Thursday, January 10, 2013

Getting away from me and 100 rejections


Man today was a day from hell (I may be over-exaggerating a tiny bit). Overall, I am blessed beyond measure...but we all have days where they just get away from you. I swam through molasses today trying to make a list and even start that list, all the while with Nugget attached at my hip. Even now he is staring at me through the door window...

Today I found myself starting to compare myself to other bloggers...If she had a baby would she get all that done? How does she find time with 3 kids? My work isn't good enough to submit it to her blog...
What a silly waste of time to compare like that! I think we most certainly can learn from others...but whenever I sense I'm dabbling in self-pity I try and nip that shiz in the bud asap! (hows that for a sentence full of idioms and abbreviations)...So while today is getting away from me...I'm going to put on my fabulous sparkly teal metaphorical work boots and get to work. Let others inspire me. Be a better person.

I recently read this little blog post by a great life coach and it has been a piece of advice I hope will characterize my 2013, and my life in general. The idea is to set the goal of receiving 100 rejections. 100 nos! That's a courageous goal! And what a wonderful perspective to take when trying to start a business or project or anything. I am going to say to myself, "Why not try, why not send the letter or submission when you have to get 100 rejections anyways?!"
Now I am setting the goal of 50 because I have a pretty demanding little Nugget that is by far the most important thing ever to grace this life of mine...but if I get 50 rejections, someone is bound to say yes!

So do it with me! Set the goal to get 100 (or 50) rejections and see who just might say yes.

Well Nugget is staring at me with this face:




So its time to go! See you all tomorrow. It will be better, I promise!



10 comments:

  1. Love this idea. I'm the same way, constantly comparing. It's silly really.

    And, on the Liam subject, how can you resist that adorable face! He is just delicious!

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    1. Thanks Mimi! I know, try as I might I can't resist giving him everything he wants!

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  2. This is a great way of looking at a goal... Thanks for the inspiration, Al!

    PS. Liam is just completely adorable... What a terrific accomplishment! ;)

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    1. Why thank you Cortni! I hope you will be as inspired as I was!

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  3. What a great post. You are a fantastic writer, that's something I wish I was better at. Being a mom is such a tough job. I've been dealing with getting absolutely nothing done a week. I have things I want to accomplish, but when I'm chasing Olivia and cleaning up her messes at every turn, nothing I "want" to do gets accomplished. Most of the time I feel like a maid, and one that doesn't get paid. My mom always talks about Seasons in life. Right now, with a baby, this is my season for cleaning up messes and changing diapers, but it will pass and there will be a new Season. Somehow I need to enjoy where I am and not looking to what's next.

    I love the 100 rejections. I'm probably getting close to that. I'm a strong believer in "givin it a go" (like the Australians say). I'd rather die trying, then look back with regret because I never took a risk.

    Thanks for sharing, can't wait to meet you.

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    1. Jeran! I am very excited to meet you too! I know what you mean about feeling like a maid. I guess my challenge is that I want it all...I want the full-time mommy obligations, a spotless house, a bikini body, and a rockin successful blog. And when I can't do it all, I feel really bad. We put so much pressure on ourselves! Your an inspiration that you take "no"s with such grace. Perhaps I need to tell myself more that working hard and failing is okay!

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  4. This is such a great post! I think as bloggers we all sort of feel defeated in a sense. Especially when there are kids involved. My husband and I are in the process of adopting (which I'm sure you might know already). So when we got the call for two toddlers, we knew it was going to be a crazy ride! There a lot of times I feel like I can't get the things done that I want to. I try my hardest to be the blogger I want to be, but somedays it demands so much of me that I can't give my all to my children. And that's not ok with me.

    The 100s rejection thing is a fantastic idea! I am going to try what I can, but I also know there is a certain point that I will have to walk away if I hit those 100 (or 50, 30, 10) refections! I think that Alt Summit will be great for you! You are going to make so many connections and I bet you will have so many "yes" responses, your mind will be blown! Have a great time - sure wish I could meet you in person!

    XOXO

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    1. Lidy! What and inspiration you are! Being a mom is the best thing that has ever happened to me!
      I sure hope I get a couple "yes"s but I am preparing for "no"s as well. We should definitely meet in person! Lets put our feelers out there to someday make that happen!

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  5. A quote that hangs in my kitchen reads:
    " Comparison is the thief of Joy."
    xo

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    1. Such a great quote! I am writing it down right now!

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