Feel Better Little-By-Little Week Two

What Would You Do If You Felt Better?

You know how “they,” Oprah, inspirational speakers, Pinterest pinners ask the question “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” It’s a great question.

But it’s not my question….

My question is: “What would you do if you felt better?”

  • What would you do if you weren’t so tired, stressed, over committed?
  • What would you do if you weren’t hiding your weight (either because you actually could lose a few pounds or you just think you could lose a few pounds?)
  • What would you do if you weren’t hung over every Friday, Saturday, Sunday AM (for my college students?)
  • What would you do if you weren’t so depressed? Angry? Anxious? Stuck? Obsessed about working out or not working out?
  • What would you do if you didn’t get so many headaches or weren’t so achy or just plain worn out?

What would you do? I ask you?

Open your notebook from week-one or leave me a comment, tweet to me  or send me a Facebook note. I want to know.

Let’s do what I said I was going to do--Assess, Consider, Educate ACE (from day one)

Get “it” out there into the universe. Name it.
Call it out! Say it. If you can say it, you can commit to it.
What would you do? If you felt better. What would you do?

What are you missing?

Why? What is stopping you? What is in your way?
If you can say what is really stopping you (I mean be honest, really!) then the smart person that you are can solve it.   Maybe not easily but you can do it.

What would have to change?

There is stuff you need to know. Maybe you need to know what others do.
Maybe you need to know where to get help?

What do you need?

I want you to feel okay about not doing everything perfect so let’s make some fun of me. Miss know-it-all health.

Assess—What am I missing?
If I wasn’t so driven I would read more books, spend more time joking around with my kids. I would drink coffee with friends that I don’t get to see. I’d look at the stars. I’d stare into the eyes of the one I love.

Shit, I’m missing a lot.

Consider—Why and what would I have to change?

I feel guilty when I’m not working, producing, creating. I think it comes from my dad both genetically & behaviorally. I love him but he is a go gett’er. So, I go gett’er too.

I don’t like to feel guilty so to change I’d have to decide that I’m worth the space I take up in the world just by being me.

Say it with me: I am worth the space just by being me!

That it’s okay if I lay around a little. It doesn’t make me a loser. Also, the world does not depend on me to be productive and I’m being arrogant to think I matter so much.

Okay so that kind of hurt.

Educate—What do I need?

This talk by Brene Brown on vulnerability. 10,900,000,000+ people watched it. It really helped me because (I think) when ever I feel insecure I work.

Crap, I must be insecure a lot.

I’m also reading:
The Gifts of Imperfection …. because I have imperfection down to a science.

I’m feeling better already?
What about you?


  1. Elaine Gallant on September 26, 2013 at 12:38 am

    You’re funny! And, I like your backdoor approach to answering your own questions by listing what you won’t do…(.I think I saw that in a previous page of your site. ) But what would I do if I felt better? Well, I already feel pretty good but I do have weak periods.. I think I’d feel better if I could save the world…wait, that might be too much and maybe, just maybe, that’s what I need to work on.

    Thinking waaaay too BIG often stops me from doing anything at all about whatever it is I want to do. Thinking BIG is my problem, therefore I often do not start.

    • Ann Garvin on September 26, 2013 at 1:11 am

      I’m with you. I think too big. And I say yes to quickly. I’m all about the yes and then I get over whelmed.
      Have you seen http://www.thehungersite.com You can save the world in a small, free way every single day!!

  2. Rebel Sowell on September 26, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Hey Ann,
    I’m feeling better already because I’m on week two of being smoke-free. Next, I’ll be working harder on losing a little more weight. I’m loving your site. You always make me smile. I think if I felt my best I would be a much happier person with a better outlook on life. I guess I’d like to be more like you. 🙂

    • Ann Garvin on September 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Rebel!! WOW Good job. Smoke-free. I am totally sending you vibes.
      Hey, don’t you remember, I totally want to be more like you! 🙂

  3. Diana Taylor on October 7, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Hey Ann, I came and sat by you last week and here I am again! What a fantastic idea, because I know that sitting by you can bring a lot of LOL moments. What would I do if I felt better; start playing tennis again on a regular. I must admit this blog has got me motivated to get my hips moving to be able to get on the courts without my knees, feet and back hurting for days after only 15 min of hitting (and you know that’s not consistent hitting or running). Ciao Bella!

    • Ann Garvin on October 11, 2013 at 1:14 am

      Hey Girl, It’s good to read your voice–because it totally comes through. Tennis is amazing for you if you can hit the ball. I am not good with a ball and racquet. I am good with, um….a treadmill.
      Missing you. Come work for Wwhitewater. I’d love to see you every day. I took it for granted when I was at UWM

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