Hold the giggle, I‘m ‘that’ person who decided to leave a financially stable job a few weeks before a Worldwide pandemic, to start my own business. Of course, at the time I didn’t know that mayhem would erupt (I don’t think anyone saw this one coming), however as my last few days in the corporate world approached, it was evident that unprecedented times, call for unparalleled bravery.
Working for one of SA’s top banks, I was surrounded by smart and incredible individuals, so I quickly gained a wealth of knowledge, worked my ass off, and took every opportunity to learn and grow. And even though I loved my job and felt passionate about what I did, something was missing. I grew tired of the endless late nights, not to mention the 3 (sometimes 4) hour daily commute. I couldn’t help but long for something that gave me the flexibility to do what I love and create a greater work-life balance for me and my family.
It was not a decision I took lightly and after months of deliberation, I found peace in a fresh start. Bill Johnson said, “You know your mind is renewed when the impossible looks logical”. Being an optimistic, these strange times have tested my positivity more than I would like to admit, however, I choose to try, regardless of the outcome.
Getting to the personal nitty-gritty, these are some lessons I have learned so far:
Have the courage to dream
I had forgotten what it was like to dream and jump into the unknown. As kids this was something we would do on the regular, but somehow when you have kids this lightning no longer surges through us the same way. I realised that I could, at least try to build a new life for me and my family. One where my values are at the cornerstone of what I do. I guess only time will tell.
Celebrate the moment
Being a planner at heart, I love to think about the future and strategise ways to meet objectives. But I’m learning that there is merit in just enjoying the moment. This lockdown has reminded me to slow down, breathe, and remember what is truly important. Going forward, I want to be present, in the moment, fully here – no distraction, not in my business nor my personal life.
Leave an imprint
One thing that hasn’t changed, is my attitude to be successful, add value, and live a life of significance. Learning and growing as I go along; I have no doubt the road ahead will be bumpy at times. However, more and more I realise that life is primarily about relationships and authenticity. Make your imprint and stay true to yourself. You never know who you will be sitting next to in 5 years’ time – so be kind. If you love something, it will help you feel alive, whether you are creating, writing, speaking or influencing.
Value your wellbeing
Take care of yourself, your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. You only have one life to live, so don’t waste it. Nothing is more attractive than a sharp mind.
With the COVID-19 virus sweeping the country, nothing is as it should be – people are stressed out, scared of infection for themselves and for those they love and most are uncertain what the future of South Africa ‘s economy will be when we emerge. Stay safe and tell your loved ones that you love them.
South Africans are strong and resilient and after each storm comes clear sky and rainbow, a reminder of new beginnings. It may not be the brightest rainbow, but we will certainly emerge refreshed, humbled, full of compassion and standing together stronger than before.
Creating your own lane is no easy path, but for me it was time to say goodbye to my comfort zone and commit to my future.
“What if I fall, oh darling, what if you fly?” – Erin Hanson