I hadn’t planned for this trip to Switzerland.
When this year started, I had a full 3 months planned out, with a book launch and a seminar, and another two books in February and March
But before the year even started, the plan had been rendered dead in the water.
But what can you do?
If a friend falls ill, you step up and take care.
So my friend and his girlfriend, they didn’t leave on Jan 3rd as planned.
Instead, she had emergency surgery and came back to my home to recover.
Her mother flew in from the USA, and I – staunch fan of solitude – suddenly had a small family in my home.
So, I asked a friend permission to work in her house, given that she’s in the UK.
Set up my office there, got back to work, got stuff done.
Plan out the window, but progress being made.
So far so good.
Then when my friend’s girlfriend had recovered, she and her mother flew back to Switzerland, and my friend was left with me, a car, and 2000 Kms to drive.
Which he didn’t want to do on his own, so I joined him for the ride.
And instantly, I made lemonade out of the lemons life gave me:
After all, it would be a great opportunity to meet some clients I have in Zurich.
And, because of their connections, it would also give me a chance to give my masterclass at the Zurich Art Academy.
Ain’t no lemons in my life – only lemonade.
Except that car I bought a few years ago. That one was definitely a lemon.
But for the rest?
I observe a situation, difficult or otherwise, and get creative on that sucker.
Oh, things change, break?
Cool. Let’s see what I can do with that.
There’s always something you can do with circumstances.
But only if you want to.
It’s down to mindset again.
Last night we booked a hotel room while on the road, only to receive a call one hour later: “Sorry, booking conflict, we’re canceling your reservation”.
So I just went online, found another hotel, and booked. Problem solved. Lemonade, because the second hotel was closer to the motorway.
When things happen you can lament and stress out about changes, but I can also decide to just make something out of it.
Zurich, here we come.
No guarantee I can speak at the Academy, what with it being holidays there now.
But we’ll see.
If that doesn’t happen, something else will come of it, I’m 100% convinced.
And whatever happens, I’ve got my lemonade with me.
Meanwhile, the one masterclass that’s definitely set to happen, and which will be filmed, is on the 6th of February.
And if you can’t make it or live to far away, you can get the videos.
Three hours of how to build and grow a healthy art business.
Available here, wherever you live in the world –> http://martinstellar.com/find-buyers-sell-art/