As I sit in the sun of my office on this beautiful November fall day, I can’t help but smile and think about my life just 5 years ago in my corporate office, never even knowing if it was raining, snowing or sunny because I didn’t take the time to look. I’m currently putting my feet up reading a Nora Roberts novel. Yes, a totally mindless novel. I quit reading novels very early on in my career and switched to business, self-help books and articles as I didn’t feel I could afford myself the luxury of time to read a novel.
I’ve spent 5 years building my business since I quit my corporate career in August 2011 and only this year have I felt the total comfort and ability to do what I want, when I want and not feel guilty about it. I read romance novels, sleep in sometimes on weekends, don’t always go out to the gym and I’ve gained 10 pounds. YES, 10 pounds. While I don’t feel guilty, I will admit, I really don’t love having the extra weight on but that is a whole other blog post! As a fitness and wellness gal I would normally feel guilty, embarrassed and almost apologetic. Guess what? I don’t feel that way.
I feel relaxed, stress-free, happy, content, privileged, grateful and rested! I have a wonderfully balanced life in a business I love, clients who are fun, interesting and who keep me fueled, excited and challenged. I read, walk my grand puppy, do my workouts, play in my studio, skip, lift weights…or not. I do anything I want to do. I regularly have coffee dates, walks, breakfasts, lunches and chats with friends and business associates. I have friends who are authors, speakers, business owners, corporate employees, passionate business people and retirees. I’m honoured to call them my tribe!
I don’t always work on building my business but clients still find me and I don’t worry as much if they don’t. I admit, the look of my business is entirely different than what I envisioned it to be five years ago. I saw myself working 80 hours a week as that is what I thought I needed to do to be successful and feel fulfilled.
Here is what I know now; I was wrong!
I’ve learned that my success and happiness has come from letting go and not doing what is expected of a small business owner, not following the crowd, not setting up the systems, not blogging weekly or doing the monthly newsletter, not following a business and marketing plan and not working 80 hours a week. I’m not saying any of these things are wrong but my happiness has come from enjoying this time in my life, being grateful, feeling the excitement of my success and that of my friends, embracing new and exciting challenges and just being good with whatever comes my way.
I worked a 30 year career to be able to make choices and now I can. I don’t think it gets any better. My path continues to change direction and I will continue to follow it so here’s to the next chapter…whatever that will be. Feeling grateful and SO Full of LIFE!