Sunday, February 17, 2013

Believing Anything Can Happen (and working for it)

When you go to a conference, have you ever paid attention to the music played between sessions? It's typically pretty upbeat. It's designed to grab you. To get you moving. To get you believing. Believing you can do anything.
Anything can Happen
Like many, after I returned home from Alt I was overwhelmed with a seemingly never ending to do list and the realization that I was a content creator. What had started out as a diary of sorts and had morphed into a place to try out content and scheduling ideas for work was now more.
Looking back just over the past year, I'm amazed at how much this blog has grown. It's actually a little scary. Now, I've always wanted to publish quality content -- at least spell checked and with a point. But, that definition of quality has evolved. At first posts didn't always have images. Now they do. Some of the early images weren't my best work, quick, poorly lit iPhone shots. Now I plan images and time when I take them to take advantage of natural light. And so on. Hitting publish takes longer.
The point. It's easy to look at a to do list and wonder where to start. At Alt I felt like I could do it all. Why? Partially the supportive environment, but also the music. So, the other day I created a 20 minute playlist of some of the songs played at Alt. And you know what? When I begin my day with this music, I feel like I can do anything. I prioritize what needs to be done, cross off what's been done, and plan my next steps. Then, when the music ends, I do the work. The work to make my anything happen.
What are you listening to?
Here are the five songs on my 20 minute Alt Summit playlist:
Ciao Bella!
Credits: All layouts designed by and images taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life.