Never paid much attention to the lyrics to the Sign but so relevant, ‘No one’s gonna drag you up to get into the light where you belong. But where do you belong?’ For so long I went on expecting things in my life to change. Now I see that I have to be the one to make things happen, they don’t just occur out of some stroke of luck. Crowdfunding taught me the importance of promotion. Just launching a campaign doesn’t mean that people will find you. Opportunity is of our making. I also see that the straight and narrow path of traditional business is crowded and that life is not just about filling a pocket.
The fashion industry itself is shifting in ways toward entertainment rather than just material goods. People are looking for experiential connection. We want to feel something beyond a short lived material object. Joy is in the process of loving. Since burning myself out with being a fashion start-up entrepreneur my time in Bali has marked a softer more fun approach to this journey. I am forcing myself to make time for fun, laughter and spontaneity. What will I have to look back on if all I ever did was fight and work? I don’t consider how I spend my days as work. It is an adventure.
I am still finding myself looking to get back on the hamster wheel unnecessarily. I have started tuning into my body and mind to see how I am feeling. I used to just work beyond the exhaustion until hitting a new wind. Now I have the ability to take a rest and play. I keep my life costs down and spend more on moments that leave me full of smiles. The more we acquire the more we lose. I want to clear space for new ways of being and to grow beyond my limitations. Can I be kind, passionate and open hearted? Of course I can, if I am willing to let go and fly.