The Women Heritage Walk
The Women’s Heritage Walk (WHW) from Al Ain to Abu Dhabi honors the women of the United Arab Emirates who made this journey twice a year not so long ago. Forty-four women retraced this historical trek. Expat women accompanied Emirati women walking in the footsteps of their ancestors who helped sculpt this country. This experience was a celebration of the past and an invitation to shape a vibrant future.
My 'Sand sisters' and I took on the dunes of the desert and during the whole walk I was able to assimilate many feelings and thoughts that I could relate back to daily life for women as entrepreneurs! Women pushing forward, making change and taking action to evolve and grow. Through this journey I noted words and phrases said by the ladies that reflected life and our work life and how it doesn't matter what you are doing there are key skills that apply everywhere!
So how does a blister relate to being an entrepreneur? Well, that small inconvenience created the stress that I wouldn't be able to finish the walk and something like that can happen to you. Maybe a client calls off the business or a supplier lets you down and all of this can lead to stress and worry which can limit your thinking and give you a sense of doom!! But...... if you are aware of it and ask for help, then someone can help you! There are people out there that you know you can call upon when you are in dire straits. I'd suggest having them on a list with the potential areas they can help you with, so when things are not looking good you have a white list of potential saviours and help you reduce your stress and help you carry on to your objective!!
In our careers, we push forward and work towards building something we are passionate about but we also strive to be happier, contented, feel connected to people and what we do so we can have a sense of pride and accomplishment. However, Happiness is something that is not a given, its something we have to work on and too be happy we need to set ourselves some goals and objectives that work towards that feeling of happiness so when we are down we can have case studies of moments of happiness to look back on and can understand what happiness is! I think I have spent a large part of my life thinking I am happy but actually its only when you do something outside of your comfort zone, do you actually recognise happiness and understand what it feels like.
This also goes with Connection Humans are creatures that need connection and sociability. We thrive and grow when we feel we are connected to someone that has common values. Think of your friendships and remember that moment when you connected on a common idea or common value. That just takes the whole relationship to another level!
I thoroughly enjoyed the walk, the desert and the ladies I met. I was completely out of my comfort zone and worked very hard in my mind to embrace every moment and pick out the lessons I was learning along the way. These five stood out for me. There were others, like staying focused on one goal at a time, trust and let yourself evolve and build determination and strength of character. All again very valid attributes to your entrepreneurial journey.
I would highly recommend anyone to just take a moment out of their life to reflect where they are, see what is working and what isn't. Give yourself that opportunity to de-clutter your mind and let go of some thoughts or feelings you hold on to tight too so you know you should get rid off. A 90km walk will teach you what's important and what isn't. It has for me and now my quest hasn't changed dramatically but I have adjusted and I'll work on not getting so stressed about things and work on reaching out for help! I've never been good at asking for help but I'm willing to try!. I'm now looking for another new first! :)