“Figuring things out for yourself is practically the only freedom anyone really has these days. Use that freedom.”
~ Michael Ironside  


I’ve been missing in action for several weeks, taking some time to figure things out for myself. Perhaps more accurately, I’ve been trying to figure out why I haven’t felt like doing much beyond the daily necessities of work and life. My energy has been lagging, my focus has been muddy, and it’s all felt a bit much.

Don’t worry, I’m 100% fine, I just haven’t been 100% myself and because I gave myself the freedom to figure things out, I got the answers I needed, and I feel better.

If you can relate, give yourself the same freedom, to pause, think, talk it out, nap… whatever will help you figure things out for yourself.

Then watch the video below (or read the transcript that follows), because I’ve got something exciting coming your way NEXT WEEK… and it’s FREE!

Hey, Michelle Cederberg here with a confession to make.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been absent from my weekly messages and videos for no other reason than I haven’t felt like it. Sure, I’ve been presenting a lot, and working on some other projects, but I’m usually able to do all that and more, and still be inspired to curate my weekly messages, but I’ve lacked the motivation. Maybe I’m tired of talking about Covid? Yup…I’m definitely tired of talking about it… and I guess I didn’t feel the need to blather on about it or anything else unless I had something worthwhile to say. And nothing was coming to me… which is not normal for me.

I got my first vaccine jab on April 22nd, and that felt like hope. The sooner we get to herd immunity, the sooner life will move toward something like what we once knew. That feeling of hope lasted about 3 days when I realized we’re still a long way from the finish line. Yes, the jab was a good first step. But, if you’re like me, you hoped things would be back to normal by now, but instead we’ve been forced into a waiting game with an unknown end.

Yup, life is feeling very Ground-hoggy and it’s been impacting my energy and focus. Can you relate?

Ground-hoggy adjective
a situation in which a series of unwelcome or tedious events appear to be recurring in exactly the same way.

I’m a pretty resilient person (a literal motivational speaker and coach for Gawd’s sake) so when I get out of sorts, I get impatient with myself, “You should know better Michelle!” But why should I? Just like you and the rest of this planet, I’ve never been through anything like this… a once-in-a-century global health crisis. I don’t have to have all the answers! I mean, where’s the self-compassion in that? It’s okay to have bad days. Right now, there’s a lot of shit to process and a lot of feels to feel, and a whole bunch of unknowns, and we can’t always dismiss that heaviness by pretending at ‘fine’.

Still, it’s hard to admit that I’ve been struggling, but I’m human, and I know I’m not alone. Over the last several weeks I’ve been trying to identify exactly what it is I’ve been feeling, because I’m not depressed, I’m just not at my best. Then I read an article in the NY Times, that gave me my answer.

I’ve been languishing, which is to say I’ve been feeling stagnated and a bit empty. Operating somewhere between depressed and flourishing; plodding along in the muddy middle, trying my best to stay positive despite the current circumstances, and not always succeeding. In a word, I’ve been feeling BLAH, and it’s hard to motivate others from that space.

The article energized me though, because I realized that I have a lot of tools in my speaker/coach/author toolbox that provide the cure for languishing, and it’s time to put them to use in that very way, both for myself and for you if you’re feeling it too!

I’ve been working on a project that I will be sharing NEXT WEEK…a free mini program that will provide the reset I know I need, and perhaps you can benefit from too. I’m pretty damn excited about it, and I haven’t been able to say that for awhile.

For today, if you can relate to anything that I’ve just shared…that feeling of stagnation…languishing… BLAH… know that you’re not alone.

  • Be kind and gentle with yourself as you work through it.
  • Phone a friend.
  • Move your body daily…preferably with Mother Nature.
  • Take a nap if you need it.
  • Do something spontaneous (and fun.)
  • Do something you’re good at.

And, if the feels you’re feeling are heavier than you can manage, ask for help. There’s never shame in that, especially more than a year into a global health crisis.

Then, make sure you open next week’s message AND follow me on Instagram or your favourite social channel below, where I’ll be sharing some help of my own. And hey, if you’ve got some tips for beating the pandemic blahs, share them in the comments.

Until next time, I’m Michelle Cederberg humbly reminding you we’ve got one chance to do this life, I say Dare to Live It Big, and at the same time, dare to be okay with small steps when your head and heart need a rest.

Connect with me to chat about engaging virtual sessions for your team to boost resilience, manage stress and drive success, COVID be damned. And check out my virtual speaker demo here.

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Stay tuned for my new ONLINE Refocus & Recharge program using this book as your guide!

Michelle Cederberg, CSP, MKin, BA Psyc

Empowering today’s dreamers, leaders and go-getters to create the life and career they want.