#5 Walking away

Written by Shelle

30 August 2021

This series of photos is symbolic of me walking away from an unhealthy business relationship that I’ve been in for many years.

OK, so this challenge is a little unusual and, I’ll admit, I’ve kind of done it all the wrong way round. Facing it was unexpected and unplanned but it was a mighty challenge nonetheless, so it became a retrospective accomplishment.

I’ve always believed that when one door closes, another one opens, and that sometimes you just have to proactively close the door in question in order to force a shift. But it can be incredibly difficult when that door gives you something you need. In this case, it was a source of income.

After MUCH deliberation, I had finally decided to walk away from this particular relationship, but I wasn’t quite ready to verbalise that because I knew it was going to be a difficult conversation. So, when I found myself unexpectedly having that conversation, I put my big girl pants on and got on with it.

I wanted to have the conversation in a way that was respectful of my own boundaries and integrity whilst at the same time respecting the views, needs and business considerations of the other party. And I think we achieved exactly that; we remain friends and came away from our exchange agreeing to disagree.

Several people have kindly donated to my page without setting me a challenge, so I’ve decided to start allocating those donations to other challenges I set for myself. There will be more!

Thank you, Piotr; this one’s for you.

And breathe…

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