Time to Think…

Been a little while since I have posted… quality over quantity.

I do not break down, I do not quit, I do not loose.

I broke down, quit, and lost.

It happens. How you change, grow, and take on the next challenge is what makes the difference. Not the plaque on the wall or medal around your neck.

Stop checking the boxes and start smashing them.

I have always said I am the minority, I am the 1%. Sometimes it is a little harder to swim up stream than to float down the river with the rest of them, but the payoff is definitely worth every once of energy and fight.

#19 – #humpday

I rang in 2014 with close friends and fun times. However, Geico had a different plan. A genius plan.

We all remember the “Mike, mike, mike, what day is it… Hump Day!” commercial that went viral in minutes and is now a common salutation for any Wednesday.

New Year’s Day 2014 landed conviently, for Geico, on a Wednesday aka Hump Day. SO how to they capitalize? Sponsor the New Year’s Eve countdown on multiple major networks such as ABC, NBC, and Fox and add a simple hashtag to keep the conversations all about them… and voila #humpday is born.

These are the types of details that we sometimes quickly oversee when we focus solely on checking the box and not the long term effects of our projects. Just SHIP IT is definitely my motto, BUT before shipping even becomes an option the project better have more than a one and done purpose and more longevity than that brown banana you through in your lunchbox this morning.

Thank you Geico for reminding us to slow down and take the blinders off. The next time you are running full force and head down on a project ask yourself, “Is this the next #humpday?” If the answer is not, why?

At Least it Wasn’t my Finger – Day #4

I drink a green swamp juice smoothie almost every morning for breakfast. Usually including some combination of spinach, greek yogurt, protein powder, a banana, other miscellaneous fruit, couple ice cubes, and a splash of water. Told you it was swamp juice…

Like most days, this morning started with me sleeping as late as possible and once again in a rush to get my kiddo and me out the door and off to CrossFit, school, and work.

I am whirling up my smoothie and like many times before I have to pulse the blender, stop, mix up the contents, and pulse again or else it just pulverizes what’s on the bottom and never pulls down the ice cubes and spinach leaves. In an effort to save the 2.5 seconds it takes to PAUSE the blender and mix up the contents I decide to mix with a spatula as it blends…brilliant right?

Hardly. The blades caught the spatula and in a split second my spatula is no more and better yet I added a hefty dose of BPA to my swamp juice. Here’s the stupid part, yes it gets stupider, for a moment before using the spatula I actually thought about sticking my fingers in the blender to try and help mix in the spinach. WHAT IN THE HECK…. really Katie!?

After that little gem… today’s lesson is learning to PAUSE.

Pause. Stop. Focus. Breathe. Clear your thoughts.

When we race through a project, our daily routine, or life in general, it’s way to easy to loose sight of the big picture, the light at the end of the tunnel, and in turn come seconds away from loosing a finger in our morning smoothie.

Challenge yourself to pause just one time today. Once? That’s it? It sounds simple, but I guarantee you will either forget or try and rush through your “pause.”

What are you missing by refusing stop? Breathe? Focus?….PAUSE?