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Moving to our first business premises

Yup, we’re on the move! And it’s actually been quite the eye-opener.

Having your own business premises is very different to being based at home, but I guess that was always to be expected. A home office comes within the comfortable, safe world of domesticity – it’s a cut-throat, dog-eat-dog world wherever you are but private consumers have a level of protection that goes out of the window the second you enter the world as a business owner.

The unit we’ve found is small, cheap and pretty cheerful. The rent is so low we won’t have to pay any business rates, which is rather a relief.

But even so, there are things I didn’t expect (only because I didn’t know to expect them, not because there’s anything really crazy).

The lease. We’re tied in for 5 years. FIVE YEARS!! With a rent review after 2 years, so that could well rise. The only way out of the lease if the business goes belly-up (other than begging the landlords) is to sell the entire lease. No going on to a rolling contract and leaving after a month or two.

Secondly, the energy supply. We’ve gone with this renewable energy company, which will be the more expensive option but it’s something we are passionate about.

What I didn’t expect was the literally dozens of calls right from when the landlords notified their existing supplier, from people claiming to be from places that were deliberately trying to sound official, like The Office for Tenancy Changes, all trying to get us to sign up with a new energy provider. Seriously! The first call I fell for it, until he put me through to the sales team. After that I got wise. But it’s the wild west out there when it comes to supplying energy to businesses.

The phone line. The only way we can keep our current phone number is by going on to the Cloud. Cue numerous lengthy conversations with BT and I still have no idea what is going to happen but we will be on the portal at some point in the near future and, get this – we will have TWO PHONE LINES! Like, we can have hold music and everything!

Staffing. So, suddenly we have opening hours, and we will be opening to the public on Saturdays… and we’ve had to have all the conversations over who will be staffing what, and which days will be who, and how he/she will be reimbursed. Wowzers. And for the moment it will be mostly me and D, so that will change our weekends.

Working Hours. Ie, mine. So recently I’ve been kind of working whenever I feel like it, sometimes very early in the morning and late at night and sometimes having days where I barely seem to get anything done at all. And now I need to start to work out what hours I’ll be working, and when I’ll need to be at the unit, and what I’ll be doing. Nothing too scary, but everything just at a different level to how it was before.

We officially move in next week and we’re having our open day which we’ll invite customers old and new to come, as well as friends, members of BNI, parents and basically anyone else who would like to come along. And then that’s it – we’re out there, part of the real world with a sign on the side of the building and our name on the window.

And so, once again, shizzle got rizzle!!

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May update

Seriously, so much is happening, I am totally failing at keeping up with…any of it. And then I look back and wonder, and it seems that hardly anything has happened at all.

I guess that’s just life, and business, billions of particles of small stuff hurting itself at you in the everyday. If you don’t record it you lose it. I think I’ve lost loads.

So, here’s a summary, and no doubt there will be an unbelievable number of things I have forgotten, since my last post which was – unbelievably – back in January.

