I’m staring a new series on my blog call What Happened. Each month I’m going to write a sum up with the most important stuff that is worth sharing, because I want to share my life lessons with you. Here’s what January surprised me with.
The beginning of the month looked quite, but it started full on. I got sick as I was dealing with inflammation in my breasts (a recurring symptom that seems to be going away). Needless to say I needed to take some rest and I had to skip going to gym. When I started getting better, Andrej got sick with a virus that I caught and was keeping me home for another week or so.
If you know me you know I love running and exercising and saying no to it feels to me like I’m being lazy. First time in life, instead of increasing the velocity, I slowed down and took more rest. It was a good thing to do – now I feel ready to start again. In fact, I realised I haven’t gone swimming once since I started going to gym (it has a pool too). February, bring it on!
Lesson Learnt: Be patient with your body and give it rest when it needs it. No need to push yourself. You’re already great!
My book has started taking a great shape. I got first colour illustrations and black-and-white sketches of the actual images from Duncan and they made me super happy (more this Thursday on my blog)! My editor has sent me the edited copy of the book and I decided on the paperback’s dimensions. I also had a very useful call with Lynnda Pollio who self-published her book, Trusting the Currents, and won 12 awards. Lynnda gave me lots of useful tips on how to publish my book in the US and bring it to public libraries.
Lesson Learnt: Self publishing, just like anything you’re serious about, isn’t a one-week job – but she showed me that it’s possible to achieve a lot even with a self published book.
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Also, January was really special in terms of my courses. I was preparing for three workshops in Prague and Brno (Czechia), and Bratislava (Slovakia, my hometown). Unfortunately the latter one didn’t happen due to low enrolment caused by late promotion. Lesson learnt: start promoting early, at least 6 weeks before the event. Finally, I started looking for a new parter in Slovakia and looks like I found one in Czech Republic too. I would be supper happy if more people grabbed the opportunity to do what they love and not just to earn their living, but to live life at fullest too.
This month for the first time I’ve started working with people from the USA. It’s a nice surprise, because I said to myself last year that this is the market I want to offer my consulting to and here we go. People from Los Angeles, Texas, and other states were not just interested in my offer, but some of them also signed up. I’m very happy about this.
Lesson Learnt: Don’t wish for it, create it – I was in touch with people from the US and it’s wasn’t pure “luck” that I won some of them as clients. Also, if you’re persistent with what you do, opportunities will come. You just have to learn to be patient.
Another thing that makes me happy is my fresh membership at the global coworking network WeWork. I went to check out one of their spaces in Soho at Sheraton House and it was pretty awesome. Entrepreneurs from all around the world connect through their online network. Suddenly, the world has become a lot more accessible.
Last but not least, University of the Arts London has asked me to start teaching courses for 16-18 year olds. It looks like a really cool opportunity and I would love to work with young adults. In fact, I already had my youngest participant in Prague who was only 13 years old. It’s so cool that young people want to share something meaningful with the rest of the world.
It’s been an intense month for me and Andrej. Andrej was dealing with crazy work hours and then started questioning what he’s going to do in 3 years when he finishes his current contract. It may seem like plenty of time, but this has been the question for him since we’ve met. I’m proud to say he nailed it down. When we were in Abu Dhabi, I started to doubt if he ever would.
Lesson Learnt: If you commit to your partner’s happiness, you can break through anything.
Finally, we’ve been organising our wedding in August. We have the guest list, my wedding dress, Andrej’s tuxedo, and all the most important things booked. They say that your marriage goes the way your wedding planning does. If that’s true, our marriage is going to be a breeze.
What have you experienced, discovered and learnt this month?