Nurture and Netwalk in Nature

Nurture and Netwalk in Nature with Melanie Mackie
 

When you run your own petite business your days can whizz by at a Frantic pace.....

With a diary bumper full with clients to see, tasks to do, sales to make, meetings to attend, social media updates to post, admin to process and not forgetting a home life to juggle. Squeezing in some time for you to just be is mission totally impossible.

With all this doing and not enough being is it any wonder soulpreneurs feel stressed, uninspired, isolated, worn out and disconnected from themselves, their petite businesses and the world at large?

If this sounds like you, know that you are just as important, if not more so than everything else on your to-do list.
Because you are your business. And if you’re not at your best everything often grinds to a halt. Especially you.

However, instead of recognising how frazzled we are and take our foot off the gas we believe the solution is to up the ante and cram in more.  

But it isn’t.

This is the perfect time to stop all the doing, pushing and striving and gift yourself some time to be. Not do. Let yourself pause for a moment. Take a break. Breathe. Chill. Recharge. Reflect. Contemplate. Ditch the to-do list for now. Tune out from the noise and stress all around you.

And quieten your mind so that you can tune back in to you.

Every time I have let myself matter, I have let myself live a little more.
Let my life fill out a little more.
Let myself exist a little more.
— Chari Nicholas

I run my own business too and am very familiar with the endless juggle and never ending to do list. It has even kept me awake at night on more than one occasion because being a soulpreneur is not a 9-5 job. It is all encompassing. You rarely find a window to switch off.  You’re the one responsible for pretty much everything, keeping all the plates spinning and the momentum going. As well as showing up at networking events and being social on Facebook!

Gift yourself some time to connect with yourself and others

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But now I do things differently. I've tooled up. Am wiser to what sustains me, my business and creativity. Although I learned the hard way. And in addition to my own insights I’ve worked with plenty of other petite business owners to know that in order to sustain your growth, well-being, sanity, soul-led work and creativity you’ve got to factor some me time into your schedule. Without feeling guilty about it.

My gift of “me time” usually involves going outside. Maybe for short bursts in my garden. I can easily spend hours pottering around with my flowers and plants. This works wonders and gives me a breather with the space and time I need to feel refreshed, recharged and get back to work.

Sometimes I need longer and will go for a walk, to wander and ponder. This sacred time enables me to tune out from all the other demands for my attention. It is a non-negotiable appointment. My time to be. Not do.

I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order.
— John Burroughs


Being outside in nature is magical

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Your senses fire up. You begin to open your eyes and notice the beauty around you.

Your breathing deepens and the pace slows with every step.

You are in the moment and  your whirring brain filled with all your must do’s starts to quieten down and ebb away into the background. 

Finally you can hear yourself think.

You can gauge how you are really feeling.

Your inner voice has a chance to be heard.

The answers and insights you seek begin to pop into your awareness as you are receptive and open to them.

The repetitive whispers become louder with inner wisdom and encouragement telling you what you really need to focus and take action on.

Important decisions can be made with clarity and ease. Brilliant ideas emerge and your creativity sparks.  And you feel present, grounded, centred and re-connected with yourself. 

All by being. Not doing.

Let's nurture ourselves and netwalk in nature

We have to decide we are important enough to have some space and time within our busy schedules in order to sustain ourselves and our soul-led work. By taking regular breaks, getting away from our desks and our non-stop devices we become more productive. More mindful and connected.  

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So if you’re ready to say hello to yourself and think outside? (No Box Required) Join me for a wander and ponder at Virginia Water lake, Surrey and let's nurture ourselves whilst we netwalk in nature.

Virginia Water is a magical place and the perfect natural spot with an abundance of wildlife, woodland pathways, ancient monuments, a cascading waterfall and beautiful vistas of the lake there is plenty to captivate your attention whilst we walk. Along with a lovely cafe in an ideal meeting spot serving refreshments. 

We’ll meet initially outside the Pavilion Cafe and introduce ourselves before we walk.

Don’t worry you don’t have to recite your elevator pitch! But you will have the opportunity to meet and connect with other soulpreneurs too. 

You can choose to walk alone to connect more deeply with your own thoughts or if you decide you’d prefer to be with others we can walk together.

It’s up to you.

Get away from your desk for a couple of hours and focus purely on you and your-soul-led work.

Melanie Mackie Netwalking at Virginia Water

During our time together phones will be on silent. Preferably switched off.

Maybe you can use it to take photos. But just as reminders and prompts for later. *Not to upload immediately to Instagram

With no work distractions or social notifications pinging you can focus on something very important to your petite business. That’ll be You.

By being mindfully present as you walk you’ll be able to turn your focus inwards and get re-acquainted with yourself. You’ll take a slow and easy pace. There is absolutely no need to rush. 

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Maybe sit and ponder for a while. 

Maybe you’ll set some new intentions, or decide it’s time to let go of something that no longer works for you? 

Or you could with this space and time gain a different perspective to discover answers to questions that have arisen. 

Or you may even just relish being outside, with freedom to think and connect more deeply with yourself without any other external interruptions or distractions. 

Who knows? But what I do know is that you'll feel a whole lot better afterwards. As long as you wear comfy shoes.

After an hour or so we’ll meet back at the Pavilion Cafe for more group connection and conversation. And get to know each other a little better.

Anything and everything can grow, bloom and transform when you’re out and about in nature.

We forget that we are nature.
Nature is not something separate from us.
So when we say we have lost our connection to nature, we have lost connection to ourselves.
— Andy Goldsworthy

The Details:

interested? The Nature and nurture netwalks will be back in Spring 2019

Before you book your ticket please note the following:

Tickets once booked are non-refundable and places are limited. 

If for any reason you are unable to attend you can transfer to a friend (please advise) or  you can use at our next meet up. 

If in the event of poor weather we will reschedule for another date. You will be given as much notice as is humanly possible.

Disclaimer: During our time together you are fully responsible for yourself and all of your belongings!

 

What to bring:

  • Wear some comfy shoes and suitable clothing dependent on the weather. (We will still go out unless the weather is dire...!)

  • A notebook and pen to jot down your thoughts and ideas that come to you.

  • Some water, maybe a snack for brain fuel.

  • Business cards if you would like to share with the group.

  • And don’t forget the most important thing of all to bring your open mind.

Location and car parking:

Virginia Water lake is accessible off the A30. M25 junction 13. More information here

There is a pay as you go car park 1-2 hours is currently charged at £5.00. Alternatively you may be able to park on the A30 in a designated parking lane if a space is available.  

Queries?

Get in touch email Melanie mel@melaniemackie.org