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Five life lessons that have made all the difference to me.

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When we think about learning, we often think that it’s all about enrolling and attending a class. The interesting thing is that my greatest lessons have been from life itself.

Don’t get me wrong, I have had loads of education and I loved going to University and really pushing my mind. However, the value of my life experiences have been equally important, if not more.

Here’s why:

1.Life Lesson: Take time out

Finding time for yourself can often be a challenge. My daughter has a tendency to stop me in a ‘in my moment’ of “I need to get this done first”, and remind me of the importance of taking time out. She will ask me to colour in with her and I will look at her face, and be reminded of how fast she is growing up and that she won’t always ask me to colour in with her.

2. Life Lesson: Reconnect

Confession first: I love Bunnings and I will often duck in to pick up whatever I need. The interesting thing is that I found a lesson during a Bunnings visit – I saw a Dad pushing around one of those huge shopping trolleys with his two children sitting at the bottom, both on their own iPads completely ignoring the outside world.

There is absolutely no judgement on this, as I didn’t know what his circumstances were or where his kids were at, but for me, it reminded me the importance of connecting with my kids. It’s not all about iPads and stuff, it’s about time – for me.

3. Life Lesson: Read more

Books are awesome. We read books to our kids every night and I often forget to do my own reading, which is ok as it’s not necessarily something I have to do every day.

But when I do take the time to read books that fulfill me, excite me and challenge me, my view on my life changes. It’s like the world is in colour again. I can see things in my life from a different angle that, without reading, I would have seen the scenario in only one way.

4. Life Lesson: Shoes make a difference

Another confession from the Belinda files: I love shoes! Ok, ok, I am addicted to shoes. So why do shoes make a difference?

I work for myself, so sometimes I dress casually and often do not take the time to put my outfit together in the same way that I would if I was attending a business meeting. But, when I take the time to choose my outfit AND the shoes, the shoes make me feel amazing. It doesn’t matter what my size, my shape or my mindset, I smile when I put on fabulous shoes!

5. Life Lesson: Learning from Learning

This week I attended a training retreat and came away learning more about my business and how to analyze what I need to change, add or evolve to move ahead. At the same time I have learned more about myself than my business in the process.

I have been able to sit back and evaluate my personality style, my spirit and even what drives me. This has really helped me to understand how I need to implement the changes in my business more successfully. This is a beautiful thing because it increases the level of authenticity, which is always a good.

I guess the point of this article is to notice what is going on around you. Watch, listen and more importantly learn from not only your experiences, but from the experiences of others. When you stop learning you are stopping yourself from experiencing life and all it has to offer.

Dive in, go through, roll around, get involved, get dirty, get amongst it and enjoy the process of learning and never stop! It rocks. Seriously.

With Love,

Belinda Bow xx

Website: www.greenchillimarketing.com.au

Belinda Bow

I am Belinda. I am excited about life and I adore my family. I know that work life balance is a load of hoo-haa. Life ebbs and flows, and that's ok because we need to have the downs to appreciate the ups. I love all things marketing and thrive on seeing a business flourish. I am the founder of Green Chilli Marketing and Ambassador for 3 Angels Nepal.

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