Oh, Jackie O. Never were truer words spoken.
So, this weekend I was sitting in the AT&T Conference Center in Austin while my boyfriend attended a conference from 8:00am to 5:00pm. I thought I was going insane. I had to sit in this tiny business center, which was about the size of Harry Potter's closet under the stairs, because I had to charge my computer.
So I ended up in this tiny tiny room for about 9 hours. I thought I was going crazy. I'm pretty sure I was in delirium because I was exhausted and I was trying to do some actual work but my brain was malfunctioning. It was weird. People were texting me and I discovered that some of my texts did not make sense later on.
But long story short (y'all know I could go on another 30 minutes about my delirium, but I'll spare you), I was thinking about what kind of motivation I needed this week. What was something I wanted to accomplish? And that led me to reading Jackie Kennedy quotes for about an hour.
One thing I've struggled with my whole life is expressing myself verbally to others. Telling people what I want has been so difficult for me because I'm a natural people pleaser. I just want you to be happy. Blogging has honestly been a blessing because I'm learning how to share my feelings and to not be embarrassed when my thoughts may not be the same as others. This has translated into my 'real' life as well. I've learned it's okay to not always be agreeable. A lot of great things have happened to me from just saying how I actually feel about a situation. While I might not be changing the world, I'm changing my world from just learning how to speak up.
I know this quote was originally about writing, but I think it applies to speaking as well. So, this week I challenge you to speak up. Be it at work, at home, or in your social life, have an opinion. Don't worry about what everyone else thinks. (Unless your opinion involves putting someone down or cussing them out... You should probs keep that to yourself.) But really, give it a try. Your words may change a situation for the better.
I'm taking part of The Everygirl 30 Day Challenge this month for 30 Days of Advancing My Career, so this week I'm going to focus on speaking up more at work. What part of your life are you going to focus on? Speaking up at home, with your friends, or at work?