  • Foxy has gone. I can’t write too much of this, even now, because it is so incredibly painful, but the surgery went ok, not brill but ok, with a a long, painful recovery period that felt like a knife edge. Her leg healed ok but an evil recurring infection clung to her like a mofo. Eventually, after her third bout of antibiotics and the fourth emergence of infection, each time harder and more painful than the last, and with her second leg also needing surgery, we decided enough was enough, and we let the best thing in our life slip away from us to run free into the winter sky. I will write more of this, and more of her, one day, when even the thought of her no longer makes me cry.
  • There was a long, sad, empty gap. I was and still am heartbroken. She was everything to me. At least I have started to dream about her and to feel her around. But life went very dark after she left, which is not surprising because she had all the light.
  • We signed up for puppies! Ok, so this seems totally sudden, and heartless, but we’ve been left with Spanks and she’s lonely, and she hasn’t really had a friend since September when Foxy had her surgery, and even before then they hadn’t been able to play properly for a while, and being a scared unsocialised dog she struggles on her own. So after MANY hours searching both in real life and online, about 6 weeks ago we settled on a rescue from abroad, and two sisters are due to join us next week… omg we must be crazy! It’s felt like ages and now they are getting close, so exciting! And scary, they’re going to need alot of work and it will cause chaos.
  • The business has started to grow. Like, we’re not millionaires yet, but now, after I pay everyone, there is money left. It’s amazing.
  • We found a business premises!! We’ve been looking for ages, we’ve totally outgrown being in the house and it is so not appropriate having clients turn up here. So we’ve been frantically looking close by, because I’ve always seen us having a base here with then two or three satellite shops around about, somewhere for people to call into and speak to a human being. After much searching we haven’t found anywhere here, but we have found a small unit in the town that I thought would be our next base. So, we’re moving! It’s small, cheap and very cheerful and I am sure once we move into it it won’t be long before the second premises finds us.
  • D bought a suit! And he wore it for about 2 days before he got dragged in back on the tools. But it’s in his wardrobe and hopefully it will be back on before long, especially as…
  • D nearly died! Ok, maybe not quite. But yesterday he suffered chest pains and nearly passed out, and so we ended up in hospital, they treated it, naturally, as a suspect heart attack. Everything pointed to it not being that, I personally feel it was due to exhaustion and not really looking after himself properly etc etc. We are due back at hospital tomorrow for more tests. So it’s even more important than ever that he comes off the tools, assuming they don’t admit him tomorrow for surgery, yikes. It was so scary, even though I was pretty sure he was going to be fine.
  • We hired a business coach. He was due to come tomorrow but with Dean being ill I cancelled him. I’m going to give him my dream of where I want the business to go and he’s going to help me get there. Hopefully.
  • We’ve been doing loads of work ON the business. Still got loads to go.
  • We have smashed G Suite! Moved the entire business on to it just before Christmas and since then we have steadily grown in confidence using it, to the point where T said to me the other day that he really enjoyed using it now, despite his original concerns.
  • I’ve gone back to my old job. Not the real old job, but after starting out doing the basic admin things, then passing them on to T and then C3 (3rd employee whose name starts with C, our fabulous administrator) I have now found that as they’ve got busier they’ve passed them back to me, so I’ve ended up doing the basic admin while they have moved on to bigger and better things. Which is a bit of a pain as I’m not very good at getting anything done, I’m usually too busy planning the business that I’ll set up after the next one, or maybe the one after that, or maybe the next one after that.
  • We are about to bring G on board. She doesn’t live nearby, but with two little kids she doesn’t do a great deal in the evenings. For ages she’s been keen for a bit of extra money and I’ve been trying to work out what and how to give her work, and then today I just decided to just let her lose on all the systems and see what she can suggest she can do. I mean, we’ve got stuff she can do, but she’s spreadsheet queen and if I show her the bigger picture she can probably spot opportunities faster than I can tell her about them. I’m also hoping she will format a few things, the sort of thing I think constantly I should look into that, but I know I won’t. That was literally just tonight, I can’t wait to hear how she gets on.
  • I’ve felt trapped. ALOT, recently. There’s something about this house that doesn’t work for us. Maybe because there is so much baggage about when we were in full renovation, maybe it’s just the house, maybe it’s just us. But, we really need to move. But, we’ve been stuck. We nacked our earnings by starting one business then another, so we can’t get a mortgage, we will struggle to rent both financially and with D being a smoker and us very soon having (ahem) THREE dogs again. Also, at least here we have a spare bedroom for the business office. But I’ve felt pretty trapped. Until last week, anyway…
  • I got back into property. At least I’ve decided I’m going to. I need to earn more money, I need to buy some land for the dogs and I need to buy a house for us. So when a text message from Paul Preston popped on to my phone the other day about a free property day he was running in London I decided to go. And then I decided to sign up to the three-day course he runs. And I’ll probably sign up to some mentoring from him, if it looks like I’ll get my moneysworth. I still struggle to find what I want to do in property, because where we live is a slightly tricky area with a low , rural, population, but I’ll get there.
  • The next day I went to a property networking event and announced I was getting back into property. The day after that, T spotted the available unit and we viewed it and took it that evening. Which means the business is finally moving out of the house. Which means we can do the work we want to in the house. Which means we can then move out of the house, into somewhere new and hopefully better. Which means our lives will be easier and D will be able to relax and hopefully we’ll have a decent garden for our puppies.
  • And hopefully it will be less than three and a half months before I post again!

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People want to work with us!

Just a quick, quick blog to note something amazing!

I just took a call from a guy asking if we have any jobs going – “because I heard you’re a good company”.

OMG!!!! This is everything I dreamed of! One of our aims is to be a good employer. How completely fabulous to have achieved it.

In other news, loads has happened and I haven’t blogged in ages. Need to dash now but I’ll update soon. Some good some bad and some heartbreaking.

