I do feel like I talk about this a great deal, but I think it might be self therapy. For the life of me I’m trying to remind myself that running your own business can suck the joy out of the journey – fact!
As I set off on adventure 2.0, I’m trying to constantly ‘beat’ myself with what I’ve learnt in my past journeys, and one of the realities I know to be true is that I never stopped to smell the roses. Looking back, it was probably a good thing! As we stand here today, at MD&M 2016, with the most incredible team leading the next era at notonthehighstreet.com, I’m still obsessed and I now smell every rose, every daisy, every smelly bloody sock, as I journey to new horizons with Holly & Co.
But it’s interesting, we’re all such creatures of habit, and we tend (with all the best will in the world) to fall straight back into a pattern – it’s familiar territory. Our minds and bodies are so clever, so however hard you try to change your ‘ticks’, I find myself slipping back into the racing car far too easily.
This time though, I’m utterly conscious of the roses and what they might look like. I’m so unbelievably aware that I, and all of you, are living the ‘good life’. We’re living the lives that 99.9% of passengers on any tube carriage this morning wish they could live.
I know I’m not alone with these feelings, as I’ve spoken to so many of you – you know you’ve got the best of both worlds, and you get to ‘try’ and balance your family and work life. Just having the ability to even try and merge these worlds is a blessing. But so many of us fall into the trap of not being able to have that reality check every day.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you think I can remember this unique moment in my life and how, maybe, you all remind yourself of this ‘good life’ we’re all living.