The power of saying yes (sometimes).

The power of saying yes (sometimes).   90 second read.

May 2018 was the date I published my book.  So what, you may think, but this marked the end of a chapter of my life.

First leaving a long term career, lots of travel and change, and a project to write about my experience, capturing what had happened, and pulling out what I’d learnt.


I put my heart and soul into this project, and it had become both a labour of love, and a personal mission to get it done.  I’m sure most who have written and published a book know what I’m talking about here.

But what to do next?

At first, I convinced myself I would do more travel.  You know – get back out there on an adventure.  But, to be honest, I was no longer in the travel mindset.

A friend then asked me to do some gardening for her.  At first I hesitated but I said yes and, lo and behold, I enjoyed the work.  It was physical, simple, and rewarding.

I thought no more of it until her sister asked me to do some work for her.  And then her friend.  And then a neighbour.  Then word seemed to get out…


What started as a one-off job progressed to 3 or 4 days work a week though one of the hottest UK summers on record.  I went from gardening, to ground clearing, to landscaping, and topiary.  It was hard work, but I loved it.

The philosophical side of me could wax lyrical about this, but I don’t think I need to.  I’m sure the story speaks for itself.

Have a good day.

PS. If you are interested in the story I wrote, take a look here.


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