I’d Have Less George and More Me …

27 Jan

I finally found a way to look at the other side and not jump off a cliff.

In an attempt to create a sequel to my Happiness Project Adventures of last year, I’ve decided to keep tracking my attempts to get as much juice as I could from the lemons life gave me and so far my Clear-Eyes-Full-Hearts-Thelma-&-Louise-you’re-different-now-kind-of-feeling  hasn’t worn off yet.

I’m happy about that.

Usually self-improvement projects, plans, bucket list items, changes, gung-ho promises made at the beginning of the year — aka resolutions — suffer setbacks or wear off. Luckily the ripples are still in the water.


Image via Seinfeld.com

So I managed to take advantage of this mindset and continued tweaking my outlook so that certain roles within my George Costanza existence would look more appealing and the effort to improve wouldn’t feel like such a chore. I’d have a Happiness Project Adventure Sequel, a Secret Life of Walter Mitty moment or two. I’d have less George and more me.

Apparently the first step to this was to psych myself up, to give myself one of those awesome pre-game sports speeches, the kind that’s delivered by Coach Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights (the show, not the movie), by Sean Astin in Rudy, by Kurt Russell in Miracle, and by Gene Hackman in Hoosiers.

I’m no Kurt Russell, but I did come up with some creative ways to look at the different roles within my life. I juiced it up a little so that I could look forward to these parts of my life, instead of dreading them.

And so far so good.

Instead of checkbook balancer, coupon lady, and finance checker, I thought Rainmaker would motivate me more when dealing with my finances.

Instead of working on “emotional control,” I thought Zen Master Apprentice would be more appropriate.

Instead of saying dude I have to workout, I’d look at it more like my Ninja Warrior Triathlete-Decathlete training, which sounds a little bit more awesome.

Instead of working on exercises to develop a spiritual side, I thought I’d try to be a Super Soul Sunday Engineer. Sounds like I’d get all kinds of spirit with that.

Instead of thinking of myself sometimes as just a mom who’s home with her kids for endless amounts of time trying not to get lost, I could consider myself more of a Human Spirit Adventure Developer and Life Compass Architect.

Instead of freelance writer, I could look at myself as a Future Barnes & Noble Best Seller.

Instead of looking at crappy moments like I-can’t-believe-this-just-happened-to-me-I-need-chocolate-right-now experiences, they could be envisioned as life moments to be  written up and appear in Saturday Night Live Skits, although I wouldn’t get rid of the chocolate.


Chocolate is still a necessity.

Even though I’ve juiced up the different parts of my life and kept the ripples in my pond going I think I’ll still keep the chocolate. George Costanza phases come and go, but like I said before hopefully with these little changes in perception I’ll have less George and more me. Don’t get me wrong, I love George, but you shouldn’t have too much of him.



24 Responses to “I’d Have Less George and More Me …”

  1. Kathryn McCullough January 28, 2014 at 4:02 AM #

    What a wonderful approach. I especially love the I-need-chocolate-right-now moments! Now THAT’S an opportunity not to be missed! If you need to spread a few of those moments around, I’m down here in South America, near zero latitude.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • The Guat January 29, 2014 at 9:39 PM #

      Thanks! I needed to rev up my approaches over here. I have plenty of those chocolate moments and no worries if I ever save enough money I’ll be sure to spread the Guatacular adventures down to South America. 🙂

  2. claywatkins January 28, 2014 at 6:34 AM #

    it’s all in your perspective… I find myself trying to break out of my habits on a yearly cycle. I start off well, but I am ground down by my habits. 🙂 I am who I am…..But I keep trying anyway and slowly i make progress. Oh, and I do love chocolate. Make your day count!

    • The Guat January 29, 2014 at 9:37 PM #

      Totally in the perspective! As long as you make progress that’s all that matters 🙂 Sometimes we have to juice it up and get creative to keep the progress going 🙂

  3. suejansons January 28, 2014 at 9:01 AM #

    Good for you! Keep going! We all need to do that at least a little bit.

    • The Guat January 29, 2014 at 3:43 PM #

      Thanks. I’m trying…I’m trying hopefully this perspective will light a fire under my ass and I’ll keep feeling like a badass and make things happen. 🙂

  4. TBM January 28, 2014 at 9:44 AM #

    Super Soul Sunday Engineer–say that three times fast. I love your attitude. Have some chocolate.

    • The Guat January 29, 2014 at 9:35 PM #

      Thanks! I thought that was a good one too. I’m trying to juice it up over here.

  5. Natalie DeYoung January 28, 2014 at 10:25 AM #

    I like this reframing of your life. Maybe I should try it…instead of “unemployed,” I am a “freelance writer with a burgeoning career.” 🙂

    • The Guat January 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM #

      Dude totally…I use that all the time but I use promising career 🙂 Although yours sounds pretty awesome. Go with it 🙂

  6. anotherday2paradise January 28, 2014 at 3:20 PM #

    Go, TG!! With this sort of attitude, it’s bound to be a fantabulous year for you. Not too much chocolate though, or you might not fit into the Superwoman outfit, or the Oscar dress. 🙂 xx

    • The Guat January 29, 2014 at 12:02 AM #

      Yeah that Superwoman outfit is spandex so chocolate is still on the table 🙂 but that Oscars dress may not fit. 🙂 Ha! Thanks for your awesome comment.

  7. jen January 28, 2014 at 5:55 PM #

    Love this! I need to redirect my rolls too.. and I don’t mean by buying a pair of spanx lolol bad joke sorry. I really liked this though. 🙂

    • The Guat January 29, 2014 at 12:04 AM #

      Ha! Rolls I think all of us have those…I just buy bigger pants and avoid the Spanx 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and so glad you enjoyed my re-branding 🙂

  8. TriGirl January 28, 2014 at 8:49 PM #

    Love the rebranding! You sound like a badass now 🙂

    • The Guat January 29, 2014 at 12:05 AM #

      Dude I’m totally trying to maintain a badass state of mind it …have to because comedy can only help me so much 🙂 Ha! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  9. Linda Roy January 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM #

    Oh my gosh – I hear you! I’m SO Larry David. And we all know that is the root of George Costanza. Hi 5. 😉

    • The Guat January 29, 2014 at 3:40 PM #

      Dude. I love Larry David he cracks me up too. Both of them make their appearances over here, but George’s temper cracks me up more. High five back at you and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  10. quinndien January 29, 2014 at 2:09 PM #

    Bravo! I’m trying to do the same thing. It’s crazy how the way we talk about things can impact the outcome!

    • The Guat January 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM #

      Oh dude. Totally. Everything is about perspective and I’m glad that I try to include comedy in almost everything … it helps. Thanks for reading 🙂

  11. jennsmidlifecrisis January 30, 2014 at 8:14 AM #

    Serenity now! (someone had to say it)!

    • The Guat February 5, 2014 at 8:44 AM #

      Ha! Definitely Serenity Now! moments over here. Thanks for the laugh. That episode rocks.

  12. Obed Medina January 30, 2014 at 3:14 PM #

    I love that perspective. Comedy is the best medicine 🙂

    • The Guat February 5, 2014 at 8:43 AM #

      Yeah … it definitely helps the downer moments 🙂

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