Creativity

With No WiFi In The Forest You Find A Better Connection

With No WiFi In The Forest You Find A Better Connection

Despite our best intentions life and business does not always go to plan. We put in the work, show up and are ready and willing to take action, but regardless of our efforts we spin our wheels.

So what do we do, push even harder to get the job done?

Or realise it’s time to pause and pull back?

One of my own intentions for 2019 is to finish writing my book and publish in the autumn. I’ve connected with a lovely copy editor and thought I’d have the draft copy done and dusted and sent over to her by the end of February. But alas no. The deadline came and went.

I haven’t been shirking. This delay was not due to a lack of effort on my part, as I’ve diligently spent hours and hours sitting at my desk writing thousands of words. However my thinking at the beginning of the year was that I just needed to flesh things out a bit.

Change is Inevitable. Growth is Intentional.

Change is Inevitable. Growth is Intentional.

Within the shelves in my office are notebooks. Pretty notebooks. Scrappy notebooks. Small notebooks. Packs of notebooks. Too good to use notebooks. At a glance you can tell I am very happy with a nice new notebook. Or even several because they all serve a purpose eventually.

Buried within the well worn pages of my notebooks are reminders, important things inside that must not be forgotten. But often are.

There Is A Voice Within So I Write

There Is A Voice Within So I Write

There have been two constants that have sustained me throughout my life and are now entwined into my soul-led work and living brand. Writing and gardening. And yet it has taken a long time for me to recognise these two significant threads weaving their way in and out of my life and work since childhood.

WRITING IS MY GO TO

Even if writing wasn’t within my existing job role or a need to for my petite business I know I will always continue to put pen to paper. Just because it's what I love to do. 

First and foremost I write for me. To articulate my thoughts and ideas. To process what I feel and see going on in the world around me and of course to share my stories.

Writing is like my therapy and it has seen me through some pretty dark days and back towards the light. You could say it’s a lifelong trusted friend that doesn’t speak out loud, but gently guides me forward to discover the answers I seek all from the words written on the page.

And now I can clearly see that my writing practice sustains all of me, in my day-to-day life and within my petite business. It isn't one or the other it is a blend of both.

Simply One of a Kind

Simply One of a Kind

Within the Social Collective we’ve been talking in depth about how to deal with other similar businesses replicating our work. It seems this is a hot topic at the moment. And just as everything was hunky dory in my world with the sun shining outside, I sat at my desk and caught up on emails.

There waiting for me was an email from a friend saying “Have you seen this, it looks remarkably like yours?” She’d attached a link and was referring to a brand new collective that had launched. 

Yes I had seen it and I too could see immediately the striking similarities between my social collective and this new one.

I am wise enough to know mine isn’t going to be the only one in the world. There are loads of Collectives out there with more popping up all the time. But this one with the entire concept, features and mechanics very identical to mine. It is too similar.

Surely not a coincidence?

A Magical Doorway Opens

A Magical Doorway Opens

I’ve been in the “void” for a while, pondering and percolating. Wondering how to bridge the gap between what has come before in my life and work, and the now. As the old felt out-dated and no longer resonated.

The images on the Scarletta website no longer felt like me. Who was that person? As I no longer recognised her because everything in my world has changed since they were taken some four years ago.

My perspective and perceptions altered significantly. My work evolved as I learned to go with my heart and soul and not just my logical head.

Everything around me was different.

My work, how I serve, my beliefs, values and most importantly me.

Life has simply and dramatically changed.

BUT WHEN YOU'RE KNOWN FOR ONE THING, HOW DO YOU GROW AND EVOLVE INTO ANOTHER?