There was a time when I would be studying at the kitchen table, writing assignments (as in pen-and-paper – pre computers! – like in ancient times) surrounded by my 6 sons running about, fighting, messing up the kitchen, ramming their skateboards into the lounge and jumping off the back verandah.
Life was busy – but I always found space in my head to focus on what I really needed to do.
This was when I learned that once I set my mind to something I’ll do it no matter my surroundings. I can always bring my focus back to where I was after a question is asked, intervene in a argument or cuddle a 3 year old.
I suppose I’m lucky like that. But to be honest now that I’m alone, the kids have left and my only companion is my little dog who only needs a lot of cuddles and one beach run a day – I’m even more productive.
I woke up this morning thinking that I don’t have any friends or family who have any idea what I’m doing.
I often feel like they are humouring me when they ask how my ‘business’ is going…the question I often get asked is “what exactly do you do?”.
It’s because of this that I sometimes feel apologetic when I’m on the computer, tapping away – no I’m not just trawling Facebook although I am on there, I am posting on Twitter and checking out Linkedin…I do do a lot of writing and playing around with new concepts, programs and ideas.
Finding people to network with, bounce ideas with and learn from. Expanding my knowledge and testing my personal boundaries by getting totally out of my comfort zone.
This is “my work” and I LOVE it!
Having lived out of a suitcase for over a year I am now settled in a lovely little bedsitter. Being surrounded by beautiful huge trees and birdlife is amazing. There’s not much better than waking to the sounds of chirping, screeching and twittering of the birds.
Possums are jumping around the trees at night and I can often hear the ocean crashing on the shore while lying in bed.
The determination I have to succeed is reflected in my surroundings. I’m exactly where I want to be right now.
I wake up to 2 little animals peering in my face, make myself a coffee and sit on the doorstop watching the birds do their morning thing and then set my day up by going through the things I have determined to be the main things I MUST do today to move my business along quickly and efficiently. Then we all have breakfast and my day has begun.
Spending my days writing, chatting to people online, skyping and joining in on conversations that are SO interesting to me is simply magical. This is something I always yearned for….a community, a huge group of compassionate and understanding people who actually care about each other.
Are willing to feel uncomfortable because they KNOW that not only will they benefit but it will inspire others to do the same.
Receiving emails from people who have questions or suggestions is a real lift. It’s exciting to hear people who understand where I’m coming from – especially strangers – who quickly lose that tag and become friends.
There is a bit of a schedule I follow. Those things that HAVE to be done are always tackled first (This blog post is today’s first thing), then there is always a break of some kind, whether it’s a quick walk, a stretch, making a coffee or having some lunch. I find I have a quick break every hour or less. I’m happy to work late and start early with an hour or two off in the middle of the day to go for a swim or a walk and clear my mind.
Making sure there is time to do a beach walk with the dog and have a chat to people in person is also an important part of my day. As well as making sure I have a stack of food in the fridge to snack on. I make this ahead of time so that it’s there when I need it and don’t go to the packet of chips or grab a chocolate.
Every evening I take the dog and we jog around the neighbourhood, up and down a few hills, making sure I get a real sweat going. This is my “warm down” from a day on the computer.
My life is simple, it’s easy and I love the rhythm of it.
My stresses are my own, my deadlines are my own and my creative spirit is nurtured.
THIS is the seat of my Success
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 5