It’s days like today that remind me just how grateful I am for the perfect day. Today wasn’t a bad day but it was busy…and long…and now I’m exhausted. But, I’m determined not to miss a day.
Today’s Challenge: Describe the Perfect Day
IT’S NOT BUSY!!!
I hate rushing, I hate frenetic paces and I absolutely hate running around feeling like a chicken with its head cut off. I can endure them – but why? I used to foolishly think it was cool to be busy – it marked success, being sought after, needed. Busy-ness was a habit I got accustomed to, now it’s one I could easily live without.
I spent a good part of last winter in Chiang Mai, Thailand and in contrast, the pace there is incredibly relaxed, almost comatose in comparison. I think that’s why my perfect day starts there and I’m absolutely itching to go back so I can finish my busy detox. :)
So…My perfect day:
Today, Natalie asked us to answer a series of questions to help us form a clear picture. I’ll list them below, in case you’d like to explore your own. It’s a great exercise that I’d highly recommend if you’re interested in designing your perfect life. Knowing what your perfect day would look like is an excellent place to start.
How would I spend it?
Eating, eating and MORE EATING! I know, I probably sound like a broken record by now but I can’t help it, I absolutely LOVE food! Yet another reason why Chiang Mai is the perfect place for me. The food is cheap and delicious – my two favourite qualities. I could hardly believe it when I learned that many of the locals don’t have standard kitchens because it’s so much more convenient and affordable to graze street food all day. I was like, ‘Hold up! Did I miss the pearly white gates when I came into this city? Where do I change my citizenship?’
Ok, important things aside – in between all that eating, I’d include: yoga, writing, creating, reading, meditation, relaxing, enjoying nature, cycling and at the top of this list – helping people.
I’m really fortunate to spend a lot of time with my husband, being copreneurs it’s really unavoidable.
Life with him has been exciting, spontaneous and unpredictable. That, I wouldn’t change (but don’t tell him I said that though, or he’ll try to use it against me when I’m being demanding LOL). Also, I’d like to be around other like-minded people.
Where would I be?
I think I would continue to spend 1/2 the year in Thailand or somewhere else in Southeast Asia as a base while travelling to other countries. Then the second part of the year, I’d still like to be based in either Windsor or Detroit.
There’s just something about the pulse of both cities – the struggle, the striving, the hunger and creativity. Despite the hardships both areas have faced, I see a lot of potential in their futures and I want to be a part of that.
Would I be working, playing or both?
My mind says work, my heart says play and the two are in a desperate battle. Between you and me though, the reality is when I look at how I actually spend my day, my heart is winning. Don’t tell my mind though – it would have a fit! LOL
What does that smell, look and feel like?
It smells like aromatic flavours and spices. It looks like city blocks with row after row of delicious food trucks and stalls and it feels like…heaven. Dangit, I just can’t seem to get that food thing off my mind :).
Contemplate how business fits into your perfect life.
Ack! This is where I sometimes get stumped. I think it’s mostly because I’ve been trying to monetize the things I love and maybe that’s not the model.
I’ve toyed with the idea of being a food or a travel blogger, but I feel like the work would take the joy out of the experience. I’m really fascinated by the restaurant business too, but I think I’d rather watch Kitchen Nightmares rather than own one.
The great thing (which I’m really trying to embrace) is despite having mixed feelings about all this – there’s no real immediate pressure (other than my own internal ones). Nathan and I have been able to build a couple businesses together that now require less and less of my time. Hmmm….I think that may be my sweet spot – developing/integrating processes and systems to simplify business so you can have more life- to create it, but not have to maintain it
Yeeeeesssssss, maybe that could be a hint. What about a serial entrepreneur? A professional dabbler? LOL –I guess this section is going to require some more thought :).