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Starting Strong 2019

You know what, it’s been a fantastic start to a new year. Probably because we’ve got into action plan pretty quickly. Tomorrow marks a week since the new year began, and already I – we – have a few achievements under our belt.

Firstly, one of my new year resolutions is to get back into running with the dogs. It will be some time before Foxy’s up to running, but Frankie is a great companion.

Despite various attempts at losing weight, I’ve managed to start the new year heavier than I have ever been. I don’t seem to be able to stick to any diet these days, but at least getting running again will be fantastic.

Last year I started following a dog events company and today they had organised an informal walk, just a 5km/3 mile route.

They have another event organised for the end of January and I plan to run/jog that route. What a great goal to aim for!

Second, we’ve started a new thing, which we put into action yesterday – the One-stop property shop!

Last summer, after a really busy week, I had a Saturday afternoon when I was snuggling with the dogs and kept getting interrupted by phone calls from people needing our plumbing service.

We don’t yet have a business premises, we will do at some point but until the right place comes along we remain a home-based business.

So after my interrupted Saturday afternoon I started to wonder how we could create a ‘buffer’ between our home and public calls.

At the same time, I was conscious that many people constantly ask us if we know an electrician, a plasterer etc, and tell us they can never get a plumber, etc etc. I know booking a trade can be a really difficult thing to do, especially for people who live alone or even don’t find phone calls easy to do. It’s also really hard if that trade doesn’t turn up.

In addition, I haven’t been very prolific with referrals for my fellow BNI members recently. Now that I no longer really visit clients I am not out there meeting people like I used to be. It’s partly why I decided to take on the presidency, so that I would be doing a bit more for the group even if I’m not bringing in huge numbers of referrals.

I came up with the idea of the 1-stop property shop, based in the village hall once a month, where people could visit, get advice, and assuming we know the right person, we could link the client with an appropriate expert. So if people are looking for an electrician, or a plasterer, a mortgage broker or architect, we can put them in touch. And because we have recommended them, we hope they will give them some preferential treatment, if they need it.

So yesterday morning D and I set up our stall in the village hall and waited for people to come in. We ended the morning with three inquiries – a removal/man with a van, a heating engineer and a handyman to cut a hedge. It was three more than I thought we might get, and there are three people for us to give a fantastic service to and help.

I am so excited about 2019. As I mentioned in my last post, we hope to build on our business success. I want to make some decent money in 2019. I also want to move house. I’m also planning to bring someone new into the business… more on that later!

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Happy New Year 2019!

OMG I hope you’ve had a blast, I hope you’re ready for the new start and I hope it’s a good one – for all of us.

After such a busy run-up to Christmas, we were all set for a sedate trot into 2019 – but then I got a booking for our Airbnb room which we haven’t done in forever because we’ve always had people in the room.

But now my dad’s moved in next door we decided to move the room to his house! Well, he does have 2 spare bedrooms…

Cue a busy 48 hours decorating, purchasing, furnishing and finalising the new room and it looked lovely by the time the young Australian couple arrived. (It was a bit weird having them next door, and I was a bit concerned for my dad… it went ok, but I don’t think we’ll do it again. It’s just a bit weird having an elderly man on his own and I’m not sure how fair it is on any party. Anyway at least we now have a fabulous room for whoever wants to come and stay.)

Anyway, it turned into the longest New Year’s Eve ever! The Airbnb guests were due around 6 pm but finally arrived shortly before 10 – it was a good job we didn’t have tickets booked for anything! (Yeah like that would ever happen!)

In the end it felt like it had been nearly 2019 for about three days, but all we had planned was a night in together and a nearly-midnight walk with the dogs.

This is what our New Year’s Eve looks like…

And the magic happened. Some 13/14 weeks ago our sweet Fox went into surgery to fuse her arthritic leg, and we were given the date of December 21st for her to go off-lead again. I will write a post on the nightmare that it has all been, but in the meantime let’s just say she definitely had NOT not been ready to go off-lead… but on the night of December 31st, in the dark, on a safe quiet stretch of country lane, the lead was unclipped and finally – FINALLY – she took 10 minutes of freedom. It was wonderful, and quite emotional. What a way to end 2018.

The last walk of 2018 – both dogs off lead!!!

On the whole, 2018 has been all we could have asked for and more. A few downs as expected and plenty of challenges but mostly ups ups ups and aways. Surprisingly so, really.

