I’ve been high on living and low on inspiration to write lately. It’s not that I don’t have the thoughts (millions of thoughts) swirling around in my head, it’s just that my brain has had next to no down time to sort through them all. I seem to be stuck in a cycle of two speeds, rush and crash. I am trying to tread lightly and just enjoy each day.
It’s a busy season and it’s mostly full of good things; a weekend trip to the very first Type-A-Advanced blog conference in Philadelphia, swim lessons for Oscar, signing up for summer camp, planning a Disney trip, and ramping up for my book launch. In and of themselves, I could devote days to thinking about, planning for and enjoying just one of these activities, yet here they all are happening at once.
The older I get, the more I see the benefit of being present in each moment instead of multi-tasking them away. This is especially hard for me because I can seriously multi-task like a champ. In fact, I used to be pretty darn good at it. But I am finding that these days need a new system that has clear starting and ending points for each task. Is that even possible anymore?
Calvin can use the stairs all by himself now. He’s been practicing for weeks but would only climb UP the stairs. Until just yesterday when he stood on his perch at the top step, holding the railing and looking down, he stepped off the edge and took a step. And then another and another. When he reached the bottom, he joyfully climbed back up to try again and again for about 20 minutes, each time a little more confident, each time a little less shaky.
What I do know is that when we are taking baby steps, we really do make progress even when it doesn’t feel that way. That 15lbs you want to lose, or that novel you have been writing forever, these things will happen if you keep taking those small steps. In the midst of all the amazing things that surround me, I am trying to stay grounded (and sane) by just taking a step. For a big picture person it can be hard to focus on the right now, but on the flip side it can be liberating to be free of everything else.
One of my favorite moments from the Type-A conference this weekend was the community keynote. Each presenter was asked to share his or her secret to success. What happened was 15 minutes of awesome that I can pretty much apply to my whole life. Each woman shared amazing wisdom and I know I missed some of it as I was both listening and typing furiously (see multi-tasking).
Takeaways from the Type-A-Advanced Community keynote
Respond: whether it be to comments, tweets or emails. Take the time to respond to those who took the time to reach out to you – Cecily
Stop waiting to be picked – Liz
Take the next visible step and don’t worry about the rest at that moment – Lakesha
Love yourself and own it! – Julie
Allow your definition of success to change – Amy
Don’t be afraid to get help – coffee, childcare, and a clean workspace – Erin
Don’t quit – Jendi
Focus on the return on your own investment and remember balance – Sharon
Step away when you need to. Get refreshed. Run your own race – Amy
Remember the details. Send thank-you notes – Charlene
STOP APOLOGIZING – Brandi
Know when to let go- Missy
Don’t settle, don’t coast. Be awesome, even if you fail. Take your best shot, aim as high as you can and blow their minds. – Kelby
I left the conference refreshed, inspired and ready to take the next step. I have lists upon lists, but all I need to do is take one step. If my 21 month old can do it, I think I can too.