When I was in college (and even high school) and I was struggling through a math problem I couldn’t solve, I would get so upset. I would crumple up my paper, cross things out really hard so the paper tore, throw my pencil, and generally melt down.
And once I did that, I felt better. I was able to refocus and 9/10 times, I would figure out the problem. I’m not the best at math, but that’s a pretty good track record.
I’m really not a person who cries at the drop of a hat. Usually I can keep things in check until it’s more appropriate. Like Kelly Cutrone says, “If you have to cry, go outside.”
But like when I was trying to work through a hard math problem, I still have some moments when the stress and frustration gets too much and I want to sit down, get a
carton big bowl of ice cream and just pout/whine (I originally wrote “wine,” which is totally acceptable, too).
Again, I get up and feel better and move on with clear eyes.
When this happens to me, I like to turn toward certain ladies who are so motivational and inspiring.
Molly Mahar‘s Stratejoy is fantastic. I signed up for The Joy Equation course and I know I will love it based on the past Holiday Councils that I’ve attended with her.
There’s something about the way that she speaks to me that just touches something that both calms and energizes me. And her Instagram is insanely beautiful/adorable/unapologetically, “Hey this is life,” which I love.
Along the same lines is Nicole Antoinette from A Life Less Bullshit. Her energy is totally different than Molly’s, but she’s still a huge proponent of accepting that things get messy, not showing a Pinterest-perfect facade, and saying, “Listen, life gets sucky, get up, show up, and do the work.”
And her No BS Lab is fantastic. It’s where I got all of the podcasts I listened to going to Virginia (that you can read about here and here).And finally, I love Marie Forleo‘s coaching. She’s more business focused than life focused, but there are still gems that are applicable to everyday life. Her personality is like sitting down with that friend who will tell you, “Get over yourself and do the work or stop whining about it.”
Of course, there are friends who will listen and commiserate. I love those people in my life. But I can’t share them with you (well, I can tell you about them, but I can’t say, “Here’s my best friend’s number, call her if you need someone to make you laugh.”) These ladies..these I can share with you. They’re great people to follow.