|via sarah klassen|
Up until last year, I had worked since I graduated University, bar two spells of maternity leave. I had always been earnest about my work, taking the corporate climb very seriously. Last summer it had become altogether too serious and so I took some time off. Six months of much-needed rest and navel-gazing and I learnt more about myself than I had in the previous ten years amalgamated. I learnt to slow down, to trust my instincts and from that I learnt to follow my heart and start a new business.
At the same time, I did carry on with the corporate climb, but with a much, much slower pace. I have done the same role for many years and I have become an expert in my field. I look now at new hires in their twenties, joining my house-hold name corporation and see myself, years ago. What goes around really does come around!
So I let those newbies develop their expertise, learn their trade and I sit back. I made a conscious decision at the start of this year to do less, but to be more. I wasn't sure it would actually work, it seemed like a gamble after so many years of striving. I just worked my hours; I didn't do extra. I didn't offer to get involved in projects that I knew would eat into my time outside of work. I asserted my opinion and didn't apologise for doing so. I took time out for running and circuit training; putting fitness above catching up on email. I just got much leaner in the way I worked and what I did. It turns out it was the best thing I could have done.
The net result? I am more focused than I have been for years and I have been able to grow L'Apothecary in my own time. It's all about balance; I just didn't realise that to get it, you have to do less, not more...what a useful life lesson.