My client has a parrot that I can hear in the background on our calls. She has pretty much the best fantasy book review site out there and photographs girls that look like book covers.
Another client – just created a program called fuck it all with a sparkly rainbow unicorn logo. Of course. She is a therapist / equine therapist / incredible photographer.
Another moved from her home in Germany last year and spent the last year travelling between dreamy homes in Italy and England and runs workshops about following your dreams as well as incredible resources for wedding planners AND other things!
Another just spent her birthday in NYC and quit her job to follow what she loves
Another is a fiery Italian who runs workshops all over the world
Another is a beautifully enlightened spirit with a little girl and she loves yoga
So many more incredible women I could list and speak of their remarkable lives
They tell me how these things are normal, everyday, that these things are not, somehow, work. They must be put aside for the ‘real work’.
Today I sat watching my daughter make a stop motion animated film. She is six. A proper proud homeschooling mama moment!
Not because she made a movie (which considering I’ve been worried about her not learning enough as a homeschooler / unschooler was magic enough alone for me – like I ever need to worry she isn’t learning that 2+ 2 = 4 when she is learning and loving storyboarding and animating)???
But because she made several and didn’t want to stop
She was completely absorbed in what she was doing!
Making these little play doh monster creatures with names that she moved around a little set and painstakingly filmed with absolute concentration
And I realised
How magical that was
How much magic and wonder we all have in our own lives
That we push aside.
But in kids
They take it and own it
They will spend all day doing it as long as they aren’t interrupted or pulled from flow
But how often do we pull ourselves from flow state
Out of seeing the magic in our ordinary worlds
It becomes the every day, the mundane
We stop seeing or believing in how magical everything around us is
How right there and then I felt like there was magic in the very air around us and I didn’t want to move just let her be in full flow of creation
And I wondered how often we postpone our creation and our creativity or squeeze it inbetween the endless should dos or must dos
And what would happen to our world if we just follow what we loved to do
And only that
All day and every day and nothing more
Following our joy like the joy of a child
Instead of sandwiching it between something labelled work and purpose and leaving whatever remains inbetween for true and sheer joy
And maybe the trick is
Noticing what magic you have created in your life in the first place
Haven’t you received magic? Isn’t your life filled with glimpses of wonderment?
You put that there
You desired and received it all
When you chose to do something a little different, a little extraordinary.
Doesn’t it stand to reason then
That to follow suit, you need to do is decide that you want more of it, and decide what it is you want,
and that knowing, the same way you know that you breathe air;
that by following the magic you’ve already made, you will receive more of it?
Which means surely that
THE MAGIC IS!!!! THE REAL WORK!!!
I didn’t end up in a castle in France teaching my incredible daughter stop motion movies in front of a log fire by accident
And my clients come to me and say I want that!
I want travel
To live location free
To follow work that matters to me
But you must know ——
You already have all of it.
My child takes a lump of cheap coloured play doh
And makes a movie out of it
Isn’t that what we are all doing???
Taking this life
And creating it like
We are shaping and moulding the clay
And then you get to write and make the movie.
And the best thing is
You’re already doing it there is NO separation between play and work or life and and work or magic and work – unless you decide otherwise
Which is, entirely magical.