1/3 - Throwback to my semi-solo trip to 🇯🇵 Japan exactly 3 years ago from today. I had turned 24 and an epiphany hit me harder than a bullet train. I was so absorbed by the spotlight in the design and business world. I was doing talks in front of large groups of designers and entrepreneurs, scoring deals with huge international brands, business was flourishing, Adobe covered all my expenses and flew me over to SF to attend AdobeMAX (2 years in a row and I actually decided to cancel the 3rd year), Microsoft endorsed me and we collaborated on a Surfacebook pro ad. Everything was moving so quick and I never had a chance to stop and reflect on where I was heading. —
🤷🏻♂️ Was this the life I wanted?
felt stuck. A dead end.
👹 It’s very easy to be sucked into the world of fame and the hype life. I’m not saying it’s bad or toxic, it’s actually great and extremely motivating. Also having the ability to inspire and impact others is not an opportunity many people get. It‘s rewarding and you get to meet people from all walks in life.
But one who endures this path needs to realise they need to balance it all with the their core values. I’ve always been a person who values relationships; friends and family over everything. But during this time I was somewhat blinded by the spotlight. Very quickly it hit me and I realised I needed to make the change. Rebalancing my priorities and be who I wanted to be, not what others wanted me to be.
3 years later I’m living my best life. A very healthy balance of relationships, self love and work. It’s taken a lot of hard work, discipline and self awareness to maintain this lifestyle. I’ve also learnt to say no 👌🏼 it does wonders.
I’m just glad it’s all turned out just fine. I guess the only way for us to move forward and grow is to experience rock bottom.
How often do you reflect on yourself?