Oh, what a difference a year can make!
One year ago, on August 24, 2015, I walked out of the revolving doors of 280 Bishopsgate for the last time and I felt nothing. Not sadness, not relief, not even happiness, just nothing!
A year ago I published a post, I Quit on this blog that got over 55,000 views in the space of a week. Since then, almost everything in my life has changed.
I went from working for a large corporation to now working for myself and only working on the things and projects I want to work on, every day.
A year ago I was unhappy with my life. I was unhappy because I lost sight of what was truly important: I was unhealthy (I had gained two stones over two years!), my relationships were in shambles, and I wasn’t passionate about life—all of which I attempted to cover up by amassing more possessions!
But now I’m living meaningfully by contributing beyond myself in meaningful ways. I am having meaningful conversations, and talking to people I never would have spoken to before, simply because time is now my ultimate currency, rather than money. I actually get to spend time with my family, with my ‘new’ niece. I actually got to choose to witness my sister giving birth, rather than having to say no because of an ‘urgent’ assignment! I get to spend time with my friends, face to face!!!
A year ago I had zero people reading my words and sharing their stories with me. Now I have over 11,000 monthly readers, and my posts has been read by over a 100,000 people in 68 countries this year.
How is that even possible!
A year ago no one was interested in following me on Twitter or Facebook or even Instagram. Now I get to interact with thousands of people through social media. The fact that I get to do this, you have no idea how blessed I feel. The opportunity to divulge my stories, my fears, my inner most feelings to you and have some of you do the same is amazing!
A year ago I strived to make everything perfect. I wanted perfect relationships, a perfect job, a perfect life. But now I embrace the imperfection of my daily life, because imperfection goes above and beyond perfection. There is nothing to learn from perfection, there is no expansion. I want to be the bolt which strikes every idea of perfection that has been shoved down the throat of every woman, and a reminder that there is something much more wild, much more liberating much more exciting, and much more tantalising outside the barriers of perfection.
A year ago I was stuck in an office in the city. Now I’m travelling the country on a regular basis and having the most amazing experiences. Tomorrow I am off to New York, to see my husband speak at the United Nations. Never in my wildest dreams would I thought that would even be on the cards for us – and I seriously can’t wait.
Now, I’m not trying to impress you with my“accomplishments;” rather, I want to impress upon you the power of a year.
As human beings, we often overestimate what we can accomplish in a short period of time (e.g., losing 2 stones in two weeks), but we drastically underestimate what we can accomplish in a year or two.
Most of the above mentioned “accomplishments” weren’t goals I developed after quitting. They just happened, organically, as I worked hard to add value to other peoples lives. Thus, I discovered that when I add value to other people’s lives, everything else tends to fall into place.
The big life changes don’t happen overnight: Give yourself some time. Put in the necessary effort. Keep at it. You’ll be surprised with what can happen in a year.
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