How I Do All That I Do, Part Three

In Part One I wrote about exactly how I juggle so many things. In Part Two I wrote about my thought process. I had great intentions with Part Three, but to be totally upfront and honest with you, it’s a hot mess.

I need to begin by saying thanks to one of my blog readers, Susan, for emailing me a really sweet email and asking me “What’s next?” because that’s what kept my brain busy when I was mowing our lawn on Friday, and that’s when I came up with this three-part series.

When someone asks me about what’s next, I honestly think about those Walt Disney World commercials.

“You’ve just won the Super Bowl! What are you going to do now?”
“I’m going to Disney World!”

And then I think to myself, “Gosh, you’re ridiculous.” I have no vacations planned in the very near future, and my to do list is never-ending, which means that even if I finish one big thing, there are tons of things that I still need to do.

But I don’t like the way this post is going so I’m switching gears a little bit.

Do you remember the video game Katamari Damacy? It was released in 2004 for Playstation 2 and D brought it home last year. I’m hooked. It’s the dumbest game ever, really, because all you’re doing is rolling a ball around and picking up anything in your path. As the ball grows in size, you are able to pick up bigger items. See?

That’s sort of how I pick up new projects: I never know what’s around the corner but if I find something that’s a good fit, I attach myself to it. If something isn’t working for me, I don’t fret about it: I just tell myself to move in a different direction and find something else.

Speaking of what I tell myself, under normal circumstances my inner voice is saying things like “Cupcakes!” or “My gosh, this dog will not stop barking and she is annoying me to death!”. Those are both helpful things for an inner voice to say but on occasion I become more profound. Some good advice that I’ve taken from my inner voice, to all of you out there as you figure out how to navigate your own path?

There’s room out there for everyone.

Read that again.

There’s room out there for everyone.

No matter what it is you decide to do in life, big or small, there is room for you to be successful at it. You may not be the most successful at it over everyone else–after all, there are so many spots in the NFL or at the top of the Bestseller list or within the most elite group of actors or even at the top of the blogger food chain, but you CAN be successful.

As I mentioned in Part One, I don’t have specific goals, but when I am working on something, I put everything into it. I treat people the same way I like to be treated, and I definitely don’t step on others (or push them aside) to get where I’m going.

Well great, now this has turned into a ramble.

Let me just summarize what I’ve been trying to tell you for three days.

1. Don’t be amazed that I can do all that I do: I work very, very hard but you can do the same.
2. Find some friends who can help mentor you but don’t take advantage.
3. Have a pad of paper and a pen near you as much as possible.
4. There is room for you to be successful at anything, even if you aren’t rated #1 in the world.
5. If you decide to write a three part series and the first two parts are pretty good but the last part kind of sucks, it’s okay. You can always write something totally different tomorrow that will make people forget about it.


  • tracey

    #5 is the best advice.

    And there is totally room for everyone to have success. Especially if “success” is measured in the journey and not just the final outcome.

  • Ally Bean

    I like your Part Three! I take away from it that doing things is not necessarily a linear, rational activity. And that just getting your thoughts out there is a good thing. Delightful.

  • Michelle

    You make me giggle, you know that, right? It is about finding your own sphere and what you want to do and how you want to do it and then living it. And then being ok with who you are when you do your best so you aren’t constantly comparing yourself to others. And Melisa? What you do is amazing, and I’m glad you’re proud of what you’ve done 🙂