Finding what you want in your life
Finding what you want in life. I have never really known what I wanted to do in my life. Not having had a clear direction or a really strong passion to follow has meant that I have fallen into a variety of careers. It has made me try out new areas I would never have imagined and I have often changed jobs in between traveling and trying to live abroad. I am once again at a new crossroads in my life where I would like to learn some new skills and utilize the ones I have.
Ask yourself the question if you could have your dream life, where or what would you be doing?
I do believe we all know deep down what we would really like to do in our lives, but often we leave it buried deep within and don’t make the effort to get out of our comfort zone for one reason or another. We find excuses that hold us back, so make some time NOW to really take the opportunities available in our lives and to live out our dreams. I am working towards some of my dreams and I plan to build on them in the next year as 2018 is around the corner.
My Dream of Living Abroad
I have always wanted to live abroad and I am currently in Bali, Indonesia, it’s taken some time to get here. I am now living here and I love it. I couldn’t ever imagine living in the UK again. There are so many other places I would like to live too.
My life and career hasn’t been dull and I have managed to work in lots of different creative industries over the years, but I never really found my niche in any of them. I have come to realize I am a bit of scanner, I get bored working in one area and so I need to do a variety of things and above all be creative. I enjoy the challenge of learning new things, not that I always find it easy, but I always have ideas about new avenues I would like to explore!
My last retraining was in Graphic Design Post Grad in Visual Communication at University of London 2011) which I absolutely loved with a passion, along with photography, they are my two favourite things. I find the constant use of lap-top though really doesn’t quite work with me that well anymore. My arms don’t like being on a keyboard constantly and my necks often aches from this. I have found a few solutions for this and my body is really benefitting from it.
- Using a mouse – I can’t use a laptop pad, it aches my hands in no time. By using my Mac mouse – it makes my life so much easier.
- Using my Satechi stand which is highly portable and won’t break as it super strong metal, which makes it light and stylish.
- Using a separate lightweight Mac keyboard, again super light and helps my posture no end.
- Using earphones and not holding my phone for conversations, it aches my hand, and you end up putting the phone in between your ear and neck and that creates tension in the neck area.
- My Muji laptop bag fits everything in and it gives me the option of creating a backpack or a shoulder bag, especially as I have an old Mac Book Pro – it’s heavier than the new MacBook’s that are out now. I love Muji for their stationery especially gel pens, and all the handy travel bottles and bags you can buy which are so handy when you are traveling.
- Whilst in Bali and having run out of my simple Muji notebooks I have found some really beautiful stationery at Saraswati Papers. The journals are handcrafted by local Balinese women and made with recycling paper. They don’t use bleach or unsustainable practices. You can read about their educational programs. Visit here: Flagship Store Kado – Ubud Jalan Dewi Sita (corner of Gautama) Ubud, Bali, Indonesia Open Daily 10 am – 8 pm +62 361 886 3338
- Of course remembering to take breaks regularly, stretch your arms and move around a bit, and I like to do a little meditation now and then for 5 or 10 minutes so I don’t get overwhelmed and it helps me keep my focus. I am a fan of doing five minutes of Yoga – no pressure to do a whole hour – a little is better than none at all.
Stepping into a new world
So I have decided now is the time to retrain again in something where I don’t have to spend all my time at a computer keyboard. I am not sure what this will be but I hope my time in Bali I will find the answers to my new life and career.
Having said that I recently decided I would have a go at writing a book and although it is far from complete, I have a shape of a story in my first draft. I wrote the draft by hand, as it felt the most natural way to write, as I enjoyed connecting directly with a pen on paper I could feel the flow of writing, as opposed to writing it on a computer.
Again, I am stepping into another unknown world. I have practised many changes in my life and this I guess is just another one along the way
A tool that I learned recently from a webinar with John Williams – Author of Screw Work Break Free is to write in a notebook every day – I WANT… I WANT… and practice this muscle so you will hopefully have a clearer idea of what you want to create in your life. Then after a few weeks look back at what you are wanting to bring into your life. I have found it quite interesting after only one week of doing this task. Some of the so-called “wants” I already had and others are some ideas for me to follow in the future.
Embrace change and find more joy in your life! Finding what you want in your life.