A few weeks before I moved from Denver to Dusseldorf in November 2014, I decided to press pause on my marketing biz.
A little voice from within said, “Brit. Look. If you don’t take a break from what you know… If you don’t fully immerse yourself in this new life… You’ll never leave your laptop. You’ll return to Colorado after this two-year stint and kick yourself for not trying something different.”
So, I did just that. And 100 days later, I rediscovered WHY we need breaks.
This “accidental workaholic rehab” radically shifted everything.
It made me realize how much I’d forgotten how to LIVE and just BE. I rediscovered my CREATIVITY.
In the process of doing completely new things (learning German, teaching English, eating in solitude, learning new ways of cooking), I was slowly but surely led back to that laptop…with fresh perspectives and a wild desire to CREATE. I had clarity. energy. focus. inspiration. For the first time in a LONG time, I was tuned IN to my mind, body + soul.
SO when I relaunched my biz, I got nervous.
There was no way I’d move forward without keeping my newfound habits in place. You know, things like:
…allowing space to daydream (which got the BIG ideas flowing).
…making love to my meals Eat-Pray-Love-style.
…NOT eating across from my laptop or with “an iPhone on the side.
…not addressing work in every conversation.
…exploring the great outdoors.
…finding wonder in the smallest of things.
(One day, I spent two guilt-free hours just snapping pics of bees. LOL! Seriously. The LOOKS people gave me that day as I was crouched down in the grass on all fours? Let’s just say “not worrying what others thought of me” can be added to the list, too.)
I FINALLY realized that my well-being is my most important business asset, but I needed ALL the accountability.
So, I created a 10-day break challenge.
I had no idea how this would be received, but I just knew I needed it. Well, I wasn’t the only one…
Hundreds of people from 185 locations in 6 countries joined in.
The impact was unexpectedly AWESOME. Surveyed participants from the oh-so-engaged community proved that BIG things can come from starting SMALL.