• Ren Lewis


Updated: Dec 17, 2019

Every now and then we all need a little challenge, a little push. Whether you're an entrepreneur, a mom, working your career, a student, or just trying to figure out how to make the next move this one's for you!

Tea thoughts are a series of reflections focused on life, business, motherhood. You know- those deep thoughts you have when you finally get a chance to unwind and relax!

As I sit here and reflect on the my own personal journey, in life, in business, in new ideas and new beginnings (like this blog!), I don't think anything resonates with me more deeply than this simple saying: Do something Different.

So simple, just three words. But if you look beyond the letters, and look beyond the computer screen you are reading right now- they can be three of the most sobering words you'll ever take in.

One of the easiest things that can happen to a lot of us, no matter what our walk of life may be, is routine. We fall into situations, responsibilities creep up on us, or we simply get comfortable, and the ambitions and dreams without barriers that we had when we were younger slowly start to fade to black as "real life" begins.

Trust me. I know. I spent the first four years of my twenties in an office, and not one I was passionately working for.

As much as I was unhappy and wanted to change my situation, my lack of focus, mixed with doubts and just plain laziness could have probably kept me in a job I hated for the rest of my life.

But every now and then, life gives you a little push. A tiny nudge.

It could be through a person, an experience, or even a little blog post. Something that challenges the life that you're currently living, and forces you to really look at your true potential. For me that came in the form of a person. And that person, was and continues to be my husband Daniel. Daniel had this vision of doing something different and as much as I agreed with him, and admired him, I would just watch at a distance while he would plug away at his ideas, go to the library and stay up crazy late, even though he had to work in the morning.

He was always doing something different. While everyone was sleeping, he was researching. While everyone else was watching movies or on vacation, he was at the library. He would set daily goals in his calendar and meet every single one of them. I was impressed. And many of you reading might be too.

But impressed and convinced are two totally different things.

As time passed I began to realize that as long as I kept waking up only expecting to get to my job, do my work, go home, eat sleep and do it all over again, this was going to be my life. This was it. All my dreams, my strengths, my goals, would collide in an office in some industrial corner of the GTA, conveniently tucked away for neither me, nor anyone else to enjoy.

And so began my journey of doing something different. Instead of admiring from a distance, I decided to join forces Daniel. I had developed some pretty strong administrative skills in the office world, that could be of a great benefit to him if I actually applied myself. I am a writer pretty much by nature and I knew this might be able to add value somewhere in his venture. We began to put our heads together, and while he would come up with wild ideas, I would stand beside him trying my best to organize each one of them into something we could actually execute. And day-by-day, month-by-month, year-by-year this has become our life.

Was there a fear of failure? To be honest, not really. I had accepted early on that life is truly a one time experience, and whether we failed or succeeded, the point was I broke out of the routine that I didn't like instead of complaining about it. And that in itself was already a huge success to me.

What is the moral of the story?

When you do something different, then you can actually expect a different result. Whether it's the result you envisioned or not, I guarantee you one thing- it will be something new. So cast your bread friends! Try something. Make a mistake. Challenge yourself daily.

And please, do yourself a favour, and stop viewing success as money. It's so much more than coins and paper.

Success starts and lives in the courageous hearts of people who dare to be different!

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