It's a crisp morning in a sleepy town on the coast of Kwazulu Natal. I'm on a very special holiday with my 3 dearest friends and while they sleep, I finally have time to catch up on the lessons I have learned from the adventures of the past few weeks.
I have some amazing pictures of the Netherlands, which I will share with you when I'm settled back in Joburg, but for now, I want to slip into gratitude and share an incredible lesson I have learned from both my time overseas and on this holiday, just a few hours (okay we drove like girls ... although I'm the only one ... so it took ages!) from home.
One of the big things along my journey is to discover that I don't have to commit myself to everything 100% and then never have much to give to myself.
Greggie and I have been best friends for a decade now and in that time we have watched each other blossom into the incredible (if I may say so myself) people we are today. It hasn't been the easiest time for ourselves or with each other, but consciously watching anything grow is a very powerful process.
Having said that, Greg and I haven't been overseas together in over 5 years and the last time we traveled, neither of us had the best time with each other's personalities. In the change, I have become less of a nightmare traveler, purely because I was so much more dependent and less adventurous. I have also become more relaxed about the outcomes and more focused on the moment.
That ... is not a small statement.
I am one of those completely dedicated service providers and give my clients everything they ask for and more, including being available whenever I am needed. As the business grew, I just kept on taking on more and more, until it got to a point where I wasn't having the best fun. Because our personalities are perfect to be the business partners we are, Greg has gently (and not so gently at times) helped me ready myself to hand some of my responsibilities over to staff & contractors (who I am going to call my TEAM, because they are so much more than I could have asked for).
In all my years of sharing my Project Me journey, I don't know how many times I have said that the Universe rewards bravery. It has become the cornerstone of the reasons why I take that extra risk or push a little harder.
Climbing on a plane and leaving our business in the hands of two incredibly passionate and loyal people was one of the bravest things I have done. If I hadn't been gifted with them in the first place, I don't think I would have said yes to one of the most special trips of my life. But I did, because it was time to step away and prove to myself that I it's okay to let go a little and rely on others.
Everything ticked over perfectly ...
Of course it did!
I'm now away for a second time, with more of a clearer vision of what I set out to achieve years ago and the rewards keep rolling in. I always intended to be able to work from anywhere in the world. I also have a huge vision for Project Me and that will take a fortune of my time, while the social media services side of our business brings in the money at the moment.
I have put Project Me on the back burner for too long. I have course notes to refine, an ebook to write ... but mostly I have a beach to lie on so that I can give direction to a dream that has been waiting for me to point it in the right direction.
While we have been away, we landed a new client, have done 3 additional quote for work, met a contact from Twitter who we are about to chat business with and received the compliment from our clients on the strong team that we have.
Stepping away is never easy, but doing it once has been the turning point in both my career and my personal journey. It has also become a vital chapter to add to the Project Me teachings.