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Filming again!

So yesterday I did something that I haven’t done for a couple of years, something incredibly exciting… I picked up my camera and made a film.

At least, I shot a film, the more lengthy editing part is still to come, and goodness knows when I’ll fit that in!

In all honesty, it was the last distraction I needed: we’re super busy, I have so much paperwork to do and so many numbers to crunch (I’m not good at crunching numbers, which is probably why I procrastinate about it, and I’m here blogging not crunching numbers).

My camera has been well and truly parked for a little while now. I wrote more here about my career in television, but my last proper television job was back in 2015, when I was tasked with making a documentary series for Channel 5 about a vet. The commissioning editor wanted a series about a general vet who literally cared for all creatures great and small – basically he wanted a modern-day James Herriot – The Yorkshire Vet was born.

James Herriot’s old mixed practice in the delightful market town of Thirsk was the target. The vets Julian Norton and Peter Wright were keen but nervous, understandably. They knew the area was going quiet, the generation who loved the books of James Herriott (real name Alf Wight) were dying off and no one was replacing them. The World of James Herriot Museum was getting fewer visitors. The spotlight of a nationwide television show could do wonders for the local economy, as well as being a fun adventure for them.

But they had real fears of being stitched up, that we might have an alterior motive, that we would be a bunch of townies who wouldn’t understand them.

I drove off to Thirsk with the instructions to gain their trust, win them over and make the series happen. As a massive fan of the James Herriot books it was an incredibly emotional adventure for me, too. All those late nights spent hidden under my bedcovers, devouring by torchlight his stories of veterinary practice in the 1930s, gave me a great emotional connection to the happy innocence of my childhood. Walking into Skeldale Veterinary Practice, even if by 2015 it was in a modern business park on the outskirts of the town, was a highly-charged moment.

I did win them over, I got on immediately with both Peter and Julian, and Peter later told me his decision to go ahead was because of me. Which was incredibly flattering and satisfying, because it wasn’t easy, but it also carried huge responsibilities. If it didn’t go well for them, it would all be down to me. What a lot of pressure.

Me filming the Yorkshire Vets Julian Norton and Peter Wright at the Great Yorkshire Show, 2015

In the end, The Yorkshire Vet has been a massive hit, and continues to this day – I think they are now on the fourth series. Thirsk is busier than ever and the James Herriot Museum – well worth a visit – is busy again.

There were major issues behind the scenes of the production, and I really struggled with stress, ending up in hospital after one particularly exhausting week. Even despite this, if it had happened a few years earlier I would have considered staying on longer, because in so many ways it was a dream job.

But by 2015 I was needing to begin the next part of my life, and D and I had the opportunity to move and work together. So once I recovered we moved away to renovate the property that would eventually, unexpectedly, become our new home and the base for our new businesses. Life developing a property in a small village was a long way away from the hectic spin of filming, juggling all the different elements of stories all at different stages and outcomes. The Yorkshire Vet soon felt a very long way away.

2016

In 2016, an environmental campaigner in the village heard I was a filmmaker and asked me to shoot three films about a village event. I did, collaborating with the event organiser, and they worked out really well, but shortly afterwards our property business and then bathroom businesses kicked off, and I had to make the decision to focus on one thing, firstly the property and then as it evolved, the bathrooms.

2017

I had another request to film a village event in 2017 but had to turn it down, I just had too much on my plate. As ever, it’s not the filming that takes the time, it’s the editing. Plus the head space needed to make a film – you need to ensure you shoot what you need to make the film you want to end up with.

2018

So my camera has been gathering dust – literally, given that we live in a renovation pit! – ever since. Until yesterday.

When I collaborated with the organiser of the 2016 events, I guess I planted a seed of an idea. She came round for the day several times and I could tell she enjoyed it. I even predicted that our little village would have a film studio at some point, with her involved. She is absolutely the most go-getter person imaginable, so I wasn’t surprised recently to see posters around the village for a film festival to be held in October. She left me a voicemail saying she would love me to be involved, if I’m not too busy.

I am really, but how could I not enter? I’m busy on the property/bathroom businesses now but I can’t just abandon my two decades working in television production – I can’t just waste the skills I have gained. It is entirely possible that I will be running a production company of some sort at some point in the not-too-far-distant future, and in that case I need people to know I am a filmmaker.

Every Wednesday a group of retired gents gather to tidy and tend to the ancient graveyard in the centre of the village. They’re a lovely, friendly bunch of nice blokes and I’ve often watched them enjoy their coffees after an hour or so spent mowing, strimming and raking. When I asked them if I could make a film about them they were delighted, to my delight, and so yesterday was filming day.

