The Weight of The Work

October 26, 2012


It’s 10:32pm right now. A cold front came through today so my fingers and toes feel especially cold. I’m sitting in lotus, wearing an oversized wool cardigan, at my breakfast nook table in my only kind of comfortable Herman Miller bucket chair. My favorite Velvet Underground song is playing and Mister Scooty Boots is curled up in Jeremy’s lap, per usual. We’re both illuminated by the glow of our open laptops and we’re nursing hand crafted pale ales out of the bottle. I’ve chewed my nails down to the quick (and damn, I was doing so good about that). It’s the kind of week where I’m employing Jeremy (the guy in grad school who is constantly working on never-ending math equations) to not only calm me down when I start to feel overwhelmed but to actually help me through this late night work session. To help me dot my “i”s and cross my “t”s and make sure my “their”s are “there”s.

It’s been the kind of week where the weight of the work is starting to feel a little heavy for all of us. It’s the kind of heavy where all I can think about is my all-consuming desire to lay in hot sand or zone out to on the couch to a Wes Anderson flick. But it’s also a comforting kind of heavy – like a warm body on top of my own. The kind of weight that reminds me that I’m putting in late nights because I’m in love with my work – and that I have so much to share that I can’t not work into the evening. It’s physically impossible to stop the flow. 

So all of this to say: Sometimes the weight of the work feels a little heavy – sometimes in a good way. Even though I pride myself on keeping my work week to 40 hours or less, sometimes I work late. But it’s because I’ve chosen to build something bigger than myself. And I’m building it with my tribe – with Jeremy, Tara and Kristin. And with all of you. So thank you.

Now might also be a good time to tell you that our new Braid ECourse: Personal Branding: Blending Who You Are with What You Do is open for registration until this Sunday. (I promise I won’t tell you to blend the two by working late into the night – but sometimes that’s just the reality of entrepreneurship.) You can register for a discounted price of $65 if you check out my guest post over at Sarah Von Bargen’s blog with tips on how to blend the personal with the professional.

Photo by my personal paparazzi and member of my tribe, Greer Inez.

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