Own your energy

21 Jun

I woke up feeling awesome about today. Why? I only had one meeting, and it wasn’t at 9am as usual, it was at 2pm. That meant that I could park my butt on my couch, next to my dog, for hours, and get some work done without any pressure to be a million places at once. For me, that’s AMAZING nowadays. And I’m thankful for it. After dropping Dave off at work, I started my chill-filled day by stopping at Whole Foods so that I could drop some unnecessary cash on a green juice that contained kale, spinach, lemon, cucumber, parsley, and apple.

Did I mention to you that my Trainer Link business partner, Jay, started a juice diet? (Did I mention to you that I now have a Trainer Link business partner, Jay? I do. He’s amazing and I’m very lucky.) He’s drinking only juice, every day, for 30 days. Besides the two meals a week he is allowing himself to have in order to jump start his metabolism, it’s all leafy-fruity-veggie slurpees for that guy. Well, being around it everyday is totally rubbing off on me. Now I crave juices all the time, and find my wallet walking itself right over to Whole Foods to pay $5 for a drink. This is Jay and his juice.

After I went broke at breakfast, I came home and settled in to do exactly as planned. It was a glorious day. Then in the afterno0n I met my friend Marty for coffee and an interesting realization happened. Here’s the story. Oftentimes when I go into meetings, I’m very excited. I love what I do, and I usually have way too many ideas in my head and things I want to tell people to be able to sit quietly for long. So lately I’ve been practicing being a little more mellow, so as not to word-vomit for 10 minutes straight and make people look like they’ve been riding in the backseat of a convertible with the topdown for an hour. The reaction I’m getting though, is not what I expected. My friend Marty’s first comment was,”You seem tired today, where’s the energy?” The thing is, that’s not the first time I’ve gotten that response from people. It clicked that that was the response I was getting from everyone I was practicing subdued-Mel well. “Tired today?” “What’s wrong?” “Long day?” etc. I told Marty exactly what was going on, and he said, “Oh noooo. Never do that. That’s what makes you, you. Keep that energy and positivity going.”

And he’s right. Why would I ever purposely practice being subdued and kill the energy inside? That’s just silly. And a waste of coffee, too.

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