This past Monday was the perfect ideal workday for me.
Since it was actually a holiday I didn’t have to go to my day job, but instead of making it a staycation I planned it out as if I were full-time at Blisskeeping.
I started by going into the city at 9am and settling down into a Starbucks where I went to work outlining my sales page. Then at noon I took a Pilates class at one of the best ballet studios in Manhattan (in the middle of the day!?!)
After class I picked up some lunch to take home and once I got back to my apartment I had my lunch while watching a training video. Then it was shower time and back to work!
This kind of a day has been a dream to me for a long time – to have the ability to manage my day as I choose and make time for the things I desire.
My “days off” haven’t always looked this way though.
A few years ago I wasn’t working at all due to a medical condition. I’d spend most of my time curled up on a couch, barely having the motivation to do the simplest of things.
This wasn’t always the case either though.
I have 15+ years of dance experience under my belt, training hard to be a professional, but burning myself out at each level of success.
The point is in each season I’ve exhibited different levels of activity based on a number of factors. But since my most recent experience of struggle I’ve been patient with myself and take the necessary time to get back on my feet and thrive. This time not in a stressed out way, but blissfully.
It’s not because I just “go with the flow” and let things happen, but instead it is because I am being super intentional with my time + energy, laying a firm foundation for where I want to go so that I don’t end up in the ruts I’ve been in in the past.
It seems many creative types like me have their lives swing back and forth like a pendulum from passionately chasing after your visions to burning out and getting discouraged. It can be a vicious cycle but it doesn’t need to be.
You’re probably wondering what Einstein has to do with all of this.
One of his famous quotes is:
“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony.(Click to Tweet!) In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
By actually embracing your circumstances in this crazy creative life we live you can find your way to peace and order. You do this by disciplining yourself to change the way your approach each new season, so that the highs can be less anxiety ridden and the lows don’t feel so low.
I’m not a psychologist so I can’t promise you that reading this post will solve all of your problems, but this simple mindset shift can truly propel you into the life of your wildest dreams because in the midst of life struggles you know you can find solutions.
You have the ability to change and your past won’t indicate your future. It really comes down to one simple thing to cultivate simplicity, harmony, and opportunity in your life and that its to keep showing up in all that you do every single day.
This is the only preparation you truly need to reach your goals.
Just be there.
Do the work.
What helped me come out of my funk was the simple task of getting up each day to commute into Manhattan and show up at work.
As I did this, I started taking care of my home with greater care. I got back into dance classes. These small daily actions added up over time to bring me where I am today.
As I got ready to start this biz I was feeling really discouraged because even though I’d developed an awesome knack for organization at some of my past admin jobs I kept worrying how I could market myself when for a a long time I took very little care of my home office.
But it came down to this idea: The more I held to my identity of being an organized person, the nicer my workspace began to look + feel.
As I finish writing this post I can see a beautiful rose out of the corner of my eye that my husband brought into me just a little while ago. It lifts my spirits and reminds me that clearing the space in my life for my dreams is the best way for me to become the strong woman I am destined to be.
One final nugget of Einstein wisdom is this:
“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” (Tweet this!)
But what if there is a different option? What if instead of these extremes of clutter and emptiness you created a space that was a garden of your dreams. A place you cultivated with care to bring your greatest ideas to life.
That’s the kind of office I want you to have.
And I’m here to help you get there.
So, what do you think – what are you going to do today to make your workspace a place where in your difficulties you find opportunity?
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