We’ve grown in ways we couldn’t have dreamed of (although much of that has been my waistline) and we’ve been joined by some really fabulous people on this crazy journey, I’m so grateful for our team!

2019 is set to be pretty exciting – we have soooo many plans and ambitions some of them completely terrifying others just plain old beyond exciting.

Part of me is curious to know what post I’ll be writing 12 months from now, hopefully I won’t be posting from the gutter, instead here’s hoping our businesses will go from strength to strength, hopefully a house move (might even get a decent living room and be able to unpack after 4 years), I’ve set myself some decent goals for fitness, education and personal development to keep us on track – got to keep these pups in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed hey?

HAPPY 2019 EVERYONE!! Hope the new year brings you everything you hope it will!!

Oh, and one of my new years resolutions for 2019 is to blog more, I promise!

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Boxing Day 2018

Planning our business so we get to where we want to be

I hope you had a fabulous Christmas Day yesterday!

I did. At least I think I did. I mean, it was lovely, really it was. Somehow if you don’t have children, and especially young children, you never quite recover the wonder of Christmas and so even the nicest of Christmas days can still seem a bit flat. My stepson and our youngest employee C lives with us, but he’s 18 and moody, so it’s hardly magical.

When I compare to our Christmas last year, when we only just got the kitchen finished in time and were still living in a renovation pit, it has been pretty good.

But D and I spent almost every moment together, we took both the dogs out to see the sheep (pretty momentous actually – more on that later), then we both cooked dinner together, we all ate dinner together and then I persuaded D and C to watch The Secret with me.

Seriously, that film gets better every time I watch it. I swear I must have seen it a dozen times now and each time I pick up something new. Plus I just love Bob Proctor, and he’s in it so it has to be good! (Sadly D fell asleep not long into it, so he will just have to have a re-showing).

The day ended with a walk with Frankie which turned into a swim (for her, not me) and then we watched the story of Torvill and Dean on tv. In bed. So a pretty fabulous ending to a lovely day, even if I can’t absolutely be sure it was lovely.

It was the perfect ending to a crazy build-up. I know the festivities will go on until the new year for many, but that’s pretty much it for me on the socialising/partying front, even though we have closed the business until January 7th.

The last week of work was a busy one, what with the community project on the football loos, then our company Christmas night out. D and I then made a laughable attempt at Christmas shopping on Saturday, oh and I had to walk to get the car from where we’d left it partying, then on Sunday I went to Manchester to drink gin with a dear friend, it was great to catch up with her and share some gossip from my old days in telly.

On Monday D and I drove to Leeds to drop pressies off and see his family. And before we knew it, it was Tuesday and Christmas Day and although the only guest was my dad, it was still a busy day cooking and then recovering.

I decided some time ago that today, Boxing Day, would be our recovery day. We wouldn’t be doing much except watching films and chilling.

So naturally I awoke this morning with an inability to sit still and a burning desire to get busy. It was officially time to do one of my favourite things – setting goals and planning how to achieve them.

It was soooo good to be at home with D, tidying up our kitchen and our lives, making plans and agreeing strategy.

I’ll post more of our plans later but in the meantime, I am starting to feel like 2019 is going to be a seriously good year. And by good I mean exciting, productive and lucrative.

It’s hard to describe but I have so many plans in my head and it can be hard to work out when each one will or should begin. But laying out a roadmap for the year can suddenly make things like that clear. Sure enough, I can now see that if all goes to plan on our existing two businesses, I will be in a position to bring in our third business a year from now.

So now we’ve clarified our journey, I can bring my concentration back to the small stuff of the here and now. And I’ll complete these smaller tasks faster and better for knowing how each one is moving is forward, forever closer to our dream.

We have just less than two weeks before we are back in action and the world gets super busy again and I intend to make the most of it.

There’s loads to be done before January 7th – D will be going in to complete the football loos and he has a kitchen to complete. I have a gazillion things to work on, including our tax returns, emptying my email inbox and umpteen admin-y-style projects that I want to get clear before our administrator angel C comes back to work and fills me with shame me for my messy desk and lack of action.

We did sit down, eventually, this afternoon, and had a gorgeous snuggle on the sofa with our two sweet pups – at least until my mum and sister facetime’d me 30 minutes before it ended and the moment was broken.

