Most days I am running around like an idiot.
It is possible that I say, ‘YES!’ to more things than I should, but how can a girl not do the things that she loves?
My self-imposed, crazy schedule means I have very little time to read books. I try to read before I go to sleep, but waking up 2.592 seconds after you fall asleep because a book just smashed into your forehead doesn’t make for a good REM cycle.
Besides, the red mark is hard to explain the next day.
Introducing cardio reading.
My current workout split is lifting 4 days a week with 10 or so minutes of HIIT sprints after and 2 days of steady state cardio or more aptly put, sit-your-arse-on-a-bike-and-do-hills-while-you-read.
For the most part this is pretty easy. The only problem is when I read an inspiring book and I want to take notes. When this happens I become the crazy lady who is reading, putting tabs in a book, and haphazardly writing notes in a small journal all while trying to keep her cadence going and dripping sweat.
I love Seth Godin.
True story. His writing has been a catalyst to many of the things I have done, ways I have grown, and changed my thinking. And he wears awesome glasses.
Last month I ordered 4 pairs of glasses online and one of the pairs received quite the internal comment as they went into the shopping cart.
Love these – very Seth Godin-esque. Totally buying them.
Unfortunately, they don’t love me back.
Anyone who can pull off wearing such bold glasses deserves a listen and a thorough read.
Seth’s newest book is ‘The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?‘. In true Godin form, he kicked me in the arse.
We are all artists and how we live our lives and do the work we have been called to do is our art; whether it involved a paintbrush or not.
Everyone knows that Icarus’s father made him wings and told him not to fly too close to the sun; he ignored the warning and plunged to his doom. The lesson: Play it safe. Listen to the experts.
We tend to forget that Icarus was also warned not to fly too low, because seawater would ruin the lift in his wings. Flying too low is even more dangerous than flying too high, because it feels deceptively safe.
The safety zone has moved. Conformity no longer leads to comfort.
Read this book.
After cardio reading this book, I had to sit down and type out all the things that hit home for me.
Food for thought…
Isn’t it interesting that we never say, “I am a broken arm’ or‘I am cancer’? We understand that these are things that happen to us, they are not who we are.
And yet we say, “I am afraid,’ and ‘I am a failure.’ Of course afraid isn’t who we are; afraid is something that happened to us. Failure is an event, not a person.
The only thing that’s clearly true is this: “You are an artist.”
So go be amazing and stop worrying about what other people think. Make art and change the world.
What are you not doing that you must do?