It’s hard to believe that we’re already kicking off the third week of 2018. I took the first three days of the year off to regroup, and I think I may have spoiled myself. This year has started off with a bang – work has been busier than ever (so good!), my year as chairman of a volunteer board has kicked off, I’ve already read two books, and my brother’s indoor track season kicked off, as well.
While it’s still early in the year, I know one thing is for sure – this is my sassiest year yet.
When the first week of 2018 was over, I was exhausted, and I knew something had to give. So I made a list of things that don’t serve me and that I no longer have time for. If you’re already feeling exhausted, I encourage you to do the same.
In 2018, I don’t have time for:
Self-doubt. Having a leadership position is hard. It’s one of those things that you know is going to be hard, but every day it’s just a different kind of hard. Haha. After spending so much time worrying myself silly that my body was physically aching, and I’m letting self-doubt go.
Weird self-imposed rules. I had a nail appointment a week ago, and my nail place had sooo many beautiful new colors, including some colors that changed with your mood. I wanted them so bad, but I talked myself out of it because pink sparkly nails that change colors aren’t appropriate for a professional. But as I sat down to get my nails done, I said screw it to Bubble Bath pink and went for it. And I am so happy! My nails don’t define my professionalism; my behavior does.
This situation really made me think about how many weird rules I’ve made for myself. My former co-worker Robin used to remind me that life gets a lot better when you let go of the rules you make for yourself, and I am learning that she is yet again right.
Blog comparison. Two Sundays ago, I was sitting on my couch crying because I was so frustrated and felt like my blog was hopeless. I had been making so many excuses about why I couldn’t blog, and the biggest one was because I don’t have light and airy photos like so many other bloggers do. But it led to a great discussion, especially about my obsession with light and airy photos, as they don’t necessarily represent my personality. In 2018, I’m going to focus on doing my best, and doing so in a way that is authentic to me and my brand.
Criticism that isn’t constructive. I don’t know if it’s becoming more frequent or I’m just becoming more aware of it, but I feel like people have become so nit picky over the past year. I used to let other people’s criticism get to me, but in 2018, I’m letting go of all non-constructive criticism. I am not for everyone, and that is okay.
Before I go, I wanted to take a minute to talk about the “DON’T” shirt I’m wearing in this post. I am obsessed with Schitt’s Creek, and when I saw Dan Levy’s character David wearing this shirt I made a comment about how I’ve never related to a t-shirt so much. I was so excited and surprised to receive it for Christmas! Keep an eye out for it in future posts; it’s too good to only style one way.
I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! I want to hear from you – what is something that you don’t have time for in 2018?