If you read my BlogFest recap, you’ll know that one of the things I learned while I was in Vegas was about finding my “why.”  It came from a quote that Darren Hardy made during his keynote address and it really resonated with me.  I’m fairly certain that I’ve finally found my why – took me long enough, right?! – and I’ve been moving towards it over this past year.  Unfortunately, I’ve had my share of struggles along the way. Guess that’s all part of that pesky “how” part.

Well, some of it is with the “how” and some of it is with my own personal motivation.  I know that I’ve talked about some of my stress and anxiety issues lately and honestly, I’ve been dealing with those for quite some time.  They finally got to be too much, bubbled on up and came out and made me face them directly.  I think I’ve just been so focused on pushing those back down for so long that I let my motivation and drive to succeed just fall to the side. I was too busy to think about it.

I honestly can’t remember when I worked really hard for something that I really, really wanted. And that’s a little really freaking depressing.  Because I have NOT always been that way.  I’m generally pretty competitive and when I put my mind to something, I make it happen.  Exhibit A: I would not have ever even RUN my first marathon, much less 7 more, if I didn’t work hard to get myself to that starting line with the knowledge that I could finish.

I think I may actually have narrowed down when I stumbled and being able to identify it also makes me a little sad.  I’m not quite ready to put the “when” out there yet as I still have lots to work through and figure out.  And before you go thinking crazy things, it’s nothing God-awful or illegal and anything that caused physical harm to me.  I just think it’s when I really started to look into what “depression” actually meant and I kinda became numb because I closed off.  Safer that way, you know?

Anyway, over the past few years, some things have been easier than others (um, hello, LIFE) but right now, nothing really seems easy at all and I’m super frustrated.  Not that I’m into that whole “instant gratification” thing but it’s possible (read: probable) I’ve gotten a little lazy and I feel like I just want things to go my way because, dammit, I WANT them to.  Why shouldn’t they?  Haven’t I worked hard my whole life? HAVEN’T I BEEN THROUGH ENOUGH?

I know, I know. I’ve got to get over myself.  And I’ve definitely been around long enough to know that life does not work like that and things are not always going to go my way.  I feel a little like I’m floating from one thing to the next without anything to anchor me.  It’s weird and I don’t like it.

It’s just a matter of figuring out how to get myself back to where I used to be – motivated and focused and ready to put in that work.

So, how am I going to do this?  Well, it would probably be a really good idea to work through these things with a therapist.  Except, I cancelled my most recent appointment and I’m not sure I want to go back.  Not that I feel like it wasn’t helping, it’s just that something was different in my last appointment.  Can’t put my finger on it but something just didn’t feel right.  I wasn’t comfortable.  I felt silly being there.  Maybe it’s her.  It’s more than likely me.  I don’t know.  We’ll see where I go from here.

That being said, I’m going to try some things on my own to see if I can boost my motivation/enthusiasm and be like Stella and get my groove back. Because I have things I want to do.

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1. I used to be queen of the post-it notes.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love them, I’m just not using them like I used to.  I used to write my goals and motivational sayings down on them and stick them to my mirror, on the computer, on the wall, etc.  Places I would SEE them daily.  I need to get back to that.  I need to write my goals down and put them places that I can SEE them and be REMINDED of my WHY and what I am working towards.

2.  I was SUPER motivated after BlogFest and ready to do ALL the things.  Right up until my ridiculous travel day home and then I got sick with airplane flu and all I wanted to do was sleep.  And that motivation went pfffttttt…..right down the drain and the stress of everything moved back in.  I had grand plans of writing it all down but just never did.  I need to hold myself to that.  I need to write down the things that I want to do and WHY I want to do them.  Maybe it’s journalling every day.  Maybe it’s just making a to-do list. (I <3 a good list!!) Whatever.  I don’t know about you but if I write something down, I’m more likely to accomplish it. Mostly because I can remember it. haha  But seriously though. Writing stuff down helps to keep me accountable.

3. Believe in myself.  I mean, if I don’t believe in myself, who’s going to?  I have to believe in myself and my WHY.  I also need to stop letting my anxiety take over.  I’m still working on that one, that’s for sure.  I’ve been reading this book ….


…and I need to finish it.  Jen’s got some great advice that I really, really need to heed.

