Happy Monday! We’re back at the start of another week and what a week last week was! In the interests of being positive I’ll say it was a good week but seeing as I forgot to do two very important things on Monday and Tuesday (one of those things being collecting Phoebe from school! – #mumfail) I think we’ll skip past those days! On Wednesday my parents came to visit and we went to see Archie perform in his school’s production of Chicago. He did a brilliant job! On Thursday the Beast from the East and Storm Emma both arrived and caused some serious chaos but with them brought a very definite air of calm. Archie’s 2nd and 3rd performances were both postponed along with Phoebe’s dance and acro classes for the rest of the week – the snow just took over! It was actually quite a treat to have no commitments and it meant we were able to make the most of the snow. I also had a couple of cheeky lie ins which were very welcome! We live quite near a main road and it was a very strange feeling on Thursday and Friday evenings to look out and not see a single car driving past, just that stillness that you only get with the falling snow.
We had so much fun on Saturday at the park with the sledge and I’m so glad we left all the jobs that needed doing and got out in the fresh air because by Sunday afternoon most of the snow was gone.
Today, I’ver given my quote jar a week off and the Monday Motivation quote comes courtesy of www.proflowers.com. Proflowers are a US shop that sell gifts and flowers but I particularly love their blog which is full of wonderful DIY projects and gift ideas as well as some brilliant quotes and motivation. They have very kindly sent me some of their beautiful images and I have picked my favourite to use today! If you’re ever in need of a bit of inspiration or a quote to get you motivated for the day then they have some brilliant ones available, all beautifully designed. This one is definitely my favourite and resonated with me when I read it.
I think I’m going to frame this one and put it up in my office to motivate me and give me a little much needed confidence. I’m not sure when it happened but my confidence in my ability to do my job (whatever that job might be) has definitely fled. I don’t know why but I constantly find myself thinking I shouldn’t be doing it or am not good enough to be doing it. Blogging is one of those jobs that gives you good days and bad days. One day I’ll feel like I’ve got it…things will go right, my traffic will be improving, I’ll have received some great comments and I’ll generally feel like I’m getting good at it. Then something will happen that makes you want to throw in the towel and give it all up. I’ve never known anything quite like it for having real ups and downs and, from reading other blogs, I don’t think I’m alone in feeling like that.
In my last job, in the entire 8 months I was there, I never really felt like I knew what I was doing. I think in time you perfect the art of winging it but I never felt comfortable going into work. I constantly felt on the edge, like people were always fed up with my mistakes and at some point I was going to get found out. I possibly wasn’t as terrible at the job as I felt but it was an anxious time and I’m very pleased it’s over!
I’m now back in a job where, even though the role is very new to me, I at least understand the industry! I feel like I’m starting to gain my confidence again, bit by bit, and I feel like I’m getting back to the old me! I can certainly confidently say I love my job again. I’m really hoping that, in time, I can be confident enough to be so good that they can’t ignore me! That I can forget the disasters of the past and focus on being excellent at all the things I put my mind to.
But it’s not just about work, maybe we should be striving to be ‘so good they can’t ignore us’ in everything we do. I certainly try to instil that in the children. At school, at home, in their various clubs and activities, always aiming to stand out in a positive way. So here’s a challenge! Whatever you’re doing today, whether it be a normal day at work, a day at home with the children or just a day off doing housework, whatever it is, aim to be so good at it that you can’t be ignored! Let’s kick this week off to an amazing start!
Until next time…