A frank conversation between myself and I. Plus, a video about what a mala is.
I think we all know the kind of difference a boss can make in terms of job satisfaction and I have a great one. She gives me tons of creative freedom, pushes me to do super scary things (like post a video about the mala I’m giving away as a prize for the Race My Toddler Virtual 2K) and then reassures me that it’s going to be okay.
Like last week, for example. All I could think about and, therefore, all I really wanted to write about was my Mom. But I was worried that it wouldn’t work on a “fitness” website. So I discussed it with my boss and she was all, “Include the part about mindfulness. That fits with meditation and yoga… and we have that whole well-being category too. We can throw anything in there.”
I reminded her that you’re supposed to pick a niche when you start blogging. “But if we’re not focused enough that could hurt our search engine performance. Or we could lose readers. I keep saying I’m going to offer tips about running and stuff and I keep not doing that.”
And then she reminded me, “We did pick a niche. It all fits. Besides, people need to know that sometimes you go to a yoga class and all you do is go through the motions. It isn’t always peace and zen. People need to hear that it’s normal and actually okay to lack motivation for exercise. People need permission to feel proud of themselves when they DO get out there. These things are more important than choosing the right pair of running shoes.”
Right. I felt a lot better after that conversation.
But then I started worrying about the Race My Toddler Virtual 2K coming up on 2/18/17 and I told my boss as much. “I was really hoping this race would help us branch out beyond my personal network, and it’s just not working out that way.”
“That’s okay. It’ll still be fun.”
“But we have to expand our reach if this business is going to be viable.”
“And we will.”
“97%! 97% of my fans are friends! I can’t just try to sell stuff to my friends. People don’t like that, you know.”
“Laura. We’ve been open for 2 months. This is going to take time. You need to chill out.” I had to admit she had a point. “Maybe this business really takes off and we can work at it for years. There’s still a lot to try. Or maybe it doesn’t. That will be okay too. Just trust that if you listen to your gut and follow your heart, whatever takes shape will be right. Didn’t your Mom ask you to meditate on trust for her? Now would be a good time for that. Oh, and while you have your mala out, tell everyone what it’s about.”
“You mean write about it.”
“Why don’t you make a video?”
“AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!! That’s way too scary!!!!!” I said this in my head.
Actually this whole conversation was in my head so I guess I just ignored myself and went on, “Make sure it doesn’t look like you tried too hard. You know, do it with your phone in poor lighting and switch around the picture orientation.”
“Okay… but just so you know, this makes me feel really uncomfortable. I’m pretty new to this whole mantra, mala, meditation thing. I don’t know if I’m qualified to explain this stuff. It’s also been awhile since I took a shower.”
“Include the kids. You’re an expert compared to Big Girl. And they’re cute. That can’t hurt.”
“Okay. But fair warning. I’m going to forget to mention that you don’t even have to use the mala for meditation. You can always just wear it as a necklace or bracelet.”
“Laura. Stop talking to yourself and post the video.”
Sanskrit mantras for your reference:
- Maha Mrityunjaya from Yoga International – This is my favorite one given everything that’s going on with my Mom. “It restores health and happiness and brings calmness in the face of death.”
- So Hum from The Chopra Center – Of course I’m not the first one to think of a breath based mantra.
- And 13 more mantras from Yoga Journal