Puppy, Paris & passion projects, oh my!
“Let the beauty of what we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”
When I was in the corporate world many moons ago, my employer gave every employee a 100% paid 6-week sabbatical after four years of consecutive work at the company. I was ecstatic to take my six weeks and relished stepping away from the full-time work routine and refilling my cup with people, places and activities that truly nourished me.
I realized recently that I’ve been on a hybrid-sabbatical with my business.
While I’ve continued to happily work with private clients, I’ve also been taking more time away–something I haven’t done very much of since I started my business 10 years ago.
So what have I been up to? In short, puppy, Paris and passion projects.
My family and I welcomed our golden boy pup (his name is Rumi!) into our hearts and home a few months ago.
And just last week we returned from an incredible 2 1/2-week vacation in France. Plus, I’m writing a book, one of my passion projects.
While I LOVE my business and the work I do with my clients, these other parts of my life have also been calling for my love and attention.
So I realized that my business expression of late has been more internal, like winter. Now I’m starting to re-emerge into my “spring” of blossoms, light and new growth. (One of my clients Josette Diaz does a beautiful job of describing these rhythms in her “Seasons of the Soul” framework.)
What rhythm or season are you in with your business?
Is this a pedal-to-the-metal, seed-planting time? A time to slow down and coast? A time for a full-stop break for summer fun? Or a busy reaping-the-harvest time?
Wherever you are, I’ve realized, it’s important to honor exactly where you are.
This honoring involves heaps of self-trust.
Trust that it’s all working out. Trust your business timing–and the timing of other parts of your life. Trust your people will still be there–and still love you–when you need or want to take time away. And trust when it’s right to re-engage.
We don’t have to be on and visible all the time.
Meanwhile, big huge shifts continue to rock our world.
There’s no right way to show up, to speak up, to take action, to kneel and kiss the ground.
Your fierce activism may be more internal and look very different than your neighbor’s.
Be gentle and compassionate with yourself, and continue to allow the beauty of what you love be what you do.
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