- The literal, physical happenings in the earth. It’s winter right now. I’m on Snow Day 14 with my kids. More than a few client meetings have been cancelled.
- The seasons of life we are in. Do you have small children at home? Are you an empty nester?
- The seasons of our businesses: how long have you been in operation? Are you launching any large initiatives, or is it the slow season?
This winter has been a very hard, not truly joyful one in CYJ headquarters. I broke my right big toe when I fell down the stairs, and what I thought was a simple dislocation required surgery, weeks of being off my feet, and not being able to drive. This put a great deal of my workload on hold, as I could not physically meet with clients or hold meetings.
I try to put a positive spin on the situation, because it did require me to ask for a lot of help. It was also a sign that I needed to slow way down and create more margin in my life.
Plus, my kids were home with me at least 12 of their 14 snow days. We got to spend a lot of time playing games, baking cookies, and binging TV shows.
But towards the end of February, I was DYING. I was tired of being cooped up, and my bank account dwindled.
Two things that helped me:
- I realized that this was a season of my life and my business. I’m a new entrepreneur, and this sucked that I could not continue the good momentum of building my business. But I’m still new at this. I need to allow myself the grace to figure things out.
- I discovered the joy of actually living seasonally. I created a Pinterest board dedicated to winter, and found myself approaching it with less angst because there truly are joyful things about it. Making soup! Knitting! Crafting paper snowflakes!
It was futile to be upset that I wasn’t experiencing a harvest when NOTHING in my life or outside was in a season to produce fruit. I had to hold on and enjoy the period of retreat and hibernation.
But guess what? Today, it’s sunny and above freezing. Daylight savings time is approaching. My foot is healed. I’m ready to take on what the new season holds for my life in my business.