It was lovely to notice in the journalling that I am already doing much of what I love. I also noticed, that what I love (travelling, reading, writing, hiking, visiting family, seeing friends, art classes) will be the first things to be ignored and pushed away when I feel there are other things that ‘should’ be done, or others that need attention and energy. So, although I have kind of identified this intellectually in the past, this time I felt an aha emotional shift: What I love to do is an important element in letting me do the work I do. It is not the reward (which is maybe how I’ve seen it in the past), rather it is the foundational piece that keeps me energized and strong and able to do the work I find meaningful.
100% made sense @andrea and I 100% celebrate you for your ah-ha!
It’s taken me 11 years of entreprenurial adventures to create what I’d call success. That’s about 10 years longer than I expected when I started out. When I arrived at my 4 or 5 year mark, I realized that whatever I did it had to be fun… even if it was going to take me a lot longer to create my vision for success. My practice is to enjoy it all, to give myself what I love and cherish and to take my time so I can enjoy the views.