“Screw it, let’s just do it.” – Richard Branson

If getting older isn’t bad enough, being made redundant makes you feel shabby. One minute you are a useful member of your community, the next you find yourself thrown on to the scrap heap of what is left of the rest of your life.  A real kick in your confidence solar plexus.

My Garden Leave started as the UK weather decided to aspire to the top end of the temperate maritime scale – my favourite time of the year – as we were treated to a run of amazingly hot summer weather. For the first time in my life, I could do as I pleased but, I didn’t really appreciate or enjoy it. Instead I grappled with feelings of shock, anger and depression.

For whatever reason, we all spend way to much time worrying about our futures, when we should all be enjoying the now.  The present time, as we will never have this time again.  Yes, throughout my life I have been reading all the ‘get your act together books’ available written by the likes of Eckhart Tolle, but I haven’t been putting any of these enlightened words of wisdom into practice.  More fool me!

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it – Eckhart Tolle

So instead of enjoying my Gardening Leave, I wasted it on worry.  Worrying about what I was going to be doing for the rest of my life. Moping around the house like a wet fish, with my confidence wrapped around my tail fin like a ball and chain.  I had hit rock bottom.

But you have to pick yourself up.  You have to move on and if you adhere to people like, Richard Branson, Eckhart Tolle, and Scott Dinsmore, you will move on.  You only get one stab at this rocky road of life and how ever little time you may have left, you have got to get on with it and start creating an environment around you that is going to help you achieve what you want from your life.

So I gave myself a kick up the mind set butt, kicking out the negative thoughts and latching on to the words of Richard Branson.  “Screw it!  Let’s just do it!”.  Now everything that was on the back burner is now bubbling away at the front and my


The path I am taking now will be the right one because it leads me to where I want to go.


I have set my sights on something that is achievable.  Something I want, no something I need to achieve, from what is left of the rest of my life.  It won’t be easy, nothing ever is, but I will get there.


Thank you very much for visiting my niche-less blog! If you have time before you leave, would love you to tell us what you think. All the best, Tessa Barrie

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