HAHA Ok, as I wrote this title I wanted to convey that in this post I’m going to talk about trying new and different things, AND that I’m also sharing some fun pictures from our anniversary getaway, (and date ideas for Salt Lake City) but when you talk about anniversaries and doing things differently it can start to sound kind of kinky…HAHA and I swear this post is not about anything THAT different and or sexual. At least not this year.
But because of the How to Be Awesome series, I’ve been trying to do things differently and here’s why:
The definition of insanity (according to Einstein I think) is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
I’ve been wanting different results for a while now, in my day-to-day life, and especially in my business life, but I keep doing the same things over and over again and expecting things to change. So essentially I’ve been acting insane. (What else is new?)
I was telling myself the same sob stories in my head about why I can’t do this or that, and at the same time expecting “this or that” to happen. Like, magically? I don’t know, it made sense at the time.
So what does this have to do with our anniversary? Well ever since we’ve become fully self-employed I’ve felt like we can’t spend money on ANYTHING. *We still don’t have health insurance…working on it! And also keep in mind I don’t count business expensives and thankfully my nails and parties are business expenses…
But! It was my year to plan our anniversary and I decided I wanted to make it special. DAMN SPECIAL. So I went out of my comfort zone and reached out to The Grand America. They are a BEAUTIFUL 5 star hotel in Salt Lake City, and I knew Eric would LOVE a romantic gettaway there, especially if his wife scored a deal! I felt a little uncomfortable approaching The Grand with my media kit, and essentially saying, “You guys, I rock, let me promote you!” But then I thought:
What good is working 50+ hours a week to build a personal brand if you hardly get paid or cash in on all that hard work? And then I’m sure I added like, “Mama should go for what mama wants!”
So the first thing I did differently?
1. ASK FOR WHAT I WANT!
And holy crap. THEY SAID YES!
And not only yes, but they offered a few spa services for us to review and a night at the Utah Symphony.
I know people might think, “Oh bloggers getting free crap,” but you guys, I work really, really, really hard, and make almost no money. This is my own fault and I’m working on the money part, but I am SO careful about what products and services I agree to promote, that by the time I accept something for “free” which means in exchange for promotion, I usually end up putting in much much more work and promotion than the value of the item. But still, I was nervous that my readers or IG friends might think I was annoying by flaunting my fancy weekend, but I was on a roll so I decided to do another thing differently and:
2. STOP WORRYING ABOUT PEOPLE MISINTERPRETING MY ACTIONS.
I had good intentions, and worked hard for that fancy weekend, so I needed to just GET OVER IT and enjoy myself for Heaven’s sake. Hopefully people would be happy for me! (And on IG I totally felt like they were!)
Now, I’m gonna sound like an idiot, but I go to SO many concerts (remember my husband is a musician) so at first, the symphony was kind of the last thing I wanted to do. But I looked at the schedule and saw that it was “A Roger’s and Hammerstein Celebration” and I thought, “Well, I do like musicals…” So I accepted the tickets and the whole Music is Grand package.