Oct 19, 2022
As nature prepares for winter,
the leaves fall, the damp chill has us grabbing for blankets or
cozy clothes, the drive to adventure can sometimes dissipate.
The darkness lingers longer in the morning and comes sooner at
night. While I am not an expert in moon cycles, I have even
learned that we are in a low energy cycle currently. I think
it’s perfectly okay to listen to rest and embrace the low energy
season, we might feel the undertows and external current of
productivity suggesting otherwise. For some of us who see
goals and achievement as key drivers it also can feel like we are
off the wagon.
I’ve been in this awkward
phase. I’ve been less motivated or inspired to create the
last few weeks. I shared the rut I was feeling with a few
content creator groups and crowdsourced their suggestions. I
thought I would dedicate this episode to share what I have learned
and some things I have tried this week.
- Pay attention to the Moon
don’t know how long you have been feeling this. But I can say that
we have just entered the waning moon phase. This phase lasts two
weeks after the full moon. We had a full moon on Sunday. This is a
lower energy time. This is a time for maintenance, and more rest,
this is a time to be extra aware of your energy. A time to do more
of what you love, and less work. This is your time to hibernate and
declutter a bit so that you are ready for the next moon cycle.￼￼ So
instead of feeling guilty that I’m not as energized or “making
progress” or inspired, I embrace the slower pace. Let yourself nap
more, remind yourself this slowing down, and not always
“doing” is natural and necessary.” I am putting a
link to Beth Suter
who was the person who offered this
insight if anyone wants to learn more about this.
- Listen to your body - I have been feeling heavy
and frumpy and wanted to wake things up a bit.
Confessions from a true podcaster, when I need to amp up the energy
to get on the mic or be “on” for whatever reason I usually cranks
some empowering music. Usually it’s something like Rachel
Platten, Miley Cyrus or Taylor Swift - these wouldn’t typically be
the music I listen to but there is a touch of authenticity mixed
with brash that invigorates my systems. I have noticed the
last few weeks I’ll break out into dance or yoga or some
combination of the two - what would that be called doga?!?
Feeling strong and moving my body is kind of freeing which leads me
to my next one.
- Draw, Paint or color out emotions - This
suggestion actually made sense to me from my teaching and adult
learning style days. Our brains actually need to be
stimulated to cross the right and left brain hemisphere. Like
we need to loosen the reigns of logic. Or on the flip side we
might have all the pieces and need to get out of our creative brain
and into logic so doing something like playing with legos, sudoku,
or a word puzzle sometimes can give your brain
- Putting myself in unfamiliar circumstances that
interrupt my routine. Listen or look for content to distract,
reflect and inspire. Breaking out of your typical places, go for a
long drive, head to a different coffee shop…you can’t change who
you are, but you can change where you are.
- Just hit record for 5 minutes. Usually I
make it all the way through and it turns out better than
expected. Like the pringles saying - once you pop, you can’t
- Take an Untourist walk - new place, look to
learn, fresh air similar to putting yourself in an unfamiliar
circumstance combined with the mantra that motion creates
- Sounds like you might be overwhelmed.
What are you NOT going to dof? Funny story, this was one of the key
message of my presentation and RV Entrepreneur Roundtable and like
a darn boomerang the organizer brought it right back to me
LOL. Sounds like great advice. Well you want to know
what I decided. I'm
going to simply enjoy Q4.
To feel good about leaving the organization I work for in the best
- To host family Christmas and then pack
the RV and launch on our gap year
- To make an offer - one that excites me!
- Again my own advice from RVE that my friend
Josh so eloquently tossed back at me. Pretend it’s Chinese
New Year - they only focus on one thing: the year of the blog, the
year of the book. what is one thing you are really excited
about to focus on and get good at?
- My dear friend Tony suggested these words
“Listen to this episode. It’s inspiring, the host is infectious and
you really get a sense of her purpose and sense of joy while
listening. Feel free to pause no less than 12 times and make a note
in your journal, all while sitting on a bench somewhere.” He
includes the link to
Episode 001 of Ordinary
took his advice. I listened to that episode, in the raw
nature that only your first episode can unveil. I was
reminded of why I started this podcast and fell back in love with
it. Less pressure more fun. Thanks Tony. I wouldn’t have gotten
here without your suggestion this week.
- Ask for Help?
alluded to at the start of this episode. All of these
suggestions came from fellow creators in various Content creator
Groups. I also asked my mom to make us supper the day my daughter
had her pre-op and I was out of town. Coming home to a home cooked
meal, rolls and even dessert was such a great symbolism that we are
loved. Earlier this week, I asked my colleague to take the
lead on a communication that I have been struggling to get
done. I don’t know why I get stuck feeling like I have to do
it all. People genuinely want to help, we just have to be
brave enough to ask.
I have really been putting
pressure on myself to be on my A game. As I exit my job, my
daughter goes through minor surgery on her elbow, we wrap up doctor
visits while still on our existing health plan and coordinate some
school things, and then figure out all the things yet to do with
the house, it’s no wonder things feel heavy. Not to mention 2
years of covid disruptions. I ask for your grace as I
continue on. I am still here and eager to support family
adventures with everyday simple adventures, with untouristy and
authentic travel experiences and a lessons in designing an
adventurous lifestyle with kids. I have some really great
things in store, and they will be available when they are meant to
I look forward to seeing you in
the Ordinary Sherpa Facebook group this week and seeing how we
could do to help you? We’ll be in touch!