At the beginning of each month, I pick 3Qs – a question, a quote, and a random Q – that I enjoyed or pondered over during the previous month. Here are KG’s 3Qs for March:
March brought the official announcement of this little business, and I’m so grateful for the support I’ve received. I have loved meeting with clients, networking, and reconnecting with friends and colleagues. In conversations, I’m often asked questions like, “should my business be on TikTok?” or “Do I really need to post that often?” Or, I’ll hear a statement like, “I know I should be doing [insert marketing tactic here], but I don’t have the time.” I follow up with encouragement and at least one question – “what is working?” Suddenly, the client goes from a feeling of guilt due to things they aren’t doing to a sense of pride for the things that are producing results. Then we can focus on doing more of what works, trying similar things, and testing new ideas.
It occurred to me how little we ask this question in all parts of our lives. In the pressure to “live our best lives,” I think we often focus on all the things that aren’t working, and we tend to go into fix-it mode. I love dreaming big and setting targets to hit, but perhaps we all need to make sure we start by remembering what is working in our lives. Then, we have the gratitude, positivity, and headspace required to go to the next step of trying and testing new things while staying focused on what is working.
“May the knowledge of my mortality inspire me to spend myself wildly and wisely rather than hold tightly to my hours, my minutes, my strength, and my time.” – From “May It Be So” by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erikson
One of my personal core values is to Work Hard, Make Memories, and the description I wrote mentions having a well-used mind, heart, body, home, and passport. So, I love the above quote, especially: “spend myself wildly and wisely.” I love reminders to have my hands, heart, and home wide open wide rather than tightly shut.
A couple of years back, we told our kids that we would take them to Universal in Orlando if they read all the Harry Potter books. We couldn’t do a lot of things during quarantine, but we could read. Around June of 2020, they both finished the books, and we owed them the trip, but we didn’t take them until last month for their Spring Break.
Now, when we go to Disney, I have every stop mapped out by approximate wait time, and I’m on a mission to waste no time and stand in minimal lines. I didn’t have this luxury at Universal because 1. I had never been there, so I had no clue where I was going. 2. We didn’t do express passes. That’s a separate story. 3. It was hard to plan anything during COVID. Anyway, sitting in those Universal lines was exhausting and frustrating, but there are two queues I want to remember:
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure: After finally getting tickets in Universal’s virtual reservation system (thanks, Wallers!), we thought we were set to pretty much walk on the ride. But after my sister (Mea Mea), my daughter (Clara), and I arrived at the ride, it still took an hour to make our way through the line. Clara is a worrier, so her fears were getting the best of her while we waited. When we were almost to the front of the line, the ride was delayed for lightning in the area. Clara, scared of storms, wanted to leave, but she stuck it out despite a not-so-nice guy in front of us talking about the possibility of sliding off wet tracks. Despite waiting for two hours, she called it the best ride ever, and I was proud of her for overcoming her fears and tuning out the jerk.
The Incredible Hulk: This one wins for my all-time favorite ride, but I was pretty mad at it for a while. Seth and I decided to get in line for it later at night when the expected wait time was about 25 minutes. Due to nothing being allowed in pockets (including phones), we couldn’t text our children, including worry-prone Clara, to let them know of the delay. I was not a happy mama while waiting in that queue, but we finally rode the coaster after two hours. When it was over (so fun!), we raced to get our phones from the lockers and found out that the kids were perfectly happy with Aunt Mea Mea and not at all worried. I relearned two important lessons during that ridiculous, unexpected wait: 1. the best things are worth waiting for, and 2. trust your people.
Thanks for reading March’s Qs! Have a wonderful month.