Q&A Wednesday

Q&A: How to get your sh*t together & reinvent yourself

Reinventing yourself sounds like a really big deal. It IS a big deal but that doesn’t mean it has to be totally overwhelming.

I got different variations of this question a bunch of times recently and thought I’d share my own story of reinvention with you. I’ve done it a few times in my life but there’s a couple times in particular that taught me a LOT about the process.

Here’s how I got my sh*t together and reinvented myself.

Over to you! Tell me about a time you had to reinvent yourself, whether it was self-imposed or thrown at you by life at an unexpected time. How did you do it? What did you struggle with? What changes did you make that helped?

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    Denise

    November 23, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Great Q&A Erin, I especially love how you mentioned a routine. Due to a chronicle illness I had a very difficult time because I wasn’t able to establish a routine. After this bad time of hospitals and lying in bed al day I found it hard to go back to a normal routine and to get things done. It really helped me to make a routine and to use a bullet journal (I know you also talked about it). sometimes I can not follow the routine but it is important to get back to it. I had to reinvent myself to deal with the chronic illness but also fulfill a life and accomplish things, it meant that I had to accept that I am not my disease and I can accomplish things. I think this is important in any situation that you are in control of your life even though life isn’t always something you can control.

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    Ayala Young

    November 23, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Perfect timing! Thanks so much, Erin!

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    Sophia Del Gigante

    November 23, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Loved this video. I reinvented myself a couple times.

    About 5 years ago I joined Weight Watchers and lost 73 pounds. I gained a 20 back over the past few years, but I changed my lifestyle to a healthier one and integrated fitness into my weekly routines.

    I lost my job last year, so I had the opportunity to have a job that was more challenging and fulfilling- I went from a job with little personal responsibility and creativity, to one where I was challenged and creative every day.

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    Ben Amy Vigil

    November 23, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Great Q&A Erin!
    I run a painting company and we have grown to the point where I spend more time managing then actually painting with the crews.
    Using a bullet journal of my daily tasks and trying very hard to establish and keep a routine going has helped me tremendously. Without some kind of structure (schedule if you will) I find myself all over the board, it helps me keep my focus and gives my a place to return to when I do wander off (which can be very easy at times :)).
    Keep up the good work Erin, I look forward to all your classes and especially your Q&A’s!

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    Verena

    November 23, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Love the Q&A! What you said really spoke to me, I am currently struggling with a lack of routine, purpose and organisation (because I currently don´t have a classical work structure, but work from home at my own time). You touch very helpful points. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience!

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    AnnEttigirb

    November 23, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Love this! Can definitely identify, especially with the importance of establishing a morning routine when working from home!

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    Pixeluna

    November 23, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    This really hit home with me. I’ve been a MESS for like 6-8 months. The job I had let me go and I started working for myself from home. What I’m doing now is better and overall makes me happier and has so much more potential for success. However, I am just a total disaster each and every day. I thought the adjustment would be easy, but in reality I just have zero routine. I’m constantly just scrambling to do things, up too late, sleeping too much, never eating enough, etc. I’m daily telling myself that I need to “get my shit together” but I just never feel like I can get there. This helps me put it in a different perspective and not be so overwhelmed by it. Thanks Erin!

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    gardenwithliz

    November 23, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    I’m a full time mother to three–it seems like just when I figure life out, one of the kid’s school schedule changes or they have additional challenges, or I add another baby, or decide to start a new project. I’ve loved having routines that I have to constantly adjust…but I’ve also found that sometimes the best way to deal with change is just accept the chaos for a while, lower my expectations until I feel like I have my feet under me and then start integrating new routines.

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    Jessica Williams

    November 24, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Love this! Your experience after moving to France has really hit me. My husband and I just moved back to the states (our home country) 3 months ago after living abroad for 4 years. We spent two months traveling and visiting friends and family and for the last month we have tried to settle back into a routine in this new city (Denver) where we know NO ONE and have no connections. With the holidays closing in, I am spending more time alone because my husband works in retail. Just a few days ago I was feeling really lonely and without a purpose. I hope I can take your advice and get my life together. Life is more than about going to a job. I just need to find that routine and purpose. Thanks Erin.

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    Isa Belle

    November 26, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I just uninstalled an app from my phone that was keeping me too much on the screen and I have taken the solemn pledge (once again) not to check facebook right out of bed, no matter what day. That’s something I’ve been wanting to do and struggling with myself for quiet some time now. In general the past weeks, months I’ve been feeling out of balance in the way that I want to show up with purpose every day and at the same time I find it exhausting. Several things come to my mind though that I might have to tackle. So thanks for the kick in the b.u.t.t. 🙂

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    Kathleen

    December 4, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Hey Erin from Australia!! I really needed this video thank you so much for making it. I finished uni for the summer two weeks ago and am still struggling to find a job so I have very little to fill my days. Truthfully the sudden lack of routine is driving me crazy. I don’t have a plan and I don’t know what to work towards so I waste most of my time on youtube. Yes I live on the coast and have heaps of beautiful outdoors activities to do but I’ve lost my life’s purpose so I feel quite empty. I’ll definitely implement your strategies to ensure I get my sh*t together and don’t waste my summer.

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