The moment I accepted my life was a beautiful, chaotic, sometimes a little-messy-but-always-entertaining circus was the moment I felt a true release.

There's no sense in fighting the madness, but I've picked up a few tricks to keep the show going along the way.

I hope they work as well for you as they have [and still do] for me.

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It happened while I was mopping.

It happened while I was mopping.

MBC_My Year of ACTION_Feature Image - while i was mopping

It was late by the time I was closing up the studio. I’m a certified pole fitness instructor now, and I’d just worked a triple header of a night – Twerk Class at 6, reception at 7, and A2 Pole Fitness at 8. I was happily exhausted, on an intense emotional high from having the privilege to teach, challenge and help the incredible women who walked through the studio doors that night. I could have never expected this would be part of the teaching process… The looks of accomplishment on the girls’ faces when they get a new trick or spin, watching someone become a bit more comfortable with their body, catching them getting lost in the moment. It’s truly incredible to help facilitate these moments and I was riding the high these experiences brought.

And then it happened. 9:45 at night, gleefully exhausted, closing up the studio, the realization hit me:

I was physically exhausted and increasingly sleepy (it was nearing my bedtime for sure), yet so much more incredibly happy and fulfilled mopping the studio’s hardwood floors in that moment than I had been in quite some time.

Mopping. I was mid-tedious, mind-numbing task and I was so grateful to be in that moment. It’s part of the package – teaching at the studio – closing up when you work the last class, so it wasn’t my first time doing it. It just happened to be the first time the realization hit me like a dump truck.

THIS IS WHAT IS MISSING. The absence of THIS in my regular, day-to-day life. THIS is the feeling I keep chasing.

I’m not talking about the act of mopping itself, I’m talking about the feeling of fulfillment that comes during even the most mundane of tasks. I think maybe at one point in time it had been there in my day job. But slowly over the years, that feeling faded until it was extinguished. Fortunate enough for me, I’d been given a glimpse of that incredible feeling, and I wanted more.

It was right then and there I made the decision to take ACTION (<– hey yo!). I wanted THIS FEELING, this intoxicating feeling to flow through all areas of my life. I didn’t just want it in my part-time job, I wanted it in all of my jobs.

I started editing my resume 4 days later. Just 4 weeks later, I filled my letter of resignation. Two weeks after that, I began my new career path.

THAT FEELING now courses through all parts of my life. Even when times are tough, it’s still there. A quiet roar, it’s waiting patiently for me to realize it hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s here to stay now.

Maybe it was just time for me to find it again. Maybe I’d finally mustered up the motivation to make it happen. Maybe I was just straight up over it’s absence. No matter what, I didn’t just want it, I finally believed I was deserving of having it. And that might have been the most important part of it all.

And it happened while I was mopping.

Until next time, Campers,

Jennie B

It will happen as fast as you let it. – Someone wicked smart but unknown.

sassy starter { super human }

And the results are in …… drum roll please ……

Dear Jennie B, You are

 Wonder Woman !

 You are a beautiful princess with great strength of character. 

Wonder Woman
87%
Supergirl
77%
The Flash
75%
Robin
72%
Superman
70%
Spider-Man
70%
Green Lantern
55%
Batman
50%
Catwoman
50%
Iron Man
50%
Hulk
25%
[photo source]

*Awesome. Who couldn’t use a Lasso of Truth on a rainy day?? Although, I may need to step up my workouts if I’m supposed to rock that outfit. I see a few sets of stairs in my future…

Which Superhero are you?

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When you need a little more than a smile or a cup of tea to get your week in motion, the Sassy Starter will be here every Monday to get your wheels turnin’ in a classy – sassy – fabulous sort of way.

{ Alesya Bags }

Posted in luxury, working girl

Sending out a big, big, BIG * congratulations * to Alesya Opelt for launching

to the world today !

The very stylish (and quite functional) laptop bag was designed by Alesya and is sure to go straight to the top of every girl’s most wanted list. Available in Eggplant, Equestrian Tan, and Kelly Girl Green, these bags are ah-mazing. I can’t wait to get my hands on one! (Santa, are you listening, dear?)

I’ve been following her progress on the launch via her blog – where it’s a no holds barred conversation on the trials and joys she has gone through launching the line. Being completely non-entrepreneurial myself it’s been very interesting, intriguing, and inspiring (Yup, she hit all of my “3 I’s“)  reading about her journey up to today’s big launch to the world day.

So do yourself a favor and get over the her site ASAP to check out the bags. There’s a great video short shot by The Modern Connection which really shows the functionality and stylish nature of the bags. *You’ll be surprised to see where the laptop goes. At least I was. Genius, I tell you.

Congratulations again, Alesya, sending many good wishes of great success your way … Cheers!

