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#31Days: Day Thirty (or, thoughts on your best)

I’m not even sure what my ‘best’ is. Are you?

I’ve seen many inspirational posters focused on giving your best and most articles about careers encourage you to do your best. What is “your best” though? One thing I know is my best is not consistent.

And I think this is OK.

What I mean is, my best one day may look like a completed to-do list but my best another day may only have two items crossed off, both of which I paid more attention to than the day I crossed off ten items. Which is the best? Depends.

I think your best is whatever version of you suits the occasion and offers up your truest self. 

Today, I looked back on the month of early mornings to determine the ‘best’ use of my time (which is how I got to this post.) I decided, though, there is no best use. I did a variety of things, as I said I would, and each of them were perfectly suited for the day at hand. Some days were decidedly more productive in terms of maximizing time – I did dishes 5 times, worked out twice, did laundry twice. Some days I rested, meaning I woke up at 6, quietly shuffled to the couch and laid there in silence. I read some books, wrote about lonely hearts, danced once. Is it important to decide which day was the best? I don’t think so, because each day was exactly what it was.

I’d like to apply this transcendent attitude to all aspects of my life, giving myself a break on days when my workout isn’t so great, or work doesn’t go smoothly. Also, maybe I could apply it to friends and family – it’s ok you’re not giving me your best, because that doesn’t so much exist but you do and I appreciate you sharing life with me.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Xo,

Cb

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#31Days: Day Ten (or, the day I channeled Katherine Heigl)

This morning, I didn’t feel particularly awesome but I really wanted today to be awesome. As I sat up in my bed, I looked around and thought “what would I do if I were the lead character in a movie and got out of bed to go to work?” Obviously I would dance around in my socks with my dog, preferably in a slow-motion montage of giggles with my ponytail perfectly bouncing around.

So I did.

Let’s be clear – the montage was likely not as picturesque as a scene with Katherine Heigl in any given romantic comedy with Ashton Kutcher by her side. But I did dance and it did work. I hopped around the living room to some country, a little Benny & The Jets and wrapped up with Jay-Z. Jackson wasn’t so impressed and I’m sure my poor downstairs neighbor wasn’t either.  But I was giggly, so it worked.

This is proof positive something my pastor always says is true: emotions follow actions. Also something Kid President says too: you can complain about it, or you can dance about it.

If your Thursday at work is going anything like mine, it doesn’t so much look like a fun scene from a movie. Maybe you work from home and your kids are driving you nuts, or you work in an office and the adults are still driving you nuts. Maybe you don’t work and you wish you did – or you do work and wish you didn’t. Whatever today looks like for you, find something resembling dancing to make it feel better. Maybe it’s a song or a laugh or inspirational quoter or maybe you should actually dance. Act happy and you will feel happy.

Just a thought.

Xo,

CB

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