Meet the New You

Are you in the weeds?

Do you perpetually feel too busy, overwhelmed, swamped, like a hamster on a wheel?  Do you keep trying to catch up, but always feel behind?

In college, I worked waiting tables for extra spending money. The last little restaurant I worked at, Crispy’s Produce Company, was probably my favorite. I finally had the hang of waiting tables, keeping up with all the various orders going to different tables, and I’d even learned to take orders for a table full of people without writing anything down, and without messing up their special requests!  It’s amazing what you can train your memory to do for you with enough practice.  Crispy’s Produce was my favorite, I think, because I’d mastered working in a restaurant environment. I felt confident and capable and in control. It was fun going to work (most days) to see what kind of juggling act would come up to challenge my know how and abilities. I thrived at Crispy’s.

Backing up to the beginning of my table waiting career, I felt far from confident and capable. In fact, I lived most shifts in a sort of out of control, half panicked state of being constantly overwhelmed. It seemed I was always behind, I’d forget to do basic tasks like refill drinks, or I’d leave my tables waiting far too long to place an order or get the check. In food service lingo, I was “in the weeds”. When you were in the weeds, it meant you were overwhelmed and falling behind. Badly. In the beginning, I was perpetually in the weeds, shift after shift.

So how did I go from being perpetually in the weeds to thriving at Crispy’s a few years later? Partly, it was just a matter of time and practice and learning a better way. But more than that, it was a willingness to admit I needed help, admit I was floundering, and let someone with more experience and wisdom teach me a better way. Because the real problem with being in the weeds was, once you were there, it was nearly impossible to get out without someone giving you a hand.

My question for you today is this:

Are you in the weeds?

Do you perpetually feel too busy, overwhelmed, swamped, like a hamster on a wheel?  Do you keep trying to catch up, but always feel behind?

If your answer is yes, you’re in the weeds, and you’re not alone. I’ve been in the weeds for months, if not this whole past year. In fact, I am deep in the weeds this very moment.  This post should have been published 24 hours ago, I have yet to finish my Put Down Your Phone series from October, not to mention a host of other places where I’ve dropped the ball.

The good news is we are here together.  It’s going to be nearly impossible for us to get out without someone giving us a hand, so I have good news for you. For us both. I’m bringing in help and support of the most wonderful kind to help us dig out and thrive.

My dear, sweet friend Elisa Pulliam has written Meet the New You just for you and me.  Meet the New You- A 21-Day Plan for Embracing Fresh Attitudes and Focused Habits for Real Life Change. Ahhh….. Doesn’t that sound nice? I know it sounds like a wonderful balm to my overwhelmed soul. To quote Elisa:

Meet the New You - Elisa Pulliam

Meet the New You - Elisa Pulliam

Elisa is one of those women you meet in real life and are just drawn to for her calm and encouraging spirit and her gentle wisdom. She’s one who, in the midst of an enormous crowd, cares enough to notice you silently struggling and hurting. She’ll make a beeline through the crowd to single you out and say, “Are you okay? Can I help you with anything? May I pray for you right now?”

That’s a true story, by the way, and I promise you, every word in her book was written with the same heart to reach out from the page and help YOU.

Are you in the weeds?  There’s no need to keep struggling alone. Join me, and others like us, and let’s Meet the New You together.

Meet the New You - Elisa Pulliam

Grab my hand, click here to join #theNEWyou Community, and let’s follow Elisa’s lead.

 

Michelle R. Acker
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