I’ve been away for a while, and now I am back with my new favourite thing – pockets of peace to start your day. Read on to find out how I am keeping a sense of peace by sitting in the garden in a woolly hat.

After a stressful year or so with the business, I decided to take a three-month sabbatical – from December through February of this year – time to make some decisions, regroup, and generally decide whether or not to continue with my business.

This sabbatical culminated with a ten-day business retreat on an island off Mexico – one of the most spiritual, healing, and inspirational things I have ever done in my life. I came away from there with this overriding sense of peace – that things are going to be ok, I am going to be ok, and most importantly, the business is going to be ok.

One of the things that I really enjoyed on the island was just sitting and being still in nature. The views of the Caribbean Sea, or the lagoon behind the hotel, were stunning and calming, and I would just sit there, and look out to sea.

Often when I have come home from these amazing trips in the past (like to British Colombia, or the Bay of Fundy, or times away to the coast), I have been back barely five minutes and the feeling is already gone. Replaced by the sense of stress and overwhelm that was common when I came back to work.

But this time though it’s not. Instead, I have kept these pockets of peace in my day – 20 minutes in the garden with a cuppa before I start my day.

Twenty minutes with a woolly hat and big coat and sometimes a blanket, I have to say, but twenty minutes nonetheless.

Starting the day on my own terms, with a pocket of peace, so I can then be more focused than ever as I get back to business.

What about you? Where do you find your pockets of peace in your day? Do you have pockets of peace in your day?