I don’t know if you’ve ever felt this way before but if it’s not just me, maybe some of those things will help you too.  Or maybe you have other ideas or tips to share?  I’m definitely ALL ears.

Thank you so much, Amanda, for letting me Think Out Loud. <3



  1. Marcia | 21st Aug 17

    That looks like a good read! How great you went to Blogfest. I’ve been blogging for over 8 years still haven’t attended a blog conference. My bad.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 22nd Aug 17

      There’s no rule that says you have to attend a blogging conference! haha And it is a good read – I’m trying to take some lessons from it. 🙂

  2. Wendy | 21st Aug 17

    I was struggling, drowning, burned out on life… and then I was diagnosed with RA. All of a sudden, I was like what? Oh hell, no, RA isn’t going take life away from me. I am such a fighter and I’m fighting back. It didn’t happen overnight. But I”m in a really good place now. I’m going to do as much as this body lets me.Until I can’t. Hang in there.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 23rd Aug 17

      Every day, I’m motivated by your strength and the fight that you have in you. I think you are amazing. <3

  3. Chocolaterunsjudy | 15th Aug 17

    I think a lot of women lose themself over the years. They pour themselves into their jobs, their kids (some of us their furkids), and they’re just so darn busy taking care of everyone else that they forget to take care of themselves.

    I do think it sounds like you still need a sounding board. I’ve no idea if that therapist was “the one”, but one thing I do know — the things we really don’t want to do are the things we usually really need to do.

    Geez, that reminded me I really need to order some stuff on Amazon, LOL! Need, not want!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 23rd Aug 17

      I didn’t mean to wait so long to respond. I’ve been mulling over your words. You’re definitely right about me needing a sounding board. I do need that! Unfortunately, not to sound sad or beg for your empathy, I haven’t made any really great friends since we’ve lived here and the ones I thought I had…well, that outcome contributes to my stress. My husband is AMAZING but there’s only so much I’m willing to saddle him with. Honestly, I do need to go back – there’s so much more I want/need to talk about – but I’m not sure if that therapist was “the one” either. I need to just get the confidence to pick up the phone and call a different office and set up an appointment and start fresh with a new person. You have no idea how much I appreciate your words. I totally wish we lived closer and could solve each others issues while out on a run! Runners make the best therapists!!

  4. Debbie Woodruff | 11th Aug 17

    I was reading the above comment and thinking kind of the same thing. You may be feeling weird about the therapist because things were getting a little too close and you needed to pull back. I hope you’ll try again, with her or with another one.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 11th Aug 17

      I’m not sure, with this therapist, if things were getting too close but I can definitely see the potential in the future. I know I have things to work through – what I’m trying to decide right now is if she’s the right one to work through them all with. It’s hard to explain. I mean, I know we’re not supposed to be friends but the last appointment was the first time I felt like she was just going through the motions, if you know what I mean (now that I’ve had more time to think about it and try to put it into words). It seemed more like she was doing what she was supposed to rather than trying to help me work through stuff. And it’s all been basic, stress-related stuff, so far. We haven’t even scratched the surface on some other issues I’d like to bring up! I just don’t know that I have confidence in her, or even want to share further with her. I can’t believe I just typed all that.

  5. San | 10th Aug 17

    Well, I guess the first step is to be motivated to change something… that is HUGE.

    Regarding your therapist, definitely trust your gut with this one, although therapy is supposed to be uncomfortable at times! Just try to gauge if you’re just uncomfortable (because of what you’re working through) or if there is really something off between you and your therapist (in that case, don’t go back).

    I luckily never had to deal with depression or anxiety myself (thank goodness), but someone very close to me is dealing with it, so I feel like I have ALMOST first hand experience (minus the actual feelings) and I think you’re doing the right things, exploring different paths that might help…. because there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution, I am afraid. Is there ever? 😉

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 11th Aug 17

      I’ve sat here and started a response like 5 times now and backed up over each thing. I can’t quite get my words right. But, THANK YOU. You’re right about the therapist – I don’t know what it was, I just felt like I wasted my time at the last appointment. I’m still thinking about it. I know I have things I need to work through, I just don’t know if she’s going to be the one to help me do it. Right now, actually, writing stuff down is helping some too, whether I’m writing something down on a piece of paper or on this blog. I feel a little as if I’m shedding layers and, while I’m feeling a little naked at times, it feels going to be getting things off my chest and out there. Who knew?

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