Good Morning! I got up this morning to write a little something for you all. Usually I would stick to my go-to posts of positivity, optimism and gratefulness, but today I have something a little different for you. My alarm went off this morning and my cat jumped on my chest letting me know that she is starving and that she just might die if she doesn’t get treats this very instant. (If I don’t get up immediately, the cat proceeds to scratch my hope chest cushion and sing the song of her people indefinitely.) So I get up, treats are given, doors are opened, coffee poured, computer powered on, email checked, and life as you know it is ready to begin. You know, a typical morning routine.
Life as you know it… *sigh* I don’t know about you, but I sometimes feel like I have taken a trip to crazy town. Sometimes = daily.
This morning, over a great cup of coffee, I want to share with you the typical emotions that overtake us behind the scenes of Her View From Home (depicted by Emma Stone). Each day seems to be a wild rollercoaster with its ups and downs and twists and turns—and it looks a little bit like this.
1. Emotion= Optimistic
Each day I wake up and have an amazing feeling of confidence about the day for Her View From Home.
2. Emotion = Overjoyed
Seriously overjoyed of the fact that I get to help run this incredible business. How did I get so lucky? The women and men that write for HVFH are all awesome. Their words connect others and actually HELP people. Each day I feel inspired and encouraged all because of what is being shared on our site. This is the best job ever!
3. Emotion = Exhilarated
The GIF depicts both Leslie and myself if we were to work from the same location. Seriously. The emotion of exhilaration is usually created by too much coffee and too much time to dream. We have this “secret” Facebook group that only her and I collaborate on. To say it’s a little random would be an understatement, but working from two different locations it is the most effective means of communication we have. Idea after idea, goal after goal, to-do after to-do…exhilaration takes over and it rocks.
4. Emotion = Overwhelmed
Oh how quickly the high intensity and energy can turn into a mixture of fear, sadness, and devastation. I’m a girl, okay! Sometimes my emotions can change in a second. It could be just one small molehill and it turns into a mountain. SO. MUCH. TO. DO!
Here is a funny for you. This is Leslie’s quote from a few nights ago. I could tell she was already stressing and on the verge of being overwhelmed. “I’m at a work retreat […] with limited to no internet connection. To say I’m freaking out is an understatement. I have never spent one day away from the site since it launched nearly 3 years ago. I know. I’m working on that control issue.” Yeah, that’s the life of a founder. She will for sure be overwhelmed preparing this next week (don’t worry, Leslie, I’m here to help you!) and it will undoubtably turn into the next emotion.
5. Emotion = Helpless
The moment I realize that I most definitely live in crazy town. HVFH rocks and it’s doing great, but it has taken a long time (and I haven’t even been here for the 3 full years!) and it’s hard work.
6. Emotion = Hangry
After the pity part it’s time to regroup and snap out of it! I usually realize that the main source to my slow down-hill spiral just moments ago is because of the hangry emotion. Hangry: When you are so hungry that your lack of food causes you to become angry, frustrated, helpless, etc. Need I say more?
7. Emotion = Determined
The slump is over and I got my groove back. Let’s do this!
8. Emotion = Optimistic
That’s right, we are repeating number one. The confidence is back with the addition of alcohol. A tall glass of wine makes everything better.
9. Emotion = Serenity
This is my favorite time of the day. At this time I am relaxed and at peace knowing that the day is over. I usually smile while looking at the views at the end of the day, the lives that we are impacting, and stories we are sharing… I really do this exact nod!
10 Emotion = Overjoyed
Back to “THIS IS THE BEST JOB EVER” and “How did I get so lucky?!”
It’s the truth when I say each day seems to be a wild rollercoaster with its ups and downs and twists and turns. Sometimes it can be almost too much to handle. It seems never-ending and nausea is setting in…and then it’s over for the moment. You want to know the best part? It’s the picture, the one that snaps at the worst part of the ride. Our picture turns out great every time because there is Leslie and I and the 112 other writers and contributors surrounding us. We are all in it together and it’s beautiful. A crazy, beautiful ride.