overwhelmed

“Life itself is simple…it’s just not easy.” – Steve Maraboli

I attended the first ever SimpleREV conference one month ago. It was an amazing and inspiring time for sure. However, an interesting thing has happened to me post SimpleREV. I feel stuck. It’s a weird and contradicting feeling to have after such a wonderful experience, but it’s the truth.

I met so many wonderful and inspiring human beings and formed great connections in Minneapolis. So what the hell is the problem you ask? Well that is the problem in and of itself. So many wonderful humans I wasn’t aware of before now have my attention and I want to learn and grow from them even more. If I wasn’t already overwhelmed by my own life (which I was) now there are even more things clamoring for my attention. On top of that these amazing humans all have great advice, suggestions, books to read, things to check out, etc. that have caused me to feel even more overwhelmed.

I have worked extremely hard to simplify my life and always make a strong effort to live intentionally. I think that is why this has been so hard for me. I know I literally can’t add all this new stuff to my life, but I also know I don’t want to miss out on any awesomeness.

I have been doing a lot of thinking and what I’ve made of all the overwhelm thus far is that I must follow three very important steps:

  1. I need to do some deep thinking (been in process since SimpleREV)
  2. I have to decide what I want to focus on and what kind of impact I want to have in my lifetime (struggling with this one)
  3. Forget the rest

A few takeaways I’ve discovered from the deep thinking so far:

  • Don’t be so hard on yourself. My life looks drastically different than it did only a couple of years ago due to the intentional changes I have made. Remember to be grateful for how far you’ve come instead of dwelling on how much further you have to go to get to where you want to be.
  • Take a step back every now and then and make sure you are headed in the right direction. Don’t be content with where you are – keep growing and improving yourself. I’ve always been one who “doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up” but I’m starting to put more pieces of the puzzle together.
  • Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. In fact if you are afraid you should definitely proceed. I used to be terrified of seeing/hearing myself on camera and of speaking up on said camera. Now it’s one of my favorite hobbies. Since SimpleREV I’ve participated in a Google Hangout with my fellow SimpleREVers, Skyped with David Delp, and FaceTimed with a total stranger (turned friend) that I reached out to because something he said resonated with me.

I hope to gain clarity sooner rather than later with all of this and come out on the other side of my overwhelm. Have you ever felt stuck after experiencing something that “should” make you feel the opposite way? Please share your experience and advice!

Thank you to all my new friends for being supportive on this journey we call life (especially my buddy Jeff who has been a constant source of encouragement and is responsible for me attempting to convey what I’ve been experiencing). I’m glad to have a tribe on my side!