Welcome again! How are you? I hope all is well in your part of the world.
It’s been another busy week - I suspect this is going to be the case until we move. Charity shop visits are now a daily occurrence! I aim to be there no later than 09:30. What’s nice is that they really appreciate my donations and seem genuinely grateful. Logistics are good too. I can park close to the door and it’s easy to carry everything in. Even better, next door is a Costa and I’ve treated myself to a coffee on a couple of occasions.
ClickUp is helping me keep tabs on all the tasks I need to complete. I am definitely getting more done. I attribute this to the layout, and the focus on what has to be done today, even if I didn’t finish everything yesterday. Those tasks are still there but not mixed in with the daily priorities as is often the case with apps. That has made a big difference to me, improved clarity and reduced the feeling of overwhelm. ClickUp is one of the most comprehensive apps I’ve used and worth looking at if you’re a bit of a geek like me!
This week I’ve loved the question:
How much of your life was your idea?
From Julia Davies, and inspired by Glennon Doyle’s book, Untamed, it was a trigger to make me re-evaluate where I am and where I want to be. Together with Helen Redfern’s Patreon update, I’ve been doing a lot of contemplation.
It’s so easy to get sidetracked, to wander off piste, to get distracted by other things you legitimately need to do but which inevitably put your own priorities at the bottom of the list. I talked a bit about this last week and it’s still nudging at me.
Helen talks about taking up journaling again after having had a break over the Summer, and I feel the same. Since the end of June, my usually carefully devised plan seemed to have a mind of its own. It’s time to do some reclaiming of that plan.
I don’t think I’m alone in feeling like this. A friend mentioned something similar. There was a new moon which could also be a contributory factor. And then there’s the turn of the season.
I’ve felt Autumn knocking at the door since late July. There was that pipsqueak of Autumn in the air even back then. It’s become more evident with each passing day. For the last three days I’ve put on a light in the kitchen when Bamber and I have got up. The leaves are gathering near the back door, dumped unceremoniously by the wind. It’s a spot where leaves congregate and rain pools. The temperature is dropping (phew) and Chris mentioned it won’t be that long before the heat goes on again.
There’s that September back to school, stock up on stationery feel as well. (In light of the relentless decluttering, I’m really trying not to stock up on stationery! Although I did succumb to temptation and bought these in Asda. Also available in some lovely colour combinations on Cult Pens). Anyway, I digress!
Perhaps there’s also an element of return to normal fatigue. A sense of being ready to move forward again after the turbulence of the year. A yearning for that new beginning (I don’t think normal is returning any time soon - only a new normal).
There’s a stirring in our blood wanting to shift us from our somnolence and wake us up. An urge to relight that spark within. Chris says I’m embodying my inner Boadicea!
Which leads me to this.
Nicola is a hidden talent with a whole heap of skills – if you need an in-depth website review to help you reach your ideal client, Nicola is so good at blending design with using your words strategically. I’m blown away! Highly recommend!
In response to a Facebook group request I offered a brutally honest website review. These were often the foundation of the work I did with clients and a good starting point and precursor for the more strategic support I provided.
Sometimes I take for granted what I’ve learned over the years. To me, it’s just what I do and I forget the impact that can have.
In the spirit of reclamation, Julia’s feedback made me stop and think about the skills I’ve neglected over the past year. They’ve gathered dust in my toolbox and not been shared as much as they should.
I’ve often been told I’m exceptionally good at hiding my light under a bushel. But that gets you nowhere. There are many changes afoot and shining a light on what I can do is one of them.
My question to you this week is, how do you hide your own light under a bushel? What could you do differently, and what skills are gathering dust? Look out for the email with the link to join in the conversation. Have a great week!
Until next time, thank you for reading.
P.S. We got one of these this week. An Amazon Echo Auto. It’s fab! An Alexa for the car. It uses your phone data but nowhere near as much as I expected (although I have upped my data for more frequent usage).