business · Creativity · Self development

Time out

Have you taken time this week to learn, grow, practice self care and just be in the moment ?

I am pondering something called ‘ethical ambition’…
The word ‘ambitious’ can be a dirty word for some, making them suspicious or embarrassed to be such! Like they are not worthy to seek and claim success… Yet what if we are ethically ambitious and so our path to our own personal success incorporates our morals and respects others ethics, something to think about and reflect on: how one associates success, ambition and growth can be key to limiting our potential or unleashing it….

Have a blissful weekend ūüôā

business · Creativity · Money · Self development

if it’s not working what will you try?

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Since last October I have been working away on a business that speaks to my ethics, morals and interests. Having no business or marketing experience whatsoever but a toolbox of enthusiasm, hyperactivity, a shelf full of self development and business books, an internet connection and an empty purse I decided that now was as good a time as any.

Now I knew there would be ups and downs, a slow start like in a lot of start ups and days I questioned what the actual fuck I was doing…

There were also days where I would punch the air, celebrate with the dog and crack open a bottle of wine.

My little business is not anywhere near to where it needs to go, and there is much for me to do to push it in the direction I need it to go. I change things ALOT, as I read or hear something I adjust, sometimes for the better and sometimes at a big messy loss. Sometimes it is fun and sometimes it is lonely. I pray for a team, but then again, it is not the right time nor the right stage.

My stock photography is homemade as in taken at¬†home and made by me, pictures of my kids being bribed behind the scenes with chocolate and the outtakes are either¬†hysterical or just plain weird. My stock take is small and my budget smaller but instead of talking down about my little ‘project’ I boost it at every opportunity. Not all endeavours are get rich quick schemes, and sometimes we have to admit that we need another income or sideline to stay afloat to stay authentic to a start up that has ethical roots.

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That is ok, just be wary of how you spend your energy on each area and the time allocated, I found it is easy to neglect your main when a new sideline pumps new enthusiasm into you. At times like this review the roots and vision of your main business and schedule separate time to work at each role.

What I am trying to say is this… if you have an idea, just start.

Build your own website learning as you go, take your own shots and be your own personal assistant. Hey, my first ‘customer’ was my mum! It counts, I did not prompt her, so it counts!!

I hope in the next year it¬†can grow into something I initially envisioned but if it doesn’t go the way I planned and I have to change course so be it. Not that I am saying do not take actionable goals, but be realistic and review frequently. Have a positive driven outlook but if something is not working try something new.

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Lastly, just like a blog, when starting don’t overthink it, just begin. Get it out there and do what you can with what you have and the rest may follow.

Have an idea on your mind for business? What have you done this week to bring it to fruition? Do you really need all you are telling yourself you do to just begin?

 

Coming up:

Things that worked and didn’t work in my first 9 months of being a start up.

Why I approached and joined a direct sales company despite my apprehensions.

A list of must reads if you are in the ideas stage of life and business changes.

 

 

Creativity · Motherhood · Self development · single parent

it’s almost midnight…

it is almost midnight and it has dawned on me that in two weeks not only will I have an 18 year old son, I will turn 35 the next day. This got me thinking, about how life ‘should’ look when you imagine ahead and how¬†life actually does look when you get to that point.

Do I have the things I thought I would at this point? No I don’t, and what a blessing that is!

Am in in the job I trained for, sitting through exams I didn’t feel prepared for or racing for the bus to be on time for my shift, no I am not.

Am I in the country I dreamed about since I was 21, scrolling through pages on pages of real estate rentals to grasp areas, market, facilities of a country I feel I learnt more about than my native home, no I am still in my home town…

Am I a person I want to be, that is an interesting thought. I would say honestly I am becoming her more than ever due to not being where I expected to be. You see I don’t want what I did say 10, 15 years ago. I was younger, na√Įve and ever so slightly self absorbed. I thought getting myself to a destination would bring satisfaction but actually, it is helping others along the way that has propelled me into being someone of substance, of good character and I don’t say this egotistically. I think when we shed ego, or some ego¬†at least,¬†we can feel comfortable in displaying our positive traits without being overly modest. We are proud of ourselves for doing what we feel in our hearts is moral and just. Of course, there is no need to brag about acts that help others, but celebrating personal achievements is fantastic.