But it didn’t matter. Now that we’ve clarified our plans – or at least part of them – I’m feeling more inspired and excited than ever. There will be plenty of time for dog snuggles when we’re loaded!!

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A helping hand

If you were asked to define success, what would you say?

I know I’m not the only one who struggles to do it, because few material things appeal. I have no desire for a Porsche, or a yacht, or diamonds. And sometimes it makes me wonder if I will ever be satisfied.

I know D feels the same way I do, but luckily there is one thing we do both feel, and that is a wish to help others through our success.

So back in the summer I read a Facebook post (aka rant) about the local village football team and how they were struggling to pay the rent on their football ground. Bizarrely, because he really is not a good reader, D also read the post. Unlike me, he got straight on the phone and offered to help.

(I didn’t offer, not because I wasn’t planning on, but firstly because I read it and thought oh I’ll discuss that with Dean later and see if we want to offer any help, and secondly because it was a semi-political rant complaining about the rent being charged by the village association, so my instincts said obviously not to get involved.)

But, involved we got and so we agreed to go meet up with the football manager at the next game. We could help, he said, but rather than financially, they could really use an update to their toilets and the referee shower room.

He wasn’t kidding. The ref’s shower was pretty grim, and the toilets were split into one loo and then an open urinal which you had to walk past to get to the toilet. It was all a bit unusable by any female spectators or possibly eventually players.

I was rather surprised to see how many local lads were members – most of whom had their own building businesses, hmmmm – but hey ho maybe none of them were able to re-fit a shower room or toilet. Anyway, we put that to one side and decided to take the opportunity to do the project whenever we could. The week of December 17th seemed likely – we probably wouldn’t be welcome inside anyone’s home to do any building work. So we put the plans to one side until December.

The project was done, with us providing the labour and local suppliers providing the materials and building products. Obviously, I took the opportunity to market the event, so I did a daily video from the site with updates on the work and shared across social media.

The response has been amazing. Lots of thanks and likes, and it’s surprising this hadn’t been done years ago really by someone on the team. But, sometimes it takes a bit of outside energy to make things happen.

Being able to do this community project and improve the facilities for a group of local people, really is the definition of success for D and I.

Forget diamonds, Range Rovers and electric gates, being able to turn up with 3 lads and a bunch of know-how to make someone’s Christmas means more than any luxuries.

I guess that, right there, is our definition of success!

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We did it!

The dance floor on our Christmas do 2018

You may recall how in December 2017 I looked around a heavily decorated room filled with drunken, dancing, happy people celebrating Christmas, and set myself the goal that in 2018 we would also have our first proper Christmas do.

I am proud, excited and slightly emotional to say we did it.

There were six of us, as our fabulous administrator C couldn’t make it, so I invited a few of the trades we regularly work with and so we had a fabulous table of 20 at D’s regular golf club.

The night was a success. There is always a danger that when you mix employees and alcohol things could get messy, and sure enough, they did, but we managed to call it a night just before anything got out of hand.

We took our place in a busy room full of tables of other businesses and as I looked around I couldn’t help but feel so proud of all that we have achieved. We’ve survived, we’re comfortably well over our first year, and we’re doing ok, we are paying our employees and we are moving forward.

Our business journey, like my success project, is exactly that – a journey – we certainly haven’t arrived at our destination, wherever that may be, but this was a glorious step and waymarker.

I have to admit, I wasn’t feeling completely good about going. I weigh probably the most I’ve ever weighed at the moment, and even though I picked up a charity shop bargain dress I didn’t feel particularly good about myself. I really have to do something about my weight in 2019, if I am able to.

But going back to Friday night, there was no way I could let my weight stop me enjoying the night and our celebration of all that we had achieved.

I was so proud of D. He shone as the business owner with his name over the door. He got comfortably drunk, when the plasterer got very drunk and rowdy D joined in just enough to be able to control him without becoming authoritarian.

He spent a lot of time on the dance floor, as did I. Firstly it was just so good to be able to move – something I don’t do enough of at the moment! And secondly it distanced himself from the dramas going on.

I looked back on past Christmas do’s I’ve been to, back to 1998 when I joined a small TV production company which, like us, had started in a spare bedroom. I remembered the husband and wife team who ran it and thought how funny it was that two decades on D and I were experiencing the same emotions that they would have been – including the slightly bemusing sight of seeing your employees drunk for the first time.