Music Snack – Bolton Love

Sometimes you need a little help to get you through the work day. This help can come in many forms, but what works the best for me [and my office, even though sometimes they won’t admit it] is a good old fashioned jam sesh. A few weeks ago we had one such jam sesh ….. which ended in a rally for Michael Bolton to stage a come back. Seriously Michael, you know you want to release another cd with a great hit song like this one:

How Can We Be Lovers – Michael Bolton

(If you have trouble viewing this video, please click here.)

After a few minutes of scouring the internet we discovered Michael indeed had a show just a mere hour and a half away but sadly it was sold out. Don’t think I didn’t contemplate starting a petition for a show in this city by the sea. Because I did. And I still am. Come on, Michael …….

WE CAN WORK IT OUT!

Looking for another Bolton Love fix? Take a break for a little Time, Love & Tenderness.

*And for all you Sassy Steel Magnolias stuck in Blizzard land, just remember – it’s never too early to pop open a bottle of bubbly or sip on a glass of wine. Stay warm, lovies!

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The Music Snack comes out every Wednesday to put a little rhythm in your week. Requests are always welcome, so don’t be shy!

Music Snack – Bolton Love

Sometimes you need a little help to get you through the work day. This help can come in many forms, but what works the best for me [and my office, even though sometimes they won’t admit it] is a good old fashioned jam sesh. A few weeks ago we had one such jam sesh ….. which ended in a rally for Michael Bolton to stage a come back. Seriously Michael, you know you want to release another cd with a great hit song like this one:

How Can We Be Lovers – Michael Bolton

(If you have trouble viewing this video, please click here.)

After a few minutes of scouring the internet we discovered Michael indeed had a show just a mere hour and a half away but sadly it was sold out. Don’t think I didn’t contemplate starting a petition for a show in this city by the sea. Because I did. And I still am. Come on, Michael …….

WE CAN WORK IT OUT!

Looking for another Bolton Love fix? Take a break for a little Time, Love & Tenderness.

*And for all you Sassy Steel Magnolias stuck in Blizzard land, just remember – it’s never too early to pop open a bottle of bubbly or sip on a glass of wine. Stay warm, lovies!

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The Music Snack comes out every Wednesday to put a little rhythm in your week. Requests are always welcome, so don’t be shy!

Book of the Month : 10/10

Call it self-help, call it a business book. Call it a guide to advertising you, call it a get your ass in gear motivator. Call it whatever you want, just as long as it’s sitting on your bookshelf. Because no matter what,

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be.

by Paul Arden – this month’s Book of the Month – is a great addition to any library, no matter the reader’s field of scope. Filled with invaluable tid-bits of advice from one of the top guns in the world of advertising, Arden offers the most basic, original and logical answers to some of life’s everyday questions. Whether you are starting out in the real world or you’ve been around the block a few times, every now and then we all need a little extra push of motivation to get to where you want to be.

As with any book that falls into this genre, the answers and passages may seem a bit obvious, but aren’t all questions easy when you know the answers? Sometimes you need to ask yourself the simplest of questions and realize the answers aren’t as difficult as you may at first perceive them to be.

Start being wrong and anything is possible. – Paul Arden

With humor and relativity, Arden walks you up the staircase to success – or actually how to get yourself off your bum and get going. A quick read intertwined with various quips throughout, it won’t take long to cruise through the pages. You may even find yourself jotting down notes here and there of how to take Arden’s words and put them in place in your own matters.

Of all the various books I’ve read in sales, marketing, motivation, etc. this one is by far in my Top 3. Below is one of my favorite exerts from the book – the fact that it deals with one of my favorite icons might be an added bonus – but I think you’ll find it quite agreeable.

Another favorite line from the book:

If you get stuck, draw with a different pen. – Paul Arden

Simple enough, right? But do you realize the effects of one tiny change like that can resonate for years? Because they can. And the book? The book’s filled with one-liners like that. Just a little something to get you thinking – few tools to help you really give ’em something worth talking about around the water cooler.

In the case you may be thinking a book like this is silly or a waste of your time….there’s a chapter titled ” Don’t Be Afraid Of Silly Ideas. ” in there to cover that too. 😉

Pick up a copy of It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden in The SSM eStore today and get reading. You’ve got places to go, ladies [ & gents ] so let’s get it crackin!

*My apologies for missing last month’s Book of the Month. It happens. I’ll try my hardest not to skip another month! Thanks for always understanding.

sassy starter . the rules

You can bend the rules plenty once you get to the top, but not while you’re trying to get there. And if you’re someone like me, you can’t get there without bending the rules.

– Tess McGill in Working Girl

sometimes you need to bend the rules.
sometimes you need to break the rules.
and sometimes …
well, sometimes you need to make your own rules.

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photo credit: here

Sassy Starter : too pretty

{ don’t act like this thought hasn’t crossed your mind, too }

Have a simply mah-velous Monday.

*photo credit & purchase the magnet here