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This morning I attended my second Creative Mornings Chicago breakfast lecture.  For those that are unfamiliar it's a lecture series that was started by Tina Roth Eisenburg in New York City and has expanded to eight cities in the United States and Europe.  Usually hosted at a creative agency or a company with a strong creative culture, these lectures are both informative and inspiring. One of the things they have you do when you attend is to fill out a name tag with your twitter name and answer a creative question.  The tag last month asked you to draw your favorite shape.  The one this month was decidedly more interesting. It said "What is something you have never done but you think you would be great at?".  I took a good 20 seconds of searching my head for something I have been jonesing to do, but hadn't tried yet.  And honestly I drew a blank.  Typically when I decide I want to try something, I kinda jump in head first and do it.  So in a moment of social panic for not having anything to write coupled with a bit of silliness I wrote down "being more awesome".

As the day has worn on, I've thought about that some more and I believe what I said is truly honest and most certainly applies.  Of course to accept that you would have to accept the premise that I already have some level of awesomeness to improve upon.  In the most humble way possible, I do believe I am an awesome person and I would say many people would agree with that.  The ones that wouldn't, well they're just dicks. I believe that everyone is awesome in their own way.

I like the sort of endless cycle these two lines from the name tag produces. Since I have never achieved a level of awesomeness greater than my current level, when I do achieve that higher level, I am back in the same place where I have never been more awesome than my current state of awesomeness.  So there is always more to strive for (assuming one can't accumulate negative awesomeness).  I always want to make someone laugh a little harder, be a better wife, finish new projects, inspire more people, train harder, and make more of a difference in net for my hockey teams.  I have large goals for my life, and I continue to work towards them every day.  I can't wait to see what the future will have in store for me.

For a long time now I've had a quote from the character Barney Stinson (played by Neil Patrick Harris on How I Met your Mother) displayed on my Facebook page.  It reads

"When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome again. True story!"

While it's a joke, it's something I absolutely live by.  It's easy to get down on yourself when things start going badly.  But it's important to shake it off and go back to doing those things that make you feel awesome.  Whether that's a personal project or volunteering or skydiving, just get out there and be awesome.

What does "being more awesome" mean for you?

For a long time now I've had a quote from the character Barney Stinson (played by Neil Patrick Harris on How I Met your Mother) displayed on my Facebook page.  It reads

"When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome again. True story!"

While it's a joke, it's something I absolutely live by.  It's easy to get down on yourself when things start going badly.  But it's important to shake it off and go back to doing those things that make you feel awesome.  Whether that's a personal project or volunteering or skydiving, just get out there and be awesome.

What does "being more awesome" mean for you?