For many years now I've felt like something of a hypocrit in making beeswax candles and encouraging people to relax and have more life balance whilst at the same time living a very imbalanced life myself. I'm aware that in choosing to do something so single-mindedly and without any acceptance of compromise that I've made certain sacrifices/choices, but I just didn't want to advertise that (and recognised on some level that it probably wasn't "healthy"). It was my little secret! At the same time, I can't imagine how I would ever have discovered the things I've learned if I hadn't worked the hours I've worked to the exclusion of a life outside of Queen B.
I love it then when I get a different perspective on things...
Last night I was reading the latest issue of Dumbo Feather (historically my favourite magazine). It's a quarterly injection of inspiration - each issue has interviews with 5 interesting people. In the four years I've subscribed I've never put down an issue without learning something new (both about the world and about myself).
The first interview in the latest issue is with Kate Bezar the founder and former editor (she has recently had a baby boy and stepped back from day to day management). She says:
"Someone said to me once "Kate, you don't really profile people with children". And I hadn't really every thought about it. But it is true, and a lot of the people I've profiled have been fairly dysfunctional, in the sense that they really have this completely single-minded devotion to what they do. And it takes precedence above all else, including a life beyond that which they are passionate about. That's not necessarily an extraordinarily healthy thing... in retrospect it [is] extraordinarily like having a child, actually."
Isn't it funny how when we read something that clicks with us or makes sense to us somehow that legitimises it?! Now it's our little secret!
So, to anyone else in the tribe who is reading this... tell me what you've done to the exclusion of having balance in your life and if it resonates, I'll send you a pack of Bee Lights so that at least you have have beeswax candle light while you're following your passion/dream!
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