Whenever I meet someone new, and they ask me that dreaded question…“So, what do you do?” I always struggle with the answer. The truth is, I’m a lot of things, so I never know how to respond.
For those who don’t know me personally, allow me to introduce myself…
- I’m a Human Resources Professional
- I’m a Business Partner for Packet6, a professional services company in Silicon Valley
- I’m the PTA President at my son’s elementary school
- I’m a writer and owner of a lifestyle blog called Flashes of Delight that aims at creating content for the every day woman
- I’m an aspiring wanna-be chef
- I’m a foodie and an explorer
- I’m an advocate for mental health awareness
- I’m passionate about promoting wellness and self-care to other women
- I’m a marathon trainer with a goal of running my first 10k this year
- I value quality over quantity. This goes for material things as well as friendships and the people in my life
- I’m a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend
I tell you this because I want you to know that you can be a bunch of different things at once. And more importantly, it’s ok to pursue a bunch of different interests at the same time if that’s what makes you happy.
There is no rule. No one said you have to only be a stay-at-home-mom or only be a business owner or only be a blogger. Don’t put yourself in a corner and make excuses as to why you can’t start that one thing you’ve been wanting to do forever. Because that’s what those are. Excuses.
Nobody is stopping you from doing what you want except you and your excuses.
Every time I get stuck in my own head and find myself making excuses (which happens to the most disciplined person because we are human), I always remind myself of the Nike slogan JUST DO IT! So simple but it’s true. Just do it. Don’t think about it too much. Want to work out but it’s so cold outside? Put a big coat on and JUST DO IT! Been wanting to take piano lessons? JUST DO IT! Want to run that marathon? Well you better start training! JUST DO IT!
“GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS. LIVE THE LIFE YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED.” – Henry David Thoreau
Let’s all print that quote out and post it all over our house, shall we?! Ask yourself. What is the ideal life you imagine for yourself? This is where good daydreaming skills come in. My favorite time to daydream is when I’m on a run. I picture vividly exactly what I want my life to look like from what I eat everyday to the kind of vacations I want to go on to the kind of car I drive. I envision myself in an environment of peace, content and abundant love all around me.
Daydreaming is a form of manifesting and I encourage you all to daydream more!
Remember, we’re all going to die one day. Sorry, that’s the truth. You don’t want to be 80 and think, “Man! I should have done that thing I’ve always wanted to do!” There is no worse feeling than regret.
I would rather make a million mistakes and fail a bunch of times than live a life filled with regret.
So, now I do what Brene Brown, one of my favorite female authors mentioned she does in her book, (The Gifts of Imperfection). When someone asks her the question, “So, what do you do?” her response is, “How much time do you have?”