This has been one of the toughest weeks of my life, and that’s saying a lot after having survived my year-long dietetic internship (blog post on that coming soon). For many reasons, which I will go into detail at some point in the future, I reached the end of this week feeling quite downtrodden and in need of some cheering up.
Usually, when I’m feeling low, I watch or listen to something that makes me laugh; but, this week, that wasn’t enough. No sooner did the sun peek through on my moodÂ thanÂ the dark cloud started creeping back over me again. I began to realize that comedy was a bandage over my wounded heart and soul. Instead, I needed to be resuscitated, to be motivated, to revisit and be reminded of my will to move forward. So, I cracked open some ofÂ my old self-help books, bought some new ones, re-watched TED Talks on emotional and physical fortitude, looked at photos from my vacations, and read through many of my journal entries over the past dozen or so years.
Doing my best to honor theÂ pain and sadness I was feeling at the moment, I also started focusing on myÂ future endeavors and reflecting on my past achievements. I don’t often give myself props for much, but I can honestly say that I’m really proud of myself. I’ve taken a lot of chances and risks over the course of my lifetime and sometimes things went terribly wrong and sometimes things lined up perfectly; but, I can never say that I didn’t try.
And, so, try I will again to gather the strength toÂ let the light back in so I can share, pay it forward, and shed some on others who may need it more than I do. Perhaps a part of my story will resonate with you or maybe you just need a little cheering upÂ yourself right now, so I invite you to listen to a two-part interview I did earlier this year withÂ Pamela Mitchell, founder and CEO of The Reinvention Institute, for her podcast, the fittingly titled,Â The Liftoff Project.
I met Pamela over a decade ago and she has helped shape and guide me as I navigated the many twists and turns my life has taken since then. In keeping with the theme of shaping, guiding, and cheering up, I plan to do a giveaway of herÂ bookÂ The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention the week of November 28 over on my Instagram account, so please keep an eye out for it if you’re looking to pursue a little reinventing of your own.