This week has flown by and it seems like I was just writing about what I have learned. That’s the thing with super busy weeks, life catches up and runs right by you. This weeks What I’ve Learned looks to be a continuing theme on friendship, health and what I suspect will be more discussions of personal motivation.
1. I don’t eat enough protein. My hair is my thing and it is suffering due to the lack of protein. So I’m trying to increase the amount I eat either by adding lean proteins or protein combining plant based foods. I have no idea if this will work, but I’m willing to give it a shot.
2. Toddlers exhaust me. Our dear friends stopped in for a visit on their way to Florida and have one of the cutest kids in the world. He wore me out and all I can think about is “I’m super happy my teen likes to laze about.”
3. Good friends don’t care about dishes in the sink or dust bunnies. They care about you and will come over on their lunch break, crawl under your desk and help you adjust its height so you can work on an important project.
They will also give you constructive criticism, an extra set of eyeballs when needed, and cheer when you’re frazzled.
I have amazing friends.
4. Personal Mantras. Lately, I have realized a few things about myself that I repeat over and over in what is turning out to be a personal mantra. I’m not ready to share it here because I don’t know if I have truly learned the lesson I am supposed to. When I am 100% positive that I have learned the lesson, you will know. Using my mantra has helped over quite a few hurdles this last two weeks and I am taking this lesson seriously.
5. I believe in myself. I applied for a writing scholarship this week. A pretty serious one come to think of it. That’s why I’ve been so quiet, because I threw my heart and soul into two essays. I sat in my office on the day it was due and I worked for 12 hours. By the end of the day when I clicked my submit, my eyes were burning, my fingers were sore, ankles were swollen and I had a raging headache. But I did it and it was so good.
I had goofed around with my essays in the weeks leading up to the due date and kept saying “I’ll work more on it tomorrow.” Well, tomorrow came and I came close to ignoring the timer on my desk blinking at me and said out loud “you have to put up or shut up, Lisa.” I put up the work. Win or lose, I put it out there and bared my soul for judgment. Looking back though, it wasn’t that hard to click submit and I think it’s because I knew my work was solid.
As a writer, hell, as a human being, I think that’s all we can ask for. To know that at the end of the day we gave it our all and are happy no matter what the outcome.