Hello from my favorite place in the house: the kitchen nook! :D
It’s Earth day, and although the sun is shining bright outside, I’m in the vibrancy of my very own kitchen nook, planting seeds for a blooming and healthy business. What is new, right?
True. I’m consumed by the idea of businesses that start in the kitchen table and achieve world domination! Too much for you? I say, why not? Everything always gets toned down a notch when you apply ‘reality’ to it anyway. We might as well enjoy thinking extravagantly then.
This week I found myself working once again with the SEED handbook, by Lynne Franks. It’s been very helpful to go back to it, now that I am actually doing the work, rather than just fantasizing about it. Lynne’s book also has great meditation ideas and affirmations that are great “pick me ups”.
With all that in mind, I thought I’d share a few lessons learned in my first 4 months of self employment (It’s been already 4 months as of last Sunday!).
“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best is now.”
Time flies! That is exactly right! This is a cliche, but still, the most important lesson learned. Don’t waste anytime. Just begin. Even if you are not pursuing your dream full time just yet, practice a new way of living by taking a step closer today. When I was still working a 8am-8pm job, I began to claim my lunchtime as a sacred personal time. I carried it as my most precious intention: Make time for you and you only. It was worthwhile to skip the office social interaction, to actually find a patch of grass to write on my journal or to go for a walk with my camera. You must find that time… Begin.
The dreaming part matters! If you haven’t taken the plunge just yet, you might be feeling frustrated with yourself for just thinking, planning, wanting, reading about everyone else’s experience, etc. As my friend Mc would say, be gentle and kind to yourself. This is also “doing” in a way and it is an invaluable part of the process. You are in a journey already. Just keep going and the time will come for when you will be ready to bloom. I don’t regret the 5+ years I went through preparing myself. You are collecting seeds and grounding yourself for the future!
I love how Lynne named chapter 3, Soul to Soil. One of the best things about this very unique time in my life is that I am giving myself the time and space to really get to know who I am. I must admit that in all the travel I’ve done (in which I thought I had learned it all about myself…) I was only scratching the surface. The fact that in this journey, I am not moving physically through new places, makes me focus hard on what really matters to me. What do you do when you actually have time for yourself? This is a good question to hold and observe. I find myself not exercising as much as I thought I would, for example. When you create space, you really learn what your true motives versus your excuses are, when it comes to doing or not doing, what you once had in mind…
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…” Ecclesiastes
Find a routine that fits you. But a must: Wake up early! I’ve been getting up at 7:30am everyday, and still, with all I want to do, it feels late to me. I am a person of discipline. I complain about structure all the time. However, the truth is I need discipline and like it very much. So I’ve put myself on a schedule (cuz that is what producers do afterall :)). It really works. It helps me feel proud and accomplished. I never feel like I’m wasting this opportunity to ‘kick some butt’ and finally make things happen.
One of the things that has worked really well for me is fostering diversity in my project list. Part of it is my personality. I have many interests and I love juggling multiple projects. Staying busy gives me an edge in which I thrive and produce my best work. But I swear by this concept. You must work in several things at a time and bring them all to fruition gradually and simoutaneously. If you focus on only one project, you could possibly get discouraged very fast. Whereas if you have other things going on, a delay and a rejection will quickly be on the let go, as other ideas continue to set forward. Lately, this has also proven to be spot on, especially in terms of coming up with creative ways to generate an income.
I can keep going here, but I am afraid this post would turn into a huge blob. On the other hand, following the advice from Holly Becker in her blogging your way e-course (which I am loving btw), I’d like to ask you:
Would you be interested in a new column/ series here, with tips from my Studio Life? Have you ever wondered what a ‘day in the life’ of Gypsy Girl is like?
Please do let me know. I’d love to share my process with you and I am very keen on expanding this space into a colorful garden of creative, practical and honest information, if this sounds exciting and interesting to you too.
*update: I forgot this bit: If you can do one thing to honor “Earth day” this week, watch the film “Flow” about the world water crisis. I nearly cried, but wanted to preserve the tears, you know? Also check this page on how to take action.
April 22, 2009