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Alas, it is all coming to an end.

In a few hours I will board my last long haul flight of this trip and make my way back to London.  I have mixed feelings about it if I’m honest. This flight signals the end of my sabbatical and the beginning of real life and it also presents a crossroad where there is no defined way forward. I have a lot of decisions to make in the next few weeks and it all feels a bit daunting. At the same time, it is exciting. I know my life is changing and I know that change will be a good thing. 

I want to say that this experience has dramatically altered my outlook on life but that would be overstating things a bit. I have opened my heart and my mind just a bit wider and am seeing things around me just a little bit differently. I still feel mostly the same. 

When I return to London, I have a week straight of reunions, business meetings and catch ups with people that I have never met. Wish me luck!

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I always get a bit nostalgic in September and October.

It reminds me of starting a school year with new clothes, new classes and new things to learn. Everyone seems full of buzz for the possibilities that lie ahead. As I have gotten older I’ve become more nostalgic rather than buzzed. Thinking more about my Christmas holidays (and shopping) and counting the days until I can have my first eggnog latte from Caribou Coffee in Minneapolis.

This year is different. This year I have a feeling of momentum. Momentum building around me and under me and propelling me forward. Anyone with me? For quite a while now I have been standing on a fence. I climbed the fence this time last year when I held my first wine tasting in my flat in London. I had 11 lovely people humour me by listening to my driveling on about wine. I was in heaven.

Unfortunately, I stopped doing it.

Spring came around and I took a ‘break’ to focus on my day job. I took on a wider role at work and started doing longer days and working on the weekend. That left very little time to prepare and deliver tastings. I now find myself 4 months later and missing the buzz. That buzz didn’t really come from putting on wine tastings though. It came from taking a risk and doing something that I loved. Showing myself that I could be more and do more with my skills than I was  working behind a desk.

I read this article the other day and it just hit me. I gave up. I gave up right as I was gaining momentum:

“Think right now about something you keep stopping. You committed to it, but then you suddenly quit because it started to require a little extra elbow grease. A project at work, a relationship, a fitness goal. Remember why you started it, then push onward. Because the more you stop and think about quitting, the longer it’ll take to get to your desired result. Or worse, you’ll never know what it feels like to reach the finish line.”

full article here

But luckily that momentum has come back. Maybe its nature telling me that I am turning yet another year older in a few days and if I’m going to do something different, the time to start is now. So here we go…again.

I’m still looking forward to my first eggnog latte though. Yum.

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I know a lot of people in jobs that they are just not happy with. They are looking to change, mould or just scrap the whole thing in favour of finally pursuing something they are passionate about. I also know people that have long since gone on that pursuit, many to find a greater happiness and fulfillment if not a bigger pocketbook. Many come back to their careers at least part time but others find a way to sustain their newly passion-filled life.

I am a big proponent of following your passion. Nearly everything stands in your way when you are forging the path – people don’t believe you are making the right choice, the risk feels just too big, your other life plans don’t align, you don’t feel like you have the time, etc.
This morning, I am focusing on what I love and taking another step towards my passion. Who’s coming with me?

Happy Friday wine lovers Xx

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