoughts. Oh and I have included some shareable images with each. My thoughts in graphic form. Please share if you agree.
1. I’m a reluctant blogger, but I do it because connection matters.
I’m not sure if you can tell (hopefully you can), but I consider myself a writer. Well, maybe. The true writers of the world may snub me for not treating this craft with the respect that I should, but I do love writing. I’m just a reluctant blogger. I’m learning over time, but it was difficult to believe that people cared about what I had to say. Who am I? Turns out at least a handful cares. So . . . thanks!
2. I think my kids are hella cute.
Most parents think they have cute kids, but I REALLY think my kids are cute. Honestly, it’s a good thing. Sometimes that’s the only reason I stay sane.
3. I can’t stand it when people talk in movies unless it’s me. I usually have something really important to say.
I understand that’s hypocritical. Usually, I only think something is important if I was the only one in my group that read the book and the movie left something out. Those details eat away at my soul until everyone knows them and then I can rest and watch the rest of the movie.
4. I choose better instead of bitter at any possible moment.
I literally remind myself of this at least once a week. If it’s a rough week, then it could be daily. I believe that bitterness is a disease that lay dormant in the face of optimism and faith, but as soon as it is fed in any form (thoughts, words, actions, etc…), it eats away at EVERYTHING including things that aren’t even a part of the problem.
5. I pretend know current events in a conversation and then actually research it later.
Don’t worry. I don’t do this for big important stuff or people seeking my advice. Anyone that knows me will tell you I’m happy to admit when I don’t know something, but I think
6. I’m not easily offended. Inevitably, I will need forgiveness too.
Whenever we speak or react, I believe it is a combination of what we consider societal norms, stereotypes, personal experience, and insecurities. I know it’s not always about me. I also know that I’m human and will mess up eventually. With that always in mind, it is difficult to offend me unless you disrespect my kids. Then, I will cut you. (J/K but not really).
7. Family is everything to me, but family isn’t always blood.
I love how the right people step into your life in just the right season. Isolation is luring and deceptive. It makes you think you are being independent and strong. It’s a lie. Our strongest moments are our most vulnerable ones and sharing those moments with the right people makes them family.
8. I’m a Texas girl, born in the 80’s that LOVES music from the 60s and 70s.
No joke, my kids walk around with The Commodores on their playlists. I used to bump Al Green in the parking lot of my high school and watch the Temptations movie on a daily basis. I’m not going to say I was born at the wrong time because I couldn’t have existed without my computer and the Internets (as my uncle says), but the music is amazing.
9. Goals are not my thing, but I celebrate each time I surprise myself.
The creative, unorganized side of my brain takes over from time to time (or most of the time) making structure difficult for me. Goals are structured or at least the way I think about them. I suppose my ultimate vision is my goal, but if I think of it that way, I will get intimidated. Goals are like broccoli. I would much rather have them smothered in cheese.
10. I believe personal and professional balance can slow your ability to make money, but it allows you to enjoy the money you do make so much more.
I love being a successful entrepreneur or infopreneur as my friend says, but I can enjoy it because when I break from it, there is something meaningful to go to. Making sure that you are putting just as much into your personal life as you are into your professional life helps avoid burn out and reduces stress. It also helps you love your brand longer.