Happy New Year!
At least, I’m imagining happiness – since 2014 ended the same way it began – without a party, a kiss, a celebration or sex – Pathetic.
However, all is not lost – and while I have no sex planned in the immediate future – until a week from Monday that I know of for sure (again pathetic) – I have lots of work planned.
Why does that make everything ok?
It doesn’t, unless there is money attached to it…
…so I’m rechanneling my optimism.
I present the highlights of the very end of 2014 and the brighter-lights of what’s to come in 2015.
Here’s to being prepared for anything…or at least being prepared to be prepared for anything.
On the day before the last day of 2014, I had an unusual day that resulted in seeing 2 clients I hadn’t planned for and a KILLER leg workout designed and expertly coached by Ms. Sherrie after a 4.5-mile walk to work with 20 pounds on my back.
Tim Ferriss emailed me also – FINALLY – telling me that he’s hiring a managing editor and would I fit the qualifications – If so, please apply….so I did.
I did that for 3 reasons:
(1) Because I am qualified and I can.
(2) If I get it, great! What an awesome opportunity to dive into the deep end of a larger audience and fancy nerdy internet gadgets and to work with someone I admire.
(3) If I don’t get it, I still did something that most people won’t step outside of their comfort zone to even attempt – put myself out there.
He asked me if I could handle tight deadlines and sticky situations – and if so, how?…
That’s like asking me if I breathe and if so, how.
My life is a multitude of tight deadlines, managing hundreds of clients, my kids’ schedule, writing deadlines, technical glitches, etc.
How do I do it?
I breathe and I get shit done…There is no other option.
It’s difficult to create a hypothetical situation from nothing…although I have just completed that task – Over 7 pages of a “new member” discovering the business that Mr. KC and I are creating.
However, Tim requested that it be under 300 words.
I remember once, a long time ago, Captain Amazing asked how I would react if I walked in and saw another woman there.
There are too many details and variables omitted from that scene to even speculate: Who is the woman? What is she doing? And what are you doing? etc., etc.
I responded with a pause and then said, “That really depends. First, I would never come over without being invited, nor would I enter your house without your knowledge, so the fact that you would be expecting me – and it sounds like that situation would be a surprise to me – I would probably feel disrespected – or I might want to join…I just don’t know…again it would depend on my mood and what I saw …and why I was coming over in the first place…”
I added…“But I don’t contemplate such things because that’s not living in the present moment – And it causes me to live in fear and anxiety about something that may or may not ever happen, and I won’t do that to myself…”
…“so I’m not going to worry about that happening unless or until that happens.”
He said, “Fair enough.”
So for Tim, I kept my answer about the same – I’ll handle it – with grace and charm – without panic or stress but with enough priority placed on the task at hand, that whatever is happening will be resolved – PERIOD.
Again, how do I breathe? I just do.
There is always a Plan A and a Plan B – I do think about things without judging the situation, but really I take care of the problem, learn from it, and move on.
When I arrived home from work, I put my pajamas on, ate a bowl of oatmeal, and fell asleep on the floor with my kids…I think it was 8pm…and my legs were already sore.
On the last day of 2014, I had the great pleasure of walking 9 miles with very sore quads, in 40-degree rainy weather. My hands froze because I was holding the umbrella…
It was my commute to work and back – to see 3 of my favorite clients – I have a lot of favorite clients, with even more to come…
I wore my knit beanie cap all day because it was just THAT cold.
After I walked home, I drove Middlest to her New Year’s Eve party, returned home again, put my pajamas on, and cranked the heat.
I prepared a hot apple cider spiked with Fireball – delicious – and …ZZZZZ… again, right around 8pm.
I set my alarm for 9, thinking that I just needed a nap.
Youngest came in at 8:45 and said I received a text from Captain Amazing. He was wishing me a Happy New Year – and was doing it early because he was going out and turning his phone off so he didn’t get a bunch of drunk texts…
…I texted him him back and went back to sleep. The alarm went off at 9. I turned it off and told Youngest to wake me up before midnight …
…she was knitting me a new beanie cap…
(Here are her efforts – Outstanding – She knitted the scarf too)
At 11:55, she woke me up, and we counted down the New Year … and back to bed I went…
Earlier that day on Twitter, I created an ideal New Year’s Eve agenda that involved many drinks and lots of sex …
Sadly, that didn’t happen…
Maybe next year …
By the way, in my lifetime, I have NEVER celebrated the New Year with a man I am involved with (except during marriage a small handful of times, but by midnight, we weren’t speaking to each other, so it really doesn’t count) –
..and NEVER EVER with a kiss at midnight.
– I’m going to have to stop hoping for that to happen. I just don’t think it’s in the cards for me.
THE NEW YEAR CHANGES
I spent much of the Christmas holiday working – yes on deadlines and tedious schedules – …I created plot lines and developed characters…
…because I have an exit strategy launched…
I’m boldly going where I’ve only dreamed about going. And I’m not sure what it looks like exactly…but I know that it’s going to be great.
Resolutions? I don’t believe in those because I solve problems as they arise – and I strategically plan.
Hopes and dreams? Yep – lots – And their fruition has been strategically planned – with enough wiggle room and flexibility to go with the flow…be prepared for anything…or at least be prepared to be prepared for anything.
What are they?
1. Books published – along with the creation of the persona that defines the main character and the word she lives in. I don’t half ass things, and when I pull off the plan that is inside my head and written in my notebook, it will be unlike anything that I’ve ever known to have been done before – EPIC!
I don’t know how other authors feel about their books as they are writing them – but this is how good I believe my stories to be –
I’m so excited to finish writing my books …
so I can read them.
I think that really says something about what I’m creating.
2. Launch my EPIC business with Mr. KC – It’s really launched already. We’ve been working very hard on it, and today we are working on design elements, budgets, presentations.
3. Schedule more speaking engagements. I have one scheduled, January 13th at Grand Canyon University.
4. …cliffhanger… 🙂
Happy New Year!