Happiness is a choice… A personal message from founder
Last year, I made a promise to myself, that 2016 was going to be about me. Sounds selfish, doesn’t it?
I guess you could look at it like that but for me, the choice was all about letting go, trusting and investing in my biggest commercial asset, me.
For six years I have given everything to Blue Clay. I have worked the ridiculous long hours for little pay (my boss is a hard-@%rse but I love her) and I have overcome many professional challenges. I’ve learned a lot about myself and business (not always good) and I have come out on top (mostly).
One of the things I love about my ‘job’ is meeting people like you. I LOVE hearing your stories. I LOVE hearing what makes you jump out of bed every day! What I DO NOT LOVE? Hearing how you all put yourselves last. Kids, partners, careers, parents, dogs… everyone on the list goes before you!
Meanwhile, your health (mental and physical) suffers and you are in complete overwhelm on a daily basis. Sorry, but that doesn’t sound like much fun… So why are you doing it?
I hear all sorts of excuses from you… I have to for the kids. You don’t work in Government. I have a mortgage, You wouldn’t understand. Blah blah blah.
Sorry if I sound disrespectful but ‘WHAT THE HELL?’ Do you think I am some kind of superhero that doesn’t need to eat, sleep or have a roof over my head? We all have challenges and we all have CHOICE. Yup, you heard me. You have a choice not to wake up grumpy everyday. You have a choice not to skip the gym and opt for take-out instead. You have a choice to sit and ponder ‘if only’ and never actually action it. It is ALL your choice.
So this year, I chose to take a step back and look at what I’ve been doing that doesn’t bring me joy. I took responsibility for my actions, words and patterns of behaviour that weren’t serving me. I OWNED my reality. Then I did something that I don’t think I have ever done… I SLOWED DOWN. I started doing more for me and less for the business so I could have a proper look at where my life needed to change.
I then faced some fears and demons in my closet. I started studying naturopathy at uni. I am nearly a yoga teacher (only a couple more weeks and I am certified!) and I pulled back from running and attending events.
And guess what? I am calmer, happier, fitter and I have attracted the most amazing people into my life both professionally and personally. I have learned so much about myself and where I want to take my businesses and what did I do? I made a choice.
So my question to you today is, what choices are you making that aren’t serving you?