I Get To… and What I’m Reading this Week

It’s been a while since my last official new experience, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been sitting back and moping after my little crash last week. Many changes are afoot, some of which I can’t yet talk about in this space. I can, however, talk about some of the progress we’re making on the business. Last week we opened a bank account. Woo hoo, right? It was pretty straightforward, but slightly more complicated than a personal account. In Colorado, your business needs to be registered with the state in order to get a business bank account, but you need not have a federal tax ID number (though it is preferred).

We have also been working with our awesome graphic designer on a logo, which is almost ready for prime time. Look for it soon here and on Instagram (joycycling_services) and Twitter (@joycyclingchick)!

On the home front, almost all of our boxes have been handled. Following the advice of Marie Kondo, we have touched pretty much every item in the 200+ boxes we brought here. Several boxes of items went to new homes, some are stored in the basement for future use, and many many pieces of paper were shredded or recycled. I have never been so thankful for e-statements.

One of the things I have been doing this year that has helped me stay focused amongst all this change is weekly planning. I’ve been sitting down every Monday morning with my tea and my planner and spending some time reflecting and scheduling. My process is based on that developed by Scott Dinsmore of Live Your Legend (building upon the work of Tony Robbins). You can access his tools here. I had never heard of Scott before his untimely death on Mount Kilimanjaro last year. Along with many like-minded souls around the world, I find his methods and ideas compelling. I was actually inspired to share what I’ve been doing when I read this week’s post by Scott’s widow Chelsea talking about getting sh*t done. From where I sit, she’s got it right.

The part of the post that resonated most for me was Chelsea’s discussion of the power of language to change how we think about our tasks. I remember clearly arguing with my (most excellent) life coach a few years ago when she was trying to get me to say that I wanted to do some work that I clearly did NOT want to do. I just couldn’t make the jump all the way from “have to” to “want to.” Looking at the progression in this blog post, though, I see how (even back then) it would be possible to move along, step by painstaking step, from “have to/should do” to “choose to” to “get to” to “want to.” Actually, I’m not sure wanting to is better than getting to. I feel like getting to do something is a treat, perhaps even more desirable than wanting to do something–thus the title of my post. Right now, I want to AND get to learn a lot about starting a small business, navigate unfamiliar contexts and bureaucracies, reach out to new people in a new town, and use my talents as best I can to serve others. Lucky me! (Seriously!)

If you haven’t had enough on this topic yet, hop over to another blog that has been inspiring me as I push ahead in all these new adventures, Zen Habits. This week founder Leo Babauta also talks about productivity (and distraction).

Last but not least, this week I finished Shonda Rhimes’ book Year of Yes. It was the latest choice in the virtual book club On the Same Page developed by my friend, former colleague, and BOLD thinker Kanesha Baynard. (Aside: Every book choice in this club has been phenomenal.) For those who don’t know, Shonda Rhimes is the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and Private Practice. Her book is inspirational all around, especially for those of us who consider ourselves introverts. Her model of saying Yes to life is both powerful and entertainingly expressed throughout the book.

Next week I get to have some new experiences. Look for posts about that here. Happy Spring!

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