“Why? Why? can’t I just be happy spending weekends sitting on the couch watching TV?”
Are you with me here? Wouldn’t it be so much easier to just be happy doing the status quo? Taking the path of least resistance? Do we really have to push ourselves to fear and risk to get somewhere?
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do on thing every day that scares you.”
Well, I’m doing as told. I’ve got that feeling again; that shaky blend of excitement and fear as I prepare to exit my comfort zone.
I am very excited to join my friend and colleague Gini Dietrich, and Megan Beausang and the rest of the team at Arment Dietrich and Spin Sucks to launch the super top secret Project Jack Bauer. Go here and sign up to be the first to know what it is. I’m honored to be asked. I’m downright giddy about the project, the work I’ll be doing, and the women I’ll be working with.
My role as CEO of Big Leap Creative will only change for the better. I now have a great group of smart and creative people I will be working with. I will have more resources to provide my clients. We have a broader base of knowledge and greater pool of creativity. Oh, brainstorming sessions, how I’ve missed you!
However, I’ve got the puke bag at the ready.
Because I’m coming out of the woods, so watch out Chicago. I’m shaving my legs and leaving the mountains. I will temporarily relocate, and travel back and forth. Yes, I worry myself sick about leaving my best friend/husband and my fur-babies. I am so fortunate, and thank him for his total and amazing support. Sometimes we just have to take opportunities when they land in our lap otherwise we’ll always wonder what would have been….
I met Gini a year and half ago at Counselors’ Academy PRSA in Palm Springs. We hit it off right away when I discovered she had pre-arranged to have a road bike rental delivered to her hotel room. She was sneaking out early mornings for bike rides in the mountains surrounding us, for gods sakes! and I was out running in the 100-degree heat! She won that one. But thank goodness neither one of us is competitive at all. (Cough, cough) Regardless, I am totally excited to join forces with her, because we both aim for global domination and I always thought one of us was going to have to kill the other to achieve it. Fortunately, I think we’ve found a way to avoid that.
So back to that trail run. I let myself cry and freak out. For about 5 minutes. Then I pulled it together and I kept climbing. I told myself to stop the worrying and negative thoughts. I climbed, and reached the ridge top, and there before my eyes was a rock cairn marking the trail. In hindsight, I don’t know what I was so worried about! My reward was a continued, easy descent 12 miles through enchantingly beautiful alpine meadows and lakes down to the finish where my friends were all waiting for me. (for kind of awhile) I did it – it was awesome. Felt like I was living with intention.
I know that’s how this story will end up. But do we always have to carry a puke bag as we move into the next chapter?[ssba]
Trisha Miller says
Yep, I think it’s very wise to always have a puke bag handy. There’s risks and then there’s “why risk it?” and I think winding up with puke all over your shoes falls into the latter category.
AND I’m glad you found a way to work with Gini instead of killing her, because it’s, you know, still not legal to kill someone. And it’s hard to run a PR business from prison. 🙂
Abbie S. Fink says
Lisa — I am so excited for you. What a great opportunity AND you get to hang with our girl Gini everyday. Best of luck in this new adventure.
Jess Flynn says
WOW! How awesome and exciting and intriguing. Can’t wait to see what you and Gini and the rest of the crew have cooking. PR’s future is in great hands with all of you leading the charge
Jess Flynn says
WOW! How awesome and exciting and intriguing. Can’t wait to see what you and Gini and the rest of the crew have cooking.
Larisa Suriano says
Bauer is fantastic, I really wish they should hurry up with the film if they’re going to make it!