In The Beginning

Good evening!

I am going to take this post to sort of explain why I’m starting this blog – Watch Liz Go.  I know you probably have no reason to trust me and you’re probably not all that interested in what someone else is doing but maybe you are and I feel as if I need to explain what my goals are here.

I’m not some sort of life coach, I’m not a therapist, I’m not some sort of motivation guru, I’m just a person who literally picked up a book one day and realized that there was a whole untouched world out there that I had been ignoring due to my snobbery.  The book was entitled “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***” (Amazon affiliate link!) and an old college friend of mine had suggested that I read it.  She said it made her whole life a lot easier.

I said, yeah, sure, okay and then ignored the suggestion for a few months until I found myself dwelling on something that someone said to me at work.  I work in a fairly high stress environment and when tensions are high (as they often are) people say things that they either didn’t mean to say or shouldn’t have said and usually those things are mean and one evening I found myself literally in tears over something someone had said to me while I was just trying to do my job.

That sucked.  And what made it worse was that all my coworkers were sort of just meh about the whole thing like, it happens all the time, just get over it!  And I just couldn’t!

Fortunately it was the last day of work so I had three days to try to get over it.  I remembered the book that my friend had told me about and realized that it was probably perfect for this situation.

Oh friends, it was.

I read that book in the course of two days and realized what I had been missing out on by blowing off the ‘self-help’ genre of books.  An entire new section of the bookstore had now become available to me and it was glorious.  Over the course of the next several weeks I started journaling, read at least four more self-help books, revamped my wardrobe, rededicated myself to losing these last ten pounds, starting writing a novel, bought plane tickets to London on a whim and started budgeting money in order to save more.

It changed my life.  It’s still changing my life.  See, the thing about self-improvement is that you’re never going to become a perfect human.  It’s not possible.  You’re going to make mistakes, you’re going to have regrets, people aren’t going to worship you as a god, you’ll still have lazy days, immature days and you’ll still make bad decisions.  The difference is how you react to those things.

A major part of these changes was journaling.  Writing down what I’m thinking allows me to cement it on paper.  When I can literally look at my thoughts they come out a lot clearer.  I’ve written so much in the past month that I’m to the point where I need to buy a new journal very soon or else risk filling this one up before I have somewhere else to write.

Being able to see the changes in my life has also had a motivating effect that makes me want to do even more things.  And now that I’m managing my time better, I’m able to do more things!

That’s why I started this blog.  Because I’m excited to keep writing and changing and I want to be able to share it with other people.  This is literally a case of if I can do it, so can you.  If you can read and admit that maybe you have some faults, you are also able to change your life!

You can’t come at this journey thinking everything you do is 100% correct.  You can’t start any change by refusing to admit that you might be wrong.  You can’t start change if you insist on being ignorant.

As long as you can get rid of your pride, you can change!

I mean, I did.

So, if you’re interested or even the tiniest bit curious, here is what I would suggest to you.  Get a copy of that book, find yourself a cozy place where people aren’t going to interrupt you, and read it.

Take your time with it and really internalize it.  No, I don’t agree with everything the author says but the overall message is what you’re going for.

Highlight it, mark it, write in it, do your thing.  Just actually try to appreciate what he’s saying.

Think about it.  If something hits you particularly hard, don’t just go past it, close the book and consider why that particular statement made you think.

Then, find a notebook or a computer and write down your thoughts.  Take your time.  Writing your thoughts will allow you to organize them into rational statements and you’ll make some surprising revelations when you can see everything you’re thinking.

For me, the biggest part was about choices.  You’ll see what I mean.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope it made what I’m trying to do here a little more clear.  I’m not going to tell you how to improve your life, that’s not my place really, I’m just here to let you follow along with my personal journey and provide some insight along the way.  Whatever you decide to do with this information is up to you.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links and I’ll make a tiny amount of money if you click on it.  No pressure.  You do you.

6 comments

    • Yeah, but there’s something about being able to re-read something that caught your attention or highlight something so that you can go back through it later and hit the good points.

      Audio books might also be good for people who learn audibly as well though, so I can’t refute your point entirely. 🙂

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  1. I was literally the same way about self-help/personal-development books. The Subtle Art is definitely one of my favorites. The first book that made me love the genre though was You are a Badass by Jen Sencaro. You have got to check it out if you haven’t already.
    And I totally agree that journaling is so therapeutic.
    Great post! Looking forward to reading more of your stuff!

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    • I’ve seen that one and it does intrigue me! I’m in the middle of ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ (which I also highly recommend) and I’ll have to look up that one when I finish! Thanks for the suggestion!

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