I’ve just come back from 5 weeks traveling and my good friend Kate said to me, ‘You’re probably feeling a bit discombobulated at the moment’! 🥴
She’s bang on the money, I am indeed feeling a little confused & disconcerted. Primarily because after so long away from any semblance of routine I’m now trying to regain some momentum on my priorities.
However in just 1.5 weeks I am riding 700km’s over 6 days for charity and then 3 short weeks after that we’re moving house and then traveling to Hawaii for the summer. 🏝
So the question is how do you manage your time and your priorities when you’re constantly in a state of flux? Which of course many of us are, whether it’s because of travel, or family responsibilities or external commitments.
It’s very rare these days that any of us have a solid 8 hours a day of focused time to work on the things that are important to us.
Therefore as the very wise Robin Sharma said;
Here’s how I’ve taken that statement and incorporated into my life;
This morning I wrote out very specifically my ‘ideal’ goals for the rest of the year.
This helped me to get clear on what I’m focused on.
Then I simply said – ‘what can I realistically get done in the next 2 weeks to help me move forwards towards my goals?’
I can’t look beyond the next 2 weeks, because my life is in such a state of flux all of the time I can only plan a very short time ahead.
However because I’m now focused on 5 very clear & specific goals for the next 7.5 months I know where my attention needs to be in the next 2 weeks.
Then in 2 weeks from now I’ll review where I’m at and set the targets for the following 2 weeks.
Whether you have 1 hour a day or 10 hours a day to work towards your dreams, the clearer your vision of where you want to be the easier you’ll find it to focus.
I have many and they’re all wrapped up in my passions & doing what I love!
* I love entrepreneurship & am a huge advocate of the future being about micro brands and a more equal distribution of wealth. Hence I love to teach how to build your own lifestyle business and am also starting our own travel ecommerce business next year with my hubby!
* I love my daughter & want her to grow up with a deep sense of self belief & a strong work ethic therefore I love to demonstrate to her empowerment & being a strong woman.
* I love writing & spreading my message to the world, hence I want to become a published author, build my audience & spread awareness of empowerment, self belief & contribution.
* I love to travel to see the world, open my mind, explore new cultures & along the way within my writing, my influence, connections & community hope to spread awareness of those in need and be a catalyst for change.
It’s all interlinked – travel, travel brand, ecommerce, microbrand, teaching others, writing, strong female entrepreneurs, empowerment, women in developing countries, contribution.
Every day I get to wake up doing what I love!
This didn’t happen overnight.
I found my passions & my loves by getting out there and ‘taking action’ everyday.
I had an inkling of what I enjoyed, but to discover your passion you have to be ‘doing’, not thinking.
Follow your heart, it will guide you in the direction you need to take, but most importantly ‘act’, and your passions will reveal themselves. ❤️
Make it your life’s mission to wake up everyday loving what you do because happiness is the ultimate success. 😁
I’m not going to lie, I had a very distinct preconceived idea of what India was going to be like.
Many of my friends & colleagues have travelled through India and almost all gave the impression of a chaotic, dirty, stomach bug inducing place, that you either loved or hated.
The bit they missed out is that it’s an absolutely huge country with very different cities and places throughout.
New Delhi is big, spacious & very British.
Old Delhi is busy, bustling & full of life
Jaipur was beautiful once but us in desperate need of investment
Varanasi is spiritual, magical & chaotic all at the same time
Madurai is rural, far less touristy with the most beautiful temples
And they’re are only the places we have seen. There are many more towns and cities that will have their own vibe.
However it’s no dirtier or more chaotic than Bangkok in Thailand, parts of Vietnam, Myanmar, Borneo or even some parts of London!
In fact for the most part it’s pretty modern & a lot more Western than I expected.
You can’t love or hate it as a whole because there are so many differences across the country,
I wouldn’t go back to Jaipur, nor Madurai, but Delhi & Varanasi are definitely on my return list.
The most important thing though is now when I’m taking to someone from India, whether they be Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist or Muslim, I have a greater understanding for who they are, what the history of their country is, where they live, how they might have grown up etc.
Any fear I may have had of the cultural differences between us is eradicated through travelling here and seeing it for myself.
The only way to get rid of fear, intolerance & hatred is for people to come face to face with those they do not understand and realise we are all the same.
Different backgrounds, upbringings & beliefs, but essentially all the same.
To travel is to increase understanding, tolerance & love.