Thursday, December 5, 2013

Don't let it deter: Skirmishes can actually mean that you've got momentum!

Kara Lindsay sang Watch What Happens, in Newsies on Broadway  Write what you know... It could practically write itself... This could go big...

Whatever happens, LET'S BEGIN!!

When at the Springfield House of Prayer (HOP) worship service Tuesday night, someone who'd been praying for me asked how I was.  There was one major problem I had cited, when I first started going there recently... but later, I also discussed how I was needing productivity and focus, so as to get good things "off the ground." I had two new blogs in mind (including this one), which can also yield some income.

My "balloon" was prayed "off the ground" that week.  Tangible progress hadn't been made yet, but I had momentum - as I shared with them the next week.

When asked about this on Tuesday, I smiled and gave a positive report! The friend asked if I now had momentum - I told him I'd actually jump-started both of my blogs, and then yesterday, I also got a new part-time job!

But here's the thing: The night before (that early AM, actually :-), amidst a headache, anxiety, and feeling weak - I'd thrown up. And then I threw up again. However, it could've been a lot worse (messier) of a situation - and I did feel better right afterwards.  For the prior few days, I'd periodically had a harsh cough, sinus issues, congestion, and a hoarse voice.  These same symptoms had arisen around this time last year (right after the horrible election!) - and in that case they were quite bad, and lasted for awhile.

But during that time, I hadn't been worried... In fact, I made progress over this past week that had been stalled, for a LONG time!

The prayer and encouragement from the HOP definitely helped.

I'd been a bit sick (though not too bad) on Wednesday night, Thanksgiving Day,  Friday, and Saturday... Though it spiked up at times, it wasn't too severe; I still got up and went places (though it did help deter me from hitting the stores for Black Friday - an occasion I was never interested in at all before... but more so now, due to what this blog is about).

On Sunday night, I made a plan to (this time!) get the work done - which I'd been wanting to do for months. I grabbed my laptop and headed over here to Applebee's (where I am now as well; they have wi-fi and half-priced appetizers after 9pm; Applebee's does that in some places, but not everywhere, as I found out on the recent Big Apple trip)... announcing to my roommates that I was going to 'git r done,' this time.

This blog had been stalled for awhile - with no entries.  And the blog about my New York trip (in September) hadn't even been started yet!  Websites can also lead to income, through various means.  (Another income opportunity arose the next day as well - see below.)

I determined to finally kick-start my New York City blog that night. It was the start of a new month - which is a good time to start new blog entries... but I wasn't planning to jump-start this site that night, as well.

Kara Lindsay sings Watch What Happens, in Newsies on Broadway  If you begin... you just might win!

When I was in New York City, I saw "Newsies" on Broadway.  On a later day, when waking up in the Jackson Heights apartment, the neat-sounding Katherine Plummer (Kara Lindsay) typewriter soliloquy song was going through my head.  I'd realized that that tune might come in useful, when I'm faced with my own productivity log jams, mired in anxiety and complacency.

Before coming over to Applebee's, I was hoping I could find that song, to go along with the momentum I now had. I didn't even know its title; that should be easy to find, but would I be able to pull up the audio? I though I'd struck out at first, but I had the wrong song title.  After checking on iTunes, I was glad to get the correct title ("What What Happens"), and see that it was available to purchase!

[I bought it via a GoodShop referral link, choosing the Trinity Broadcasting Network as my cause... GoodShop and GoodSearch are topics I'll discuss later, in this blog.]

"Watch What Happens" from Newsies, written by Alan Menken and performed by Kara Lindsay, provided an additional boost - along with the above-mentioned prayers, encouragement from others... and the free wi-fi at Applebee's (with half-priced appetizers)!

I brought my headphones, and looped it.  I not only created my new blog about the New York City trip, but I finally jump-started this one, as well... I expect this one to become major, and also lead to revenue.  The other one should provided some dough, as well.

Getting dinged could mean you're moving up!

But here's the other thing.  That same night, I'd gotten a message about a potential part-time job; I had a meeting in the morning about that.

The following day (Monday), I had to be up early, and hadn't gotten too much sleep. Not only that, but I woke up coughing heavily (roommate was worried about me!), feeling kind of sick.

I took over-the-counter medicine, then got ready, and went out.  Despite lack of sleep, I still did well at that meeting - which actually expanded into a meeting with a state representative candidate, as well.  I got to provide political advice, learned some things about past Illinois issues, and sign up an independent contractor, for a new part-time job!

Later that afternoon, I also made contact with people, regarding a Precinct Committeeman's position (which is another potential 'job' for me), and when I got back to the apartment that afternoon, I shared the good news; it was neat to be in a good mood, unlike oftentimes.

How I was feeling physically didn't do much to deter how I was feeling, otherwise.  The momentum was rolling, and breakthroughs were finally underway!

The combination of the cold weather, tiredness, and sickness started to have its toll, that night.  The cough/nasal problem wasn't there, but I developed a headache and nausea, which was triggered by eyestrain and lack of sleep.  Anxiety started to rise, while lying here on the living room couch (where I am now... This is a long blog entry :-).  Then, I did end up vomiting - fortunately, I was up in the hallway at that time, and made it to the bathroom sink!  I at first planned to go home (family house), being sick.  I ended up taking charge, cleaning up some things, making my bed anew, and moving back into my room, here at the apartment.

I'm Circling Victory... Humpty Dumpty is about to crack!

I knew I was on the upswing, and am now in the process of making career/income progress, in areas that had been stalled for awhile.  The physical sickness - which in other cases might've fazed me - was this time only a nuisance... The 'dying gasps' of the longtime 'stuck in a rut' problem I've been facing, for a long time!

That's why when I went to the House of Prayer service the following evening, my report was unusually POSITIVE... You wouldn't have thought that just the night before, I'd been vomiting, anxious, and weak.

But here's the thing. You know how I mentioned that Kara Lindsay's "Watch What Happens" song provided a productivity boost? (I'd highly recommend it, for anyone with writer's block - though my problem was much more severe than that.)  From looking at the Newsies album listing on iTunes, I saw that there was another song: "Watch What Happens - Reprise."

bullet icon Amazingly: The lyrics of this other song largely summarized what I just described, above! An attack/skirmish can just mean that momentum is on your side; you're on the upswing; and victory is coming!!

I've pasted the lyrics of "Reprise" into the blog entry below.

The annoyance of getting sick only AMPLIFIED that I'm breaking out of this rut, and making (long-stalled) progress in the career and income arena.


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