25 October 2017

REACHING FOR YOUR DREAMS



Happy Wednesday friends! How is your week going so far? As you read this I am in Devon, and I hope to bring you back some lovely pictures of my time there too! Before I get into todays post I wanted to do a little plug for the vlog I put up on Monday; if you haven't seen it yet then you will find it at the end of this post, or click right here to go to YouTube and watch it. I would love it if you could subscribe whilst you are over there if you haven't already!

Today I wanted to have a little chat about the reality of achieving your dreams and some of the things that really help you to get there. Clearly I am not a coach or any kind of expert but I know that I have learnt a lot on my journey (so far) and thought I would share some pieces of it with you today.

1. T A K E  Y O U R  T I M E
It is so easy to want to jump both feet into something you decide you want to do, especially if you are super passionate about it, or have spent a lot of time watching someone else achieve the thing you long for. But in reality, these things can take a whole lot longer than you imagine. Some people are in a position where this isn't the case, but for most people it is a long old journey, but is it worth it? Hell yes! I took over two years to launch Leaf Lane Studio for so many different reasons, but it had to be that way when I think back. I spent lots of time doing valuable research, listening to business webinars and podcasts and filling countless notebooks with ideas, doodles and plans. That process needed to happen for me to get to the stage of launching. As much as it seems like you 'will never get there' I promise you will, every step forward is a step toward your goal, no matter what that goal is, so keep pushing on.


2. F I N D  A  S U P P O R T  N E T W O R K
Whether this is friends, family or a coach, having people around you who fill you will inspiration and encourage you in your idea will help so much. I have been so lucky with my support in that I have, as you guys know, had my lovely coach, Gemma Sands, through most of my journey, who I will never be able to repay for her generosity (and patience!) but, I have also had lots of support from elsewhere and people who write nice things to me or friends and family who are willing to help me out too. The amazing buddies I have met on-line (Instagram especially) have been like my little 'pack' through all of this 'attempting to work for myself' thing, and it is wonderful to have their support. I think it is amazing how many women are out there, quietly trying to work towards their dreams, unsure of where it will go but doing it anyway and, when you find someone you click with, it is wonderful to have each other to bounce ideas off of and to really be there to pick each other up when you're feeling a bit low. I have found that with a few ladies on-line and it is wonderful!

Whilst we are on the subject of awesome ladies, I want to give one of them a quick shout out. Lovely Sam and I used to work together when I was in my previous job in the school in Hampshire, before we moved to Cornwall. We used to sit and talk about our dreams of working for ourselves and setting up businesses. When she left to move to Ireland we kept in touch and now I have Leaf Lane Studio, and Sam has her lovely business Bathtime Patisserie, a company selling homemade (and divine smelling) bath/pamper products! Last week Sam sent me some of the products that she makes, all by herself at home, and they are gorgeous! You know when you get something and just never want to use it because it looks too pretty? That is how I feel about Sams gorgeous bath truffles! It is so wonderful to hear how she is achieving her dreams and I am so happy to see everything she is doing, because I know it takes real guts to take the leap and go for it! So, if you want some cute gifts for Christmas, are looking for wedding favours or just fancy a treat then head on over to Sams Facebook page and check out her goodies!



3. O N E  S T E P  A T  A  T I M E
I heard a really great analogy about business on a podcast recently, if only I could remember which one (if it comes to me I will credit it of course), in which the person being interviewed compared starting a business to climbing Everest. Initially you see the launch day as the peak, then when you get there you realise it is, in-fact, just the first base camp, and then every time you reach a significant point in your business, you realise there is another camp to get to and so on. This is so true and it is so important to remember that it is one, huge journey. I guess, if you were a glass half empty kind of person, this analogy would be easy to see as something fairly negative but, for me, it was just a reminder that everyone has a whole lot of things to do and achieve. For me, the launch was a milestone (a fecking big one after over two years of trying to get there!) but I knew it was the tip of the iceberg. I am now on the 'let everyone know I exist' phase! This is almost harder because you want to start selling your products (or whatever your 'thing' is) and it can be frustrating, but this is the part that actually excites me, this is the challenge and this is where I get to use all the research I have done and also continue the learning process and try new things. I think the most important thing here is just to keep pushing forward and work on 'the dream' every single day.

4. T A K E  A  'S E L F-C A R E'  B R E A K
This 'top tip' is something that I learnt from Gemma because it is super easy to be so wrapped up in 'all the things' that you forget to step away from it and, by the time you realise how exhausted you are it is often too late and a cold strikes or you suddenly need days of recovery. I have learnt to listen to what my body is telling me and try to do what it needs, when it needs it. If that means taking a break from things and getting a half an hour nap in, then so be it. What I do know is that half and hour, or even a whole day just for whatever you want to do, aside from your business/goal, will ultimately do you the world of good and you will return far more inspired and rested, so take a break!

I hope some of that waffle was useful for you guys, regardless of what it is you are pushing towards right now... let me know what you are working on in the comments, I'd love to know!

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  1. This post is everything I need today and so much more. Thank you my love xxxx

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    1. Aw thank you honey. We must keep the motivation going you and me!! :-) xxxx

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