Making that journey along an unfamiliar road is scary, leaping into the unknown and choosing to do something new and different. Saying YES to everything can really be exhausting, though once you get into the flow - it gets quite addictive. Consequently, we have ended up working more than we imagined and have given away more money to charities, moved house and are moving again. Life takes so many exciting twists and turns and we have stopped worrying whether we are doing the right thing. Over time, saying yes has got easier and now it's second nature.
On the odd occasion we look at each other and wonder what the hell we are doing, but mostly we just laugh hysterically and go for it!
Here's Shonda Rhimes giving an interesting and inspirational talk about her year of saying Yes.
My Year Of Saying Yes To Everything
We have both noticed a real shift in the way we see and deal with situations. No longer fearful of the worst case scenario, we find it easy to come up with solutions to problems and flip around any negative thoughts.
We meditate, feel calmer, time seems to have slowed right down or is it us? Have we gradually been speeding up? It feels good though; having time. Time to meditate, to exercise, work, relax and have fun. We continue to clean for a living...well, we look at it as getting paid to work out!
We are good at what we do and people love it. Who would have thought that we'd make money from cleaning mainly rich people's houses? Certainly not us, but here we are - 10 years on and still doing it. We have a successful partnership, we are busy and our customers often say that they don't know what they'd do without us, which is lovely. We haven't advertised in years and most of our work came to us through word of mouth. People trust us with their houses and in return, we look after them. We specialise in deep cleaning and we sometimes help people to clear their clutter. We make our own vinegar sprays and like using lemon juice, bicarbonate of soda and Bio D products. We have one customer who isn't keen on our natural products, but we're working on her. It's just a matter of education, understanding the harm caused by all the shitty chemicals out there. We'll do a blog about it all sometime.
The nice thing about self-employment is the flexibility, we decide on the work we take on, the people we work with, the hours we do and how much we charge. Some days we work really hard, some days we decide right at the last minute to keep on driving instead of going to work (yes, like a couple of kids bunking off) and some days we stay in bed until late afternoon. Our lives are free from routine and we are free to make choices - this is very important to us.
Yesterday, we were asked by a customer if we fancied doing some vegan catering for weddings this year and guess what we said?