I fought the door (and the door won) (Nov 29, 2021)
It’s time to Kick Monday’s Ass…
So last night I got stuck behind a SLOW AFFFFFFFFFFFFFF driver.
Ordinarily it wouldn’t bug me since driving for long stretches is just a thing I do now.
But this was on a back country road in the dark (vs a major highway with a bunch of lanes), so I found myself getting more and more frustrated that I couldn’t go as fast as I wanted.
And OF COURSE, this slow asshole ran a yellow light… leaving me stuck at the red light.
The longer I sat at that red light, the further he got away.
At that point, I was at my own crossroads (literally AND figuratively)…
I could have gotten pissy about how OF COURSE he got through the light and I was stuck.
But by getting further ahead of me as I sat at the light… he was also giving me a longer runway to go as fast as I wanted once that light turned green.
It can be the same in business, when we want everything to happen OMFGRIGHTNOW. But sometimes you get stuck behind something (like a knowledge gap) or someone (like a busy prospective client) that forces you to go slower than you want.
You could look at those blockers as signs you weren’t meant to do this. You could also waste time (and energy) getting pissed off that things aren’t going your way.
But sometimes the best thing you can do is to stop, take a few deep breaths, adjust the attitude, and get started again once you’ve got a little more open road in front of you.
Food for thought.
The point is, you get to choose how you feel. And sometimes that makes a BIG difference in how things turn out.
Speaking of choosing how to feel…
Check out the podcast…
Last week Ross O’Lochlainn stopped by to talk about working toward saving up to leave a job, and then being let go because of a visa issue… which left him unemployed (and unemployable) in a foreign country.
Here’s how he managed to quiet the fear and get s**t done when he had no choice but to make it work: Click here to listen and hear how he did it.
BONUS: if you need even MORE Angie in your ear holes this week, I appeared on a very awesome podcast episode by The Copywriter Club this week.
In just about 90 minutes, Kira, Rob, and I managed to get through my pretty epic decade-plus copywriting career. If you want to know how a self-taught copywriter leveraged minimal writing experience into a full-fledged career, click here to listen. (Lots of good tactical and mindset talk in that one, by the way!)
Section 42: Life, The Universe, and Everything…
Ever get in a fight with a storm door and lose?
Yeah, that happened to me last night. I was trying to keep it from closing on me and my armload of stuff with ye olde “kick the leg out behind you without looking” trick.
Turns out I kicked the leg juuuuuuuuuuuuuust slightly under the storm door, leading it to attack and wreak havoc on my Achilles tendon.
Don’t worry, I won’t torture you with pictures. And nothing seriously hurt (aside from my pride).
Instead, here’s a gratuitous (slightly blurry) picture of Stella proving that cat traps boxes work for luring in cats:
Pic is of my cat Stella squeezing herself into an Amazon box that’s probably one size too small to really hold her well.
In other news, I just posted a great story to the blog… it’s all about my recent trip to Disney World.
Part two is here… featuring pictures of the new Star Wars ride, my new favorite food group: totchos, and a chance meeting with some excellent lunch buddies.
On repeat this week…
Harkening aaaaaaaaaaaaaaallll the way back to the beginning of this email… attitude adjustment gets a lot easier with the proper upbeat tunes.
As I was gearing up to get good and pissed at the slow driver, Low Rider came on and led to an impromptu car karaoke party. So that’s officially the song of the week. You’re welcome.
All my friends know the low rider
The low rider is a little higher
Low rider drives a little slower
Low rider is a real goer
Low rider knows every street, yeah
Low rider is the one to meet, yeah
Low rider don’t use no gas now
Low rider don’t drive too fast
Take a little trip, take a little trip
Take a little trip and see
Take a little trip, take a little trip
Take a little trip with me
If you’re an aspiring freelancer who’s working up the courage to leave the day job… good news! I’m sharing all the things I WISH I’d known before making the leap so that hopefully your journey goes a little more smoothly than mine.