So one thing I learned from the book Push by Chalene Johnson was that most successful people make lists. She makes daily lists and I’m working on consistently making lists myself so I can stay focused and on track.
At the beginning of the year I made a list of goals for 2016. I look at it every Sunday to remind myself what I’m working towards. So far I’ve accomplished more than half of what I set out to do this year.
What up world?! So when I started this blog I told myself that I would write an entry a day. That was ambitious I know. I don’t know, I thought that I would have stuff to talk about, and also I thought that’s what bloggers do. But life happens and I haven’t written an entry in weeks. So update on what’s going on in my life:
3 months ago I quit my job as a bartender and took a job as a brand ambassador at a startup in my hometown of Boston. I told myself I was leaving the hospitality industry forever and switching career paths and was going to become a “professional” whatever the hell that is. I tried it, and actually I think I did a pretty good job but the longer I was in my position the more I realized that I was not meant to be in an “office” environment. I had convinced myself that this wasn’t going to be like the other times I’d tried to become a professional because the startup would be more laid back, we have a coffee bar in our space for crying out loud, but alas I was wrong. I do not handle micromanaging well and there are a lot of personalities at play in an office environment. Not to say that there aren’t a lot of personalities in the restaurant/bar industry but those ones are more predictable and manageable in my opinion. You have the people who are just doing it because they’re not qualified to do anything else, you have the people who are artsy or entrepreneurs and are trying to earn extra income on the side while they pursue their passion of becoming a musician or a business owner, and then there are the people who truly love helping people and are passionate about their job… I think I fall somewhere in between the latter two. Point being it’s been 3 months of giving this new gig a try and it’s not working out. I’m old enough and wise enough to know when it’s time to abandon ship and the time has come for me. I’ve accepted a position as a bartender at a successful Boston area restaurant and will be back in my element. I think that this experiment will be the last and that I know where my strengths lie. Continue reading
Last year for my birthday my mom bought me the book “Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success” by Steve Harvey. At the time I my response was “Aww, thanks mom, that’s so sweet” and I threw the book into my bag where it stayed for almost a year. It’s not that I don’t like Steve Harvey. I love him! I just wasn’t ready to read it and every time the thought crossed my mind I made an excuse… I don’t have time, I’m busy, it’s probably boring, etc.
Last week I realized it was time to read the book. I’ve been existing in this life, not living it. My husband and I are apart because of reasons beyond our control. I’m tired of working hard to make someone else’s dream come true… I want my own dreams to come true! I want to wake up excited to work, I want to start a family, I want to own property, I want to travel the world, I want to take care of my parents! I figured reading the book couldn’t hurt. And if I had enough time to watch everything I had DVR-ed in the last week I had time to read this book.
Game changer. Those are the words that come to mind after reading this book. I’ve always felt like my life is meant to be more than what it is. I’m meant to see the world, to leave a mark, to be great. Reading this book has given me the push I need to stop living life on other people’s terms and to start living life on my own.
One of the things that Mr. Harvey suggests is creating a vision board. Something that you will see every day and remind you of what you’re working towards. I’ve been wanting to create a vision board for a long time but again procrastinated. That’s something I tend to do a lot. There’s always tomorrow, or I’ll do it later. Well I’m not going to get where I want to by putting things off. That’s another topic that Steve touches on in this book.
Today I went to the store and got my supplies to create my vision board. I have been collecting wine corks for over a year (former bartender here) and they’ve been sitting in a bag waiting to be put to use. This week I’m going to make my vision board and make sure I look at it every day. I have goals and dreams that are out of this world crazy! But if your dreams aren’t crazy you’ll always settle for good enough. I don’t want to be just good enough. I want to be amazing. You only get so much time on this earth to make your mark. What are you going to use that time to do? What are you going to leave as your legacy? What’s your vision for your life?