Guest writer: Dannah Lewis Working from home is an interesting thing, working from home as a business owner even more interesting, quirky and sometimes confusing. When I started my business and began working from home some of the reasons included freedom and flexibility, you know the ability to work in my pajamas till noon or work on a project at midnight while doing laundry or sip a glass of wine while on a business call. Sounds decadent, doesn’t it? It is and it was also really disturbing for me as well… Everything became about not doing enough thrown in with some doubts and fears about what I was doing while also judging if I got distracted or took a break. What changed it more dynamically then anything else? The very simple, straight forward Joy of Business question, ‘what if business was the adventure of living?’ Last week was the perfect example of that- I embraced my inner adventure girl and drove myself 500+ miles from San Francisco to Encinitas with my workload, creativity and a few up in my face personal limiting beliefs in tow. I chose it then dawdled with my choice then thought of a million reasons I should stay home and work, then my boyfriend gave me a little encouraging nudge and I then actually took a moment to ask if it was light or heavy to go on the trip and it was so light! So off I went for the longest road trip I’ve ever taken by myself. What did I get (after letting go of the form, structure and significant of what I should and shouldn’t be doing and what should and shouldn’t happen)? A lot more confidence and fun with my body for driving so far with such ease and joy…and loud music and singing; impromptu client meetings; an indescribable amount of relaxation and rejuvenation being nurtured by the ocean and my dear friend who detoxed me with magical energy and potions; three bags of fabulous new clothes (also a gift); joy in working and creating from the balcony with the sounds of the ocean in the background; and have productive business calls and having meetings while on the road (with my blue tooth, of course). Throwing out the rulebook of all the shoulds I should have been doing last week and following my gut to the beach gave me such a greater sense of the joy of me in business, discovering my new beach office/home and what’s possible for creating my business from anywhere. Do you have your own business? Do you include the joy of you and your body in creating it? Do you ask your body to contribute to the business? Do you follow your gut and acknowledge all the juicy wins and creations that come from that? And if you’re up against a decision, are you willing to choose from your gut knowing that is what’s light and let that lightness feed your adventure of living?

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