So yes, it was amazing. Will we do it again? Absolutely – but maybe not such an alcohol-driven evening event. No doubt our Christmas do’s will evolve just as the business does.

Tell you what though, I can’t wait to find out what I’m writing about in exactly a year’s time!

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Recruitment is Amazing!

She is truly, truly amazing.

Who?

The wonderful creature that is our new business administrator.

We may not be able to afford to have her, but once I met her I realised we couldn’t afford to not have her… hmm, where have I said that before?

In numerous places, probably, because, once again, the process of recruitment has surprised me.

I always assumed we would grow the business to the point where we were bursting, where we had a clear vacancy for someone and the money to pay them.

Instead, so far for the last three employes, we’ve recruited before we could afford them and even before we had work for them. I mean, we advertised for K back in the summer because we desperately needed a third installer, not because we were finishing projects, but because we weren’t. We weren’t finishing the projects on time so we didn’t have the money for a third person, but by taking one on we were able to complete jobs and get paid far more quickly. Does that even make sense?

Back at the start of the year, T came along because I could see the value he would bring to the business, not because we had anything like his wage in the bank. He hit the ground running and literally created his own salary as the business sped up and became more productive and efficient through him.

Four weeks ago, I had a meltdown. I just wasn’t getting any of the important stuff done because I was getting too bogged down, inputting invoices into Xero

It was time for change – so I ran our first proper Facebook recruitment drive (as opposed to just sharing a photo of our vacancy ad). Her email popped into my inbox, with her impressive CV attached, and I realised the minimum wage I had assumed I would be paying was going to be way too low.

I also realised, with delight, that the scenario I had envisaged – the basic bookkeeper inputting invoices so I could concentrate on producing reports and doing the higher level stuff – was also not going to happen. She is wayyy more competent than I am – so once she’s inputted the invoices, the one doing the reports and doing the higher level stuff willl be her.

I already can’t imagine life without her. She’s now in week three, asking the sort of questions that make my heart sing. She’s still working her way through the huge backlog of invoices that I had waiting for her, but she’s marked on her 2019 wall planner when the van’s MOT is due, and it was upon seeing that that I fell in love.

And that’s the thing about recruitment, just as in life, you don’t always get what you want, sometimes, actually, maybe, most of the time, you get what you need.

 

 

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Feel the fear…

I absoutely LOVE Facebook memories (most of them anyway!) and the way they throw up random past happenings, thoughts or muses. A bit cringey when they date from 2007 when we all spoke in the 3rd person, but hey ho.

I’m the same with a paper diary, I’ve never kept one for the Dear Diary moments, but years later I just love to look back and see what I was doing on that day.

And keeping a diary is absolutely a must when you start a business, or at least start to change your life, as I have. Reading back over your past is a great way to recognise your progress – it just might not be visible to your weary eyes.

So yesterday Facebook threw this one up for me: “Eeek shizzle just got rizzle! Feel the fear and do it anyway I reckon!’

I read it and grinned, wondering what I was going on about. I read the comments.

Chris had asked ‘???’

And I had answered ‘Biggest job yet!’

So in our Monday morning meeting I showed the guys the screenshot and began to work out with Dean what that job might be. And do you know, we had no idea.

How ironic that something so big and scary that I Facebooked about it, just 365 days later has faded into the fog of time and memory loss.

But it has made me think back, to all those times I didn’t do things because I was afraid to, or I thought I would fail, or I was scared other people would laugh. And there we were, 12 months ago, feeling afraid, fearing we might fail and knowing full well our competitors would laugh if we did – all for it to disappear into the passing weeks and months.

We all owe it to ourselves to fight our inner fear and not allow it to stop us doing exactly what the fuck we want to.

Dammit! We all get one life here on this fabulous planet and the least we can do is live it to the full.

Ensuring we fill our minds with gratitude is one way to squeeze the worry out.

So with that in mind, today I’ve felt the fear but I’ve ignored it and I’ve shared a Facebook job vacancy post. So what if we don’t have huge amounts of money, we need someone to do all the data-inputting, letter writing and general admin and I have accepted it is starting to hold me back.

I am feeling extremely grateful for the perfect person who is about to come into our lives and take that job!

I am 200% confident that if we take on the right person to support T and I, both of us will fly higher than before, just as I have done every time we’ve taken on someone new. Committing to paying someone’s salary is scary, but I’m going to feel the fear and do it anyway, no matter how rizzle the shizzle!