Reluctant to post this photo (because sometimes I'm still vain as shit) but it seems fitting.. This was on a day that I had travelled to meet my business parter and spend one day with her (while she was in the same country - which is rare). We needed work on a clients website together and meet deadlines. I was battling a fever/cold - I was high on Balinese herbs and smashing ginger honey tea like there's was no tomorrow. We spent almost 10 hours at this table in a cafe because the wifi was epic and the food was delicious. Pretty sure the wait staff thought we were moving in for good. This is a glimpse at the less glamorous side of the digi-nomad/entrepreneur life. But we do it for the people.. and the laughs.
1 year ago, I found it hard to integrate the way I see things and what I believe with my "work life"... It felt like my business was separate to my spiritual practices, beliefs and values. I hid certain parts of myself at times because I didn't want my clients to think I was a hippy or that I wasn't a "legit" designer. I crafted a false persona that I thought was what people expected of me.
Things have changed a bit since then...
During a call with one of my beautiful new clients today, we were talking about how women need to step up and rise into the feminine, and both agreed that love and feminine presence are two of the greatest gifts we have to offer this world. Part of the project we are working on together is to inspire women to do this, it's giving them a tool and information to help them learn how to be softer, more connected, more graceful, more authentic, more powerful, loving and present AS WOMEN. It's really exciting and I will share it when it launches.
I feel really blessed to work with the people that I do, on the projects that I am.
So now when people ask me how I do what I do and I tell them that it's intuitive, they get what I mean. They speak my language and I don't feel like a crazy person (anymore). I talk to my clients about retrogrades and all sorts of energetic happenings, and they tell me what's happening for them too.
I show up as me, I share my beliefs and speak my truth. As a result they can do the same. We get to know each other better and this connection leads to a much deeper, richer design process and successful end product for the project.
With this change I've learnt that there is no business without relationships. If I am running my own business, I need to show up 100%, be genuine and share my values - that's how I attract my people, my tribe, my ideal clients. If I don't show up, they can't find me.... and helping them show up and express their brand/purpose/beliefs is what I do...
Helping people to help other people are a major reason I do this work.
I'm not just a digital nomad designer, I'm an interpreter, an intuitive and a visual translator of sorts... and I get to connect the dots and help people with incredible gifts to communicate and connect with those that need them most on their own journey. The connection and the relationships that I get to experience and be part of, that's what I love most about the work I do and I wouldn't have that if I kept my self seperate from my work.