Swimming with (Metaphorical) Crocodiles

I am a lover of quotes. Inspirational, funny, philosophical, anything that just grabs my attention and makes me go hmm. . .I intend to share a quote a week with you here, and whatever my thoughts happen to be at the time. If you live in the river, you should make friends with the crocodile. ~Indian Proverb I was trying to figure out how to go about explaining the new-found circumstances of my life when I happened upon this pithy sentence on Twitter (courtesy of @chrisguilleabeau–and people say that Twitter is a waste of time!). I’ve been struggling with the fact that I haven’t been moving forward with my ittybiz as quickly as I would like. I have all these ideas and neatly mapped out goals and yet it seems to be one step forward, two steps back. I keep reading about how it’s necessary to push yourself to the nth degree to make it as a solopreneur, but my nth degree seems to be lowering all the time. Turns out, my nth degree is directly related to my thyroid. In January, I found out I was hypothyroid (you can read more about it here but in a nutshell, my thyroid under-performs and makes life very difficult). This brought with it both relief and anger.  I am relieved to know that I am not a hypochondriac and that there are things I can now do to feel better. I am angry because had the lab I’d gone to a few years ago used the now accepted narrower range of “normal,” I could have had a lot of stuff dealt...

Mad Love Monday #12

A collection of all of the random things I loved on the internet in the previous week, and why you might love them, too. Or at least crush on them. Thanks to Get In the Hot Spot for pointing out that lifestyle design is about so much more than self-employment and jet-setting. I think I might watch this at least once a week from now on. Two minutes of encouragement on my entrepreneurial path is time well spent. In this post from Productive Flourishing, I am particularly struck by this idea: the more you break commitments to yourself, the harder it is to trust yourself. And, since respect is built on trust, it’s easy to get into self-defeating patterns that lead to a lack of self-respect and self-acknowledgment. For some reason I’ve always thought something was wrong with me because I prefer to use email versus the phone for communicating with most people. Thanks to Men With Pens, I now know that my preference for email is actually serving my clients best. * * * Have a madly marvelous...

Mad Love Monday #11

A collection of all of the random things I loved on the internet in the previous week, and why you might love them, too. Or at least crush on them. So I was just wondering how I might turn some of my leisure activities into legit topics for blog posts, and Men With Pens provided a rodeo of an example. Gotcha, left brain! I know I can’t really live without you and that you do have my best interests at heart, but as this post (from First 30 Days) shows, you need to let righty have more of a turn. This list, from Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project, was totally in sync with my challenging week. It’s a list of little things that can be done every day, no matter how unaccomplished the rest of the day feels.I would also add five minute yoga and keeping up with the dishes. It’s the little things that keep you...

Mad Love Monday #10

A collection of all of the random things I loved on the internet in the previous week, and why you might love them, too. Or at least crush on them. I’ve never really gotten into short films, and in the world of sound bytes 16 minutes is an eternity, but this made me smile. I mean, really smile, all the way down to whatever it is that makes up my cells. Plus the bug guy from Bones is in it. This is a great follow up to the above film. One of my favorite peeps ever, Deepak Chopra, talks about the power of healing words. Aha! Julie Daley once again manages to eloquently express exactly what I’ve been unable to. Even as I work past the fear of my blog posts being crap, her post tells me that getting out the sludge is part of opening the flow of genius. These tips are from 200 years ago? How are they still so pertinent? Thanks Gretchen Rubin at The Happiness Project! Just because it made me laugh: Shut Your Pie Hole, courtesy of The Onion. * * * Anything of interest you want to share? Leave a link in the...

Following Your Heart to Breakfast

I am a lover of quotes. Inspirational, funny, philosophical, anything that just grabs my attention and makes me go hmm. . .I intend to share a quote a week with you here, and whatever my thoughts happen to be at the time. “Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength.”~Hasidic saying As I sit with this saying, I see that there are two main parts: observation and choice. Observation Before one can act, one must carefully take a good look at what is going on. It is not enough to just sit with the facts; you have to carefully listen to what the heart is saying. If a friend wants to go out when I have been planning a quiet evening in, for instance, my thought process may go something like this: “I can’t say no. We haven’t seen each other in awhile and I don’t want to appear uninterested. But I’m so tired and was really looking forward to vegging out on the couch. Saying no would be too selfish. Nobody is going to be entirely happy with whatever I decide.” But if I take a moment to get quiet and go into my heart, I can find out what I really need more—to connect with my friend or to honor my need to rest. I’ve been in this position and sometimes one need is more important than the other. The point is to really observe what is going on and to make an informed choice–then stick with it. Choice Decisions can seem so hard. Surface needs,...