At New Year 2017, I left my corporate day job and plunged feet first into the sea of the self-employed.
I get it, I do…
Your projects are your babies. Whether it’s a product or service you are providing, you end up living and breathing your business, to the point where you may not know where your brand ends and you begin.
Unfortunately this isn’t always sustainable. You have a limit. A maximum. We all do. A point of sheer saturation, both physically and mentally where there’s no more room to take anything in. You have these amazing ideas but no time or energy to see how you might put them into practice.
I’ll go back a step…
In October 2016 I spent a long weekend on a 4-day retreat as part of the completion of my yoga teacher training. It was at a gorgeous cottage down in Cornwall with a group of ladies who I can safely say have changed my life. It was a weekend that wrapped up a wonderful year and was spent on long walks, enjoying hours of yoga to nourish my body and good food to nourish my soul. We spent hours in blissful countryside with rare time to enjoy long, sociable meals as well as time in front of a picturesque fire discussing yoga, life, books and even business.
It was an amazing opportunity to give my body and mind space to breathe. The freedom to conjure up creative ideas that are normally stifled by the constant stream of phone calls, to do lists and reminders of tasks that need my attention.
Unfortunately, this blissful existence came with a bit of a catch. Two words which strike fear into the heart of any new age entrepreneur.
It was less than a month since my new studio had opened in the Cotswolds. With 8 teaching staff and hourly enquiries from new and prospective students, I didn’t have time to just switch off. Breaks between sessions were spent sneaking to answer emails on my phone, furiously catching up without trying to appear antisocial.
A little later that month I spent another great day out with my sister (a fellow entrepreneur). This time at an event that sat at the other end of the spectrum. With talks from Facebook insiders & an Instagram photo competition throughout the day, we were actively encouraged to engage with technology in any way possible. It was the first ‘business day’ of its kind I had been to and I drank it in. With back to back presentations, talks and panels packed into a full timetable, the networking breaks were reduced to talking to those beside you in the snaking line for the toilet and then grabbing a quick coffee before heading back to your seat.
By the end of the day, my mind was bursting with questions and thought to process, websites and people to look up and with my own ideas to hone.
To be honest, it also left me bloody knackered. But what if you didn’t have to choose? What if you could spend a blissful weekend away recharging your batteries whilst growing creative ideas amongst a likeminded community?
Be selfish. Re-energise. You can't pour from an empty cup.