It's been awhile since I posted anything, but I've been a little busy. In fact it's been 12 flights, 7 states, and 4 weeks since I've posted anything... but who's counting?
I was challenged at the Yellow Conference to write for 30 minutes every day. I am in the unique process of finding my way through adult life and launching a huge project so 30 minutes of my time seems like an eternity to spend writing about nothing... But, in a solid attempt to take a break and have some "me" time (whatever that is), here I am.
I'm going to document these 30 minutes for the next 30 days right here on this blog (it's your lucky month)!
I've been traveling a lot lately and focused on a lot of projects and work that help other people. Sometimes, I forget about me. I'm not suggesting that you be totally selfish all the time, but it's important to know your limits (which at this moment in life, I do not).
Overwhelmed was a familiar feeling in college – I definitely took on more than I could handle. But, at the end of the day, it was finished and I had the panic attacks and bags under my eyes to prove it. Seniors in college dread the idea of “post-grad life” but there’s also this comforting feeling that you won’t be so involved, won’t have to deal with schoolwork, and won’t be so stressed all the time. Well, that’s simply not true – at least not for me.
As most of you know, I work for a company that makes software for nonprofits and was hired to be a consultant. My role within the company has shifted a bit and I am working in a new capacity – that I am thoroughly enjoying. But full-time jobs aren’t a walk in the park and it’s even harder when you’re trying to give it 110%.
Most of you probably also know that I have launched a project that I am very, very passionate about – The Lemon Stand. This project is intense, overwhelming, and amazing all at the same time. I spend countless hours a week after coming home from my full-time job to work on a business plan, strategy, and emailing thousands of people about collaborations.
That’s a ton of shit, right? Yeah, well I’ve been doing more…
I have spent the past month on 12 planes, in 7 states, and at 1 creative conference trying to figure out my life, do my job, and launch a project. Sounds exhausting, doesn’t it? Well it is. But not in the way that you might think.
I am sleepy, yes. But I am honored, excited, and anxious to see where things go. I’m more exhausted from excitement than I am from the actual work. And I think that’s when you know you’re doing what you love – when the work stops being a burden and you’re just tired from being so damn happy about everything. It’s truly a beautiful feeling, one I hope I continue to experience as my life unfolds.
A lot of people keep asking me what the plan is, where is my life going and I have no clue – well, I kind of do – ask me for the 5 year plan and I’ve got you covered. But I’m letting life unfold on its own and I think that’s why things are working out the way that they are. So if you think I’m doing a lot, now is probably a great time to tell you I’m moving across the country as well.
Stay tuned for more updates about The Lemon Stand and donate to Feeding America because I just finished editing their donation form and it’s awesome!
See you tomorrow --