Oh what a weird week. Oh my. It even feels weird to dedicate a blogpost to it, but hey, it’s actually a really healing thing to do, so I’m going to do it anyway!
A lot of people who follow our activities and get inspired by what we do, think we’re living some sort of freelancing dream, but the truth is that not all days are so creative, not all days are happy, bright and full of laughs.
This week, all I wanted to do, to be completely honest, was to hide under a blanket and disappear for a while. I just really started feeling the weight of our packed to-do lists and the many more things we want to do or have to get done. And somehow, my body told me to put a little stop to it, too: I caught a sweet old stomach flu. I knew it’s sort of “flying around” at the moment, yet as a proud naturalista and green juice drinker, I never thought it would get ME. But it did. And oh boy did I have a bad time. So that slowed things down a bit. I wasn’t quite able to push “pause”, but I had to learn that it’s ok to try to do so.
I remember having caught a stomach flu when I was working at an office, and what it felt like to “call in sick”. It never felt comfortable to do that, but now I realize how much more easy it was to just have a “sick day”. It wasn’t so bad, someone else was available to take over my work back then. Taking a sick day when you’re self employed to recover sounds ideal, and logic, but it’s way harder to do. With responsibilities in your way, promises, urgent tasks, and maybe even a couple of planned meetings that would be a pain to have to cancel, it seems almost impossible to even think about spending the day in bed with a chamomile tea. Or at least, it does to me.
So, why is it so hard to put ourselves and our health in priority when it is needed?
Maybe this is just a side-effect of being hooked on being busy. The thought of not accomplishing stuff in a day and having to postpone it almost sounds like failure. It’s so unhealthy to think this way, I know. I really need to improve that and have a more balanced way of thinking. This will probably come in the long run, after some experience. I sure hope I will be feeling more comfortable and laid-back about it in the future.
Thankfully for me, having a partner who can take up some of my responsibilities makes it easier for me to do that. David was a sweetheart and helped me to recover.
Since thursday, I feel a bit better and I’m actually more relaxed. I don’t feel like I have to rush into things. I guess the flu probably taught me that.
Besides this weird episode, the week was still pretty nice in terms of creative projects. We got to meet local blogger Olivia, who we coached a little bit with her blogging activity. We will hopefully be designing & building her blog together in the next couple of weeks. This particular meeting gave us a couple of interesting ideas of stuff we would like to offer to people who need creative advice from us like she did. The kind of advice that gets people out of their shells and out to do really cool things. We’ll be revealing more about that soon 😉
There’s been a really great project we’ve been working on which I’ve also been meaning to tell you about. A few weeks ago, we met this lovely german woman called Ulla, who is planning to become self-employed to help people de-clutter their homes and live more simply. Her business will be about minimalism & essentialism. Two things we love and we believe in. It will be called “Room To Breathe” and we’re currently working on its brand identity, which will also be minimal & clean-looking.
Now that the flu and weirdness is out, I’m totally looking forward to some relaxing weekend activities. We’ll be heading to Germany on friday evening, having dinner with friends on Saturday evening and hopefully planning our Christmas getaway before it gets too late. We’re actually thinking of doing something special and getting out of Luxembourg. Somewhere remote, like in the middle of the Swiss Alps, for pure isolation. I’m dreaming of snowy mountains!
What are your plans?