I have a confession to make.
I’ve been avoiding putting out a blog post.
Procrastinating. For days – actually, weeks – on end.
Without really knowing why.
It doesn’t really make sense. You see …
- I have any number of ideas I’d like to explore in an article, so it’s not for lack of topic
- I have windows of time to write, albeit small, so it’s not for lack of opportunity
- I have a steadily growing community – thank you! – contacting me with queries and intentions, so it’s not for lack of audience
It took me a very long drive to puzzle it out. From Queensland to NSW to ACT. About 18 hours all told.
I share this here, as I know some of you are feeling a little lost, or puzzled by your actions – or lack thereof.
I’m procrastinating for two big reasons
- I’ve lost my way
I’m not sure where I’m going – with my business, my passions, my focus, even my lifestyle – which will always radiate around people, food, movement and fresh air, however the finer details vary dramatically.
And I’m no longer one to, figuratively speaking, climb a tall ladder in the hope that it’s leaning against the right wall.
Not knowing where we’ll be based after our extended camping trip, perhaps a small rural town in Australia where I’ll be able to work locally; or just as likely, a big bustling city abroad where I’m not; I’m unsure whether to direct my efforts toward locational health, or relocational health. That is, health for those in one place, or health for those in a new place.
And while what concerns both are similar, I’ve found the underlying reasons, dreams and possible solutions differ considerably.
Therefore, in trying to cater for all, I risk catering to no-one.
- I’m wearing too many hats
As a family, we currently have an amazing opportunity to take a break from normality. My husband’s contract came to an earlier-than-expected end in Vanuatu, so we’ve chosen to go on an extended road trip across Australia before seeking work. We’ve had one term – 10 weeks – of home schooling, while preparing for our trip, so we now know how invested we adults, not just the kids, need to be in their ongoing education.
I’ve had one term of trying to run my business at the same time, and it hasn’t flowed well. I’ve had a constant feeling of not doing anything particularly well.
And we haven’t even started travelling yet!
I’m going to do what is possibly the most scary thing a solo-entrepreneur can do.
I’m taking a sabbatical.
I’m going to pause everything in my biz except the coaching, which just happens to be my absolute favourite part, of course.
No social media, no email updates, no business research, no partnerships, no guest posts, no business planning, no goal setting, no financial tracking, no marketing, no website revision.
However, ‘no’ is a very definitive word. I may drop by occasionally.
Just until we’re settled again. Six months perhaps, although no set date in mind as yet. When it’s no longer fun, and the finances are drying up, we’ll dive into our work and business once again.
What will continue?
Instagram, whenever we have internet connection, for those interested in a glimpse of our travels. No need to have an account of your own to check it out, only if you’d like to comment.
Health and relocation coaching, as it gives me such satisfaction to be surrounded by people embracing a fulfilling and nourishing way of life.
Podcasts will provide information and inspiration, currently The Wellness Guys (Aus), Rewild Yourself (US), Nomadtopia Radio (worldwide), Two Fat Expats (Aus) and Love Life (Aus). I also dip into Meditation Minis (US), the Mumpreneur Show (Aus), Wellpreneur (HK) and ProBlogger (Aus). A thought-provoking mix of health, relocation, nomadic living and business. Anyone have a recommendation for a podcast about living simply as a family, maybe a little off-the-grid?
And I may possibly write for myself.
Reflective, soul-searching, vulnerable posts to help me find my way again.
I may even have the courage to publish them.
I’ll reflect on what I most want from the next chapter of my life.
I’ll ask, as did Brendon Burchard: have I lived? have I loved? have I mattered?
I’ll ponder on my core desired feelings, as taught by Danielle LaPorte: how do I most wish to feel? what makes me feel that way?
I’ll contemplate my perfect everyday day.
I’ll let the weight go of always having something more to do in, and on, the business.
I’ll spend quality, present time with my family.
And I’ll make the most of this wonderful opportunity to explore remote Australia.
Yes, perhaps I am being crazy, naive and brave taking such a chunk of time away from my currently-online business. However, my ‘inner voice’ is assuring me taking a sabbatical is the best option by far.
Care to join me?
I do hope you’ll accompany me on this journey.
By doing something that scares you.
By trying a different way to the norm.
By stepping aside from the push to ‘succeed’.
Or by letting go of the ‘shoulds’.
What’s coming to mind for you? I’d so love to hear.
In health & happiness