Ever had a shit day? Genine finds out that her shit days may not be as shitty as she thinks …

by Alli and Genine on February 20, 2012 · 6 comments

Alli & Genine with fellow budding author Lisette Ashmore

You know those mornings when you wake up and it all seems too hard – yep, another crap day is on the cards. Well, that’s how I felt when I woke up on Saturday morning. At 4.30am. For no reason. Not a good start to the day.

I stumbled bleary-eyed out of the bedroom and promptly tripped over the dog and stubbed my toe. Silently cursing the hound so as not to wake my still-sleeping husband, I walked, actually I hopped, to the kitchen to make a cup of tea. Crap, no milk. There goes cereal for brekkie. I popped on an egg instead and found the bread covered in mould. Stupid bread.

If this were any other Saturday I would have just given up and with my grumpy pants would have headed back to bed. But no, today I had to drive all the way to Brisbane for an all-day conference. ON A SATURDAY!

Damning Alli for booking me in to a seminar on a weekend, I headed to the shower, packed on some makeup and fashioned my unwashed hair into something that resembled a ‘do’ … or at least a ‘make-do do’.

An hour later I was out the door and driving – hungrily and grumpily to Brisbane to attend a course on How to Write a Book and Make it a Bestseller … with 4 Ingredients c0-founder and book publishing guru, Rachael Bermingham. If anyone would snap me out of this mood, Rach would be the girl!

I arrived before Alli and chatted to the team at registration … well, I did more grumbling than chatting, feeling all very me, me, I, I … it’s all a bit too hard, blah, blah, blah. They just nodded and smiled. To cut a short story long, I got to my seat, set out my pens and paper and sipped on my lukewarm takeaway coffee waiting for the action to begin. And Alli to arrive.

Soon I found out that the man in the row behind me had written off his car in an accident on the way here. Like, around the corner. Seriously written off. He got a lift to the event with the tow truck driver. What a guy! His day certainly started out crap – BIG FAT crap – yet here he was poised and ready to hear what the blonde bombshell author-extraordinaire Rach Bermingham had to say. My issues? Hmm …

Then Rachael told us how she got up a couple of mornings ago to a shit day – literally. One of her twins had taken off his nappy and spread shit all over the room. Both then had a joyous time pulling said poopy nappy apart and throwing the stuffing all over the room. In the true words of Rachael, ‘Sometimes you just have to get up and deal with shit’.

So I brightened my thoughts, smartened myself up and got ready to be inspired. And inspired we were. Throughout the day Alli and I scribbled furiously in our notepads capturing every bit of golden information, conjuring ideas, having break-through moments and sharing excited whispers.

This stuff was awesome! For us budding little authors we couldn’t have asked for a better session to kick-start our thoughts on the ‘what-ifs?’ … and I’m not talking ‘what if we end up broke in two months’, we actually contemplated the idea that we, lil’ Alli and Genine could be … bestselling authors. Yep! What if we, were part of that elusive 8 per cent of all published authors who has a bestseller? Woohoo! A far stretch, I know, but Rachel had us thinking big. And I mean real big.

In the marketing segment of the workshop we scribbled down all the TV shows we would appear on, what magazines would run articles on us and how we were ripe to make it big in the US and the UK … Bring it on!

Well … we may very well have gotten a little carried away, but you know what? That is what we took away from Ms Bermingham’s lil’ workshop. That if she can do it, so can we. And that thinking BIG is not only good … it is necessary for success. And successful we will be. So there!

The moral to the story of my crappola day is to get out of bed and tell yourself, ‘This is going to be a great day and I don’t care what shit I have to deal with!’ Corny? Probably. Worthwhile? Absolutely! If the dude whose car got smashed up on the way to the seminar could bother making it to what could be a life-changing event, then so could I, stubbed toe and all.

My last piece of inspirational advice? Pop to the corner the night before and buy a litre of milk and a loaf of bread. A girl needs to start the day with a full belly!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisette February 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

Love it when crappy situations evolve into something extraordinarily good! Not to mention the dude with the smashed up car who received a complementary mentoring program from the philanthropist Ms Bermingham. Silver lined material right there!

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Jules February 20, 2012 at 11:23 am

Very inspiring post! It’s our own attitude that determines what sort of a day we are going to have. I love this quote – ”Happiness is not ready made. It comes from your own actions”. :-)

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Anita February 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Lovely to see my beetle wing creations on this blog entry image :)

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Marney Perna February 20, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Glad your day get better and better:) It was very inspiring to hear the man whose car was written off came to the event and had a great time……I saw his car on the way and thought to myself just as well he wasn’t running late! Little did I know.
It is our attitude to any situation that makes a day great or shitty! even Shitty days can be made great!
CHeers

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Rachael February 20, 2012 at 9:10 pm

LOL Girls… And if hitching up your big girl panties doesn’t work – pop the cork on a red – always works wonders for me!!! xx

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Kim February 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Well put! There is nothing you can’t achieve especially with a superwoman – (should I be perturbed that autocorrect changes that to superman?) – like Rachael to inspire you!
Shit can always be cleaned up with some paper towels and a bit of effort, don’t let it stink up your day!

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