My life can be chaos. I mean full out chaos in this ever-changing, last second craziness, warp speed work of entrepreneurship and business ownership in a company that is blowing all records month over month and year over year. Being a small business owner of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe with my daughter Erinn Weatherbie, we have many challenges. With a staff of 32, and a company with rapid growth over the past 6 years, it is a wild ride (an understatement). Most importantly, for me, is to create the time to de-load my mind and creative ideas or else I lose my balance and disconnect from my ‘self’. My sacrifice is my creativity and my ability to stay in that role of a strong leader and a visionary. I feel my creativity gets banished with the overwhelm and my passion turns into craziness. I know many of you can relate and this is not the place where any of us want to live from.
Space is Good.
Slack is the GOAL.
Infinite possibilities are the DREAM.
If you want to create anything large, lineal, magical, bigger, better or truly different, you need room to ask, “what if?”. The big ‘A-HA’ moments never come from cleaning out your inbox, or back to back to back meetings or everlasting conference calls or being the target of non-stop outside influences. The big creative ideas come in the SPACE. These are big lessons for me and I’m learning how to respond and stop reacting. We react when under pressure (that is never a good thing) and we respond when we have the slack and the openness to expand our mind to all possibilities. It is in this space of slack when good decisions are made.
Meditation is the world I crave but I have a hard time getting there.
The #1 way to create this space is to meditate. This may not always be a readily available option for many of you (me neither!) and in our crazy hustling world, the number one thing people say as an excuse (yes, me included) that they cannot meditate is that they do not have the time, or their life is too loud and too intrusive or that it is impossible to slow their thoughts.
I have just recently discovered a way to gift me an extra hour of space a day! I got a set of Bose QuietComfort noise cancelling headsets from Staples Canada. OMG! I am in love with these headphones! I put them on and instantly, the outside world stopped knocking on my door! I have no idea why I never thought of this before but now that I have these, there is no way I could live without them. Even writing this post, I have them on and it is allowing me to stay razor-focused. I can sit with my mind and quiet the chaos – the creativity starts to again emerge as my mind slows down…I can just be with me and my thoughts. The creativity flows, as well as, the joy when I get centred to what into I love the most: building epic brands that gives back to the world in so many ways. It is so incredibly important to peace out from time to time on a daily basis. It keeps us creative! It keeps us passionate! It keeps us alive and allows us to thrive! Thank you Staples! It is #SmallBusinessMonth in Canada and I am thrilled to be partnering with Staples Canada for this blog post. Staples has always been there for me on my entrepreneurial journey, over the past 8 years, and I’m honoured to be a part of
Small Business Month with them to showcase the tools they sell to equip us with everything we need to excel.
What do you do to create slack (or hopefully even try to meditate) in our busy world of