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Not an Inspirational New Year’s Post—and That’s Okay

Sub-zero temps in Chicago–no wonder the year is gearing up a bit slowly!

I woke up this morning feeling depleted.

It bothered me. I’d taken the week off and had a staycation with my mom and three kiddos. I gave everyone super-duper thermal socks to guard against hardwood floors and Chicago’s Subzero Temps, turned up the thermostat, and commenced leisure.

We set intentions for the new year, built Lego cars, worked on puzzles, and watched some classic movies. I actually fell asleep on the sofa. I haven’t done that in years. I was so relaxed and feeling pretty virtuous for indulging in much needed rest.

Then, at the tail end of our vacation, New Year’s Eve, we stayed up watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and toasting the stroke of midnight with sparkling cider. That late night was followed by another night of sleep deprivation when my three-year-old, had a puzzling one-hour crying episode that kept me up until midnight (“Woo hoo, it’s January second! Wait…”) and an older child was up with nightmares at two.

At 6am on the first working day of the year, rather than having the take-on-the-world feeling I’d hoped for when I dreamed and strategized my 2018, I kind of wanted to take a nap.

Glancing over at my carefully completed business plan, one I’m really excited about, I felt a bit deflated. How could I approach these ambitious plans feeling sleep deprived? What was wrong with my life?

Then I remembered that new beginnings are messy. After a birth or a surgery or a detour into unabashed passion, we often do need to be gentle with ourselves as the dust settles.

So today, I’m moving one step at a time in this limited-visibility space of January second.

One of the gems in my plans for the year is to talk to you all every day and bring my whole self to this table. I see a world in which we will be able to bring all we’ve got to work and no longer have to wear different masks for different situations. There is a tax on being different, and that shouldn’t be. One way I know to repair that is to model bringing my authentic self to the table as a professional in a relatively secure position at work (I’ve no plans to fire myself!).

Previously, I’ve shared more Personal musings and creative writing on my personal blog,

I don’t yet know exactly how this integration of personal self and professional self will go, but I commit to keeping you updated and holding nothing back. Which brings me to another reason I’d like to communicate with you more often.

I’m deeply gratified by the work I’ve done, and continue to do, with executives. But this year, I’ll be democratizing career storytelling. Part of that will be sharing my knowledge as one of the most awarded career communicators in the world, and pulling back the curtain on my own journey in hopes it will be of service to people at all points in their work and life, to careerists from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

How have you spent the first working day of 2018? Feel free to drop a comment, email ([email protected]), or PM to let me know how I can serve you.

Here’s to messy beginnings and moving through them!

(For a little storysito on how to marry the idea of big goals with grace and elegance, take a gander at this short video featuring my thoughts on The 10X Rule goal setting and insights from Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ How to be an Elder.)

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