Hi friends! Happy Tuesday.
I’m in the middle of a looong night-stretch. The end is near + I will finish my last 12 hour shift of pregnancy tonight! SO exciting. At almost 9 months pregnant, 12 hours on my feet for multiple days in a row is a challenge. I also only have 2 more night-shifts until the big move to day shift. YESSSS to that + YESSSS to getting closer to meeting our baby! 🙂 I had a dream last night that Baby Kiefer was a girl with a head full of brown hair, cannot wait for the surprise of a lifetime to actually know who he or she is.
Today, I wanted to do a post inspired by an interaction I had with a co-worker at UW.
You know those people that just seem like they are always happy + always have a smile on their face? I work with a guy like this. He works the overnight shift + brings supplies that we need from central services. He does hourly trips to make sure all the units have what they need. Each + every time he greets us with a warm smile + kind words. I’ve had a couple small interactions with him, but we had yet to have a conversation.
Last week, curiosity finally got the best of me and I asked him: you always seem SO happy, do you have any tips?! He was surprised by the question + didn’t really say too much. Later, I saw him in the hallway and he said “Amy, I wanted to talk to you…I’ve been thinking about what you asked me!”
He went on to give the best answer + that’s what I wanted to share with you guys.
This is what he said: There is never anything that bad happening at work. At times if I’m tired (#nightshift) or feeling crabby, I start to think back about amazing moments in my life or a funny story. It can be something big like the birth of my child or something small like this funny thing that I cannot believe my friend said. There is just too much good in life to be unhappy, it’s easy to smile.
He then started telling me that seeing your child for the first time is something that is beyond comparison. He was beaming. He congratulated me on being pregnant + told me that he had been wanting to tell me that for a while + that pregnancy looks beautiful on me.
I wanted to tell you guys about this story for a couple reasons. First, the man had amazing advice. I’ve been working with him for a long time, so I know his smile + positivity are longstanding. Secondly, it was great to finally have a full conversation with him. Maybe there is someone in your life that you interact with on a regular basis…but, you never really take the time to get to know them better. We get pretty wrapped up in our own lives + have a tendency to think we’re too busy. I would’ve missed out on this awesome interaction if I hadn’t opened up the conversation. Third, it feels wonderful to genuinely compliment someone. He should know that he rocks at his job + his smile is appreciated. Him being so kind + gracious back was not what I was seeking, but it definitely also felt good. Here is a blog I wrote (almost a year ago!) about Positivity + Being Generous with Compliments.
If you feel like you are in a negative funk, check in on yourself a couple times during the day. If you have a negative thought train running find a way to put a positive spin on it. I’m sure there is something good you can think of. Night-shift has been hard on me lately (as I’ve been mentioning), it’s easy to get down about it when I’m exhausted + wishing I was sleeping next to Drew at 3am. If I start thinking like this, I try to remind myself about the positive things. For example, the night-shift crew is amazing, some of them have become some of my very best friends in Madison. There is usually a hilarious conversation waiting to happen. Sometimes you get to take more time to get to know the patient or support them through something difficult in the middle of the night. It’s a wonderful thing.
Another tip is to practice positive self talk. Don’t say things about yourself that you wouldn’t say to other people. Here is a whole blog on Loving Yourself.
I hope you guys are off to an excellent start to your week. On Thursday I’m going to expand on the topic of cardiovascular training, giving you the scoop on the benefits + drawbacks of the different forms.
Make it a great Tuesday! -Ames