Indulge your passion
Our challenge for The Great Wake Up this week was to wake up one hour earlier to indulge our passion - help!
As I look back on this week I'm not sure whether to count it as a success, a failure or simply a lesson. I loved the idea of spending an hour a day devoting time to a passion that I'd not had time for up until now. And it's not like I didn't have any ideas... I just had some challenges.
This challenge came up while I was on holiday, which was unfortunate because the things I needed were at home. Then I got home and had not one but two prospective clients get in touch for urgent proposals for work (heady stuff for a relatively new business). And I'd picked up a nasty cold on the boat so my energy levels were at a low ebb from nights of coughing. And I already wake up at 5.30...
But I tried. I scratched the waking up earlier (seriously... 4.30???) but on two days I did find an hour to dedicate to a project I've had on my wish list for a couple of years. And I loved it - it was amazing to feel my brain responding to a new challenge and find time slipping by without me even noticing. Then I took a long look in the mirror for some honesty.
I've just started a business, which is going well and is allowing me to build a life doing something I enjoy that also has space for other projects, but it does take time to win (and do) the work. And I do have other projects. I'm training for, effectively, a marathon (OK, you walk the Moonwalk, but it's still the length of a marathon!) as part of trying to restore my health and energy. I'm taking part in The Great Wake Up, which requires time and focus in addition to my regular writing. And I still like to have some time for friends and family...
So, for now, my decision was on the side of balance. I've put the project back on the shelf until I have a bit more space in my life. But at least it's there now as a glowing memory, exciting me with the thoughts of the fun waiting for me when the time is right and encouraging me with the new knowledge that I can do it. One day.