The calm before the storm…or the sunrise

November 30, 2014

As Thanksgiving break wraps up for adults and kids across America, I ask you this simple question: Are you ready to return to your state of normal, however you define it, tomorrow?

For me, tomorrow brings the end of sleeping in, the return of controlled chaos, another page flipped forward on the calendar, and colder temperatures. Really, really frigid friggin temperatures here in Nebraska.

This might just be post-holiday Heidi talking, but I think I’m ready to remain optimistic…and here’s why.

I’ve always considered Sunday night as “the calm” before returning to routine. I’m here to tell you (from experience) that there is little you can do outside of a preparing a list of priorities and getting adequate sleep to control your feelings and reactions to the events that will impact you in the days ahead.

What you can attempt to influence is your cognitive anticipation of what awaits you. You can view tomorrow, next week, the month of December, and 2015 as either an impending storm or an amazing sunrise.

Why view life as scary and unpredictable? Photo c/o MorgueFile

Why view life as scary and unpredictable?
Photo c/o MorgueFile

When you can view life as beautiful and unpredictable? Photo c/o MorgueFile

When you can view life as beautiful and unpredictable?
Photo c/o MorgueFile

I’ve been waiting to tell you all about a fun side project I’ve been hatching up since the end of September. I’ve wanted to flip the switch on this little business of mine no shy of a half dozen times, but logic tells me to wait until I am sure everything is perfect.

Since logic has never been my strong point, however, here’s a sneak peek of the website, Give The Game Back (Disclaimer: I’ve disabled the payment platform at this time while everything’s still in test mode so feel free to try it out as my first official testers and let me know what you think!)

Give The Game Back will be an ecommerce site that offers custom t-shirts that serve as visual reminders for adults to always keep perspective when it comes to youth sports. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know this is a hot button of mine.

Because I want to have a sample of the finished product in-hand before I offer it up to the masses, expect more information about how you can support this project (if you so choose) in late December.

When I consciously choose to look ahead at the colors unveiling before my very eyes as opposed to hanging my head under the down pour, things tend to work out better.

I challenge you to think of something colorful in your life and embrace it today.

Written by Heidi Woodard

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5 responses to The calm before the storm…or the sunrise

  1. 

    An excellent, and much needed, reminder! I really like the line, “You can view tomorrow, next week, the month of December, and 2015 as either an impending storm or an amazing sunrise.” I choose sunrise…so, please remind me I said that long about mid-December.

    P.S. I cannot wait to be wearing a Give The Game Back t-shirt around the ball field next season!

    • 

      I will remind you. When you see me screaming my brains out in mid-May when my sons choose to watch a big fat strike 3 right down the kisser, then you can gently nudge me as well.

  2. 

    I hope you hit this out if the park! Pun intended. Our country needs thus site; clothing as reminders and inspirational — thoughtful articles to be shared to help spread the word.

    Awesome movement, Heidi! I look forward to great things!

    • 

      Thanks Roy. I’m pretty amped about it as well. It may take off…it may flop…but at least I know I’ve committed when I could have easily sat back and done nothing other than complain about the current state of things.

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