So as I begin to accept my flaws, change what I can and accept my limitations I am proud to hold my banner up and shout for team me, because I am my number one fan and I hope you are rooting for TEAM YOU too.

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There will be losses, draws and wins but at the end of the day we must play on, adapting to the rules and the changing of the goal posts. There will be team mates and opponents, fair weather and rained off, injuries, unfair referees and substitutes.¬†Ultimately be an MVP even without the award, scanning the field for every opportunity thrown at you even if no one is cheering you on, or that one¬†player always hogs the ball¬†because what I have come to realise is this…

no one can catch a ball with a closed fist, so open your hands, your arms, your ears and your eyes. Most of all get your head in the game and if you play consistently at some point come rain or shine there is going to be wins.

Now even I can toast that ūüôā

Are you sitting on the sidelines? Do you need to change your game? I am rooting for you.

Angie x

 

business · Creativity · Self development

Time blocking

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I want to make confession, I hope you don’t mind if I share with you as I sit typing in the dark next to a sleeping toddler…

I put things off, a lot! Like really adulty things, things I know are for the good of everyone but I get carried away with ideas, creations and pulled into Facebook discussions and what everyone wants for tea tomorrow and before you know it a week has passed.

At this point your to do list gets overpowered by a new to do list and this in turn leads to either overwhelm or just complete denial.

I have the solution but don’t always use it.

There’s no secret to it, so simple and effective, in fact so much so I’m on fire and can’t sleep. I’ve updated¬†my little shop¬†website (I am so not techy!) AND linked a new blog to it¬†and written 3 posts on my shop blog… doesn’t sound like much but you wouldn’t believe how much I have put this off!

We are bombarded with tasks and distractions and if we don’t use the right mindset tools we will continue to swim against the tide.

You probably know it already and honestly sometimes as much as we roll our eyes, tried and tested methods just work! Well they are tried and tested!! Use them! Don’t reinvent the wheel!

So 50 minutes time blocking right now! It was Brendon Burchard that whipped me into this habit! Laser focus for 50 minutes dedicated to each task, social media off, door shut, no interruptions!

Timer on and just do it! I am sure you will get into the zone and steam through what you have been putting off. See it as a mission! Go go go!

Creativity · Motherhood · Parenting · Self development

novice GoPro lessons (take 1)

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Yesterday we purchased an entry level GoPro! I am rather excited, not only do I take ridiculous amounts of photos of my kids (and dogs!) I will now be in action mode on our travels! I am guessing kids and dogs in the woods overload will be our film set of choice due to the fact it is typically where we always hang out this season of the year but we will try to be creatively varied!

Now without shocking you at my inability to work a two button gadget initially¬†I am happy to say I can just about make a clip and in my short learning curve doing so there are a couple of points in mum life to be aware of…

  1. POSITIONING Рput your ass away! Seriously I did not even think about angles and sure I can learn to clip and edit and hopefully add audio but for now turning your back on your camera after switching it on gives a rather unflattering angle I discovered the hard way! Less biscuits for me from now on!

 

2. Never work with children and animals! Trying to get a word in or be heard over a 4 year old fighting for the lead role in your dialogue….just give it up mama. Little kids and pets are way cuter than you anyway.

 

3. You might want to note that the waterproof encasement means that unless you are making a silent movie when testing it out indoors you need to swap the backdoor for the skeleton door to pick up sound! We found this out the hard way and despite me hearing twinkle ‘twinkle little star’ about 30 times a day for the last 3 years I am convinced I lost the¬†sweetest version ever due to not picking up sound on our first test!

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We cannot wait to get started to video journal our homeschooling journey in particular and I really recommend Lynda.com for some tutorials. The GoPro website has some amazing material on also, very inspiring but I am getting ahead of myself before I have learnt the basics!

