Once upon a time the fabtastic Julie surprised Roni & me with a picture.
We were about to record a podcast and giving the hashtag a final skim on social media when we discovered the image.
Neither of us could believe it.
Julie captured us so perfectly and it was such a lovely surprise it infused at least this half of our duo with fresh excitement.
Excitement about recording the episode and about the #wycwyc movement in general.
my glasses! my skull-emblazoned dress!
Each time I looked at the image I smiled as she’d completely captured my raw excitement for this entire endeavor.
The fun I’d had with the process, the joy I felt at having a *name* for how Id lost weight and maintained, the crazy childlike manner in which I now attempt to drag everyone into our WICKWICK tribe.
I loved her artwork so much I (asked permission &) had it transferred to canvas so I could have in my home.
not staged. my #wycwyc moment is I drank only HALF the can!
Fast forward a few weeks.
I felt tired (work, solo-parenting, book marketing, podcasting, life’ing) & immediately knew who to reach out to.
“I need a break. I wanna take book release day off from the blog. Could I hire you to draw for me instead?”
She agreed, asked for details, and soon this appeared in my in-box:
And I grinned as wide as I had with her first drawing.
She’d nailed it.
- The book release tomorrow is important.
- My work deadlines are important.
- The interviews I have this week are important.
Kids don’t care about
logisticswhat else is important–they just know who still shows up.
And, if you’re my Tornado of a kid, you don’t care about the hectic of WICKWICK! you just know who *still* shows up.
Even if exhausted.
Even if it means you work after she’s asleep.
Even if (toting some Mommy Merlot and) struggling to keep up.
Even if even if even if.
Writing our book reminded me of what I already knew, yet it was a needed reminder.
Doing what I can when I can, getting back up tomorrow & trying again really is enough.
As per Julie’s drawing, a loudly shouted WICKWICK! never hurt either as a way to remind my sluggish-self:
I got this.
We’ve all got this.
By virtue of the fact we’ve gotten back up to try again.
Sarah@creatingbettertomorrow saysMay 4, 2015 at 3:53 am
I love that kids don’t care about anything but that we show up…they can shut the world and the to do list at so much better than we can…though I’m striving to shut out more and just show up for them more
Leticia saysMay 4, 2015 at 4:35 am
I like how your daughter, Carla, seems to be excited about your book but still wants it to be play and focus on her.
That’s how childhood should be.
Tina Muir saysMay 4, 2015 at 4:07 am
Ahhhhh this is so exciting!!! I am so happy for you! I am going to email you in the next few days, I LOVE it!!!! I could hear your voice in the words…..well, your blogging voice I guess……someday I will match it up to the real thing 😉 Must read must read!
lindsay Cotter saysMay 4, 2015 at 6:54 am
i say you come to austin to visit! Carla, where will you be releasing this? can i come see you? pleeeeeeeeeease
Izzy saysMay 4, 2015 at 4:12 am
Your posts always speak to me, Carla.
I focus so much on work and career and I think I may regret that some day.
Allie saysMay 4, 2015 at 4:31 am
I love that you have a cartoonist to go to in times of need! Amazing.
Good luck tomorrow!!! It’s going to be a day of basking in awesomeness…
Ash Diamond saysMay 4, 2015 at 4:37 am
Admitting that you are tired makes you human – which is exactly what your readers and followers need to constantly remember. That is why WYCWYC has so much positive power and influence. It isn’t about being someone you aren’t overnight. It’s about taking small, attainable, realistic steps in every hour of your day to make improvements. It’s the little victories in life that can make people like my mom feel that they have time to improve and focus on themselves.
Healthy Mama saysMay 4, 2015 at 5:03 am
I laughed at the picture as I resemble that often except clutching coffee.
These are the days, Mama.
You got this.
Marcia saysMay 4, 2015 at 5:11 am
LOVE the cartoons! Why do I feel like I KNOW what your voice sounds like? Oh wait, I do, from vidoes haha! Excited for you!
jill conyers saysMay 4, 2015 at 5:54 am
So excited for you Carla! Wishing you much success with your book.
Valerie saysMay 4, 2015 at 6:01 am
SO excited for you. I don’t think I’ve even taken the opportunity yet to tell you that I adore the book every bit as much as I’ve always adored the concept and the movement. You two have hit the nail on the head with the healthiest mindset there is and I’m so so so happy for you both!
