As winter is fast approaching (here in Europe anyway), it got me thinking about cosy winter hide-a-ways.
You know the sort of thing.
An off-the-beaten track (although near a handy convenience store) log cabin nestled atop a mountain with a stunning view.
And inside you are all huddled up on a warm snug sofa in front of an open fire with a mug of hot chocolate reading a good book (with perhaps the guy from the Milk Tray advert due to drop in via a daredevil parachute jump later on, armed with some more delicious confectionery and maybe some Cointreau or Baileys for later?).
Well anyway, that’s my kind of winter vacation.
Of course, during the winter months a lot of people like to go on ski breaks, you might even be one of them?
You might have also guessed that I’m not a ‘winter sports’ type of gal.
You see, skiing aside, another thing I have never been able to master is the art of getting off a chair lift. Where does one go to practice getting off a moving chair anyway?
In fact, I often wonder if most injuries from the ski slopes are actually from trying to get on or off the blessed things as opposed to any acrobatic derring-do on the black piste!
To be fair, I haven’t got the best balance in the world.
Take for example when I was politely asked to leave the nursery slopes in Vail, Colorado (love the Rockies by the way). I was learning to ‘snowboard’ and quite frankly I was a danger to myself as well as everyone else within a 50m radius.
After my dishonourable discharge I instead tried other activities like snow shoeing…(not quite sure I got the whole pain/pleasure principle behind that), husky sledding (which I admit was fun but exhausting)…and then there was the snowmobile trekking…and yes…I crashed…spectacularly!
And then of course was the time I slipped on some black ice and broke my ankle…
The long and the short of it is that I am not that great with snow and ice. I am quite skilled at ‘apres ski’ though…so not all is lost!.
There are of course other things I am not so great at too (housework, algebra, running)…but there is also stuff I am pretty damned good at (swimming, writing, making my clients’ copy shine)…so you know what I do?
I focus on the good stuff.
I do what I do well, and I outsource the rest.
It just makes life so much simpler (and in my case; less painful), don’t you think?
So the question is; Are you struggling with anything you aren’t so hot at and don’t really enjoy?
For example, you could be wasting precious time on your accounts when you could just hire an accountant, or perhaps you’re endlessly faffing about with your website when you could just outsource that too?
Or perhaps there’s a problem with your copy?
Whatever it is, it’s time to end the struggle and give yourself a well-deserved break; focus on what you are good at and leave the rest.
You will soon see how everything just falls into place.
Trust me on this.
PS. If you do happen to bump into me at a ski resort, make mine a G&T with ice and a slice. I am British after all!