#MondayMantra 02.13.17

 

I’m an enthusiasm junkie. I love enthusiasm. I get a high from it. And it doesn’t even have to be MY enthusiasm. I love talking to people about what excites them, what gets their motors going. You love Lord of the Rings? I can’t wait to hear about it! You can’t get enough knitting? Teach me! My addiction to enthusiasm is one of the reasons I attend San Diego Comic Con each year. Being surrounded by that much enthusiasm recharges my batteries in a way I can’t quite explain. Of course, by Day 3 I need a disco nap because all that enthusiasm can be exhausting as well.

For the last few months, my enthusiasm has been depleted. The election (yes I’m STILL talking about the election) and every bit of news since has really sucked my enthusiasm dry. Prolonged job-hunting is also taking its toll. I haven’t been able to muster true excitement for much of anything. Which is VERY unlike me. Of course, there are bright spots in each day (new love butterflies, Beyoncé having twins, Ben stealing the show in his school variety show) and thank goodness for them.

This quote resonated with me because it serves as a reminder to get jazzed again. To dive into even the most mundane tasks with glee. Well, as much glee as you can summon when folding laundry, cleaning out the cat litter or writing another cover letter.  But the fact is, the Universe feeds off of enthusiasm too. Just like I leave Comic Con all hopped up and inspired, the Universe needs your enthusiasm to start popping on your behalf.

This week I am SUPER-EXCITED about my new membership at The Sweat Shoppe, Valentine’s Day plans and a couple of writing goals. How about you? What are you looking forward to this week? What are you going to tackle with enthusiasm?

Monday Mantra 02.06.17

It’s not always easy, figuring out what you want to be when you grow up. The last few months of #funemployment have forced me to really think about the kind of work I want to do and the direction I want to go. I don’t have all the answers just yet, but I’m getting closer.

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Stitch Fix Review: First Fix of the New Year!

I took a break from StitchFix for a couple of months and boy, have I missed those monthly boxes! With the new year, I thought it was about time to feed my addiction start up my subscription again.

For those of you that don’t know, StitchFix is a subscription service that delivers 5 items (clothing, shoes  and/or accessories) to your doorstep. You try them on and decide which ones you want to keep. You get to choose how often you want to use the service. (I would get one delivered every week if I could. But I might have a problem.)

Here’s how it works:

  • Fill out your Style Profile so your stylist can get a sense of your style, size, shape, budget and lifestyle. You can also add in any links to Pinterest boards which is HUGE for me, as I pin everything.
  • Decide when you want your shipment to arrive. You get to choose how often you want to receive shipments (every 2-3 weeks, once a month, etc) and once your items have been chosen, you will be charged a $20 styling fee. That $20 will be applied as a credit toward anything you keep from your shipment.
  • Have a fashion show! I love this part! It’s like Christmas and birthday presents every time that box shows up. You can use the app to see what items are on their way to you, but I prefer to be surprised. I am consistently amazed at how well most things fit – especially jeans. I have the hardest time finding jeans IRL but StitchFix gets it right every time.
  • After you have decided what you are keeping, simply return the items you don’t want and leave your stylist feedback through your account. The $20 styling fee will be applied as credit towards any items you keep. You get a discount for keeping the whole box.

Let’s dig into this month’s box!

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Monday Mantra 01.23.17

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Inauguration Day

I expected today to be rough.

I have been working through the stages of grief since Election Day, all the while dreading this day. Today it all becomes real. And I knew it was going to be rough.

So I decided to play ostrich. I stuck my head in the sand and I didn’t watch any of the coverage of the Inauguration and I didn’t search it out online and I didn’t post or comment much on social media.

Instead, I slept in and spent a lazy day with my boyfriend. I took a nap and then had dinner with friends. Eventually, I watched a little bit of coverage. But only of Hillary. Ok, Hillary, Michelle Obama and George W. Bush wrestling with his rain poncho.

 

I didn’t listen to Trump’s inaugural speech. Or watch the parade. Or watch the Obamas say goodbye. Maybe I will later this week. But I couldn’t today.

So I was feeling okay, not great, but ok, on the way home from dinner when I broke. A song came on the radio and it broke me.

Hearing this song, Hillary’s campaign song, brought it all home. We lost the chance to have the single most qualified person to ever run for President take office today. A woman who had comprehensive policies on healthcare, childcare, equal pay, disability rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, climate change. energy, and international relations. Instead we have someone who is vastly unqualified to hold this office. And the thought of that made me weep.

It made me weep for the future that our children will never know. However, I know this is not the end. As Barack Obama said today, this isn’t a period, its a comma. And while we may not get the future we would have had with Hillary Clinton as our 45th President, I am not going to stop fighting to make sure the future is brighter for our children.

Tomorrow I will be marching with my sisters all over the country and all over the world. ‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.

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