Linz @ Itz Linz saysMay 4, 2015 at 6:18 am
Annmarie saysMay 4, 2015 at 7:00 am
That artwork is AMAZING!
Susie @ SuzLyfe saysMay 4, 2015 at 7:00 am
Pamela Hernandez saysMay 4, 2015 at 7:00 am
No matter how much we love what we do….we still get tired too. 🙂
Sara saysMay 4, 2015 at 8:19 am
I love WICKWICK.
I love that picture!!
Jess @hellotofit saysMay 4, 2015 at 8:21 am
WICKWICK is awesome. Just sayin’. I’m new to your blog, and had no idea you wrote a book!! So very exciting!!
Tamara saysMay 4, 2015 at 8:24 am
Clapping and cheering and wickwicking with you!
Donna saysMay 4, 2015 at 8:27 am
I really like that you are human. That you aren’t perfect all the time.
amanda brooks saysMay 4, 2015 at 8:32 am
as always another great life lesson!!! no one cares about our deadlines (not just kids) they just care if we find a way to show up…yup I needed that reminder today
Paula Kiger saysMay 4, 2015 at 8:50 am
Congrats on the launch – AND on priorities! 🙂
Haralee saysMay 4, 2015 at 8:50 am
Love the pictures! Best of luck!!!
Erin @ Erin's Inside Job saysMay 4, 2015 at 8:58 am
I actually bought your book and it’s on my table right now but I am finishing up another one before I start it. I hate having two books going at one time haha.
mimi saysMay 4, 2015 at 8:59 am
Congratulations on living what you preach and on reaching release day!
TriGirl saysMay 4, 2015 at 9:11 am
I’ve never been called Fabtastic before but I sure do like it! I’m loving the book and I hope this week doesn’t overwhelm you!!
Carly @ Fine Fit Day saysMay 4, 2015 at 9:16 am
Good luck and CONGRATS! for tomorrow. Sometimes, with kids, I think showing up and being there and playing when we’re exhausted means even more to them.
Jody - Fit at 57 saysMay 4, 2015 at 9:45 am
I get it!!! It is very exciting but yes crazy tiring!!!!
Katrina P saysMay 4, 2015 at 10:02 am
You’re an amazing inspiration and hard working MOM! NAP TIME boo, NAP TIME!
crabby mcslacker saysMay 4, 2015 at 2:20 pm
The whole wick wick concept is REALLY coming in handy for me these days… although even as a manatra in my head it’s WYC WYC, my brain is funny that way. 🙂
Adorable drawings btw!
Lisa @ RunWiki saysMay 4, 2015 at 3:39 pm
I LOVE the cartoons! You could do an entire blog post in graphic art and not have to say a word– I am in awe of such creative and talented people. I just bought my son a graphic history book. It tells the entire story of the Donner party in graphic art. He said he can’t think of a better way to learn history… I agree with him. I am so excited about your book- it’s the best, but I can’t imagine how much work it is for you. Get some rest love. hugs.
cherylann saysMay 4, 2015 at 4:01 pm
Exactly what Woody Allen said a long time ago….
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table saysMay 4, 2015 at 4:23 pm
Way to go rockstar!!! And I swear, you have the COOLEST kid.
MCM Mama Runs saysMay 4, 2015 at 7:18 pm
You got this! Even if you feel you don’t. Just keep wycwycing along.
Debbie saysMay 4, 2015 at 7:35 pm
Love Julie! I wish I would do something special enough to inspire her to draw me 🙂
Such exciting time. So happy for you.
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf saysMay 4, 2015 at 7:54 pm
Oh man, I’m with you and I’m wickwickwicking away. It’s not pretty all the time but I’ve got this and you most definitely have got this. I’m so excited for you!!
Coco saysMay 5, 2015 at 5:48 am
I hope today goes swimmingly! #wycwyc
Rolandas Malinauskas saysMay 5, 2015 at 11:47 am
I love these cartoons, and there’s no wonder that you decided to get them put on canvas. Apart from the fact that many of us love cartoons from when we were kids, they are such a great way to capture the personality of people. Cartoons can do this, with some humour, and communicate so much at the same time.