I’ve been making a conscious effort over the past few days to pull myself out of the winter/unemployment/life crisis mode I’ve been in lately, mostly because I’m tired of my family sending me self-help emails three times a week! There’s only so many “Are YOU holding YOURSELF back???” emails a girl can take! And while, yes, I’ve read every one of them, if you must know…I do realize that I’ve been in a bit of a mood lately, and it’s time to pull myself up by the bootstraps (or slippers, as my case may be….) and get it together!
I just want to note that this winter-time slump happens every single year, regardless of my employment status. So no need to reserve me a bed at Bellevue! Equine therapy will not be necessary! Of course, this year has added a different challenge, because in the past, despite my mood, I’ve had a responsibility to get to work and be cheerful about it! But since it’s almost April and I love nothing more than a “fresh start,” this seems like the perfect time to utilize my “three-step plan”:
1. No more melancholy music! I’ve been hitting the Joni Mitchell rotation a little hard this winter, and she doesn’t exactly instill a zest for life. Add to that scores of thoughtful acoustic tunes and we’re on the first train to cry-town! So step one: No more “River”! This is a necessity, despite how much she makes me feeeeellllllll.
2. Wear normal clothes. My entire professional wardrobe has been gathering dust for months, replaced by a variety of casual wear–mostly pants of the pajama/yoga/lounge variety. But in order to feel like I’m making a contribution to society, I need to wear some jeans once in a while. I’ve made excellent strides so far–last time I was home, I left my favorite pair of velvet lounge pants that I’ve had since 6th grade in my dresser. It was the only way.
3. Treat yo’self. Self-improvement is hard! So despite my inner protestations that $7 could be better spent, I bought myself a bouquet of flowers the other day and then spent twenty minutes taking many photos of them so I could post the hashtag #treatyoself on Instagram and have people think I’ve really got it together. #fakeittilyoumakeit
There you have it! I already feel the rays of sunshine bursting out of my ears!
What’s My Age: 47, a recent divorcee, having recently returned from a “Turn Your Life Around” seminar in a turnpike Marriott ballroom.