Escape and Escapades

September 14, 2010

Gold Compass Pendant, silver compass pendant, tsavorite garnet

Silver and 18ct Gold Compass Pendant with twinkling Tsavorite Garnet (Photo: Kiff Backhouse)


Apparently, a change is as good as a rest. Speaking as someone who doesn’t really “do” relaxing in a big way, this proverb suits me well.

We all need a rest from the stressful bits of life. But when life overall is stressy, the idea of any rest or change, can seem impossible; that there’s just not enough room.


There are some great resources to help deal with stress. Whichever option you choose, it will definitely involve change. The change, whatever it is, can be a form of escape from the norm. Better still, it can blossom abundantly into an escapade. In fact, that’s precisely how it was for me. I changed pretty much everything about my life.  It was, and continues to be, an escapade. Fabulous.


Being a goldsmith, I have my jewellery workshop to escape to. A place where I lose track of time through applying myself to some creation using the skills that, a goodly while ago, became second nature. As with any business, however, there are also the less favourite aspects that need attention. The bookwork and record keeping, the marketing; you know the sort of thing. Sometimes, there is so much work to be done that it’s difficult to know what to focus on, what to do first. However, my workshop is always there; a place where the equilibrium can be restored, my mind calmed. A change is as good as a rest there, for sure.


Like it or not, we are each of us individuals. With this in mind, the right change for you is very likely to differ from what works for me. Your own personal escapade. Exciting stuff.

Whatever direction you’re heading in, the nature, magnitude and significance of the change is truly unique and personal to you. There are no rules, just choices.

Enjoy your escapade!


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  1. Julie Walraven | Resume Services

    Hi Gee, I didn’t change everything about my life but I changed a great deal this year. Even though my work environment didn’t totally change (I did remodel my office), the clients I work with have moved from mostly local to mostly virtual and the level of client I work with has gone up also.

    It makes it more fun and challenging. In addition, I find myself talking with people around the globe on a daily basis! Such fun!

    It sounds like your escapades are making you happy and your workshop is the perfect escape. I’m not that fond of the more mundane filing or bookkeeping either but they have to happen eventually.

    • Gee Backhouse

      Hi Julie,
      Great to hear about your plentiful changes … and that they’re fun and challenging. Choosing what to change, and when, is all part of it and it sounds as if you’ve achieved a balance that suits.
      Thanks so much for stopping by,