WORKING HARD OR HARDLY WORKING? (Both are okay, as long as it’s working for you!)

My last few weeks before leaving London were quite frantic – with everything going on with the book, packing up my belongings, as well as the Summer socials starting to kick off with the glorious London May weather (and no, I’m not being sarcastic – it actually was glorious!!).

I had put up a post about leaving London for a bit and heading to Croatia to which one lovely person commented “enjoy a well-deserved break”. I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself with guilt when I read this – ironically I’ve hardly worked a day in the past year! But then I thought about my book and I realised that actually I had put a lot of time and energy into that, so technically that’s “work” (or as close to it as I like to get anyway).

I have confessed in my previous (and only…) blog post to being the former Mayor of Lazy Town. I prefer to work as little as possible.  I used to feel bad about this and saw it as some sort of character flaw.  But then I realised this desire to have more balance and fun in my life has actually motivated me to create a lifestyle that inspires me and shows others that they can do the same.

We’ve all heard that cliché saying “find a job you love and you never work a day in your life”.  Cheesy I know.  But annoyingly despite the added layer of cheese on top, I have found this saying to be very true. Apart from some frustrations with Amazon & hurdles with book cover templates, 99% of The London Hustler felt more like a fun project than “work”.  My previous job working 1:1 with children from challenging backgrounds was so rewarding and inspiring I cried happy tears on many occasions. And the same thing applies to my current coaching work.  To facilitate people shifting, growing and expanding right before your very eyes is an honour – and if you call that work then sign me up.

So what’s the secret to finding a job you love?

1 – Firstly, you need to believe it’s possible. To have a job and a life that inspires you and brings you happiness. If your child asks you to search the house for Santa Claus, you may humour them and do a quick lap of the house, but you won’t bother looking too hard because you know he ain’t real (I hope no kids are reading this!). I’m sure you would have tried harder to find him if you believed him to actually be in the house 😉. Apart from shattering kids dreams, the purpose of this analogy is to remind you that if you don’t truly believe something exists or is possible, then you are not physically or energetically open to creating or receiving it. Work on your subconscious beliefs and surround yourself or draw inspiration from others who are making a living out of doing what they love.  This helps to get your conscious mind on board.

2 – Follow your inspiration and passions.  Forge your own path and allow it to unfold as one of exploration and discovery.  This will allow for evolving of your ideas and pivoting when needed. Be open to starting in one direction and deviating towards something similar or different altogether. Don’t wait until everything is perfect and you know exactly where you are going in order to take action – or you’ll stay stuck on that old “Someday Island” I warned you about in my previous post.

3 – Be practical.  In no way am I an advocate of “YOLO! Quit your job, forget about the mortgage, life is for living!” I mean yes actually that all does sound pretty up my street, but also we gotta keep it real.  Sometimes it takes a bit of time and transitioning to create the life and business that you want  Consider starting to work on your side hustle while still in a stable job.  This also keeps your worrying mind at bay as you are gently edging towards something awesome without the upheaval of total and sudden changes.

So as I sit here on an idyllic beach in my latest “work assignment” … okay its not work… and I can’t even pretend it’s work or write it off to the tax man as so – given that this is actually the first time in 3 weeks of being here that I’ve opened my notebook … can you blame me? Look at this place!

coastline croatia beautiful

Let’s try that again…

So as I sit here on my blatantly self-indulgent and totally unnecessary jaunt along the Croatian coastline, I notice that the inspiration has begun to flow. One of my unique skills is my hustle (or “resourcefulness” for the more Posh amongst us) and ability to discover hidden gems – not just in London, but around the world.  As a result – and with much excitement and inspiration – I have decided my next project will involve organising a small group to join me on an EPIC adventure that I’m calling a Holi-treat (part holiday, part retreat). I have been lucky enough to discover some very beautiful, unique, special (and affordable!) places around the world and it’s time to share them with you.  Because, you know, sharing is caring and all that.  Unless it’s Ben & Jerry’s … and then it’s every man, woman and child for themselves! Stay tuned or sign up to my mailing list to be sure you are one of the first to get find out more about the Holitreat.

I’d love to hear about your experiences with work/life balance too.  Is your work fun? Or perhaps you have fun in other ways! I’d love to know how you bring balance in to your life or where you feel you need help bringing in more balance. And remember it doesn’t matter if you are working hard or hardly working – as long as it’s working for you 😊

 

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