Just a little note for those of you in small business, healing arts &/or anything outside of the 9-5 out there who, at this time of year, are reflecting on your year & where you’ve been up until this point & are thinking ‘What have I done with my life?!’ For myself moving from a ‘successful’ career in Media, Advertising and Marketing into a slow & steady 10 year learning process in natural & spiritual therapies was a challenging one. Often times there was lots of living on a shoestring (hello 10 year student living 🙈), wondering what the hell I was doing faffing around with floaty music, doing strange things & playing with plants, following a pull in a direction blindly that I still don’t know the precise destination of only that I simply MUST do it & generally being a little bit of a weirdo was at times very challenging.
The social construct of what it is to be successful (working yourself to the bone, getting in debt to secure the fancy car, big home, designer whatever) was a very tricky program to undo within myself. It still creeps up on me at times.
But recently I was asked to put together a resume of my healing work rather than just my ‘professional’ experience & by the time I got to the end of it, it had left me in tears. Because I thought I had wasted ten years. Because I thought I had been ‘unsuccessful’ in the eyes of the world. Because I had at times felt like a failure. The simple act of recording everything I had so diligently worked for (well over half of that time for absolutely zero monetary exchange) in learning ancient ways of healing was so healing. Hundreds of healing circles, thousands of participants & clients, workshops, retreats, online programs, one on one clients. It redefined success for me within my programming forever.
So for all those healers out there, for all the lifetime students, the artists, the wanderers, those living outside the social ‘norm’ (whatever the hell that is), the seekers, the ones who are driven by some unknown force to create a better world, I implore you to do this exercise. You are are doing incredible good in this world. You are successful and damn it I’m SO proud of you. Thank you 🙏🏼