8 hours ago
Ooh, I seriously fell off the #mybrilliantbrand challenge wagon at the end of last week! Two very crazy days, so just one post to catch up... Creating space for inspiration and opportunities my business brings... I find it so hard to create space and stop and think. So, I have an ‘enforced’ day - one day a week I teach kids to row (🚣♀️ the boat variety, as opposed to argy bargy!). I literally pull myself out of my to do lists and spend a whole day doing something entirely different. I gain so much from that day, I can’t tell you. The kids, the water, the focus you have to give to both - I love it. It clears my head, gives me a different perspective and even the long(ish) journey helps me have a quiet time to think through problems and opportunities, which brings me nicely onto ... how my business has opened up a chance or two to learn, explore and collaborate. My business has created so many opportunities to meet new people, learn new skills and spend time in some inspiring places, both online and in the real world! The pic above is a small example of a new collaboration with Creeper & Knotweed, a fab garden emporium run from the other side of the country. Founders Steve & Joy are an inspiring couple that we just wouldn’t have met without the help of our little company. For me, havjng your own, fledgling business is a bit like having a small child around. You feed it constantly, it keeps you up at night and it is absolutely exhausting. And then one day, out of the blue, it does something to show you that all that hard work has paid off. It says ‘thank you’ without being prompted, or suddenly takes a few steps forward without you having to hold it. Miraculous! You are left feeling a bit stunned, then wondering how you get it to do that thing again 🤔😂 In the end, I think you end up letting it take the lead, you just continually nudge it back on course, and in return, it throws you a gem or two. They come once and a while at first, then you start getting more and more. Your job is to catch as many as you can without getting walloped by any 🤪🤪 Well, that’s my experience! What about you?