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Looking like me

I have long said that routine is the killer of creativity. In the midst of my ‘waking up and jumping on the treadmill’ lifestyle I was left feeling seriously uninspired. To take my camera out and snap away at everyday things felt like too much hard work, I lost that spark that drives the passion at the core of my creative side. I realised how sad I felt, going through the motion to fulfill my role to society, to complete my workaday job to pay my bills, to come out with possessions to look the part. Screw looking the part, I just want to look like me. 

When I was dreaming about leaping out of my full time working existence I really had no clue how amazing it would be. I was so accustomed to waking up, dressing, sculling my coffee and racing out the door every morning that I didn’t really anticipate what a morning without all that rush would feel like. I was excited at the thought, but didn’t really know what it would be like to be home midweek, during the day. If you work full time and have dreamt of leaping, let me tell you the surprises are endless. 

This morning my plan was to edit some photos I took for a client’s website. I was excited. Do you know what it feels like to wake up in the morning and feel genuinely, soul-nurturingly (not a word but go with it) excited about ‘working’? Man I have heard people say they love their job but as much as I enjoyed the satisfaction of completing my work in the past I have never been able to say my work excites me. Until now. 

If ever there was a time I smiled on the inside, now is it. I still have my moments of anxiety wondering if I can make this work, but then I realise if others can, why can’t I? The only person telling me I can’t, is me. And I don’t welcome that kind of talk around here.

So, if you were ever planning on chasing your dreams, may I suggest you do it? Plan, write down your dreams, plan some more. Once you get it down on paper it becomes real. Don’t let the ideas swirl around in your head without traction, give them meaning, give them sense and make them your reality. Mingle with like-minded dream-chasing folk and encourage them as they encourage you. Seek inspiration. Be inspired. And above all, don’t ever tell yourself you can’t do it.

You can, if you truly want to.

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  • Naomi Ellis - I can’t even begin to describe how much I adore this Peggy. I love that you have taken this leap of faith…in your new life and in yourself. I love how you are seeking new inspiration each day and what a gift you have given yourself to wake up each day excited about your life. I am excited to follow your journey. N xReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - Thank you Naomi. It has been very exciting, and although it is also scary and very different to what I know I am loving how rejuvenated I am feeling. Thank you for your support and encouragement. xoReplyCancel

  • Surely Sarah - Big thumbs up. It’s so rare for people to pursue what they love. I love reading about you doing it, I find it inspiring :)ReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - Thank you Sarah. I used to love reading about others pursuing their dreams, always gave me a little more hope that I too would follow mine someday. xoReplyCancel

  • Kaisla - Dear Peggy,
    I just started to think: what if I never started reading your blog? What if I never read through your posts about the importance of kindness, finding peace of mind, enjoying small things, chasing your dreams… Would I have just continued my old superficial selfish ways? And for how long? What I know is at least the change was faster having followed your example and being inspired by you. Also I would most likely not have found my other favourite blogs Raising Master Max, BabyMac or Edenland (after all, Aussie blog scene is not so well known up here).

    I’m not sure if you thought you could have this much of an effect on someone else than yourself by writing a blog. I just want to thank you for, well, reminding me how to be happier. For showing a great example of how to make your life better. You have no idea what it has done to my spirit and my personality. Who knew it would be this easy to improve your own life and get rid of negativity and useless aggression? And I was not even very unhappy to start with.

    Every day I am a little more positive and optimistic, helpful and kind than the day before. And each day feels better. I know this is how I was raised, but somewhere along the way I had lost some of it. Now I have even learned to deal with those unhappy, difficult customers at work – so well even, that two of the worst ones I’ve met in a while have on our second encounter offered me an apology for being so rude earlier. Win!

    I am still looking for my dream, but once I set my mind on something I am sure to follow it and not just stay and day dream. Thank you for all of this :)

    Kaisla xxReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - Gosh thank you Kaisla. Your kind words could not have come at a better time, having grappled with self-doubt earlier today and wondering briefly if I make any difference to anything. So thank you.

      I know what you mean by having lost some of what we knew as kids, I too found myself on a path of anger and nastiness in the past. I am still learning, but mostly I know I want to be (and can be) kinder and more positive. I think acknowledging that is the biggest hurdle, self-reflection isn’t always easy.

      I think although maybe you have been inspired here, you were already on your own path of self-development. You were obviously already very open to it or you would not have blinked in this direction. I am rapt that I could be a part of that, I am humbled. Thank you for letting me know that I have made some impact on your journey, it makes my blog feel that much more worthy.

      Life is much nicer when viewed through less aggressive and kinder eyes isn’t it?

      Thanks again, you seriously made my day. xoReplyCancel

      • Peggy Saas - ps…I only worked out my dream a year ago, although looking back it was always present. It will reveal itself to you when the time is right. And you will blitz it!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley - I love this post Peggy, it made me smile and nod the whole way through. I feel exactly the same way about my job and found that I was even excited to return to work after a long overseas holiday. Bizarre! I am so glad to hear that everything is working out so well – keep living that dream of yours! xxReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - Thank you Kimberley, it is a great feeling loving what you do. I want to ‘work’ harder and look forward to what tomorrow will bring. Thanks lovely. xoReplyCancel

      • Pevita - Inspiring writing! I like your ideas about writing down a dream, making a plan and chase it. Thank’s for your post, it motivates me much!ReplyCancel

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