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Pursuit Of Passion

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kate & andy

I just had the best trip ever! It was literally 43 hours, not even two days in total, door to door. I’m now homeward bound and have a little flight time to reflect.

I visited the other half of Yoga Mamas – Kate, and the purpose of the trip was business related, but it was exactly what I needed. It was long enough to allow me to leave feeling reinvigorated (I won’t say completely relaxed because we worked our arses off…but I did leave feeling revived) and not so long that I missed my babies too much….don’t get me wrong, I missed them like crazy.

So what was it about the trip that was so amazing?

Sure, the tropical weather in contrast to the Melbourne chill certainly helped but it was more than that. The feel of the two short days, despite the “down to the second” schedule Kate had prepared, was actually quite relaxed. We didn’t go out to dinner, try to squeeze in the nightlife or pack in the sights. We literally followed Kate’s normal family routine, complete with toddler tantrum, and used the time we had when we had it. Cobi, her adorable vibrant son dictated our movements and it was perfect. We had breaky, lunch and dinner in their apartment. The most we deviated was probably our takeaway coffees on the way to the park.

What was it about what was essentially a “business trip” that was so profound?

I thought we would spend the time pumping out as much content as we could, given the restraints we now find ourselves with because of the distance between us. But we actually spent a great deal of time reflecting on the business. Kate had an online business course that we began working through, consisting of a series of focus questions and worksheets to complete. There was a combination of individual reflection and discussion.

Purpose is the reason you journey. Passion is the fire that lights your way.

By simply taking this time we unlocked some great potential, I think, in the future of our business. We did tarot card readings, meditation, personal reflection, a morning yin practice and I tried my first turmeric coconut milk latte…I was pleasantly surprised! I almost feel like I’ve just come back from a weekend wellness retreat.

Despite the fact that at times there was a tiny voice in my head saying “shouldn’t we be using our time to create as much content as possible”, in retrospect, this was absolutely the best and most effective use of our time. Don’t get me wrong, we did get out and have a little play, footage and inspo that we can’t wait to share with you. But the essence of the trip, in the end, was about personal growth and business potential.

The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion. ~ Terry Orlick

Why am I sharing this with you?

Because this is what I’ve learnt…

Despite the drive to just forge ahead and get things done (and at times this is important) taking the time to pause and reflect can be more valuable in the long run. Not only does this allow you to check in with yourself, your intention, purpose and approach, but it allows you space.

  • Space to look at the bigger picture.
  • Space to evaluate your direction.
  • Space to see the authenticity.
  • Space to allow new ideas to flourish.

The day after our trip Kate sent me the link to a Facebook live session with Peta Kelly about having “permission to stop pretending”. She talked about looking at your goals and working out what percentage of your energy and effort you’re putting into them. If you’re not putting 100% into your goal, then you’ve got to ask yourself if it’s really the right goal for you. Is it really your hearts desire if so many things and excuses can stand in the way? She gave her audience permission to let go of these goals and seek your souls purpose.

Sometimes we get so caught up with the drive that we forget the purpose. So caught up in the outcome that we miss the journey.

That’s exactly what this trip was – a journey.

You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live your purpose, and to do it courageously. ~ Dr. Steve Maraboli

One thing Kate and I reflected on, and there were so many, was to get back to a place of authenticity. Not that the things we’ve been doing haven’t come from a place of sincerity, heart and passion, but we (or rather I) have allowed myself to be driven by timing and deadline rather than by inspiration.

So in final reflection, the biggest thing that this trip taught me, was the value in stepping back for a moment.

We all think and at times we need to, forge forward with all the speed and energy we have. But allowing yourself the time to stop and reflect can sometimes be the best move forward. This is not just in relation to your business, but your family, your lifestyle and most importantly yourself.