Sometimes I Need a Jump Start

jump startSometimes I need a jump start.

A real honest-to-goodness kick in the ass.

Lately, I’ve been droning along…needing that jump start. It could’ve taken a good set of defibrillators to get me humming along. I’m kind of like a short order cook. When breakfast and lunch set in, I’m cooking on all the burners and building up steam – happily losing my freaking mind. Then, between rushes, I fall asleep. The kitchen could be on fire, but I hardly would know it, basking in the warm glow of the down time.

Maybe I’m like a fainting goat.

I’m not the slow and steady wins the race kind of girl. I’m Nascar, I’m a firefighter, I’m crisis management, a lunatic trooper. That’s me. (click to Tweet if it’s YOU, too!)

And every time the lull sets in for more than a few days…I panic. I think I’ll never be stoked again. But, you know what? After all these years I think I’ve pinpointed the formula for getting me going.


Why not just try a good cup of coffee, you say? Weak. Over-commitment is the Beluga caviar of motivation. (click to Tweet) It works every time. I mean, I can actually feel my hair stand on end. I suppose it’s because I take my commitments seriously. Do you? I see a deadline looming and I feed off that urgent energy like a zombie during the apocalypse …yes, a zombie chowing on Beluga…or something like that.

I don’t think this is necessarily the best way to approach my Well Lived Life. But, I seem to be making the most of it – AND I am enjoying myself.

I recently committed to #100tweetables – It’s about making something each day (art for me) for 100 days. Check it out at #100dayproject or visit Elle’s website here. Of course, I’m behind – but I have 97 days to catch up. First I need to finish the work for my June show and 6 “micro-pieces” and a commission and submit some….never mind, you get the point.


So, this is just a short one, because, you know, I’m sort of busy. Didn’t want you to think I forgot about you! NEVER! What’s your summer looking like?

My hair is on fire and I love it!!!




P.S.  There’s still time to get in for the drawing for a free art piece. Sign up for my monthly art newsletter here. April 30th I’ll select a winner. No worries if you’re out of the area – I’ll mail it to you!

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Michelle Andres is a writer and artist who cultivates her own Well Writer, Artist, CoachLived Life by drinking in the beauty around her, following her passion, respecting others and doing her best to own her own dookie.
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16 Replies to “Sometimes I Need a Jump Start”

  1. Oh how funny Michelle – the idea of being a fainting goat is fabulous! I’m also chuckling at the idea that over-committment is your motivation maximum.

    I think it’s a life-long process figuring out our rhythms and perfect-for-us balances, and something that needs constant monitoring and tweaking. I do find that Spring brings a huge dose of inspiration that I immediately want to implement and if I’m not careful I can get overloaded and well, then I need the take a goat-faint break.

    Clearly you’ve got the jump-start perfected at the moment – it sounds like you a lot of wonderful things on your plate. Enjoy!

    1. YES! Thank you for reminding me, Deborah – springtime is a perfect motivator. That may have something to do with it, too. Enjoy your own projects and stay motivated. Fainting is optional. 🙂

  2. Oooohhhh…100 days of creating something to tweet! Guess what I started? 100 day Gong commitment. A friend described it as you pick something that you would like to add to your daily routine and commit to doing it for 100 days (hoping that by the end of that time it has become a part of your regular routine). The kicker is that if you miss a day…say you are at day 66 and miss day 67…you have to start back to day 1. UffDa!

    I chose to add a 30 minute daily #beautywalk which I tweet out each day with a #naturephoto. So far I am on day 16 and it’s been fun (even through the week we had rain every day).

    Have fun with your 100 day tweetables. I am going to go check them out! SO FUN!!!

    1. Ha – Elda! It sounds terrific, but I’d never be able to do it. Though I’m supposed to be on day 18 of my tweetables, I have only completed 6. I didn’t factor in how difficult hand-lettering can be. I’ll catch up…overcommitted! I should be committed!!!

  3. I know all about over-excitement leading to over-commitment! Ah well. I love how you are doing the naturephoto too! I just liked one of Elda’s photos and decided to join in. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Naomi. Enjoy your challenge. Mine is different. I won’t have to start over if I miss a day – I just catch up. You and Elda are much braver than me!

  4. I can so relate to that over-commitment and looming deadline motivator, Michelle. I’ve lost my rhythm lately (tried to slow down – didn’t work) and need to get back to the flurry. There’s something about getting more done that’s satisfying for some motor types, I guess. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work and reading about your crazy life.

    1. I do find the “go-go” satisfying, Nanette. This week, I see the exponential impact of it though. Everything is in disarray. Look for a post soon! Thanks for the validation. I hope you find your rhythm soon!

  5. I’ve found that short deadlines often boost my creativity. Not necessarily my quality of work, but the excitement brings me ideas and breaks blocks.

    1. Seems I’ve discovered the same. I do try to build in enough time, because I don’t want quality to suffer – I just make the deadline have a big, ol’ fat buffer. I thought it was working for me until this week. The next post will explain. Thanks, for sharing!

  6. I can definitely relate to the ‘fainting goat’ and the need for deadlines. My hubby has always told me I do my best work ‘under pressure’, but the ‘pressure’ can also me my worst enemy. I’m so exhausted by the time I meet my deadline that I have to take a week off….then it seems I’m back behind that ‘eight ball’ lol. I need to work on my time management skills!

    1. Well, Debbie, one thing has lead to another. Now, I have piles of paper and files that need my attention. Get ready for another confession from me. I am just a mess…I think I just might faint. LOL!

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