There’s a reason that “silly” is in the title … because I feel somewhat silly telling you this story. But if you get past the particular example that I’m about to give you, I believe there’s a powerful Motivation Monday message here, and I hope you find a way to apply it to your life.
Today marks 3 weeks since I announced that I was leaving my job. As I’ve said, the job was great in many ways, and the point of this post is not to say otherwise. However, one thing that really brought me down was the unpredictability. The work hours were part of this – I never really knew if I would be done working by 8pm and head to dinner with my team, or be working hard until 2am. But I got used to that. The part that nagged me more was the unpredictability of the travel. For most of my time consulting, travel was fairly predictable – fly out early Monday morning, and fly back home Thursday night. Every week was standard, and while I wished I was at home, I appreciated the routine. (picture source)
The last several months of my job were different. Although it meant a few extra nights in town, it also meant not knowing where I was going to be spending the night. Several times, I thought I would be staying in Dallas, but ended up rushing home, packing unexpectedly, and heading to the airport. Obviously, one thing that really helps in this situation is to keep your travel toiletries packed, so I did. My travel toiletry bag has a spot hanging next to my bathroom sink, and because my bag is bright teal, it was pretty noticeable when I walked into the bathroom each time. (picture source)
Even though I knew I wouldn’t have to travel for work for the past 3 weeks, I couldn’t bring myself to unpack the silly toiletries bag. Every day when I put on deodorant and dropped the stick back into its spot in the bag, or put on makeup and returned it to the bag, I thought “this is dumb, I should just unpack it, that would be so much easier.” But I didn’t. And I actually think I was somehow subconsciously holding on to the fear and uncomfortable feeling that I just might have to go at any moment … the one thing that bugged me most about the job. (picture source)
Well, yesterday, I unpacked it … and I honestly felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders! Now, like I said at the beginning, you may think this particular example is silly, but think about how it applies to you. Is there something you’re holding on to that is not serving you? Is there something in your life that bugs you, but you’re holding on to it because it’s always been something you have had to worry about?
- Maybe you recently lost weight, but you still have your “fat pants” and you cringe every time you see them in your closet.
- Maybe you got over an injury, but your crutches are still at the front door.
- Maybe you’re mourning a lost loved one, and allow yourself to re-feel all of the pain every day because of some moment that’s in a prominent place.
- Maybe it’s much lighter – you really the way your hand soap makes your hands dry but you haven’t swapped it out and it bugs you every time.
Only you know what it is, but I encourage you to recognize it … and change it. Today! I believe in you!
Foodie Pen Pals
Now, for a completely different topic (I’m not even going to try to transition!). You may remember that I’ve participated several times in The Lean Green Bean‘s Foodie Pen Pals program. Two people (bloggers or just foodies!) exchange small packages of fun food items, and get to know each other a bit. This month, I was matched up with Katie from Baking and Swimming, and I’m so glad I was! Katie is a college student, competitive swimmer, and blogger, and is training for her first triathlon! The package she sent was great – Kevin and I enjoyed the tortilla soup for dinner, and she must have known that I LOVE Peanut Butter & Co. products (especially White Chocolate Wonderful!). She also picked my favorite Luna flavor (in a perfect world, I rely on whole foods, but in a pinch I rely on bars!), and included some delicious tea and other goodies as well. I haven’t yet tried the caramel dip, but it looks divine!
So tell me in the comments … what is one thing you’re holding on to that is no longer serving you? Do you relate to the feeling of holding on to something that you know you should let go?