When I held the Fourth Trimester Summit in 2016, I was fairly new to interviewing people. There were times it was really intimidating speaking to authors, experts and well-studied professionals. But I really loved it! I found each of the forty-three people I interviewed to be so interesting beyond just the topic that they spoke about but simply as people.
I put out a survey to the attendees after the event. Most of the feedback was positive but there was one piece of critical feedback that stuck to me. The attendee said that I used the word “awesome” too much. When I re-watched some of the interviews, I definitely noticed that I used it quite a bit. While it made me feel a bit foolish, a big part of me also thought – the word was completely appropriate because all of my guests were awesome!
Awesome is defined as “causing or inducing awe,” which is “an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration…”
My high school English teacher often used “awesome” but he was very adamant in sharing how he was using it properly vs. using it as slang like all of his students.
I feel the same about the world “remarkable” which I do not use nearly as much as I use “awesome” (though I may after writing this post). Remarkable things “make you want to make a remark about them” – they are worthy of remark. And when I start using it more, I will probably “overuse” it like awesome.
But who cares when I get to be truly in awe of so many things and see them worthy of remark?
A daily practice challenges the person who creates on “inspiration.” We have to mother everyday, and ultimately, it is the daily grind that gives us perspective, clarity and the “high’s” of motherhood. I am exploring if the same happens when I write everyday on the topics that normally light me up – motherhood, self-development, healing and creating. Sign up here to receive those thought nuggets in your inbox on the daily.