This is an archived blog from when I ran Conscious Public Relations Inc. from 2008-2018. Excuse the potential outdated-ness!

It’s been a whirlwind week, and I wouldn’t take back any of it because again, the more I get used to crawling in mud, the more I learn how to get out of it, and grow as a result.

I’m thankful for continued high quality conversations with new colleagues, both on the phone or in person. I feel like people want more human connection (even though I am a fan of Zoom meetings) and it makes my life and work more meaningful when I really get to connect with people on a human level. I’m grateful to get to know some of the people I met and chatted more with last week.

I spent the weekend de-cluttering my mom’s room while she was away on holiday, and even before I arrived, I had a plan and a system all set up in my mind. When I arrived, my sister was there to greet me and help. And she suggested throwing loads of laundry into the mix so that we wouldn’t be dealing with dirty clothes. While a genius idea, my default reaction was, well I can’t be doing both at the same time.

As Saturday came to a close, I envisioned how Sunday was going to go. And I pictured myself being able to manage the laundry among the other work. And I ended up conquering three loads. Boom. In 24 hours, from can’t to can.

I surprised myself. I set the bar low with one load. And when I accessed my female multi-tasking skills (also because doing laundry is a nice break from the de-cluttering), I realized I can do this. I am capable.

How amazing would it be if “I can” was our default? Maybe we need someone else (like my sister) to hold up that mirror for us and add a challenge that could teach us something about ourselves, while making our work more efficient. But I can’t even imagine how many times I’ve told myself I can’t when I could have just used 24 hours to rethink, revision, plan, and try.

What do you tell yourself you can’t do that you could rework in the next while?

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