It’s ok to have self doubt and to have down days. It’s ok to cry.
A piece of star confetti sits by my feet, even though I haven’t used star confetti for about 4 years, and I have moved rooms twice since. I pick it up and place it carefully on my desk. It’s a subtle reminder that every step I’ve taken until now has led to where I am today. And the journey is never complete. There are twists and turns along the way. There are unexpected stops and detours.
Being self-employed can be a lonely pursuit. It’s nice to think that there are people in the same boat, but in reality, we are all in our own little rubber dinghies, floating around in all directions, whether self-employed or not. But that doesn’t mean it’s not wonderful when your little dingy crosses paths with mine, or we happen to make a pitstop at the same time and place. Or even when I find a message in a bottle floating towards me, and we share our feelings and experiences along the way.
Some mornings, or some evenings, I make lists of 10 things in life I am grateful for. Most recently, I’m grateful that I will always have a roof over my head, I am grateful that I met my wonderful and inspiring friend Rhian and that she always gives me support and encouragement, and I am grateful for the friend who gave me the courage to start my business, and is still a constant in my life despite being 200 miles away.