I’ve been reading Choose Yourself by James Altucher and he was talking about habits that Woody Allen has. There was one that resonated so hard with me about working for 5 hours – first thing – and then having the rest of the day to do what you want. Focus on consistently doing the work to get your ‘thing’ done.
The importance of sleep becomes so apparent after a night of not getting enough.
Last night, I worked late on the computer and the effect of the screen light kept me awake for another hour. The next morning, at far-too-early-o’clock I startled awake.
It can be difficult to create anything in the absence of uninterrupted time.
Do whatever you need to find uninterrupted time so that you can create the things that make your soul sing. Be more organised, find a productivity/scheduling system that works, find a babysitter, get up early, go to bed late.
Do what you need to do to get the uninterrupted time.
It’s important to take a few moments to take stock and honour the passing year, whether good or bad.
There are many different ways to do this and you might already have your rituals. Here are some of the ways I use to honour last year and welcome and set up for the new year.
Lot’s of the tiniest of steps can take you amazing places.
In the pool with my 5 year old daughter today, she taught me an invaluable lesson about tiny steps and perseverance.
Going back to the start, I need to tell you that’s she’s quite afraid of water. She’ll sit on the steps of the pool, she won’t trust the floaty vest to keep her safe in the deeper water. But today we learned our lesson.
A thought has just occurred to you. It’s come out of nowhere. But all at once, it feels like you have a big hard knot in your stomach, and that your stomach has dropped into your shoes.
Breathing gets hard, you can’t quite seem to get enough air in your lungs – and it’s not the 10 ciggs you smoked last night.
Enjoy the moment.
You’ve had a big year. Take a breathe and remember that you can take a few days of downtime without having to fill it with jobs, chores, tasks or projects.
There are going to be days where you’re so tired you can’t function. That’s ok. Be kind to yourself and take the time you need to rest.
No matter how busy, tiring, or stressful your day was, always make time to connect with your people before sleep.
Some days it feels like everyone around you is melting down. They’re having panic attacks or big emotions that just can’t be contained. No matter how much you try to logic or rationalise to them, nothing brings them relief.
Add to that you’re own inability to deal with strong emotions, or inability to deal with feeling helpless. Or impatience with them for not just “getting over it”, or not being able to “fix it” for them.
- To generate ideas
- The belief that it needs to be made and that you’re the one to make it
- Actually executing and making the ‘thing’
Get to it, you beautiful strong unicorn 🦄 💪
I’ve never worn red lipstick. I love the look, but I’ve never worn it. Why is that?
I could tell you it’s because I had yellow teeth and it didn’t suit me. But really it’s because I didn’t think that I could pull it off. It really comes down to confidence.
I like Mel Robbins definition of confidence.
“Confidence is the willingness to try.” —Mel Robbins
This morning in the shower, I was thinking about the red lipstick. Thinking do I actually like it? Perhaps I don’t.
And I realised that the reason that I thought I didn’t, was because I didn’t have feedback from others about whether they thought I could pull it off.
Then I thought about it. If no one else is involved, I f**king love red lipstick.
So wear the red lipstick. What ever your red lipstick is, just f**king do it.