A conversation I keep having over and over again is the importance of the energy around you. I feel like I’m an absolute sponge when it comes to energy. I soak up whatever is circling around me. Now, this is incredible when I’m surrounded by great energy. And totally detrimental when I’m surrounded by bad energy.
This month has been insane for me. So insane, in fact, that I am pretty convinced that I am insane. I don’t know if you can tell from my recent posts (and/or Twitter) or not, but this is a very weird point in my life. I’m adjusting to a completely new schedule. I’m building out a potentially new vertical of the business. And I’m trying to deepen what I’ve already built. (And squeezing in more “life” too!)
My anxiety is kind of all over the place. I try to remind myself that it’s all good anxiety every night as I’m tossing and turning while trying to fall asleep. I’m truly, truly living my dreams right now and that’s the best thing I can imagine… I’m just in the weeds of things.
What’s so important for me, as I have begun to realize, is being much more selective with the people who I spend a lot of my time with. A meeting with someone or a little get together has the potential to make or break my energy levels for the day.
I have a lot of these amazing people in my life already and I’m beyond thankful. Mackenzie is one of them. We’re both entrepreneurs in similar spaces so we’re both experiencing a lot of the same things. Working with her two or three afternoons a week is the best. We overlap on a lot of emails, so we crank through those; hashing out details and contracts and keeping communication very streamlined. We bounce ideas off of each other all afternoon long, which is something that I value so so so much. Plus, we can vent to each other about the frustrations we’re both facing… and we get it.
The other day, Mackenzie and I met up with Katie Armour (from Matchbook Magazine & Neo-Traditionalist). It made my day. I had already had an amazing coffee with an old friend that morning so I was totally on a Hustler High. (The good kind of #Hustle, of course.) Katie and I have crossed paths a million times but we never really sat down to get to know each other. It was amazing. We hit it off right away and I absolutely have a girl crush on her. The three of us had an amazing lunch and the conversation was even better. I can’t think of something more energizing than being around two amazing women who totally know what I’m going through. We were all exchanging ideas and our passions and offering whatever advice we might have.
That afternoon, it was so much easier to get through the pile of emails and work that had already built up for the week. I was inspired. And encouraged. And reminded that I have some pretty amazing people in my life.
Something I’ve been trying to incorporate into my week is taking real lunches. Where I go someplace or at least move away from my computer in my apartment. I’ve been doing some reading or just eating and doing nothing… but I have been trying to grab lunch with new people! The inspiration and energy I get from that is exhilarating. I love hearing what other people are up to– true motivation right there!
Need more energy in your life? Reach out to your friends who are crushing it and surround yourself with that. (It rubs off.) Pull together a group of fellow students and form an informal dinner to just exchange ideas and get to know each other better. Reach out to someone in your community who you admire and set up a coffee date.
Who do you surround yourself with for energy?