I was sharing with a small businesses owner earlier this week that one of the best things about this job I’ve created for myself is having a fun, exciting, & unpredictable set of tasks each day. I don’t always know at the start of the week what all will get done in each day’s work, but that keeps me interested in it, grateful for it, and eager to do more of it.
You see… rather than being forced to do the same mundane thing day in and day out (hello, Office Space) I am entertained daily by the shifts in responsibility, location, conversations, and tasks. I never have the same day back-to-back and they are all productive in their own right.
Some days I may be strategizing the structure or name of a startup, videoing with an associate in another state far away, designing a website, writing copy, or creating a logo or piece of marketing collateral. Other days I may be in the office spinning all the project plates or traveling to meet a client in person.
Whatever each week holds, I love the journey of it and I’m never bored (not that I have or ever would let myself be). Many of my planning, organizing, or creative strengths may be activated in a day, and all of who I am is welcomed to the table, embraced, and required to show up.
Knowing I was made for this work is comforting and confirming. I know this isn’t true for everyone, but it is one of the things I hope other business owners can say as well. That they are passionate about what they do, who they serve, or why. That their business is, at least for this season, something they are called to and which they enjoy.
And if they can’t, I hope there are other excellent reasons they are running, managing, and owning their business. I mean, business ownership truly isn’t for everyone, so whatever their purpose, I hope it overrides and even cancels any negative.
How it applies today…
This week, I have the privilege of working remotely (albeit only 40 minutes from my home) while I farm-sit for friends who are out of town. I’ve been putting my feet in and eating from their beautiful garden, leisurely picking blackberries and raspberries, caring for the pups and chickens and watering the plants, all while soaking in summer nights from the back pavilion and reveling in their dreamy home. Not a bad gig, I’d say.
I wouldn’t have known earlier this year that my to-do list for this week would include caring for a farm, but no matter what my hand finds to do, I seek out to do it with everything I’ve got, especially if I know it’s what I should do, or that I’m called to it.
What a delight to have a kindof retreat from my normal urban life and a renewed sense of inspiration for the work I am set out to do – where each day is a surprising gift, I feel fulfilled each night when my head hits the pillow, and I can say, “all in a day’s work” and smile.
Onward to the next ~
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