SOME OF OUR NOTES ON NEW BEGINNINGS
From having a little one to launching a new website, we’ve come up with a few things we’ve learnt over the last few years about navigating new beginnings.
FEEL THE FEAR… AND DO IT ANYWAY
Change is scary. Even good change. Accept that you might feel nervous, scared and overwhelmed at times, but try not to let it knock you for six.
DROP ALL EXPECTATIONS
It’s easy to get carried away imagining how brilliant your new baby / project / haircut is going to be, but be prepared for reality being a little bit different. It might take time to find your groove, and there might be a few mishaps along the way, so the less you focus on how you think it should be, the more you can enjoy what you’re actually doing.
Ah, social media is a strange and wonderful place. But endless scrolling can be the enemy of new projecteers (that’s what I’m calling us now). As you put down the paintbrush and admire the new nursery you’ve created, up pops a pic of Jess from Baby Sensory’s brand new baby room, complete with underfloor heating, mood-enhancing fairy lights and an actual unicorn (probably). Don’t let these Instagram illusions put you off. You’re doing great.
When you have a new idea, a new toy, or a new human, you just want to race ahead to all the fun stuff. But annoyingly, concepts need formulating, gadgets need charging, and babies need sleep. Enjoy the early days, when things are moving a little more slowly, and you’re formulating your masterplan.
PHONE A FRIEND
Sometimes your head gets so lost into what you’re focussing on (be that a toddler or a triathlon) you lose all perspective. Reach out to someone you trust for an honest opinion. Am I a bad parent for plonking him in front of Peppa Pig while I do the washing up? No. Should I get a tattoo of his face on my face? Sure! If you want to. But maybe sleep on it for a couple of nights first eh?
STEP AWAY FROM THE THING
Yes, we know it’s brilliant and exciting and you just can’t leave it alone, but taking a break will give your brain a chance to catch up on other things and refocus. Sure, your new gallery wall looks great, but it’s 4pm and you still haven’t eaten breakfast.
GOOGLE SOME THINGS, BUT NOT EVERYTHING
Basic practical problems, go ahead. Anything that needs real, professional advice? Step away from the screen. You’re only ever two clicks away from inevitable death, cancer, and bankruptcy.
Celebrate at the start. Celebrate a few weeks in (or even a few hours in, we’re not counting). Celebrate when it’s finished (it’s never really finished though, is it?). Remember to congratulate yourself on even having the guts to embark on your new adventure, regardless of how it’s actually going.
Finally, no matter how things turn out, own it. The new house, those new jeans, a new addition to the family or a new business venture. Say it loud, and say it proud, because you’re absolutely bossing it.