Today I am sitting at Colette’s Grand Cafe, a large latte in hand, a cookie on my left, Tony Bennett and Norah Jones singing in the distance, and writing straight from the heart…or maybe it’s from the head, I’m still not quite sure. It’s hard not to dream, think deeply, and reflect in an environment like Colette’s. I think I may have found my spirit animal place (can I have a spirit animal place?). La Vie en rose.
2016 has been on the craziest years for me thus far. Between work, my personal life, and the little surprises that keep popping up, the year has certainly kept me on my toes. Since I began working I’ve developed a greater appreciation for how a business is run. I studied Psychology at University, following through with my thesis but never took a single business course whilst I was there. I was really against business – I had false ideas in my head about what working for a corporation was like. My almost-two years at a major Corporation have proven to be two of the greatest years of my life. The learnings, the challenges, the people, and the business! Wow! I feel insanely blessed to work for the company that I do. Three years ago I would have never thought I would say I love working for a Corporation.
One of the things I have subconsciously picked up from work and applied to my personal life is quarterly evaluations. Sexy, I know. To me, checking in, reevaluating, forecasting, and all the other parts of quarterly planning are major in my every day life. It doesn’t make sense to only evaluate and reflect upon a business once a year, so why do we only do it at the start of a New Year for our personal lives? Why don’t we build this habit into our daily lives so that it becomes second nature? Am I the only one who wants to adjust my path as I go rather than once I’ve made it to the wrong destination? To me, this just makes sense.
Recently, I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that although I may have the best intentions, I can’t do it all, at least not by myself. It’s been a bit of a learning to me that I am not, in fact, Super Woman. I think I should have learned this a while ago, but being the slightly stubborn woman that I am, I have been trying to prove myself wrong. Surprisingly, I have done a pretty good job at juggling 12 balls at once and balancing a bottle on my head. However, I feel like Bubbly & Bold has taken a hit. Instead of working towards quality, I’ve been racing toward quantity, and completely dropped the ball. I’ve officially made the decision that, although I would love to post 3 times a week and share videos and tutorials, it’s not realistic. My blog is incredibly important to me, but so is my career, my family, and my friends. I am not willing to take a hit in any department any longer.
So here we are, reflecting on the first three months of the year which have been incredible. They have treated me to some of the greatest friendships, travels, journeys, and learnings that I have ever had the chance to experience. I’d say it’s been a fantastic quarter. Some adjustments are to be made, however. I have decided to walk towards quality instead of quantity concerning Bubbly & Bold. It’s been easy to pop out substandard posts (in my eyes) a few times a week so that I could check writing on the blog off my list. No more, baby. No more. I’ve adjusted my goal to post or record 1 video for each week. However, my expectations for these posts is that they will be exemplary. From the photographs to the writing, I want to wow you – I want to wow myself! My own online journal is about to kick it up a notch. Will you join me in reflecting on your first quarter?
My latte is now finished and La Vie en rose is playing in the background. I like to think that life communicates with you when you most need it. After reflecting and planning out my next quarter I feel light, airy, and settled. It’s as if I’m seeing life through rose coloured glasses all over again.
La Vie en rose.