I nearly gave up in February.
And by giving up, I mean everything.
Nothing was going well. I wasn’t performing well in any of my many roles.
And, quite honestly, I realized rather quickly that I was in what I coach my clients through all the time — a very messy middle.
It was the Ultimate Funk — a downward spiral that hits me every February. Hello past trauma and seasonal affectiveness disorder and snowed-in birthdays. And all of this in a pandemic.
It was rough.
And I realized I didn’t want to let exhaustion own me. I didn’t want that to be the story I tell for years to come — even though it’s a big part of the story right now. We ARE exhausted. This has been a long, long year of juggling and struggling, of managing jobs and children — without many breaks and without much support.
While these days are hard — so. very. hard. — it’s so important that we remember we get to write the stories of our lives.
And so I began to change the narrative of my February.
I create my Brave Yes Bucket List for this horrible no-good winter season.
I reviewed my 2020 journal where I kept a detailed diary of my mind and life during the shut-down and the months after.
And I dove head first into my own work of rising, leading and flourishing — that begins with my 7-Day Rise Stronger Challenge.
In my work with professional women and forward-thinking organizations, I stress the importance of cultivating unshakable resilience — which is possible to make stronger through a growth mindset.
Rising stronger means … leaning on our strengths, leaning on positivity, leaning on new perspectives, leaning on higher level well-being and self-care, leaning on others and leaning on imperfect action.
And so … let’s not let our exhaustion define us.
Let’s write a new story for who we are right now and who we want to be.