Do you have a GoPro? Any rookie tips for me? I hope to start posting on here some of the stuff we get up to once I move past turning the thing off and on. Best get over to YouTube for some help so bye for now.

Angie x

 

Creativity · Homeschooling · In pics · Parenting

simple tactile play ideas

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a box lid.

a handful of sand.

a few natural objects.

an ice lolly stick.

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business · Creativity · Self development

3 easy steps for starting a product range for the procrastinating creative

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There is¬†always a way if you really want to do something, yet we often hear the words ‘if only’. ‘I would make those if only I could sew’, or ‘if only I had a photography degree I would be good at that’, and ‘if only someone would show me the easy way to¬†build a website, mine would be fantastic!’…

If only… just another excuse to¬†drown out what calls to your creative side and we all have one. Even a simple doodle on a envelope¬†nurtures your creative soul, or the guy that can fold a napkin into a cat, we all have a creative hungry bear we must feed with art supplies, textiles, a pen and paper from time to time, but what if you want to turn your creativity into a physical product but keep coming up with excuses as to why you just can’t?

You have the scribbles on paper, the visuals in your head but it’s all just too vague and getting from idea to launch is laughable as you just don’t know where to go to put your product out there. Not to mention the time it would take to learn all these skills to showcase a quality product. You have hit a brick wall and so now all your exciting ideas sit in a notebook gathering dust.

But wait! It does not have to be this way! Just because you have no team or collaborators does not mean you run away with your tail between your legs. There are actionable options you must now take!

1. OUTSOURCE:

be it a graphic design PDF you need for a tshirt you have hand sketched or a prototype for a new invention that came to you in the shower, simply outsource the parts you cannot or will not do! Find the work/products you like, follow the trail from source to final product and reach out and get a quote. One simple step to making your own product come to life. It is an easy step too, you just find someone else to do it! No man is an island right?

The beauty of outsourcing is you don’t have to enter into a contract, choose a freelancer and agree on a set fee. Word of mouth, free ads, the world is¬†teeming with other creators/artists and skilled people!¬†¬†If the end result isn’t quite what you had in mind you can then move on freely!

2. TELL YOUR STORY

You are your product and your product is you. Merge now to avoid boredom or disassociation down the line. Regardless of your motives – be they money or recognition – whatever, it doesn’t matter. The important aspect is to be authentic and whatever you choose to produce make sure it adheres to your persona, your ethos and your passions. Work is not work if it is play. Don’t get me wrong, bringing a product into the world isn’t going to be a walk in the park for the most of us, but if you breath passion into what you are offering the world, the process shall be far less painful!

Describing the roots of your idea or the process allows your customer to really resonate with you and get to know you too. This leads to an ongoing professional relationship which could prove invaluable to future growth. Plus this can work both ways, by really getting to know your customer base you can begin to understand demand and preferences therefore allowing you to serve your target audience better and better.

 

3. YOUR ‘WHY’

Now this phrase gets thrown around far too freely these days and can leave a yucky taste in the mouth due to sleazy internet sales and over enthusiastic repetitive¬†life coaches BUT in all truth, you need to know your why!!! Why? Well, if you can’t analyse and weigh up why you want to product launch then you may face a bumpy road and give up at the first flat tyre. Asking yourself the pros and cons gives you a realistic idea of how far you will go to¬†make it¬†successful. No one likes a pessimist, I’m not suggesting you put yourself off before you have even begun, you just need to have a good hard talk with yourself regarding the purpose of what you are about to unveil. Long and short term profits, your edge that sets you apart from the rest of your niche and risk assessment are just a few of the factors that you might want to consider before jumping all in. On saying that, not all of us look before we leap and so if you feel in your heart you must put your idea into physical form I urge you to go do one actionable step towards making it a reality right now before the universe passes it on to someone who will send that email, make that enquiry, get a quote… are you still here?… GO…. GO NOW!