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Are you doing what you love?
This advice 👆from Rola Ghasani in our latest episode of The Uplifters seems so obvious. I mean, if we love doing something, why wouldn’t we be doing it already? But, gosh, there are so many ways life gets in the way of love.
I realized mid-conversation with Rola that I’ve held onto a belief my entire life that performance, which I studied in grad school, was frivolous and attention-seeking. But, here’s the weird thing - I’ve never believed that about anyone else who performs. This judgy standard has only been applied to me. And it’s a big reason that it took me 10 years of talking about creating this podcast to actually create this podcast. I love talking to people, hearing their stories, and being fully in the moment with them. I’m not good enough at writing to convey how much joy and life that gives me. But, for so many years, I didn’t do that, because the quiet voices in the back of my mind told me I couldn’t and shouldn’t do what I love.
What do you love doing so much that in your fantasy life you would do it every day? Painting? Digging in the dirt? Identifying birds?
The options are endless because every one of us has something different that lights us up. I’m sending you this note as a loving nudge to check in on whether you’re carving out time and space in your life to do those things. I promise that if you do a little bit of something that brings you pure joy every day your life will be different and better. Sure, you’ll have to make some trade-offs to fit this new thing into your life, but what will you get in return?
Please join the celebration with Uplifter Mai Truong!
Mai has spent years overcoming her own mental hurdles and self-doubt to do the thing she’s always dreamed of. This week she launched her first business: Bo & Mei.
She named the company after her daughters Bo & Mei because as a second-generation Vietnamese American, she wanted to to give her children confidence in their Asian identity. Her goal is to make it easier for people to carry on time-honored Asian traditions—starting with Lunar New Year. Her kits are as lovely as Mai herself! Take a look and support an Uplifter!
Let’s lift each other up
What are you doing, Uplifters? Reply to this message or comment to tell us about the book you’ve written, the job you’ve landed, something you’ve accomplished, or the new friend you’ve made, so that we can celebrate together and keep rising higher, together!
Thank you so much for being here! Let’s keep rising higher, together, 💓 Aransas
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