It’s almost two years since I filmed anything and picking up my camera was like hugging an old friend. My camera, a Canon XF-300 is probably quite dated now but it remains a fantastic, usable camera, great for general, content-driven filming, just like yesterday’s scenario. I went through the menu and remembered exactly what to do. I could have wept as all the old skills and habits came flooding back.

Filming people observationally is absolutely frickin magical!

To capture the beauty in life, the small moves, the frowns, the nuances of each person. To observe briefly how each person moves and does, and then to dawdle, luxuriously, over them with the lens, recording for posterity each move and each do, is breathtaking. Crashing in for details, actions, always aiming to be one step ahead of the edit. Lingering with long, slow shots that swallow the moment of their existence into a digital history. Recording the humour as they sit, sipping their coffees and sharing their memories of the friends they once knew who now lie in the ground beneath them.

What a fucking honour to be able to do so.

You can probably tell I enjoyed myself. For a morning I was back doing what I do well, and it was empowering and refreshing.

Don’t get me wrong, I am LIVING THE DREAM right now. I am so glad we took the opportunities that came our way and moved here, I am so glad we started the business. We are not in the clear yet, but we will be. I am SO GRATEFUL that I am not still working as a self shooting PD (producer director), whether on The Yorkshire Vet or another show, working myself into the ground making someone else rich. I am SO GRATEFUL I can choose to take a morning out to go filming.

To slip back, for one morning, was magical.

And now – because it will be October before we know it – I just need to find the time to edit it!!

 

 

 

 

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Take the baby steps

This beautiful message popped up on my Twitter the other day and I had to share it here.

 

The poster was @mikedooley who I think appeared in the film The Secret (if you haven’t seen it, do!)

Since Dean and I started on our journey to taking control of our lives and creating wealth, we’ve taken steps every day. Sometimes those steps have been strides, mostly they’ve been the babiest of baby steps.

But I have to confirm that what it says in the last paragraph is true.

“Take the baby steps, they summon angels, unleash energies”

OK, I don’t know much about angels, but so many amazing things have happened since we started, that I have to agree 100% that energies have been unleashed, and continue to be unleashed more and more every day.

Doors have opened for us, coincidences have made connections, necessary, helpful, people have come into our lives.

All this is of course just a natural result of taking action and getting out there, meeting people, networking and just being in the world of business.

But some things have been – more.

Our move to the other side of the country definitely unleashed an energy which I am glad to say we grasped with both hands. Since then I have never felt more aware of another force pushing and driving us forward.

Is it God? The Universe? Natural energy? I don’t know. I do know I love it!

(I really hope we don’t waste it and mess up.)

The message, whoever it is coming from, is that it really doesn’t matter what size steps we take, we just have to keep on moving. Big strides or baby steps, it doesn’t matter. Just keep heading forward, and the energies will help make it happen.

In other words, take the baby steps – and the rest will follow!

With big love and thanks to the powerful energies that are surrounding us right now.

 

 

 

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Stop Complaining and Get Grateful!

I LOVE this lady, Terri Savelle Foy!

Her clear and compassionate films offer guidance and support for almost all life’s challenges.

I always feel better when I listen to her.

This film is definitely worth putting 10 minutes aside to listen to – and then put her suggestion into practice.

It could actually send you leaping forward over whatever hurdles are holding you back right now – so enjoy!

 

 

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Bob Proctor – M1, M2 and M3

[Note, August 2018: A year after writing this post, I wrote this update about whether or not I have managed to become M3…]

NOTE, THIS POST ORIGINALLY FEATURED A YOUTUBE VIDEO WHICH IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE, SO I’VE REMOVED THE LINK. THE MESSAGE HASN’T CHANGED.

The rain has not stopped all day today, giving the perfect excuse to spend the afternoon inside and clear the pile of ironing.

As usual, I took the opportunity to jump on to YouTube and gain some education and inspiration.

This film of a presentation by the amazing Bob Proctor was so good I just had to share it!

Like many people I first came across Bob Proctor from his appearance in the film The Secret (which if you haven’t seen, you must!) and he is a really inspirational and likeable guy. The Secret is based on the book of the same name, by Rhonda Byrne, which you can buy here if you prefer to absorb your inspirational stuff through words instead of pictures. Personally I love how Bob Proctor comes across in the film – completely genuine, likeable and really wanting to share his knowledge to better everyone.

At almost two hours’ long this YouTube film is well-worth watching and listening to.

