Sometimes you need a Zap!

ZapYour alarm goes off, you get up and stumble to where your phone is plugged in, press snooze, and tuck your phone under your pillow. You have some crazy dreams for the next ten minutes until your alarms goes off again.

You rush out the door and trot to the bus stop. Nothing is worse than barely missing the bus.

You come home and put on your sweats. You put on a show and eat something.

You go to bed.

Repeat.

Repeat.

Repeat.

Zap!

This is my daily routine right now. Routine is kind of a shitty thing for me. Some people are like, "I love my routine. Gotta have my routine!" Not me! If I do the same things consecutively too many times, I get foggy and boring.

Sometimes you need a little zap to snap out of it. That can be waking up at a different time, it can be taking a different bus home, it can be doing just one thing that you don't normally do in the evening—like go for a walk or shut the screens down and write in your journal (I checked. My last journal entry was in August. Oops).

OR...you can chat with someone new. Someone you don't know.

That's what I did this week. I had a Skype chat with a gal named Sarah Vermunt. We're connected on Facebook because we run in the same coaching circle, but we'd never actually chatted before.

Zap!

My perspective shifted. See, I'd been going to school and coming home over and over. It's not bad, but when you see the same people every day for too long, things can get kinda stale and one-dimensional. I needed to see the world outside of my program. I needed some perspective.

Chatting with Sarah was fun. She's smart, driven, and she's just putting herself out there and doing work she loves. Her story about quitting her PhD when she was almost done just knocks me over. That's some bold shit right there. And it's women like her who can show people, just by telling her story, that it IS possible to do work you love that feels meaningful. (That's what Your Real Work is all about)

And she helped me take some of my dusty dreams I had shelved for the time being and just blow the dust off. I'm not quite ready to go full tilt toward them, but at least they have a spot at the table in my mind. They're there to remind me what I'm doing all this for, and they help me play this game of hotter and colder as I go for a new career.

Sarah's confidence in what she does inspired me. She's unapologetically herself, and that's the way I want to be. She also told me about the people who influence her, and now I'm having fun checking them out. I'm learning and reading and doing things that I wasn't doing a couple of days ago.

Zap!

Go zap yourself too. It'll feel good.