“Make the choice to do something that makes you feel good on a daily basis. How many people do that? How many people identify what makes them feel good and then commit that time to themselves on a daily basis?”
– Layne Beachley (from the book ‘Hero’ by Rhonda Byrne)
Happiness is all about feeling good! We all understand that it’s easy to feel good when we’re doing the things that make us feel good… but then, we let things like ‘I don’t have enough time’ get in the way of this. Yet, if we truly understood the importance of feeling good (our outer world is a reflection of our inner world remember? So it’s pretty darn important) then we wouldn’t think twice about taking time to do the things that make us feel good! All the flimsy excuses we make, such as not having enough time, would never apply. By the way, this isn’t some chore we’re talking about – we’re talking about having fun! So it seems pretty ridiculous that we would even make excuses that prevent us from doing this!
I always knew how to have fun. Then, at one point, I became so focussed on building a business on the internet that I lost sight of these things. So I stopped doing them. Luckily for me, despite all my effort, things didn’t work out. I was left feeling angry, bitter and burnt out. So much so that I decided I would just close down everything ‘business-related’. I boxed everything up and decided to to just take time for myself to be still and figure out what I wanted to do next. This is what led me to writing and blogging, which I LOVE.
Then, more wonderful things began to happen: I realised how much I love being in nature and learning about it; I discovered my love for iPhone photography and Instagram; I realised how much I loved taking long walks in parks, woodlands and along the river; I also discovered bushcraft and that just brought out the kid in me! I now have lots of fun watching and learning bushcraft skills from others (thank you Youtube) and trying out my skills whenever I can. The most wonderful thing is that I now have a bunch of lovely friends from all around the world who share my love for things like writing, bushcraft and iPhone photography and being in touch with them on a daily basis has enriched my life in more ways that I can ever imagine!
My love of bushcraft has led me to own a few cool toys like an awesome, hand-forged Swedish axe (which I christened ‘Matilda’ – I know, not very Swedish but hey…), an awesome Swedish folding saw (a gift from a lovely friend – thank you Sonia) and even a wonderful British hunting knife (which I have chosen to call a bushcraft knife) and lots more. But just so you know, you don’t really need to spend lots of money to have fun – walking and appreciating nature is free; you might already own a ‘smart-phone’ or camera – if photography is your thing. So you definitely don’t need to break the bank to have fun! What’s more, you don’t even need to leave home! I have been practising my bushcraft skills in my own back garden – hardly ‘the great outdoors’, but a great place to start nevertheless.
And the most amazing thing of all is, now that I have started to have fun and enjoy life on a daily basis, the internet business side of things is slowly coming back in a very promising way and … even more opportunities are now coming my way.
This brings to mind a quote from someone who knows a thing or two about building businesses and having fun:
“I didn’t set out to be rich. The fun and challenge in life were what I wanted — and still do … but I have found that, if I have fun, the money will come. ”
– Richard Branson (from ‘Screw It, Let’s do it : Lessons in Life and Business‘)
So watch this space!