If you don’t have that long to spare right now, join him at 37 minutes in. He explains how most people (96% of all people) do M1 – working for a living – which will forever keep them poor and limited. We will only ever get so far if we only ever trade time for money. Sad to say, I am guilty as charged – or at least I was up until a year ago.

M2 is a definite improvement (3%) which is investing money to earn money. I’m glad to say I have done this, still only in a small way, and I’ll be increasing my property portfolio in the future.

M3 is where we should all be aiming for. This group set up multiple sources of income, and they get others to do the work for them.

I am definitely guilty of not being M3-enough! Right now, we are growing the business and I can feel myself struggling within my own limitations.

I know I am probably holding the business back right now, through my own weaknesses, but am I just thinking like an M1?

Surely an M3 person wouldn’t even need to think twice on this. They would just hire someone to do what they can’t.

As usual Bob has got me thinking. We don’t have the disposable income that a successful M3er might have, but by clinging on to M1 status I could be pushing that income further and further away with my own indecision.

 

 

 

 

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We Have Power!

If you have ever lived in a house that was more renovation project than a home, you will understand the wondrous-ness of what I am about to tell you.

Just a year after we moved in here, I am so happy to announce: We. Have. Electric. Sockets.

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

No longer is all electricity run through the house on a few hideous-looking extension cables.

There are plastic boxes fixed into the walls that, when switched, make electricity happen!

Why have we left it so long? Well, partly we didn’t know what we were doing with the house. And partly we were waiting until we had the money to get it all done.

And mostly because, well, we just kind of got used to it. Humans are pretty adaptable creatures really.

After much discussion, we have finally decided what we will do with this house. The plan is for this house to become a source of income and to finally start to pay us back, giving a return on the money we have paid in to it. I will of course share, once this happens.

But for now, we celebrate, no longer shall my business empire be run off a few plugs. We have electricity, folks, and the future looks brighter than ever before!

xx

 

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The 20 lbs milestone

I’m feeling quite pleased with myself. Down 1 lb at my weigh in today, bringing my total weight loss since January to… 20 lbs!!

So my weight today is 12 stone 2 (170 lbs) down from 13 stone 8 (190 lbs) at that first weigh in – and ONCE AGAIN I have found myself feeling eternally grateful that I discovered the Exante Diet!

Thanks Exante Diet!

(Just in case you’re catching up, there was no weight loss going on from around January 26 through March 12, so all the loss has happened in just 7 weeks, 2 in January and 5 just gone).

I COULD have lost lots more. Although I am finding the Exante Diet to be excellent, I am only managing a few days when I am completely sticking to just three products a day, the Exante optimum weight loss plan. I’m not even sticking to the Exante-products-plus-a-little-bit-of-food plan, because I haven’t read the instructions.

I’m just bumbling along, doing the best I can and eating when I feel I need to, plus occasionally when I don’t, generally making good food choices and sometimes making really bad ones.

I reckon I could lose 3 lbs a day on Exante if I was strict, but I just don’t seem to have it in me. But, a loss of 20 lbs is taking me close to my target weight loss of 44 lbs so I’m pretty pleased. There’s no way I would have got this far if it wasn’t for Exante.

EXERCISE

So today I spotted the cutest little spring dress in a shop window. On May 3rd – just two and a half weeks away – a friend has asked me to speak at an event he is organising. Terrifying – or at least it will be once I let myself think about it!

But what will make it slightly less terrifying will be if I don’t have to be worrying about my weight when I am standing in front of a roomful of people.

So I’ve decided, if I am not going to be able to fully limit my eating, I need to crank up the exercise.

This evening I replaced the dog walk with a run. Ok, let me rephrase that – a run/walk/breathless stagger kind of run.

Running was tough today. I got my period this morning so I’m stocked up with painkillers and I got so cold sitting upstairs working, I was half-tempted to cut the run short after the first 10 minutes. But the dogs need the exercise, and so I stuck it out, and sure enough managed to finish strong.

When we got back I had Dean take these photos. They’re not exactly flattering, but they should serve as useful for when I reach my goal another 24 lbs down the line. I didn’t take many photos back in January but looking at these it’s probably a good job I didn’t! At least Foxy and Frankie look completely gorgeous!!

I’ve been feeling quite skinny recently but looking at these will help remind me I still have a long way to go – I shall keep them to refer to for inspiration whenever I have a weak moment!

I never realised quite how fantastic running with dogs would be. We’ve only been a few times but we all love it (at least I do when I can breathe!) and I would say it has brought us closer together. I really hope I keep it up.

