There is a new thinking and way of living and working that has been gathering a following for some time now and I have joined in. Maybe ‘joined’ is not the right word, perhaps I should say … I am running along beside others, soaking up the ideas and preparing to get motivated by new thinking. In an effort to further understand this new thinking on work-life I am reading books on the topic and checking out information and blogs on-line about this wonderful, beautiful new way of living.
I have always found that learning from others is a great motivator and an encouraging process. One of my motivating sources is The Biggest Loser TV Show, it can motivate people to lose weight, get moving and get healthy. But, you don’t have to join a reality show to get the benefits of the personal trainers who are part of the program. I have been learning from Shannan Ponton and Michelle Bridges for a number of years. They give us tips on what is healthy food and good nutrition as well as the easy ways to get active – walking, swimming and (apparently) picking up heavy things and moving them from place to place as well as playing ball games with friends in the park.
But I am getting off topic. Or maybe there is a link there somewhere …
What I started talking about was an identified new way of living and working. So, instead of working for someone else in a job you don’t really enjoy and where you do not utilise – in the best possible way – your talents and skills. When, and if you feel like you are just surviving and going through the motions of turning up for work and doing the tasks just so you can collect a pay check at the end of the work week … there is another option available! Another option where you earn a good living doing things you enjoy and delight in as well as working at the times you are most productive with plenty of time for living and loving a beautiful life.
This new way of living and working involves giving up your day job and doing what you want and love. Sounds simple enough. So how does this new way of living work?
From my research and reading I have discovered that it takes significant planning and preparation and a BIG change in thinking. I have listened to Alisa and read a book by Janice and started drafting some of my plans and dreams – more about that later. One example I want to share with you today is of a colleague of mine from many years ago, who decided she wanted to do what she loved more than the paid-work she was currently engaged in and she set to making a plan and working towards her goal. She told me that she enjoyed her work but felt that she could put her heart into making her dream a reality. Her goal was to make flower essences and have a gift shop where she could sell the essences along with other beautiful crystals, books and jewellery. She felt this is what gave her joy. However, these types of dreams rarely happen over night and she set to preparing a plan and taking time to put that plan into action. She began by saving money for her plan and building up her skills and knowledge in flower essences. Then came the transition period from the ‘day job’ to the dream job. She reduced her work hours and started to build her business. That way she had an small yet regular income while she was building up her new business and creating a new way of living and working. Eighteen months later she quit her day job and settled into her new way of living and working, doing what she loved and living her dream. That business is still a successful venture and she is enjoying celebrating what she created. She is now in her 70’s and employing other people! This is surely a success story!
This wonderful and inspirational woman continues to provide a service to her customers and clients today doing what she loves and utilising her skills in a most beautiful way. She is well past the usual retiring age yet because she is doing work she loves that continues to bring out her best it gives her passion for living and working in a delightful manner – inspiring self and others.
It seems to me that people like Michelle and Shannon, Janice and Alisa and my artist friends all started in this way … making a plan and working through a transition period to arrive at a place they wanted to be where they liked who they are and what they spend their day doing and making.
Walnut. This remedy is for adjustment to change. It is helpful during any transitional period which may include moving house, settling into a new job or new area, or through the major milestone changes of life such as teething, puberty, pregnancy and menopause.
HOWARD, Judy. Bach Flower Remedies for Women. Suffolk: St Edmundsbury Press Ltd. 1992.