Archive for February, 2010
February 22, 2010 | By: Liz
I have to admit that the last six months of my life have been profoundly challenging. The economy hit my family hard, Danielle (my right arm in the office) went on a leave of absence, all my interns left after taking the bar exam, a new friend and colleague was diagnosed with cancer, my mother has been very ill just at a time when we have become adult friends, my husband’s latest contract ended and we were once again worried about mortgage payments, my mother-in-law passed away suddenly, my back was really, really bad, and I was the victim of credit card or banking fraud . . . and out of all of this I lost my mojo. I just couldn’t find a reason to write, a reason to work, all of my inspiration to go into the office was gone. I woke up every morning feeling like I was climbing an enormous mountain just to get through the day. It wasn’t depression. I kind of just gave up. All I wanted to do was knit.
Here I was on the brink of starting an egg donation agency (which has been my dream for years), and my law practice was surviving through an economic depression. And I didn’t care. I cared about my kids, my husband, my knitting . . . but work, my career . . . gone. I even kind of gave up on having another baby. And that you must know is a bad, bad sign.
I usually spend every morning meditating, reading spiritual books, or knitting (a form of meditation for me). That time was instead spent staring out the window wondering what to do with my life. Or more accurately, questioning what am I doing with my life?
One day recently, I did an exercise in one of my books. The book was on the law of attraction and I do believe that our thoughts create our reality to an extent (I do not believe our thoughts give us cancer or infertility). This exercise was about focusing on what I needed to do in the moment (in order to help me get something accomplished during my day). In one column I listed the two or three things I really needed or wanted to accomplish that day, in the other column I wrote down everything I wanted someone else to help me with (if anyone reading is interested, I’ll give you more information on the book and the exercise at the end of this post). I did this exercise for a few days because I felt it was very effective at helping me focus my energy every day. But much to my surprise, the stuff in the other column — the stuff that I was asking “someone else” to help me with — started to get done. The first mock-ups of the website for the egg donation agency came in when I had asked “someone else” to help me encourage the web designer to finish the site. I started hearing from people that I had been meaning to call when I had asked “someone else” to help me re-establish contact with them. I got emails about seminars on subjects that I had asked “someone else” to help me find information about so that I could learn more. These may seem like really subtle and coincidental, not very meaningful events. But it wasn’t so much the thing that happened, but the number of things that happened on that list of things I wanted “someone else” to help me with. I don’t know how or why, but it jazzed me up. Maybe I felt less alone in the business world (being a small business owner in the middle of an economic depression can suck), maybe I felt like things were just finally falling into place. I don’t really know how or why but finally my mojo started to percolate, and then simmer. Now we’re almost at a rolling boil!
So today, I am off to call someone about marketing the egg donation agency. I hope to find time to work on my eBook on egg donation, I have some client work to do . . . it’s very cool how something as small as making a very focused list and assuming (even if it’s just for purposes of the exercise) that there is someone there who can help you. Now if someone could just find way to squeeze an extra hour or two into my day!!
In case you’re interested, the book is The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent by Esther and Jerry Hicks
and the exercise is called Turning it Over to the Manager (Chapter 41).
Filed under: Thinking Out Loud
February 22, 2010 | By: Liz
Okay, Jennifer Aniston and Johnny Depp do not star in this film but it was posted on a friend’s FB page and I watched the trailer. And I think you should too. I want to watch the entire movie . . . but more importantly, as I continue on my review of movies from Hollywood with an infertility theme (latest was Julie and Julia) I really think that someone other than a physician with connections needs to do a movie on this. Or a television show. Something. not to get on my soapbox too many times but seriously, 12 million Americans have infertility. You don’t think some screenwriter out there could come up with a realistic screenplay for a movie on infertility????? Or hey, what about reality tv? We have 16 and pregnant, the duggars, a baby story, stories of adoptees reuniting with their birth families, survivor, an adoption story, why on god’s green earth don’t we have a tv show documenting what we go through to become parents???????
In the meantime, watch this. It’s worth it. Infertility Movie
February 22, 2010 | By: Liz
okay well maybe not very much. She’s tall, lanky and gorgeous and I am petite, voluptuous and on a good day with a ton of make-up and a professional blow-out some might say I am pretty. LOL! But seriously folks, I do have a bit in common with the queen of the tear-me-up ballad. And that is, we both tried to conceive our sons at the same time (okay, so mine took 7 IVF attemps, 5 miscarriages and an adoption and she only need ONE attempt at IVF), and we both want another baby. Here’s where the comparison gets more real. She’s now unfortunately and horribly had a bunch of miscarriages (I am currently counting 10 but my therapist says I shouldn’t count . . . um yeah right!), and is racing the clock to have another baby, and is rapidly approaching the number if IVF cycles I gutted my way through. Even more in common, can it be? Yes indeed! We both sleep with our 7 year old sons in our bed (and don’t even TRY to flame me on this, I believe in the family bed and I WILL take down any posts that disrespect anyone’s style of doing anything on this blog), and we both relish the days we have left with our little boys being small enough and young enough to snuggle with. Okay, so I am not claiming that I am her evil twin double . . . but I know how she feels and I commend her for going public on the cover of People and I wish her all the success in the world.
And I wish me all the success in the world too. But that is the subject of another blog. (would someone please tell me where the emoticons are in WordPress???).