You Are More Effective Than 100% Of Cats

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Do you ever feel like you have just completely wasted your entire day? Here's a quick motivational pep talk from Christy O'Shoney, the thesis of which is this: you are at least more effective than a cat. Also, there's a free downloadable inspirational print included! I mean, who wouldn't want that?! Click through to claim yours!

This morning, as I was writing my Morning Pages (those three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing I told you about), I was struck by a strong realization:
It takes a lot to be a person.

Like, not even a particularly good or effective person. Just a regular, ol' livin-n-breathin human being. 

For example, this morning, before I started writing my Pages, I had to do all this...stuff. 

I woke up, chugged the giant glass of water that I keep by my bed, and started my journey towards the bathroom. I stumbled over the cat, did what humans do in the bathroom, and pried my retainers from my teeth. I rinsed those bad boys, and then I noticed my cat making a sound similar to a British police siren, so I fed him. I filled the tea kettle, set it on the stove, and then I put on some pants (a victory for me).

I squeezed some lemon into a mug and poured hot water over it because someone on the Internet once told me that's a healthy thing to do. I took a sip and noticed that the water wasn't hot, so I shoved it into the microwave for a minute. During that minute, I stood hunched over, like a zombie, my brain empty and my mouth agape. I then walked to my office, sat down, pulled out my notebook, burned my mouth on my boiling lemon water, and finally, I started writing.

And even after all of that, I hadn't brushed my teeth, and I was still wearing yesterday's makeup and a giant t-shirt featuring a pug standing in front of the Eiffel Tower saying, "Parlez-vous Francais."

I took care of these details eventually. Don't worry.

In thinking through all of the minutia of my morning, it felt like a lot. But of course, I've got it super easy! Perhaps you had to do all of that stuff PLUS actually make yourself look presentable, eat breakfast, fill a thermos with coffee, walk outside and face the elements, hop into some sort of moving vehicle (a car, train, bus, ferry, electric scooter, rickshaw, etc.), walk into your office, get in an elevator with Jeff who is dying to know how your Thursday night was, and finally, FINALLY, you sit down at your desk, heave a labored sigh, and begin your day.

Whoa, friend. That's a lot. (Special shoutout to anyone who does all of that stuff, PLUS takes care of children. Like, how do you do that?)

And we do this stuff every. single. day. But for some reason, we don't throw ourselves a party or create a Life Event about our morning routine on Facebook.

We think -- this is just what people do. 

And that's true. People get up, they do a bunch of a small things to get their day started, and then they go to work and repeat that cycle to infinity.

But perhaps we should take a little more pride in this. I mean, I watched my cat wake up this morning, and I realized -- that little jerk doesn't do freaking anything. He just throws himself on the ground, eats, sleeps, poops, and knocks over glasses of water. That is his life.

You, on the other hand, have this incredible list of things you do every single day just to be a human being, and then on top of that, you contribute to society. You work, you create, you develop, you take care of other humans.

And that's awesome. It's a miracle, really.

So if you're struggling today to get motivated, remember this: it took A LOT to get to your desk today. At the very least, you did more than any house cat in the world did.

So that said, it's okay if you're a little disheveled. It's okay if you accidentally put your sweater on inside-out. It's okay if it takes a minute for your eyes to actually focus on your inbox.

I mean, just give yourself some credit. Not so much credit that you quit your job and decide to pursue your morning routine professionally, but just allow yourself to feel good about the fact that you got up and did the damn thing today. 

Because, you know, it's hard to be a person. And you're being a person. And if you can appreciate nothing else today, appreciate that. 

Now, that said, you're also a person who has a lot to accomplish, I'm sure, so I'll get out of your way, and let you get started.

Lub ya, 

Also, PS. Hot lemon water is disgusting.

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How do you stay positive on your slow days?

What Even Is This Place?

You made it! Good, I was so worried you'd get lost!

You know how when you throw a party there's always that terrible moment about five minutes before it gets started in which you wonder, "Oh my god, what if no one shows up?"

You've put out all this dip. You've rented a karaoke machine. You've sequestered your cat in your bedroom so that he doesn't try to hunt your guests. 

But what if there are no guests? What if it's just you alone in a living room with a karaoke machine and an embarrassing amount of french onion dip?

Or worse, what if only one person shows up? At least if no one shows up, you don't have any witnesses. You can Instagram a picture of yourself with a lampshade on your head with the caption, "Things sure got crazy at tonight's highly-attended party that I threw!" and your followers would be none the wiser. 

But if just one guy shows up, then you have a spectator of your misery. You should update your passport now because you will most definitely need to leave the country.

What a great party! Just look at all of my friends who came out to support me! (JK I'm just standing in front of a Shake Shack. I don't know any of the people in the background).

What a great party! Just look at all of my friends who came out to support me! (JK I'm just standing in front of a Shake Shack. I don't know any of the people in the background).

But then comes the time for the party to actually begin, and lo and behold, people start showing up! Lots of em! You know why? Because people love parties! What were you so worried about?

Needless to say, this website is my party, you are my invited guests, and I guess this blog is the dip? Maybe?

And anyway, I am just so happy you are here! Really, it means the world to me. 

For those of you uninitiated, I'm Christy and I used to run a blog called Avoiding Atrophy. It was a fun place where I wrote about all sorts of things -- travel, television, breakfast -- you name it. The sky was the limit. 

And that's sort of what brings me here. I'm at a point in this blogging journey where I'm ready to settle down with just a few key topics. Why exactly? Because boundaries are important, that's why.

But even more than that, I am excited to dig really deep into some subjects that I truly care about. So on this blog, you're going to find me writing about two things: Creativity and Confidence, with some bits & pieces of my life nudged in between (I toyed with eliminating the life portion of my blog, but who am I kidding? I still want to be able to tell you about when I go apple picking). 

So why creativity & confidence? Honestly, these are two themes that have been so major in my life over the last few years that I can't help but write about them. In pursuing creative work, I've experienced first hand how easily self-worth can get distorted. But I've also seen the flip side. I've seen how a strong sense of purpose and an I'm-Crushing-It-You're-Crushing-It-We're-All-Crushing-It attitude leads to incredible things -- creativity, of course, but also joy, friendship, compassion, and frickin miracles.

And so I want to talk about this flip side, this positive arc of the story where Creativity fuels Confidence and Confidence fuels Creativity and amazing things are made by joyful people. So yeah, that's what I'll be talking about here.

And in fact, I've already started. I've loaded up two blog posts [1,2] before this one that actually used to live on Avoiding Atrophy. If you've never read them before, great! If you have read them, you're still in luck. I've added a couple of extras to both that I think you're going to dig.

I've also got a bit of a teaser for an upcoming course I'm creating called Do The Damn Thing. If you're interested in accomplishing creative goals and just being generally amazing, you should probably check that out. 

And then of course, there's the workbook I recently created: Your Dreams Aren't Dumb. If you want to realize which of your ambitions are dumb and which aren't (most aren't), go ahead and snag that thing up. 

Anyway, all of this leads me to one final distinction about what makes this party different from my last party: at this party, I'm making stuff for you! Not just blog posts, but I'm making tons of other resources to help you 1) like yourself and 2) make great things. It's going to be a blast.

So stick around, try the dip, belt out Total Eclipse Of The Heart on the karaoke machine. And while you're doing that, why not invite some other people to join this party? 

So who are YOU? What's your deal?