How do you begin to think about finding work you love when all that matters right now is getting the bills paid?  It can be hard to constantly be reminded that there’s something else for you out there that you might love more than your current job, if all you have the bandwidth for is getting through your work day, feeding your family and keeping a roof over your head.

Money needn't be the reason that now isn't the right time to start something of your own.  Maybe you've an idea for a side business, something you're passionate about, or know a lot about, but the thing that's stopping you exploring the possibility of taking it further is the idea that you have to lay out a large amount of money to get it off the ground.

You are unique, you have come here via your own journey, you hold your own set of beliefs and ideas about the world, and you have your own personal mission of growth to accomplish.  I couldn't possibly begin to assume to understand the intricate and totally complicated web of your life, nor what you need for it to feel complete.

Are you living the life you want, or some measure towards it?  Or are you living in sacrifice, compromising everything that would be your choice for the sake of someone else's choices, or simply a lack of your own.  If these are two ends of a spectrum, where within it do you stand?  Where do you want to stand?

One day you realise there's someone else, or worse, more than one someone else, doing almost exactly the same thing as you want to set out to do.  You had this gem of an idea, all ready to start moving on bringing it to life, and then it goes up in a puff - just like that, it's over for you.  You see no point in continuing when someone else has clearly already got it covered.  Down tools now before wasting any more time.

When you love your work it doesn't feel like work, there's a flow to what you're doing that makes it something to look forward to.  You don't feel that Monday morning dread, in fact it's an effort to not work - you have to be really good at defining the boundaries of down time, otherwise you'd be in it from morning until night, it grabs you so completely.

What I want, more than anything in the world, is for you to be happy.  When you're doing things that make you happy, your resources get replenished, and you have so much more to give.  If you're not doing things that bring you joy, I'd make a bet now that the only thing that's standing in your way is you.

You've heard of slow food and slow living?  These movements are helping us to reconnect to a more natural rhythm of life - eating seasonally, living within the natural boundaries of available resources, reducing our impact on the planet.

It can be really frustrating when you come up with an idea for a project: you’re itching to get it off the ground properly; you’re snatching moments of time to work on it in spare hours (for me it was waking at 6am on a Sunday, forfeiting the coveted lie-in!); it’s impossible to feel like you’re achieving much, the flow being constantly interrupted by daily life and your ongoing obligations.  Oh, the magic that could happen if you could concentrate full-time on bringing your idea to life.  And all you see around you is the motivational words of the gurus who want you to STOP DREAMING AND START DOING, that risks need to be taken in order for results to come, LEAP and the net shall appear…