This is the beautiful place I get to call home now. I walk these trails with my dogs and play. I take in the beauty and connect with nature in my own way each day - which is what I need to be happy.
All the many roads before this one are the reason I'm here right now.
Without them I'd be somewhere else.
I have spent so many hours of my precious life worrying and living everywhere but "here". At work this affected my stress and self-esteem levels.
To make it worse, the work culture at the time I entered the corporate workforce enabled managers to have unhealthy expectations of their team members and direct reports. The notion of prioritizing self-care felt like it would be too much to ask for.
Now however, people are realizing they have to stand up for this cause, especially after having had time to reflect while working at home during Covid.
It's because I've been able to slow down that I'm finally understanding how to embrace my humanity. One of the most valuable things I've been learning is how important it is for me to pay close attention to my inner voice. I feel that it is partly due to the fact that I have had periods of time to reflect and process that my inner voice has become clear to me.
Now I'm jumping on the bandwagon to help contribute to the art and science of how to develop a healthy and happy work/life balance. I believe our global society is craving this.
Thank goodness I've since learned that I'm a Highly Sensitive Person.
And thank goodness I've had the time to reflect between projects, because I am always in search of happiness in life and in work.
I once was lost, but now I'm found. An interestingly enough I haven't moved an inch.
Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.
-- David Wagoner
"It is from a place of gratitude that I am able to self-actualize authentically. And it is in integrating my authentic self with my work that enables my place of "Happy Work".
I hope that more and more people also find their Happy Work, and I am committed to doing my part to support the cause."