I’ve decided answering interview questions is wonderful for clarity.
In fact, I think we should all interview ourselves from time to time. It gives permission for a little self-reflection and brings out the truth.
I loved answering this question about my biz as it allowed me to dig into the positive and filled me with renewed energy for what I do.
“What’s your favourite part about what you do?”
I went with my instant reaction, from the heart. Here it is..
For SB&B – I love doing the research for my trips.
Whilst I have some pre-trip expectations, the freedom of being open to the unknown is exciting. It’s not until I connect with local people that the best opportunities reveal themselves. I like to quietly sink into local life, continually seeking local advice. It’s the partnering and the trust built with local people that gets a trip over the line.
Not everything works out…
My exploring in Timor-Leste has seen me stranded in a small village, seas too rough to take a fisherman’s boat home, leaving no choice but to continue hiking along rugged coastline in the heat. I’ve done 20+ hikes in The French Alps to find the best 4-5 for my groups. It’s disappointing when accommodation that looked so fab on the website and promised so much in emails doesn’t live up to it’s promise etc. etc.
On the upside, researching the best café for a post hike cocktail, the ideal time for a nap in the hammock etc. is definitely a perk I’m enjoying at this stage in my life!
Research is also about anticipating and solving problems.
Access cashing, packing the right gear, dealing with wild taxi rides and airport dramas, hydration plans, cultural clues. I do my best to nail down the tiny details, the ones that help prevent practical or emotional meltdowns as can happen on travels.
Things still ‘happen’ on trips, that’s life, and often the source of enriching experiences, but I usually find I can dig into my bag of research to get the best of any situation.
For my Retreat Planning biz – I love the one-on-one coaching video calls.
Each one is so unique. I get excited doing the prep for the call, sharpening up ideas, finding solutions. Whilst I direct the path of the call to achieve the pre-determined goals, I like to create a “collaborative coaching” mode, allowing space to explore, create, question the retreat project. Typically this leads us to the “bigger picture” allowing my years of experience as a Brand Strategy Manager to come in to play.
There is nothing more satisfying than achieving that ‘aha’ moment about what the future could look like.
Do it. Ask the same question of yourself today.
What’s your favourite part about what you do?
(It doesn’t have to be about your job/biz. It can be about your life)
Don’t just think about it. Write it down. Think about it again. Edit. Get clarity.
Share it. With friends. At work. In your biz. Ask the same question of a colleague, friend, partner. Listen. It’s always good to share in the good stuff.
If you’re keen to see how my Sharing Bali & Beyond research translates into a trip, join me for some Active Travel + Simple Luxury in Timor-Leste or The French Alps. I take care of the details, you get to let each day unfold. I partner with my long term retreat buddy Jo Sharp in Bali & Fiji.
Getting into the Retreat Biz changed my life. It could do the same for you.
My Retreat Planning Made Simple course is a step-by-step guide to creating unforgettable experiences. I’ve poured my 10+ years of experience into the course to give you a retreat template that works for life. If you prefer to chat or collaborate in person I’m here for you via a live video call.