Up until this weekend I was pretty sure I was going to have to skip this week’s Happy Monday. That kind of negates the whole point of my Happy Monday posts, because the whole reason I started doing them was to make sure I focused on the positives instead of the negatives, but it’s genuinely been such a tough time lately that I just wasn’t sure I could dig deep enough to write something cheerful enough. In truth, I’ve struggled to find time to write AT ALL, never mind something cheerful! It’s been tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel, that’s for sure. This weekend, though, I was reminded that sometimes when you’re in the middle of a crisis, you struggle to step back and look at the bigger picture. When you finally do, though, it’s normally not nearly as bad as it seems.
One of my teams and I do an annual road trip to another city to visit our businesses and meet the teams there. It isn’t work really, we do it for fun – it’s more about spending some time together as a team and getting to meet the teams we support. Normally I really look forward to it as we always have a fantastic time, but with the issues we’ve been having at work lately I’d started to feel a sense of dread sinking in. I had gotten so caught up in the drama of it all that I’d become convinced I’d be hounded out of the building if I dared cross the threshold of any of the businesses, and when the team forcibly dragged me from the office on Friday evening to head down I was feeling a little downcast and apprehensive.
I needn’t have worried though – what followed was an amazing and heart warming weekend that gave me the boost I needed to hold my head up and power through this week! Not only was I back in Cardiff, a city very dear to me having lived there for three years while at University, but we literally could not have been more spoiled! Every business we visited gave us the VIP treatment and showered us with love and thanks – just what I needed to remind me that all the blood, sweat and tears is worthwhile, and appreciated, even when it sometimes feels like the world is against you!