In 2020, the world as we know it changed, countries went into lockdown, cities ground to a halt and pollution almost disappeared. It was a challenging time for many and so many lives were lost.
Business changed, the way we do business changed, schooling, social interaction and so much more all turned upside down. After years of running a business network for someone else, I branched out and in 2020, I was celebrating the one year opening of my network business. The first year we were thriving with 12 branches open in Victoria. Over the course of 2019 to 2022, the business had 24 branches open online and around Australia. Sadly, 2020 saw many businesses close and we changed how we did business.
During 2020, I picked up my creative side again through acrylic painting. During the lockdowns it provided solace and head space to keep going whilst living in the most lockdown city in the world. I took online classes with some amazing international artists during this time and painted almost every day. I felt at peace, relaxed, and absorbed into a world of living with intention.
As life went back to some level of normality I started taking face to face art classes and continued studying under some amazing international artists. One good thing that came from lockdowns was the access to world class training via the internet.
I got a taste of how life could be easier and less stressful. In 2022 it was time for my full stop, from that day I knew life can be easier, life can be different, and I am going to change my future.
Just making the decision to let go of my business in 2022 was a huge relief and one that allowed doors to open that I would never have imagined. It was the best decision I made just to let go.
What can you let go of and what is it that stops you?
Lee Cummins is a mixed media artist, workshop and art class facilitator.