This collage of pictures and text may seem a bit odd and yes, there’s some toilet humour in there too but hopefully I can explain the method behind my madness.
I returned to work yesterday to my beloved Children’s Centre after two weeks of ‘holidays’ at home with our combined family of six children. It’s fair to say that over the break we have had our share of post chocolate tantrums, arguments over breathing the same air as each other or who should hold onto the remote, right down to another National Lampoons style attempt at going camping, only to throw the tent back in to the trailer and drive all the way home due to various things out of our control like the weather. I’m proud to say that the ‘me’ before starting my businesses would have had a melt down at things like the drop of Wheat Bix on my newly mopped floor, but these days I have so much more perspective due to the personal development, training, friendships and growth I am gaining through my ‘Arbonne family’. It is giving me the ability to look for the positive and just take a deep breath to regroup, which is something I hadn’t fully gained until recently, despite surviving much bigger life issues in the past.
Like myself, many people have different roles to play in a day and I would love everyone to consider how having your own business, working it 5-10 hours a week, can interconnect and work in ways to support you through moments like the before-mentioned experiences, especially over the long school holiday break. Also ask yourself how happy you are doing what you’re doing every day or are you looking to be somewhere different in a few years time? Working your business each day is not only business and income building but can oblige you your alter-ego from your day job and eventual time freedom, when the daily grind is wearing thin. I have to critically reflect as an educator and I also do this in both of my businesses and home life to help me improve what I do. How can each role you play support the others and which negatives can you flip in 2018?
Simple ideas to flipping some holiday negatives:
*Instead of being upset the camping failed, we went to a funny movie together.
*Instead of the step-kids being sad to go home after a good time, we started a family gratitude jar for the year.
*Instead of feeling a bit tired & low returning to my day job, an uplifting Sunday training inspired me to write the funny poem & stick it on a gratitude jar for the loo at work. (I’m pleased to say there are already notes in the jar after day one.)
Remember: “IF IT’S MEANT TO BE IT’S UP TO ME & THERE’S NOTHING TO LOSE AND EVERYTHING TO GAIN”