You may have noticed – I hope you noticed – that we were offline for awhile. A series of wonderful and not so wonderful things happened and we’re back in business, thanks to Aletha McManama and the folks at GoDaddy. I lost a few posts and learned a lot about the process of blogging and preserving blogs as well as how Twitter can provide instant customer service response.
So here we go again with a do-over of sorts. A mulligan, if you’re into the game of Golf.
During the stressful moments of the past few weeks, I discovered things were feeling a little rushed and humorless. I wanted things to feel fun and frivolous instead of heavy and hard. The crazy busyness of the last two months has calmed enough for me to recognize that my connection to the work has been too worky.
So I decided to hire my 3 year old granddaughter Kandyce and my 3 year old Beagle, Charlotte as consultants in my business. These are two girls who can really draw me into the fun and make me remember to stop taking things so seriously.
Since they started, we’ve incorporated a few additional practices into my business:
- Playing with the Talking Tom Cat App on my iPhone.
- Regular breaks to run around the house chasing each other make us more productive.
- There are endless ways in which to laugh and giggle.
- We use the Whisper-ma-Phone during meetings to mix things up a little.
- Naps are a good way to dream up new ideas.
- Singing at the top of your lungs makes you feel free.
Is the element of fun missing in your work process? Are there eager consultants all around you who can bring more fun or creativity into your business?
For me, bringing the element of laughter or lightness back into the mix can really free up creative energy and move me forward if I’m stuck in a rut. And spending time with the people who remind me that this is what it’s all about makes me happier about the work in general.
In between naps and fun breaks, I’ve been creating a new coaching group and meeting wonderful writers and creatives in person and in my own little corner of the virtual world. I hope you’ll join us the August 31st as we look at the Element of Creativity and begin a year-long journey of reawakening your creative spirit. Make sure you’re on my mailing list so you can be included in the announcements. Or if you can’t wait, email me and I’ll tell you all about it.
I’m off for a little giggle before bed!