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5 things I learnt when the computer said no!


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5 things I learnt when the computer said no!

Kerri Tutton

5 Things I learnt when the computer said no

So I needed a break.

My original plan was to visit a women's retreat in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.  It was a place I had fond memories of after completing the course 8 years ago and I was especially keen to return, as I had previously experienced quite a life changing epiphany there.  I think there was a small weird part of me that thought I could create that again.

After 3 failed attempts to book the dang thing online a little question came to me asking if I should really be going back? Why chase something you have already done. Why not create something new?

So I flicked the webpage and chose a spot on Air.BnB, packed up my computer, my work and decided to have a working holiday. Me, Myself and the Handmade Biz Planner.

So instead of going down the Byron Bay (which is my old stomping ground when I first moved to Australia), I went to a little tiny town called Billinudgel just north of the shire.  Now when I mean tiny, I am referring to a newsagent, a corner store and a pub. That's pretty much it and I have to say it was perfect. The less wine bars and distracting places the better for my focus.

The place I stayed was called 'Sanctuary Farm Stay' it was run by Heidi, a super friendly and bubbly host who was always free for a chat and super keen to help with anything.  There were 2 horses to feed apples, several saved dogs, my special fav was Trinidad a gorgeous pooch that would pop by to say hello and talk to me. (yes she talks).

All was well with the world when I arrived and set up until I went to set up my Mac Desktop. Yes for some stupid reason I put it in the boot of the car and brought it with me. 

So the wireless keyboard chose not to pair with the computer which was really odd.  I'd had small issues with this in the past but nothing like this.  I changed the batteries, attempting to get the computer to read it, but nothing.  So I resigned myself to (several) Friday night drinks with my girlfriend on top of a hill watching the sun set and the moon rise.

The following morning I still could not get the computer to sync.  It refused so I restarted it, nothing. Restarted it again, nope, Rebooted it - SHIT! The reboot meant I shut the whole computer down which brought it to a starter screen requesting a password to enter - but my keyboard wasn't synced yet? AHHHHH

This was the moment when you slapped your head, this was the Homer Simpson 'DOH, this was the kick something in frustration with yourself moment!

Needless to say, the time was not lost, I had my old knackered windows laptop in my bag that sounded like a lawnmower after the fan would kick in after 5 seconds.  She did the job for the next 4 days.

So after nearly getting flooded onto the property after a massive belt of rain dropped on us for 2 days (great working weather), I happily made my way home.  I achieved lots and whilst I wished I could have achieved more I realised that when it comes to running a small business that there will always be work to do, and often you won't complete as much as you originally intended to and that is okay.

Of course I was worried about the computer, I had a lot of data on it and I needed to make sure I could use it.  So I hooked out an old keyboard with a usb cable on it and logged myself in.  Then I attempted to sync the keyboard and BOOM - it synced first time. AHHHHHHH

So I sit with myself in silence asking myself what was the lesson here - because this opportunity to learn something is obvious as a slap in the face with a wet fish. So I came up with the following:

  • A Desktop computer is just that, leave it at home it doesn't like to be moved
  • When original plans become really difficult to create, maybe they just aren't meant to happen
  • Sometimes when things don't work - it is a sign that you shouldn't work either
  • You really don't need fancy gadgets to create great work
  • Don't allow an over ambitious to do list make you feel unaccomplished, quality work takes time

Ultimately a great time was had, I got to spend some quality time with my good friend.  Plus I got to have some time for me and my business.  It was a gentle, productive and wonderful experience.  

I'm looking forward to the day I take my work full time, and perhaps then I'll invest in upgrading the dusty old laptop. Until then - she got me out of a tight spot!

Kez x

Sanctuary Farm Stay - Billinudgel, New South Wales, Australia