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hi you,

I'm the tourist on the metro, lover of markets and dresses, a writer in the local coffee shop, and the friend who is always up for a picnic and conversation. 

More recently, making the journey through loneliness to write a book.

Welcome to L. Raine

A Bumpy Return from Vacation & Seasons of Hustle

A Bumpy Return from Vacation & Seasons of Hustle

Hi you, 

You're human so I'm going to assume that you have experienced the feeling of failing at life. It doesn't take much to trigger this feeling: 

  • mental clutter
  • neglected to-do list
  • Post Vacation Stress Disorder
  • Unanswered email
  • Conflict
  • No chocolate in the house
  • sick

It's not a long flight from Europe to the USA, but I don't enjoy recovering from it. Going there is easier because time moves forward, but coming home basically means having to stay up an extra 6-8 hours. I didn't do so well these past few days because I had a post-vacation cold (thanks to getting wetted down by cold rain daily, in Bergen) and one evening actually dropped my phone on myself about 10x before I gave up and went to bed before 8pm.

Major P. V. S. D.


Yesterday morning in the middle of it; headachy and discouraged I opened an email from Jon Acuff. It's risky to read things by people who have succeeded in one's own line of work because sometimes they just make you feel much, much worse. It's like sometimes successful people write things from the top of the world where everything is espresso and energy, while the rest of us shovel dirt while drinking Keurig, and it just doesn't relate. This wasn't like that.

 He wasn't pep talking. He wasn't bragging about his NY Times best seller and what techniques he could sell to get me there, and he wasn't telling me to hustle harder. Instead he started talking about hustle has different seasons, and you can't possibly work at the same level every single day. Sometimes you don't do anything, sometimes you focus on other things that have nothing to do with work. It was real and funny. 

Instead of making me feel like I needed to scrape myself off the couch and work harder, they came, sat down with me (metaphorically) and made me laugh. I relaxed and found the courage to have a hard day. 

This was a long introduction, but I've included the video here because maybe you are tired today too and need to hear that it's ok to have different seasons in the hustle. 

With love, 

L. Raine

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