I’m back. So where have I been you ask?
Living life and focusing on goals and ultimately overcoming challenges. I’ll share more details in this blog post in a moment, but I also want you to know that I have missed blogging on a daily basis and helping all of you that visit, subscribe and interact with the topics discussed here. My apologies to those of you that had become accustomed to me posting regularly. I am committed to sharing my knowledge and supporting you all and I’ll share more here. As this is a free blog it sometimes has these challenges, which is no disrespect to you. For those that, join the online community I am a member, I am there every step of the way because although you don’t personally pay me, the affiliate payments enable me to allocate regular time to support your online business progress. But let’s get back to the specific topic of this post:
‘Every Cloud has a Silver Lining’
But before I share my recent experiences relating to this expression, what does it even mean?
In my own words, to me it means that in every challenge or perhaps seemingly negative experience there is always an opportunity; a reason for the better. But before continuing let’s look at more definitions of this expression:
every cloud has a silver lining
Every cloud has a silver lining
Every misfortune has its positive aspect.
Do I really believe this phrase? Yes, I do. I have experienced this numerous times in life and business. Do I achieve recognising the good in every challenge not always. But I find, being in the moment helps to identify the opportunities. For me, meditation, running or regular physical exercise helps me stay present and grounded. What helps you stay in the moment?
This year I have been focused on specific goals in different areas of my life. These are:
- Wealth Creation
- Education and
I have set these 7 areas of life from a variety of training I have done over the years but mainly from Brian Tracy. I set goals in each area each year, however, I have been very focused this year to achieve balance. That is, to achieve in multiple areas of my life and not just focused on one or two, as I had been back in 2014 – 2016.
Back then, my health deteriorated due to stress and forced me to look at how I could reduce stress to improve my health. Although I worked from home for over 10 years, in 2017 I decided, for a portion of my income, to go back to working for someone else to reduce my stress, take a break and basically to get my business ‘MOJO’ back.
I hadn’t realised that all my work from home business activities had been centred around me hosting or facilitating live events and for health reasons, I needed to change this as after 10 years I was exhausted. But rather than ‘throw in the towel’ and give up on business I decided to re-educate myself and share my knowledge through online methods such as blogging. Which I love, by the way, do let me know if you find value or love the knowledge shared here in the comments.
And the change has worked. I feel great and my health has transformed. Woohoo, which means I can do this for years to come.
So getting back to where I’ve been and ‘every cloud has a silver lining’…
In a nutshell, this year’s goals are to:
- Increase my positive working environment
- Improve my health and wellbeing
- Attract a kind, positive, fun intimate relationship
- Change my home environment to one that has less ongoing costs and more room
- Sail again for leisure
- Increase my knowledge in blogging and affiliate marketing and
- Give back to the community with my time and some financial support
I am delighted to share that I have made progress in many of these goals, particularly in the past 6 weeks.
I am now in my final week of taking leave from my ‘job’ so that I could work on some goals. During this 6 week period, I have had some incredible opportunities plus also what could be seen as disappointments or setbacks but I think they have just been checkpoints to see if I am still moving in the direction of my goals. Which is where the ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ saying comes in. When there has been a challenge to overcome, I have had the ability to stop, be in the moment, reflect and see the silver lining, the opportunity. I share in each goal area here:
Positive Work Environment
Firstly, I am always seeking a positive, thriving work environment and am always taking steps to improve this. What I thought was the solution being a complete change, for the moment appears not to be the answer. I was considered for a dream opportunity, however, I didn’t make the short list but I did receive some glowing, positive feedback which was welcoming and very encouraging. Particularly, because they offered feedback that they believed I was a good match to their positive, professional culture. Having such a positive experience of being told ‘I didn’t get it’, makes me feel there is a better opportunity just around the corner. Therefore the cloud here is I didn’t make the shortlist. But is it just because there is a better opportunity for me just about to happen? I believe the latter is the case.
Secondly, I had got off track with my regular exercise and my preferred diet and wellbeing regimes but have now returned to my regular, daily and weekly routines and am thriving again. The challenge here was I taking time out from my regular routine (by taking leave) but this also meant I was out of my regular routine… ironic, so I am now managing to enjoy taking time out but keep exercising regularly. This is the absolute key for me being able to stay present, in the moment and to identify those important silver linings! The silver lining is, that I am able to see the opportunities in every situation, positive or negative.
Thirdly, I have met a kind, fun, generous man that I am enjoying getting to know. And as always, it happened, quite unexpectedly, after I had shifted my focus and just got on with enjoying life and being the best version of me. Plus we have a common interest of sailing – yay – yes – yippee! Which lead to my fifth goal… The cloud here was how do you meet someone now nearing 50 when life is full with single parenting and work commitments plus running a household solo? Well I figured it out. The key really was focusing on myself, letting go and being open to the unexpected and that’s exactly what happened.
Fourthly, I had stalled on moving forward on striving for a goal that in the current real estate market seems impossible. However, due to listening to Abraham Hicks meditations each morning with my son, my son said to me, ‘I think we should strive for the dream Mum because it feels good and we should be open to seeing what happens when we do.’ He amazes me regularly. So I am taking action on what needs to be done to get a property ready to sell, which certainly takes time.
Fifthly, I have returned to sailing for recreation for myself. This is my version of fulfilling a sense of adventure. This year I have been focused on moving my son’s junior sailing membership and setting him up with his own boat so he can sail competitively. This meant that I wasn’t actively looking for sailing opportunities for myself. But again, when I took a moment to be open to opportunities that came along I have now crewed a few times. The first time in 6 months!
Sixthly, this year I am focused on my professional development in writing professionally and that is blogging here but also the professional writing I do in my job too. Therefore all writing benefits both. Which means I am loving the education I receive from my Wealthy Affiliate Membership. My time just got used up elsewhere but I am back. I am still committed to my 100 post challenge, which is a little daunting now, but I am giving it my best to achieve it.
Giving making a difference
And Seventhly (is that even a word?), I have brought together a group of 10 women to donate and support a cause financially and also volunteered my time on the Dinghy Sailing Club’s committee. Although these take time, it has always been important to me throughout out my professional life, when I have been earning an income, to give back both financially and in time.
So there you have it, my clouds and their silver linings. When I began this post I wasn’t sure of where it would lead other than, I knew I wanted to be open to sharing with you. Now it is your turn:
What Clouds and Silver Linings have you experienced recently?