August 3, 2007

Fortified With Even More Fruit, Fun, and Frolicking!

A lot of new challenges are popping up on the horizon -- things I've been wanting to do for a long time. Very, very good work and comedy things. More people than ever are going to be counting on me to do my best.

I've got to get even more serious and focused, and take the best possible care of myself. I've got to get good sleep, blast out a lot of energy in the gym, cram myself full of healthy food, and watch out for the twin pitfalls of "comedy food" and beer.

Yes, these are actual pictures of today's lunch. (God, it's so much dumb fun having an iSight camera.) A giant spinach and broccoli salad, five kinds of fresh fruit, and a fistful of vitamins -- even fish oil capsules, which give me weird burps for a few hours afterwards -- oh, here comes one now.

I also need to take better care of myself in other ways. Chill out and let myself enjoy the little things in life. Work more social fun into my calendar. Don't isolate myself and work like a crazy little red hamster when deadlines loom. Don't be afraid to ask for emotional support when I need it.

Another key thing I need to get a better handle on is dealing with the stress that comes from the negativity of others. The more I reach out of my comfort zone and push myself to do new things, the more I'm going to have to deal with people who don't like what I'm doing, don't like me, don't like themselves -- whatever those things are about. I'm always on the lookout for the nuggets of truth that are sometimes buried in angry criticisms, and I'm not a big grudge-holder, but I'm not going to absorb other people's unhappiness and misdirected anger and let it slow me down. If I'm going to do that, I might as well eat bacon burgers and vodka on a barstool at the Cubby Bear and scream at the ball game on tv all day.

Anyway, fruit, fun, and frolicking. That's what I want more of.

How do you strike a balance between life's responsibilities and personal well-being, and manage stress?

10 comments:

Chancelucky said...

If you find the answer, please let me know. Probably just one of those days for me :}

Bella Rossa said...

Chance - I will let you know. I'm sure I'll have a definitive and universal answer by...end-of-day Tuesday. Sound good? :)

Kduck said...

Handling stress? A well-timed beer always does it for me. Not as good as working out, but who has time for that?

As for the negativity of others, it comes with the territory. You just have to focus on the people that like you for you and to hell with the rest of them. No one's ever going to like everything you do/

Then again, it probably wouldn't as challenging or satisfying if they did.

Bella Rossa said...

Right on, KDuck. Thanks for saying so. (You know, sometimes when I see your name in my inbox it throws me for a second. Two of my comedy compadres go by K-Rock and K-Roll. That's a lotta K's.)

Dale said...

You just gotta keep moving. Absorb the experience and keep moving. And I hope you're going to harass Kathy Griffin with your list of things you both share until she relents. You forgot to mention the ginger connection though.

Bella Rossa said...

Did I seriously forget to mention "red hair" when I listed all the things I have in common with Kathy Griffin? Ridiculous. Anyway, thanks, Dale, you're a sweetie-pie. You're like the opposite of stress.

nora said...

I have been trying to eat better also.
Yesterday was good, all fruit and veggies. Until I went to the Mudkids 10th anniversary show at the (former) Patio. I think drinking 3 beers after midnight in the hot club blew it -- and is not making writing life any easier this morning.

Bella Rossa said...

Seriously, Nora, in comedy, it's beer and crap (but delicious) fried food unless a person willfully plans ahead to choose otherwise. And my metabolism ain't getting any faster.

Yay Mudkids!

K-Rock said...

I might as well eat bacon burgers and vodka on a barstool at the Cubby Bear and scream at the ball game on tv all day.

that sounds pretty good. i often fantasize about that life, and wish i could be content with it. but i know i wouldn't be. but that sounds REALLY good.

Bella Rossa said...

As you know, I did live with habits nearly that bad for awhile. Sure, there was lotsa good eatin' involved, but not much good movin'...or feelin'...or heart beatin'.

But on weekends and special occasions, yeah, bring on the grease and booze. Sometimes you gotta celebrate!