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lis­ten to the uni­verse, says lisa mes­sen­ger

Ihave to ad­mit, this month tested me a lit­tle. You see, af­ter four years in our pre­vi­ous of­fice (where we had started with just three of us and then grown to nearly 10 times that num­ber of staff) we fi­nally made the move to a big­ger space. But, as hap­pens with these things, our beau­ti­ful new space was still be­ing ren­o­vated and, well, we were very nearly of­fice­less!

Look­ing back on 15 years of run­ning my own busi­nesses, there have been count­less chal­lenges as big as this one and I’ve worked hard to not be so at­tached to each one, to ride these waves with­out get­ting emo­tion­ally wiped out ev­ery time. I’ve done this so of­ten that it’s, gen­er­ally, my de­fault way of think­ing. Yet some­thing about mov­ing of­fice – and set­ting up some of our team in a co-work­ing space while a few of us worked from home – re­ally messed with me for a mo­ment. I felt, well, dis­com­bob­u­lated.

At first I thought I was just wor­ried about how our team were do­ing, if they felt sup­ported enough and how we could main­tain our fab­u­lous cul­ture dur­ing all this. And though I did care about these things, when I stopped to re­ally take stock of how I felt I re­alised that as much as I was wor­ried about my team, I was also thrown per­son­ally by not hav­ing a place to call our of­fice. >

With Lorna Jane af­ter our shoot for Ac­tive Na­tion Day.

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