A quote from John Maxwell “Consistency compounds” has been guiding me through a pretty rough start of the month, or year actually.
Even though I was disillusioned by the experience with my first clients. I still believed in the purpose of me starting this journey of going self-employed to chase my dreams. But, I was stuck. I got to the point where I knew I was about to run out of money and did not have any more ideas for where to look for clients. I thought I had tried everything. The money insecurity pushed me away from being excited about doing the things I enjoy. I felt like I had been working so hard without getting anywhere. Many times before, I was able to pick myself up to get the ball rolling again. This time though, I took it day by day and tried to think of ways to look for new clients. Slowly when I was getting back into the rhythm and was able to get into a new routine, I sped everything up.
The feeling of being able to do what I love and the fact that I can manage my time and be my own boss was my light at the end of the tunnel. I was just not ready to give up. I applied for a part time job for a few hours a week to help me have some regular income. I have started interacting with people and asked for help. Encouraging messages and kindness lifted me up.
“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.
A CONFERENCE IN LONDON
At the beginning of February, it was time to start planning my trip to London for a conference in April. Considering different options, one of them was to cycle. Here I have written an introduction blog post about the whole thinking process behind developing this idea. For about a week, I played with the idea in my head and mentioned it to my boyfriend Charlie. One evening, I sat down and with basic planning on Google maps. I was trying to figure out whether it is doable and what time frame I would need. It is about 600 miles. I caught myself getting excited about the adventure so I made the decision to go for it!
Going on adventures and challenges like this is something I have envisioned for my life, and to be able to share my experiences with others is very rewarding for me. I want to inspire people to challenge themselves, to spend more time outside and show them how these things can help us chase our dreams.
Suddenly, I had an aim for something I am passionate about. Something that is a big challenge because I have never done anything this long and solo before. But, this challenge really helped me to focus on my work as well. The wheel has started to turn. I became more productive, and I have been fitting more exercise into my day and that gives me the time to clear my head.
Sometimes we need one clear goal to focus on and other things will start falling into a place too.
Apart from work, February was big for me in terms of trying new outdoor activities. Snow arrived in Scotland for about 2 weeks so we had the chance to try Ski touring a few times, even at night. Our friends came to visit us, so thanks to that, we got to go outdoor climbing for the first time. Since the beginning of 2019 there has been a lot of new activities I have tried for the first time and it feels great. I fell in love with every single one of them. Mainly, with the feeling of joy and accomplishment of doing something I have never done before, and discovering new things about myself.
Scotland is perfect place for any outdoor activity and moving here, making the most of that was definitely a priority. Although, being active is possible anywhere. My involvement with Team52 is one way I am trying to inspire people for me. I want to prove to them that living life less ordinarily through active challenges is possible, even in London, and even on a budget.
My main social media platform is Instagram. Even though it can eat up your time mindlessly scrolling through other people’s lives, I am constantly developing my relationship with this app. It is up to you how you decide to use it. I use it to inspire and motivate people by sharing my story. I choose carefully who I follow and try to stick to only spending dedicated time on it.
Recently, I have been contacting people and projects that interest me on Instagram. Thanks to this I got involved with Team52 a few months back and I have just become an ‘Everyday Adventurer’ for Thryve. I believe that Instagram, and social media in general, are a great tool to meet people. It is up to us how we decide to use them.
One thing that has been proven to me so many times is that when you feel like you are at your lowest, that is usually the time when good things are about to happen. Accept the struggle and do your best to keep going! Go as slow as you want to but keep moving forward. Sometimes it feels like it is the end of the world but in a few months, weeks or even days, when you look back, you will for sure say that it did not take that long.
We all struggle sometimes and get discouraged by looking at other people’s lives that seem perfect. You can choose your own path and if you are persistent with it, you will get there.
Keep your head up and continue reaching for your dreams!