I’ve had this weird shift recently that has required an adjustment of attitude. I’m used to thinking of myself as being at the bottom of the hierarchy, as someone who doesn’t give instruction, but receives instruction.
As some of you know, I used to vlog about books on a youtube channel. It was 2014, and I was energized by a new years resolution to vlog twice a week. So I started filming on my computers webcam and editing in Windows Movie Maker. Flash forward two months, and my hard drive is fried and I’m left with a warning that my computer wasn’t able to process that kind of work, and that I needed a more powerful computer to achieve my dreams of YouTube stardom.
I’ve talked before about how trying to be the best version of myself was burning me out, and this is still accurate. Having an overwhelming list of things to do everyday to be the “best” is a great way to become disenchanted with self improvement. But birthdays can be a great way to start anew.
It’s my birthday, so let’s look back on some of the things I learned when I was 24.
Over the last two months, I have been trying to keep up with my New Years Resolutions while juggling jobs, friendships, my relationship and my life. I have spent the last two years reading self help memoirs about women working towards the best version of themselves. And after two months, I am ready to throw in the towel.
I need to re-frame. A lot. Often, re-framing is the only way I can move beyond a problem I am facing. Here are 24 things I say to myself when I need it. I say it to friends, and while some may laugh, it’s genuinely appreciated. I hope you find something to take from it.
In June, I talked about wanting to take on a Happiness Project, as modeled off of the book of the same name by Gretchen Rubin. So whatever happened to that?
I only started reading books again in April, and so far this year, I’ve read 27. Since we’ve got about 4 months left of the year, I figured now was a good time to break down what I’ve been reading, why, and what’s next.