The Magical Art of Showing Up
It might not help you organize your sock drawer, but it will bring some serious joy.
Today marks the year anniversary of the first What I’d Rather Be Talking About. Here’s a link to that first Thursday issue in case you want to see how it all began. (This was one of the “flashback links” I included in last week’s Saturday Sidebar.)
It’s been fun to reflect on a year of newsletters - here are a few of the posts that got some extra love:
Remember Waldo? (I actually found him, at the Solheim Cup in Spain!)
I have to admit, it was also kind of weird to look back at the various topics I wrote about. Do you ever do something and ask yourself, How did I even think of that?
That’s kind of what I thought when reviewing the various posts… because here’s the deal. When I started the newsletter, I felt like I was hopping on a wagon headed for the Wild West.
I mean, in the beginning, I had no idea where I was going with the newsletter or what I’d encounter along the way.
Each newsletter felt like starting for the first time.
However, I did know one thing (which I realize sounds like a cringe-y line from a Hallmark Christmas Special):
I truly felt at home when writing my newsletter.
But you get what I’m saying.
In all seriousness, I realized that newsletter writing came naturally to me. It sort of felt like an amped-up version of a blog I wrote years ago.
Only there was a catch.
A week in, it dawned on me… a weekly newsletter meant I had to deliver something every week. (duh, right?)
With my blog, I wrote when I felt like it.
But with this newsletter, I’d actually roped myself into accountability.🙀
78 newsletters later (counting the recently added Saturday Sidebar and bonus issues), I’ve realized I only have to do ONE thing in order to keep this newsletter wagon going.
And wouldn’t you know, that ONE thing happens to be What I’d Rather Be Talking About this week:
In order to master anything new, accomplish a goal, or get from A to Z,
there’s only one choice.
YOU HAVE TO SHOW UP.
No potions. No secrets.
Zip. Zero. Nada Fancy.
Just freakin’ show up.
Over and over,
and trust it will all pay off.
That’s great advice, right?
True confession: I often get wrapped up in things and forget that last part.
Thankfully, my husband constantly reminds me that this showing-up business takes time to produce results.
He says things like Rome wasn’t built in a day. And tells me he read that in a newsletter once, and maybe I should consider taking my own advice.
He’s a funny one.
At any rate.
I’m going to keep showing up for all of you.
I’ll continue curating special content each week, like the cool links and tips you’ll find below.
Be sure to read to the end for an anniversary surprise. (Sorry, not a puppy.)
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ON A SERIOUS NOTE
A bit more about showing up.
YES, it’s important to show up every day to pursue our goals.
But it’s also important to show up for the people we love and also for ourselves.
When we do that, LIFE can be pretty MAGICAL.
See you next time,
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