There are several barriers to overcome in order to succeed in “solitary work” such running a small business, a home-based business or even telecommuting with a larger company (watch for a future blog post on this topic!) … but for me personally, the biggest issue is over-commitment to work.
I’m not bragging when I say that I have been known to be on the phone with a client at 1:30 a.m. to talk through website content; or working on the weekend to get a website’s SEO in place before a Monday launch. And while I view working in my jammies at all hours of the night a privilege, sometimes it gets to be overwhelming the way work consumes family time, quiet time and personal time.
In over 20 years of being self-employed in some form or another (16 of those as co-founder of UBU Enterprises), I often have to remind myself to hit the refresh button and carve out a little creative space. My brain works best when given time to roam … away from the computer, the phone, email and Facebook. Away from the constraints of making a living, and into the joy of having a life!
So it’s in that spirit that I share a few pictures of our latest getaway to Garden of the Gods in Colorado; and a contest to share the spoils of an afternoon well spent just goofing off!
There is a wonderful little retreat center called Glen Eyrie that is on the way to Garden of the Gods. We often drive through to look for critters, like this herd of bighorn sheep that we spotted right at the entrance. Many of the hiking paths are currently closed because of damage from the Waldo Canyon Fire, but the retreat center grounds and castle were spared and are still open for visitors.
Look at those horns!
While at Glen Eyrie, we saw a helicopter in the field, being refueled and getting ready for takeoff. We stopped to watch, and after takeoff the ground technician came over to talk with us. And he brought over a sheet of stickers for my boy. He told us that the helicopter pilot was about Shane’s age (4-years-old) when he first got interested in flying helicopters. And that the pilot was on his way to Aspen to help with a search and rescue mission for a lost hiker. What a treat for my little guy!
And then off to Garden of the Gods to enjoy the beautiful scenery, read some books at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, and have a little snack in the café.
We even found some of my favorite chocolates – Spicy Cowgirl Chocolates seasoned with cayenne pepper – in the gift shop. And wild huckleberry lemonade!
So now you, dear reader, can share in these gastronomical treats we picked up at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post! The chocolate flavors included in the spicy truffles are raspberry dark chocolate, double dark chocolate, hazelnut milk chocolate, and cappuccino — each with a kick! And the wild huckleberry lemonade is, well, huckleberry flavored 🙂
Enter to win below!
Go ahead, enjoy an afternoon of snacking and goofing off! The UBU team thinks you deserve it!