Remember those Chicken Soup For The Soul books from the 90’s? Well, as many of us are still enduring the last days of winter and the world news hasn’t exactly been jubilant recently, I think most of us could use a little chicken noodle soup for our souls (and bellies!) Today, I wanted to share some stuff I’ve been going through and what helped in the hopes that it helps you too:
The last month or two, I’ve been going through a period when things felt really stuck and really hard. There were a lot of exciting work things on the horizon, but I felt the more I would try to crank toward them, the more it felt like they’d retreat away farther into the distance. Mostly what was getting to me was that I felt like I was working really hard and not being taken seriously, or getting support, or, in some cases, getting the respect I felt I “deserved.” A lot of my stress was surrounding this site, cause as some of you know, my relationship to Impatient Foodie can be complicated – sometimes I love it and sometimes I think it’s the stupidest thing ever. Just like anything in life running your own site/business is a two-sided coin: At times it’s exhilarating and liberating, and at times it’s lonely/you feel like you’re reliving Sisyphus‘ punishment. Same goes for being a freelancer. Generally speaking, I was feeling anxious, a little hopeless, and – I’ll admit – sorry for myself.
Then, about 10-days ago, as I was nursing a small cold and having a nice bowl of chicken noodle soup, when I remembered a video I used to watch years ago that would really help get my mind and soul back on track – it’s called Small Tasks. This video is a visual montage of various athletes, but if close your eyes and listen, it can really apply to anything in life. I used to have this recorded on my iPod (remember those?!) and I’d listen to it every morning. It reminded me that success isn’t just the big ra-ra moment, it’s a “quiet daily set of tasks.” Watch it here:
Watching this video again reminded me that 99.9% of the journey is about resilience and insistence – getting knocked down and getting back up again. Doing the same thing over and over and over. After watching the video just one time, I felt my brain and mood switch toward a better and more positive place.
Then, a few days later, I remembered Gary Vaynerchuk’s recent speech at a conference in Lisbon that I loved and watched it again. For the record: I am under no illusions of being a Silicon Valley style entrepreneur, but I find a lot of what he says here resonates with me (and makes me laugh hysterically!) Particularly the part where he talks about how being an entrepreneur is basically about, “getting punched in the f***ing face, 24/7, 365, for the rest of (your) life.” Vaynerchuk’s attitude and advice is merciless, which is hard, but important to hear. If something doesn’t work, then that probably means it wasn’t the right time, or maybe your idea simply sucked, no matter how much you believe otherwise. That’s just the way it is. Be resilient, bounce back, and don’t fall in love with your own ideas, or ideas of things, or the way things are or “should be.” The Small Tasks video (above), paired with this video got me back in the driver’s seat of my own experience, expectations, and emotions. It helped to shed a bunch of heavy BS that was weighing me down, and refocus on things that were working, let go of what wasn’t, and look ahead to what else I could do to make things better.
I am running to catch a plane, but I wanted to share these little tidbits with you in case you’re going through a tough day/series of days/weeks too. I hope they help! If they don’t maybe a hot bath, a good movie or a good book, and a nice hot bowl of this chicken noodle soup (recipe below) will do wonders! I find that formula often helps to soothe and comfort me 🙂 After all, it’s the freakin’ weekend!
Very Impatient Chicken Noodle Soup
1 rotisserie chicken
32 ounces low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
1 stalk celery, diced
1 carrot, sliced about 1 cup
3/4 cup noodles such as bowtie pasta
- Remove skin and chicken from bones of the rotisserie chicken. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and set aside.
- Pour chicken broth in a large pot, add the chicken bones and skin, celery and carrots and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes then add the noodles and 2 cups of the chicken to the pot. Continue to simmer for about 10 minutes or until noodles are tender.
- Remove the bones and skin using a slotted spoon and discard. Season the soup to taste with salt to taste and enjoy.
Recipe by Amy Sherman