Here’s today’s video:

Keep on keeping on, folks!

xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rocking the online accounting!

These days, Fridays don’t signal the end of the week, because weekends are as busy and full as any other day.

(I’m hoping this won’t last forever, y’know, but for now that’s just how it is).

Even so, it’s hard not to feel just a little Friday Night Fever… even if that means switching the TV on and having a cuddle with the dogs, not a full-on downing 20 pints and heading into town with my gladrags on (as if I even could!)

Today, though, I allowed myself a little more Friday night fever than usual. Because, my dear, dear reader, today is the first day I think I can fully say that when it comes to online accounting, I, Have, Got, It.

Just about.

And it feels amazing!

When I took my part-time, temporary, job in a letting agents, which I know went against everything I had vowed not to do, namely not ever having another boss, this feeling was exactly what I was hoping to achieve.

Because I had never had what I would call a ‘proper job’, one where I dealt with income, with cashflow, with profit and loss, with looking into the accounts,  etc etc, I literally had no idea what to do in that area. Working in TV I was pretty much protected from anything like that, it was all about people, stories and pictures.

And of course I was never taught anything at school that might have come in useful in that area – and don’t even get me started on this – why on earth would you not want to equip children with skills that might help them make and manage money later in life?!

So back in those first few weeks and months of getting my head around all the different systems that make up running a property management agency, I avoided looking into the money side of the bespoke property management software*. Franky, I was busy enough dealing with tenancy sign-ups, leaking toilets, snotty landlords and the rest.

But in the past six weeks or so I have steadily forced myself to venture into areas called ‘Property Ledger’, ‘Tenant Ledger’ and ‘Landlord Ledger’. Instead of just looking like a blur of gobbledygook, they have, slowly but finally, begun to make sense.

And, in turn, I’ve been able to bring that awakening to Xero, the online accounting system that we use in our business.

It is still with its challenges – some of which are caused by Xero, because it is not perfect – but I finally feel that I understand what Xero is going to be able to do for us.

Part of learning anything is the learning of how that thing can work for you. Give a calculator to someone who never went to school and they would look at you blankly – they would need to learn maths to understand how a calculator could be useful. Ok, that’s a little extreme but until very recently I felt that I also stared blankly at Xero, not quite understanding what I should be getting from it.

Today our accounts assistant Ade and I – Xero was new to her too, although she had used Sage before – looked at each other and agreed that we are nearly, practically, just-about, almost in a position to say we are sort of getting there!

Actually, I think we’re further on than that, but setting up a new business (well, 3), and setting up a new and unfamiliar accounting system, on top of everything else has been challenging.

Then there seem to have been millions of interruptions and distractions that have got in the way.

But, maybe, just maybe, on this quiet, dark little Friday night, I really can celebrate a milestone.

Even though it has been really tough fitting in the job, on top of the business(es) and everything else, I am so glad I took it on, and so very glad I stuck with it, and so very grateful that it has worked out as well as it has done.

And who knew it would ever really be possible to love online accounting!

 

*I don’t want to name the property management software that my bosses use. It’s not great, and while that isn’t necessarily such a bad thing, I have found them as a company extremely unresponsive to suggestions for ways to improve. Many of the processes are clunky and very time-consuming/wasting, and could be made so much easier, but it seems they have grown too big to care. So, I won’t name the software, but if you are considering investing in property management software feel free to email me at success@projectlifesuccess.com and I will happily name and shame!

 

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Changing career aged 40+, learning about and building my own business, losing weight, building passive income & finally making a success of my life!

 

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Happy near-end of 2016!

Merry Christmas! I hope yesterday was wonderful for you, whether or not you celebrate the actual festival, and I hope you have been able to take some time out from the busy rush of everyday life.

We closed Dean’s construction business on December 22nd until January 3rd, so, asides from the mountain of paperwork I still need to go through – more of that in a later post – we’ve actually been able to take some time off, which has been wonderful.

I discovered a fantastic app called Enlight which allows you to do amazing things with photos on your phone – so I couldn’t resist sharing this of the girls on Christmas morning!

 

Yesterday was a quiet, pretty steady day – just me, Dean and his youngest son Sam, aged 15. Plus the dogs, of course. Even though it was just the three of us, there were all the phone calls to the rest of the family, text messages and of course the constant stream of Facebook posts to answer, so it felt busy even if we weren’t too crazy!

Even so, if we can find the time, Christmas is always a good opportunity as the end of the year approaches, to take stock of what we have achieved so far.

