Coachella was amaaaaaaazing. I will have to make another post on the experience…but first, photos.
I had a profound conversation yesterday with my carpool buddy, Jon. He recounted the significance of family in his life and the importance of honoring them. How much they sacrificed for him & his brother, and all the many life lessons he learned. I started to realize how much I took my own for granted, how little time I set aside for them, how poorly I’ve sorted my priorities. It brought to light how little I cherished the connection that is family.
We make time for what we find important. And I’ve been failing to see that. So naturally, I started to get emotional. I’m sure Jon was a bit bewildered by the waterworks streaming down my face. He asked if I was ok. I told him that they were happy tears. Tears of self-reflection. Of revelation.
I don’t think I’ve ever really felt the gravity of this specific matter of the heart until he related it to me in this way. And I am entirely grateful and in awe — that it took a few car rides to connect with said carpool buddy and in essence for the Universe to speak to me.
I called my mom that night. We chatted about the holidays, upcoming plans, some of our extended family drama. It was a nice chat that lasted about 20 minutes, in which I ended with ‘I love you.’
Thank you for these moments, Universe. High-fives to you, Jon.
”Honor your parents. Honor your family. Honor your husband.” Make time for them. Let them know you love them. What else is there in this life? What else matters?
“You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colors fill your mind.”
Tell it how it is.
Stop beating around the bush. Tell stories. Be vulnerable. Be transparent. What else is there?
Commit to the grind.
I give full credit to the gym (and Nike, lol) for teaching me this one. If you want to be better for it, you have to stay in it. I know its hard, but it will absolutely be worth it. I promise. The only way to get to where you want to be is by doing the work. There are no magic bullets.
Have a fucking LIFE.
This is for my fellow workaholics. Who are you without your business? I know this can be kinda scary and confronting at first — but I think it’s so so important… What does your life look like when you’re not working? How do you WANT it to look?
Do what you say you’re going to do.
I know… This is hard. And you’ll probably fail a few times (I still do). But be conscious of your given word and don’t say YES to anything you’re not totally on board with. And when you do commit to opportunities, be sure to give yourself enough time to get it done within the timeframe.
Be kind. And give a shit.
Treat your followers and your mailing list subscribers like PEOPLE… Because guess what? That’s what they are. Ask them what they don’t want. Ask them what they want. Send personal follow up emails. Post them shit in the mail. Connect with them. Stop treating them like they’re just another number or another person to buy your crap.
When everyone else is going left, go right.
Do your own thing. Stop following trends.
Don’t take any shit.
Stand for something. Voice your opinion. Risk being misunderstood. Stop letting distractions and other peoples’ agendas get the better of you. Get after what YOU want.