What do you do when the work dries up?

Thank YouToday was the first day in a long time that I didn’t have any urgent work to do. Everything was up to date, all my proofs had been sent, invoicing done, blog written (amazingly, I haven’t done a blog for more than six months - and now I've written two!), jobs sent to print and nothing else to be done...
My days and nights are normally so filled with work and meetings, it felt strange to have no urgent or pressing work. The phone was quiet, emails nowhere to be seen. I was in limbo, and wasn't sure what to do with myself. Then I started to get that weird acidic feeling in the pit of my stomach and thoughts began to creep into my head like ”oh no, I’m going broke” and “what will I do if my business fails?” and “how will I pay the rent and the car payments?” and on it went for a whole minute and a half... then I stopped myself – what was I thinking? Don’t I KNOW that thought creates reality? Of course I do, that’s how I built this business in the first place, on dreams and a wing and a prayer and a lot of determination! So I stopped thinking those thoughts and looked around at all the beautiful things I own and I felt thankful. I scrolled through my client database and I felt thankful, I wrote out ‘thank you’ cards to a few clients I haven’t heard from for a while and got them ready to mail. I counted how many projects I’ve completed in the last three years (about 526!!!) and I felt thankful. I checked my bank account and relished in the feeling of abundance, amazed that somehow and in all ways there's always enough, knowing that there will be more prosperity coming very soon and I felt thankful. I even found time to read some blogs and check out some websites I've been meaning to do for ages and I checked through my project files and put away the completed jobs with a kiss to make room for new ones. I de-cluttered my desk to clear my mind and make space for more opportunities to come in, and I felt thankful. Today was a gift, a time to reflect and acknowledge how far I’ve come. I do have to pinch myself sometimes to make sure it’s real. I get so caught up in the ‘doing’ and being busy building my business; sometimes I lose sight of the magic of it all, the wonder and the blessings. So to my clients, I thank you, for trusting me to share in the creation of your business, as you have in mine. I am so blessed.

I am gr8ful for the love

Have you ever had a moment in your life that you want to remember and keep forever? You know those rare and amazing moments when time stops and you are in total bliss, surrounded with absolute love? I call them "bottled moments" because I wish I could bottle all the emotion of that moment and open it every so often to re-live the feeling.

I had a moment like that on my 50th birthday, just a few weeks ago.  And I keep re-living it and basking in the bliss of it. It's that moment that inspired me to write my Gratitude Posts because in that moment I felt so loved, so blessed and I soaked it all up with total abandon and joy. That's when I really 'got' the importance of being loved and I had a burning need to try and give others just a fraction of that feeling.

So thank you for reading my posts and sharing my journey of gratitude. I hope you've gotten to know a few special people a little better and I hope that my posts have inspired you to be grateful and to tell those you love that they matter to you, because as human BEings, we all need to receive and give love. It's why we're here. To be love.

Below is a video of my 'bottled moment', it was a complete surprise to me and I still struggle to find the words to express my thanks to my beautiful friends, family and the gorgeous Goddesses who plotted and planned it. Thank you to beautiful Zoe for videoing it and giving me a bottled moment that I can re-live again and again. It was pure magic. Enjoy, I love you and I am eternally grateful. If you've been following along and haven't left a comment yet, I'd love to hear your gratitude thoughts.