I, self-confessed over-worker Mike Kim, have actually cleared a week of staycation to do … nothing.
I’m going nuts.
So here I am writing this because … I miss writing. This was not pre-written and “queued” to publish. Maybe there will be some useful (or useless) thoughts here … you decide. But here’s what I’ve done so far:
1. Make Lots of Memes
Why? Because laughing at ourselves is healthy. I really try not to take myself too seriously. (I’m a big Game of Thrones fan and couldn’t find a dragon to ride, so my intrepid mount of choice is the Coeur d’Alene moose. Watch out, Lannisters.)
2. Read Books I Would Have Hated in School
The Mrs. and I went to one of favorite spots a few days ago: Barnes & Noble. It’s back-to-school time and they were selling classics for $5 each. I picked up The Art of War, Siddhartha, and The Inferno.
I must be on some “spiritual reading” quest. Reading of late has become a chore: a rote, lifeless task I complete in order to expand my business acumen.
I think I’m trying to re-associate reading with enjoyment.
I was exposed to a lot of Buddhism when in Thailand late last year so I picked up Siddhartha. I picked up The Art of War because, well, I have enemies’ tears I need to drink (see above). Finally, I’ve always been fascinated at how The Inferno has shaped man’s view of hell and damnation so I tried reading it again.
(Speaking of damnation, that’s what reading poetry was like for me as a student so I never got into The Inferno. No change. A poet I am not.)
3. Start “The Iris Sessions” and Get Sharked By My Spouse:
First, I can’t believe 94 friends liked this post. It’s not a great photo, but I suppose the copy told a compelling enough story. Copywriting wins again.
Also, I had people contact me and ask how they could get their own “Iris Session” … I can’t believe it. They literally called it “an Iris Session” and I unintentionally created a product by posting a picture on Facebook.
(There must be some lesson here.)
4. Wish My Dog Simba A Happy 10th Birthday
We have two dogs. This is the “bad” one and he turned 10 this week. He has earned his nickname: The White Devil. After polishing off season 3 of Narcos on Netflix earlier this week, I was feelin’ my español.
Don’t let his cute gaze fool you. Some stories about this dude:
• I know they say chocolate harms dogs. Not this one. He once ate an entire 3 row tray of Oreos that was on top of our dining table. How he jumped on there I’ll never know. Literally not a single crumb left, yet he lives.
• He once jumped onto our counter and ate all my special French birthday chocolate from a PARIS VACATION, threw it up on my white carpet, and perched himself high upon the top backing of our couch to gleefully watch me scrub his puke on my hands and knees. If dogs could give you the middle finger and tell you, “Here’s what I think of your &%!!$#*& Paris birthday chocolate”, this is how they would do it. (Again, chocolate … yet he lives.)
• He once ate an entire roll of stamps and dollar bills. I came home to find his face and front paws literally covered in stamps and scraps of George Washington on my coffee table. Not only does he cost money, he literally eats money.
• In what I thought would be his last day on Earth, he once tore open one of my wife’s favorite purses while we were out, chewed her makeup, and violently tossed her jewelry all over the bedroom. Thinking, “Ooooh he’s gonna get it now!” I followed her upstairs expecting a front row seat to the “Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman’s Purse Scorned” show. Finally, justice! So what did she do? PET HIM and say “Awww, Simbie. It’s ok, Mommy still loves you.” (WTF???)
• HE ATE THE FAMILY BIBLE. How God Almighty has not yet smote him down in divine retribution, I’ll never know.
Those stories are all true, but what’s also true is I love this dog. He always sits near me when I work (he’s doing it now) and just wants to enjoy life.
I’m glad I had some time this week to recall all these stories about Simba. He was with me before I became Mike the speaker, or Mike the blogger, or Mike the guy who runs his business from his house.
A lot has happened in my life in the past 10 years, and sometimes we don’t take the time to look back, appreciate the journey, and enjoy life.
One final thought:
It’s funny that I couldn’t help from writing while on my staycation … and I am finally beginning to understand that it’s not “marketing” that I love, but the writing itself.
I’m writing a book right now (8 chapters are done!) and I’ve made the decision to end taking client projects for the foreseeable future after October.
If anything, this time off has helped me gain more clarity that writing is what I want to do. I’ll still write about marketing and branding (that’s what my book is about) but I’m rediscovering the fact that I enjoy writing for the sake of it.
Thanks for reading. 🙂
P.S. – Some recent posts, if you’d like to catch up: