out of my comfort zone
Its nearly a year until the day I touched back down in England penniless, jobless, not in a good place mentally or physically and the only possessions I had was the one suitcase I was holding (could not afford the excess luggage – yes it really was that bad!)
A slight come down from the situation when I had left for my adventures where money was not really an object and I was gaily throwing it around like sweets – Oh The Lessons You Learn Through Life...!
Anyway if you are interested to read about the ups and downs of my adventures please have a look at my blog ☺
That’s enough of the doom and gloom and let’s get onto the main reason why I am writing this is because I think I am ready for another change.
Oh Good God, you will say as I have barely drawn a breath from settling back into a ‘normal’ life and somehow fast tracked through what it would take most people years and have managed to acquire myself a unexpected yet wonderful new life including a health, peace, great job, amazing and very long suffering partner, a cat family and a house. Money? Not really but working on that ☺
Now is the time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of my totally unexpected and fully packed year and RELAX.
Well I did that for about 5 mins and really enjoyed it – honest...
However, … what if I decided to slightly shake things up a bit? Just a little bit this time not the full on disappear to the other side of the world!
People did say to me that I might have difficulties settling back into the corporate life after my career break. I on the other hand thought it would be great to have an element of structure back in my life. It’s wonderful to have evenings and weekends again – the joy of working in hospitality for most of my life have meant no weekends so I really do appreciate finding them again!
A few months into the ‘normal’ I yearned to have I just can’t get my head around sitting down at a desk for 7.5hours per day. It’s impossible and it just does not sit right with me anymore (literally as I can’t sit down!) My job is great and a lovely team and environment to work in but I just know that I think there is more out there for me.
Readers of my blog will know that my motto is ‘why not? give it a go and deal with the outcome afterwards’ not remotely sensible in in any shape or form but you can’t teach an old dog new tricks can you?
I had a thought bubbling away for a little while and I know eventually it will to be too much to contain and I have to do something about it. I want to start my own business, always had. I think it’s in the blood as my wonderful Dad started up his own business at 18 years old with nothing and managed to support the family in the most amazing way through thick and thin.
This new business thought of mine is not too radical or has massive set up costs, you see I have been sensible this time! It actually combines what I love and what a lot of people don’t, therefore it could possibly equate to a going concern. Or not.. there is the risk.
So what is it? you may be asking
Painting, decorating, gardening, furniture restoration and trying to give myself a little bit of space for giving my writing a go as well.
I am going to be a Lady Maintenance Person type of thing!! (proper title to be worked on soon)
My place of work has been absolutely amazing and in order not to be homeless I have been given the opportunity to work part time and I can now, with a lot of careful planning incorporate the two.
Leaflets (as you can see from the photo) are done and some distributed, advert on Streetlife and off I go!
I am not a natural salesperson as was so apparent when Chau, my long suffering Angel of a partner and I set off on the ‘leaflet through the letter box’ drop. My cowardly behaviour meant I could only do it if there were no cars in the drive and the house looked empty. If there was any possibility that someone might in I bowed out and ran behind the hedge. Chau in his charming way was handing them out ‘willy nilly’ to everyone, dog walkers an all. I was cringing but as his charms worked I crawled out of the bush I was hiding in and chatted to the people and it was working and interest in my services was certainly happening!
I did a Time and Motion study at Mums house. Mum needed one of her rooms painted so a perfect opportunity to work out how long it will take to paint so I can work out prices and quotes. A learning experience was had. All I can say is that buying the necessary equipment is key to success as precariously balanced on a rickety stepladder to reach the ceiling causes mess, pain, bruises and swearing. Just about acceptable in Mums house but maybe not for my new clients!
On that note if you live near me you may see on a few Buy and Sell Websites I am selling some of my clothes. I have to be ruthless. Do I really want that lovely pink jacket that I have not worn for 6 months or can I sell it and put the cash towards a stepladder that will prevent me from breaking my neck? Pink Jacket sold for £12.00 – result!
I think its good to put ourselves outside our comfort zone on occasions just to keep the buzz of life going. Yes, I know I do it a lot but its good fun living on the edge ☺
The buzz of getting an enquiry has been amazing and it’s in a little bit of trepidation that I have when I drive to a new job and it’s me and only me that is the one that can make it work, but that’s life all over isn’t it? You are responsible for making your own life work for you.
I think I may have struck the perfect combination. Stability in a part time job plus the risk of building up the unknown.
This combination makes it just about feasible to have a roof over our heads, keep the cats in Whiskers and us in beans (I am getting expert in 101 varieties of tuna, beans and potato combinations!)
So for now I will be alternating between high heels and make up to wellies and non-existent finger nails.
Risky, yes, and I will be sure to keep you updated on the outcome and the stories that no doubt will find their way to my blog. I am sure to be asking questions to gardening experts on what is a weed and what is a flower? Before I do serious damage in someone’s garden!
So for now I will leave you as I go and put some beans in a saucepan for another gourmet dinner!
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