Dean and I covered this in our final 2016 call with our business mentor just a week ago. It really was so helpful. The thing with a mentor or coach is they will ask you what you want to work on with each call, so that you take responsibility for your own journey, and it felt appropriate to look towards the next 12 months and where we want Dean’s business to be (and also I couldn’t think of anything else to suggest!)

The start of a new year is, for me, much more than just another new month – it really can be an opportunity for a fresh start. Just imagine, 12 whole undiscovered months lying ahead, each one filled with the potential for fun, achievement and success!

Although I am painfully aware of how far we still have to go until we achieve true Life Success, I have to admit that 2016 has been pretty awesome for us both in terms of our pathway to success. The call with our mentor helped us both to see that – we made some big decisions in that call.

But if I’m going to do it properly, I need to write a list of those achievements, which I will do in my next post.

Then, we can start to look ahead to not only what 2017 will bring, but what WE can bring to the next 12 months to make them better than ever before.

So, I need to do another list – of our goals for 2017.

I’ve written before about goal setting, because it can be really hard to actually pinpoint what we want in life. If you are not particularly materialistically-minded, like me, it can be even more difficult to write that list.

But how good it will be if, at the end of December 2017, I have a list of things I can tick off!

I speak to so many people who say they never set New Year Resolutions, which seems strange. Why would people not even TRY to improve their lives? Fair enough, I may not achieve everything, but at least by setting some targets I’m giving myself the opportunity to play the game.

So, losing weight, earning more, growing our businesses and building our property portfolio are all going to be on list – call it Goals, Aims or New Year Resolutions.

(I’m setting to start my diet on Monday, January 9th. I know it’s a week or so into the new year, but there’s still probably going to be some good food left over on January 1st, and I want to reduce the opportunities for failure as much as possible. My box of Exante diet products has arrived and I’m going to shoot a video to post on my YouTube channel as I unpack everything – I’ve had a quick peek but nothing more so I’m excited to take a look.)

But before that, my immediate goals to do BEFORE the end of 2016 are to write two posts – one of my/our achievements and one to set my/our 2017 goals. There, I’ve said it, and I’m about to hit Publish – so I HAVE to do them now!!!

Thanks for reading!

Izzy

 

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On the up!

Hurrah! We got paid.

I knew we would, it was just  matter of time. And after weeks of scrimping and holding my breath (and wallet) it makes it all the sweeter!

So I celebrated, with a walk across local field with the dogs, on a beautiful frosty morning. Because we have money – and all is well with the world!

I also just had to share our beautiful lurchers Foxy and Frankie running across the frosted wintery fields – they had so much fun!! Foxy Loves Frost, we discovered!!

If you have a half-second to subscribe to my YouTube channel and show me some support, I would be so grateful!

 

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When pups revolt!

It’s the start of a new week – and probably the most exciting week yet since I began selling on Amazon almost a year ago.

I’m sorry I haven’t blogged much recently. Through all the excitement it has been a challenging time, and I’ll blog about that soon.

Hopefully, though, things are on the up – the first deliveries of our second and third products are literally on their way to Amazon in the US as I type – yes folks, I have finally got off the first rung of the ladder and am able to add to my inventory!

Moving on from that first product is something that the people who teach how to sell on Amazon don’t often talk about, but I’m not the only person I know who got stuck – not making any or enough money with product one, and struggling to source new products at good enough quality to sell.

Topped off with totally running out of the last of my savings just at the crucial time when I needed to pay for everything, and it has been pretty stressful.

But, things are finally moving forward, so, to accompany the products, a photo shoot was needed. I’ve already taken numerous photos of course, using the samples, and our wonderful designer Ryan has worked his magic. But I still needed more to show how the two products – beautiful warm fleece blankets and a super-cosy pad that reflects heat back at the sleeping pet – can be used, so both Foxy and Frankie were loaded in the car and I took some shots.

You can see from the video what happened when we got home …

(Obviously such behaviour is not tolerated.. but thankfully both girls have me well trained. When they both did eventually emerge, they allowed me to take them on a long walk! Such forgiving souls!)

Life with three dogs, including two young, big dogs, is really busy and can be challenging at times.

Possibly owning a large number of dogs and starting three businesses at the same time might not have been the best idea. But hey, it’s happened and nothing beats walking them on a crisp morning like today, kicking our way through the leaves and squinting in the low sunlight, and of course, they make all the long hours, late nights and early mornings worthwhile.

I can’t help but feel very lucky to be in the position I’m in, finally getting to do what I’ve always wanted to do, to run my own business and be my own boss. In a beautiful place. And no matter how tough it gets, I have so much to be glad for.

 

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