In my experience, there are two types of entrepreneur:
someone who desires to start a business and it doesn’t matter what they do
someone who has a calling to be a service and the best way to do that is to start a business
The first time I encountered a Type 1 person, I was so surprised! I had no idea people like that existed!!
Because the only reason I started a business was to be of service and do what I love to do.
When I first realized 10 years ago that I could help people improve their health and their lives with reiki, I started a business. It wasn’t because I wanted to be an entrepreneur – I just wanted to be of service!
Over the last 10 years, I’ve learned a lot about being in business, especially for those of us Type 2’s.
I get it and know that we walk a very different road than Type 1 entrepreneurs.
That’s why I work with Type 2 entrepreneurs (or Soulpreneurs). I want to help them feel calm, clear, confident, and connected to who they are, what they do, and why they do it.
If you’re a Soulpreneur and would like someone to guide you on your journey to success and abundance, I invite you to check out my Soulpreneur Rising and Soulpreneur Intensive coaching experiences. Or schedule a free call with me.
One of the biggest
rebuttals I get when I’m talking to people about Joy and how to add more of it
into their lives, is “I don’t have time for more!” What if I told you that you
don’t need more time in order to feel more joyous?
But let me back up a
bit, because I already sense that the word Joy has lost you. I hear you
thinking, What’s the big deal with Joy, anyways? Why does it matter? Honestly,
it only matters to people who want to be successful. And lead fulfilling lives.
I don’t blame you if
you think that Joy is frivolous or unnecessary. We’ve been programmed to think
that way. At some point, when we’re around ten, we desperately want to “grow
up” and we get all serious and throw away all of our rainbow t-shirts and
glitter pens. For some completely mysterious reason, someone decided that
boring was synonymous with serious – and success.
in a grown up world is beige. Or maybe grey, which is the edgy, modern version
of beige. There’s no colour and there’s no creativity.
There’s no sign of
nature, there’s no sound (Muzak doesn’t count), and there are no surprises.
Everything is plain and predictable.
And we’ve accepted
Yet still we wonder
why our lives are plain and predictable and the best answer we can come up with
when someone asks how we are is “busy”.
Let me share a bit of
a story. I lived in Indonesia for 3 years. My son was born there, too, but
that’s a different story. If you’re unfamiliar, Indonesia is a country in Southeast
Asia made up of of a string of about 17000 islands which run between Singapore
and Australia. One of those islands is Bali. You’ve probably heard of Bali.
Maybe you’ve been there. Bali has a reputation for being ah-mazing, even within
Indonesia. The whole country is fantastic, but there are a couple of things
that set Bali apart. Firstly, the people there are Hindu, so they have
beautiful rituals. But then there’s this: if you ask anyone in the rest of
Indonesia how they are, they’ll say “good”. Like how we always say we’re fine
(if we’re not busy). But in Bali, when you ask someone how they are, they will
always say, “great”. And that, my friends, is what joy looks like.
But what’s my point?
My point is that when we experience joy regularly, we go from feeling
fine/good/busy to feeling great. And – here’s the kicker – when we feel great,
we make better decisions, we inspire action, and we build better lives, which
leads to even more joy, abundance, and success.
So, let’s create more
And let’s put it in
our work space, since that’s where we spend a lot of our time. (And, yes,
you’ll have the time to do these things, if you choose to.)
As I said before,
everything in our serious, adult world tends to be drab or muted: beige, grey,
maybe navy blue. Do you know there’s a word for the fear of colour? It’s
Chromophobia. And most adults have it. So, to make your space more joyful, try
adding bright colours. You don’t have to paint your office walls neon orange
but throwing in some colour can help you and your space feel more lively.
Wall art – get a wall calendar with
brightly coloured pages or artwork. Or ask your kids to colour or paint a picture.
Then frame it and put it on the wall. It will add colour and make your kids
feel great, too!
Flowers – you get the double whammy of
adding colour, plus a touch of nature, which is good for our mental health as
well as upping our joy factor.
Office supplies – get brightly
coloured office supplies, like post-it notes and paper clips. Get a fun shaped
tape dispenser. Bring back those glitter pens (or at least use coloured ink if
you don’t want the glitter).
Over the past decade
or so, we’ve become more aware of the importance of light in our work
environments. While adding more windows and natural lighting options is great,
there’s a little more to it if we want to use light to feel joyful.
Fairy lights – they’re not just for
Christmas! I have them up year round all over my house, and have blue dragonfly
fairy lights (of course) in my office. For an added bonus, hang them up near
the ceiling to attract your gaze upward, which helps us to feel more expansive.
Mirrors – they reflect light and help
the space feel bigger and brighter. But get creative! I have a mini disco ball
in my office. You can also hang a decorative prism in the window, which will
send rainbows all over your room when the light hits it just right. Tinsel,
glitter, and sequins do the same sort of thing, so work those into your décor
You can do all you
want to make your office look good, but that means little if it doesn’t feel
good. The drudgery of day-to-day work can suck the life out of your office and
you! One of the best ways to boost the energy in your office is to celebrate!
I’m not talking caviar and champagne every day – unless that’s your thing and
then, by all means, do that – but more about the feeling that goes with
Celebrate all the things, big and
small. Whether it’s meeting a deadline or signing a new client, every success
deserves to be celebrated.
Have a celebration ritual, so that you
know how to celebrate when the good things happen. We have a terrible habit of
not acknowledging our successes, and part of that is not knowing how. By having
a plan, we remove that obstacle. Your ritual could be:
putting on a song you love and doing a
going out for dinner
writing it down
lighting a designated success candle
putting a thing (rhinestone,
paperclip, etc.) in a jar and watching the jar fill up over time
Make sure that your celebrations are
immediate. If we put them off, we tend to forget to do them. They don’t need to
take a lot of time or effort, they just need to happen.
Celebrate with someone else. If you
have a team, call them together for a group happy dance or hug. If you’re a
solopreneur, text your partner or best friend to share your success. (If you
feel like you don’t have someone to celebrate with, message me!)
I could go on and on
here about ways to bring more joy to your work day and work space, but I won’t.
This little list should keep you busy enough for a while. As you can see, most
of these suggestions really won’t take much extra time or add any more to-do’s
to your list. There are millions of little things we can have and do to create
more joy every day. It really only takes a tiny bit of effort, and the results
What will you do today to bring more joy to your work day?
Today’s joy challenge is to find your Zakka, a Japanese word for all the everyday things in your life that bring you joy. Maybe it’s a favourite pen, or mug, or paperweight. Be sure to put them where you can see them – don’t keep them hidden away!
Other joyful Z things: ♡ Zigzags. Because they’re fun! ♡ Zany is a great word and we should all strive to add a little more zany-ness to our lives.
🌈The goal of this 26 day challenge has been to bring more joy into our daily lives. This, in turn, helps bring us more abundance and success. Thank you so much for joining me! 🙏🌈
Today’s joy challenge is to find as many yellow things as you can. Yellow is such a bright, cheery, colour so find as much of it as you can (flowers, clothes, food, gemstones, whatever!).
Other joyful Y things: ♡ Yin-Yang because being in balance and harmony with yourself, in your relationships, and in life feels good. ♡ Yo-yo’s are super fun toys. Invest in a good one and it will keep you playing for hours.
🌈The goal of this 26 day challenge is to bring more joy into our daily lives. This, in turn, helps bring us more abundance and success. Each day of the challenge we’ll get creative with finding things that inspire joy that start with a letter of the alphabet. There will be a live video every day so be sure to watch!