Inspiration comes from crazy sources once you start to look for it.
Last month my friend Kristina posted a Facebook status update announcing to the world that she had chosen ice cream for dinner as her special Mother's Day meal and that her family thought she was the coolest mom ever. At the exact same time, I was feeding the Peanut a hamburger and ice cream from Culvers and feeling all guilty for not having taken the time to plan and shop and cook something healthier for her even though Handyman Tim was out of town and it was supposed to be a special day for me.
The difference? Intention. Or the lack thereof.
I want to be more like Kristina. How much easier and better for my mental health would it have been to just accept that I was sad and lonely to be celebrating the holiday without Tim and had purposely declared ice cream for dinner rather than hit 4 p.m. and have no cooking plans which forced us to the drive thru? In both cases I'd be eating ice cream. In just one case, it would be without that side order of guilt.
This is just one example of many I've noticed in the last month of scenarios where I could accept my situation and act purposely with full intent rather than accidentally stumble onto a solution and writhe with guilt afterwards. I'm trying to be more conscious of this and am on the look out for other situations where I can try to apply this new line of thinking.
Creating content for this blog is actually a perfect example. So much of what I've shared over the last two years has come out of nowhere. I do fits and spurts of planning, but mostly it is a day-by-day "What can I write about now?" scenario. I am inspired to be more purposeful with my content from here forward and have begun using an editorial planning calendar. I'm striving to have more substance and purpose with my posts in the coming months.
Thanks, Kristina, for being an inspiration when you didn't even know you were.
And tomorrow I wrap up these thoughts with my final summary and my big announcement. I swear this is actually leading somewhere specific and I have been giddy all week about sharing my news.