This past week has certainly been a time of transition for me. With routines shifting and sleeping patterns totally out of whack, I’ve been really struggling to make heads or tails of things. (See posts 75, 77, and 78.)
It’s also been a period of introspection.
Prompted by a few questions the loverly Lauren of tiny, happy empire, I’ve been taking a good look around the things that I do for work, the things that I love doing, and the beliefs that I carry about both of those things.
It’s been eye-opening to say the least.
The thing I have been holding onto the tightest? The idea that I do things that I love OR I do things that make money. God forbid those should be intertwined.
I love writing and blogging, but feel like I’d be a total sell-out if I began to monetize that.
I love helping people and will go out of my way to do so, but the minute I get paid to do it I feel a sense of dread. Or that I the service I provided wasn’t worth it.
I love drawing, tinkering around in Photoshop, and messing around with websites. But put a dollar figure next to that amount and I suddenly can’t stand doing it.
The list goes on.
Talk about a HUGE block. It’s been weaving it’s way through every aspect of my life, unknowingly, and for ages.
I found this exercise to be so illuminating that Kate and I spent some time today at our weekly meeting thinking through the things that we’re doing for Propelle. We reflected on all the things we had done to make money over the last 4.5 yrs and what we really loved doing.
We connected quite a few dots today; dots that helped us get reacquainted with our core values of community, collaboration, and support. We also got to see where things weren’t connecting for us, so that we can correct course and get back to serving in the best way possible.
Connect your own dots.
Connect your own dots with this handy-dandy download. It’s filled with all of the questions I’ve been asking myself lately. You don’t need to have your own business to fill it out — it can easily be used to help you reflect on the things you’re filling your time with.
Let me know what you discover!