It’s also about stuff I don’t love but am stuck with: growing older, going further on less money, making choices about what to hold on to in life and what to let go of. I’m a happy woman. I’ve been lucky enough to recognize what makes me happy – and I pursue that with everything I’ve got. I’ve also learned what doesn’t matter to me – and I just don’t go there anymore.
What I hope you’ll find here is ideas that make you think, “I could do that.” Or, even better, “I could do that, but now that I think about it, I’d rather do this.” I don’t hold with “Follow your dream,” kind of talk; it sounds too much like snatching at wishes. Instead, I believe in, “Live the life only you can live – every day that you have.”
British architect and founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement William Morris said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” If – playing fast and loose with metaphor — my life were a house, that’s exactly how I’d choose to furnish it.
So here are the choices I’m making to build my life. I’d love to hear about yours.
(Oh, yes, I do have a real job too. I design and lead corporate retreats, I teach leadership skills and creative thinking for business people, and I make keynote speeches. I’ve co-authored a book about retreats, and I write a monthly newsletter about Paris. My company is called Wild Blue Yonder.)
(The photo in the header was taken on a rainy day on the coast of Cornwall.)