He began a new series. At first, he thought it may have been ill-conceived.
He wondered if anyone would interrupt and simply say, “stop – go back to working on something you know.”
But that never happened.
And, in only a few days, he found his voice. Which allowed him to persevere and bring the series to a conclusion.
This is Life Transitions. Welcome to day 15.
Life Transitions Series
Here are the links to the other stories in the series:
Life Transitions, Day 1 (Introduction)
Life Transitions, Day 2: Resistance
Life Transitions, Day 3: Jobs & Careers
Life Transitions, Day 4: Location
Life Transitions, Day 5: Relationships
Life Transitions, Day 6: When the Sandcastle Crumbles
Life Transitions, Day 7: Recovery
Life Transitions, Day 8: Pivots
Life Transitions, Day 9: Injury
Life Transitions, Day 10: Illness
Life Transitions, Day 11: Disaster
Life Transitions, Day 12: Upheaval
Life Transitions, Day 13: Age
Life Transitions, Day 14: Expiry
Towards the beginning of November, I went on a two-week break.
Because I burned myself out at the top of September, resting and sleeping were my top priorities.
I also wanted to spend some time reading, journaling, and reflecting. I asked my mastermind and mentors for their thoughts as well.
While I was on break, I wanted to keep publishing daily. But I didn’t want to keep publishing on the music business. I wanted a break from that too.
So, I dreamed up the Life Transitions series. It’s something that came to me as I was driving between Abbotsford and Vernon. My thinking was also guided by the podcasts I was listening to on that journey.
Although I have certainly published on topics outside of music regardless, especially here on my personal blog, I needed to distance myself completely from my frustrations. And on some level, my frustrations were probably becoming apparent, because let’s face it – you can’t hide anything.
All that to say, thanks for indulging me.
I’m starting to home in on a publishing plan for my respective projects. I’m also looking more closely at how to integrate and make time for my various interests and passions each week.
Since I got into network marketing in 2011, I had always been taught to focus. And I couldn’t. Try as I might, it just didn’t work. I had both good moments and not so good moments, but inevitably I would revert to my old way of being. I’d keep generating new ideas, become excited about them, and end up wanting to pursue them.
Still, I always wondered what it would look like to be fully focused on one thing.
I guess I got a bit of a taste of that this year.
And all I can say is that I don’t think it’s in my DNA to have a singular focus. And even if it was in DNA, who’s to say I’d be any further along in any of my endeavors?
I think it’s even simpler than that. Others have certain gifts I don’t. I have certain gifts others don’t.
To paint either as right or wrong is to create a black and white world that simply doesn’t exist.
The fact that I have felt wrong for it, though, is on me. And I’m left to process that.
So, that’s what I mean when I say I’m refining my plan – my publishing plan, as well as my weekly plan.
Because I want the freedom of being able to work on a variety of projects. This is something I’ve done with or without deliberate intent anyway. So, maybe it’s true what one of my friends once said – “an elastic band always snaps back into place.”
But if any part of this series has caught your attention, please follow me. There’s always more where that came from.
I hope you enjoyed this series on life transitions. I hope it has helped you. I hope you’re starting to see how to handle difficult transitions, and how you can turn them into advantage, opportunity, or at the very least, become complete with them.
Completion is all you can ask for. And the good news is you can create it for yourself.
Whatever feeling you’ve been experiencing, whatever story has been going on in your head, it’s with you and no one else. This doesn’t mean you can’t have conversations with others to cause completion, because that may well be part of it!
But it does mean that you’re the only one responsible and capable of causing completion for yourself. Choose it and pursue it, especially if transitions have left you feeling beaten down. It’s worth the fight.
Thanks again for joining me and keep an eye out for a future series.
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