Today 7th June is my birthday. This will be an unusual birthday as for the first time in, I don't know how long I will be on my own. My husband is in work and has used all his holidays and my best friends all live far away.
I have no idea what I'm going to do. I may visit my parents and then go for a drive. I may read a book. Or I may work on my business.
I do know that I am in the happiest place I have ever been. I'm busy, I'm working longer hours than I did in employment but in the start up stages that is what you do. Yet its doesn't feel like work.
I'm not where I thought I'd be, though this time last year having left my well paid corporate role, I really didn't have any idea what I'd do.
It's certainly been a year of self-discovery, self-development and self-care for me, which is the purpose of the Mojo Academy I'm launching in July.
I've learnt so much about myself and my preference for introversion, about embracing my empathic nature and seeing it for the gift that it is. Being on my own most of the time is bliss for me. I can now easily manage on 6-8 hours sleep. Until now I'd have said I couldn't exist on less than 12 -16 hrs, but that is because I have been doing jobs in extroverted areas since I was 14. Waitress, bank clerk, various temping roles in offices, shop assistant, working on the door in a night club, then various roles where I was a manager in packaging. All, requiring me to be with people all the time with no time for myself.
Now I want to help coach as many women as possible to recognise who they are and to embrace their true self, to find their comfort zone, so they know where to go to recharge and then from there to learn how to expand it. This fills me with so much excitement the thought of being able to help so many others on their own journey.
As well as learning about myself I've learnt a lot about setting up my own business. This time last year I was ready to turn my back on my 18 year packaging career, but now I've just launched a course on Packaging and getting fab feedback. I'm in discussions with 2 major brands who are renown for their ethical stance and hope to be giving them support and advice, not just on packaging but on the environment in general. My degree in Environmental Biology is shining through again. I never would have guessed this would be my path.
I'd also wanted to focus on my writing, I've written some children's books and need to edit them and get them perfect for sending to agents. Ironically I've written less on these in the last 12 months than I did when I was employed. But I'm writing more. I now write an average of 10,000 to 20,000 words a week (according to my Grammarly subscription). I blog here and guest blog on other pages. I write about packaging and writing my packaging course. I write blogs for Psychologies Magazine and have to pinch myself every so often as can't believe I'm actually doing this for my favourite magazine. I've part written a proposal for a self-help book and aim to get this finished so I can send out to agents.
I'm looking at my Packaging course being my passive income so I can then get back into my children's writing and doing this alongside my Mojo Academy.
So I can say I am a writer.
I'm now a bit of a whizz on website building having built about 10 in the last 12 months for me and things I've been involved in. I'm an NLP Coach, a hypnotherapy practitioner and a Time Line Therapy Practitioner. Last year I'd never heard of the latter and I was skeptical about hypnotherapy!
I can go for walks when I like, i can sit in the garden and have my lunch, I can work when I like (its currently 00.42hrs, but I like working at night).
I can see where my packaging business will take me and where my coaching will go. I can see those books being finished and being published. And although in 2017/2018 I earned in 1 year the same as I'd have earned in 1 month in my previous job, I've found I value money more. I understand my limiting beliefs around money and now I know I deserve to be paid and deserve to earn a living and feel good about it. (I'll be doing a bit on this in the Mojo Academy later in the year).
I've made so many new connections, new relationships and new friends. I can now be true to myself and that is something I wish for everyone.
So for me 2018/2019 is going to be a year of success, a year of happiness, a year of continued self-discovery, self-development and most importantly self-care.
I've truly found my mojo, my passion and my bliss.
I know you want to do the same, now or in the near future and by being part of the mojo community you'll continue to grow too.
Have a fabulous week.