This is a personal post for me today. I’ve been working on some changes for myself and my business lately and the process of change itself is quite an invigorating one.

Too easily we all fall into our routines on a daily basis and forget that there are things happening around us, if we just choose to look up and out of our bubbles once in a while. A few things that have happened recently that got me thinking this way include:

Losing my phone

the absence of my phone, made me realise that I don’t actually use it often enough. As soon as I didn’t have it, I suddenly had the urge to chat to my Joburg friends for a catch-up. The lesson – pick up the phone and call them more often.

Moving my office

I work from home and have been in this property exactly a year. For this entire year, my office has been a tiny nook of a space, literally 1.5m x 1.5m wide. A couple of weekends ago, I suddenly experienced a flash of the blidingly obvious and decided to swap offices with The Hubby, who has a desk in the spare bedroom and who only uses it oCafinnate Academyssionally after work to study. So now I have a whole office in which to let my creativity flow. I can’t tell you how it has invigorated me!

Working from a coffee shop

Every day I have a to-do list I aim to complete. Some days are more successful than others. Often I’ll feel like I have cotton wool in my head. I know what I need to do, but I’m confused as to how to go about doing it. That’s when I need to get out of the house and have a change of scenery. Like today – I’m sitting in a coffee shop, writing this post. I’m feeling the creativity flow and I can plan ahead for the rest of the week,¬†because I’m not being sucked into the tasks that stare me in the face when I’m at my desk or the little odd jobs I have to do around the house – the washing, tidying up, walking the dog etc.

 

Talking to people outside of your industry

I will often get so wrapped up in what I’m doing that I lose perspective of the bigger picture. I’m constantly working on improving, both myself and my business, and find that just having a conversation with someone who isn’t in your industry, ignites new ideas and different ways of viewing what is taken as ‘normal’.

I also loved this post by Monique from Oh Darling Days, and thought it was a good reminder for brides:

“A wedding is a party, not a performance. If at the end of the day you are married to the one you love, then everything went perfectly.”- unknown.

 

So for all these things that have lately challenged my perspective, I’m grateful. Yet another lesson on my journey here.

How do you get perspective?