What Would You Do If You Only Had 30 Summers?

 

It’s been a whole month between blog posts and I’m horrified!!

It wasn’t intentional. I didn’t go away, I wasn’t taking time off and I really don’t have any valid excuse.

 

Except that I was in a slump.

 

There was no real trigger for it – I was just exhausted from launching our new Style Inspirations series (a daily dose of fashion for women entrepreneurs – check it out here if you haven’t already)and I could barely find the time to do anything much less think about blogging!

 

At first I felt shame. Then a sense of failure. I’d let my fans down. And I’d gone against exactly what I teach my blogging students which is to blog consistently!

But it also taught me several important things.

 

1. Sometimes we need a break

Enforced or not, planned or unplanned – the best minds need to take a break and stop being “in” the business all the time to actually “see” the business.

In the month where I wasn’t blogging I got the chance to evaluate my business from a distance rather than chasing my tail everyday.

 

2. You have to learn how to make a come back.

Trust me – taking that first step back is pretty scary and is usually the reason why we delay the return.

I KNOW there’s many readers who’ve started blogging with the best of intentions and then it’s fallen to the wayside.

RIP OFF THE BANDAID and get going again. It’s just difficult at the start but like riding a bike, you’ll be back peddling like a pro before you know it!

 

3. It gives you a chance to really think about the future

During my “time off” the blog, I gave an interview on Heather Porter’s Make It Simple TV (you can watch it here). During the interview we talked about one of my favourite ways to view life.

I like to think of life as a finite number of summers.

Given my age, with grace and good health, I hope to have at least 30 – 35 “good” summers left. Summers where I’m able to REALLY live life – active and hopefully sound of mind.

So I’ve planned out what I might like to achieve and do with each of these summers.

I know that plans can (and will) change. But it at least gives me something to aim for – AND it stops me from procrastinating and thinking “I still have years before I need to worry about XYZ”.

You might want to travel to Europe next summer. Get your retirement portfolio ready in 5 x summers from now. You may want to be working full time in your business by the summer of 2016.

Whatever your dreams, hopes + wishes, ask yourself – how many summers do I REALLY have left to live them?

 

And so…

So with that – I ripped the BandAid off! It hurt to do, but the slump is OVER and baby, I’m back – with 35 x summers and counting 🙂

 

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By | 2017-09-13T10:28:34+00:00 November 24th, 2014|Grow Your Biz|9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Laurel Grey November 25, 2014 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Wendy, great post! I also have taken a break from my video work this year, after being really exhausted and just not my normal self. This happens to the best of us! Love your authentic approach and advice. //Laurel//

    • Wendy Mak November 25, 2014 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      Love that you could identify Laurel and nice to hear I’m not alone in this xx

  2. Gia November 25, 2014 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Welcome back Wendy! Missed your blogging.

    Gia 🙂 xx

    • Wendy Mak November 25, 2014 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      And I’ve missed you Gia!!! Thanks for the continuing support xx

  3. Michelle Wood November 25, 2014 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Wendy, we’re all human! Nice to know that it’s ok not to go hard core all the time.

    • Wendy Mak November 25, 2014 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      Totally Michelle!! That’s one thing I need to learn – it’s OK not to be hard core all the time. Thanks for reading xx

    • Wendy Mak February 25, 2015 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      Ha ha yes- sometimes you’ve got to have a “go-slow” moment! X

  4. Naomi December 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Great post Wendy. I did miss them but i love the honesty you give.
    Also the interview on Make it Simple TV was informative and enjoyable. I can certainly relate to the trouble getting a mentor or guidance from another stylist when you started out. I am always astounded that people feel either insecure or threatened, especially ones that promote supporting women and handing out positive affirmations to us all but …. etc, enough of my ranting :-).
    Great work and thanks for having your door open for us.
    Nx

    • Wendy Mak February 25, 2015 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you Naomi for the support – and yes it’s soooo important to always support each other. I find the love generally always comes back to you in the end!! 🙂 x

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