I want this blog to be full of super valuable content, but beyond that to be a place of honesty and vulnerability – to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of adventuring in the online Biz world (and offline too for that matter….) and to hopefully help me – and maybe you – to be more courageous in showing up in and shaping our lives, and to offer some gentle accountability to “stay in the arena” (in the words of
I’ve been on a bit of a personal development journey over the last couple of years – it started with the massive life-change of having a (now 4-year old) child. I had been working for years in a career that felt really misaligned and – the feeling of my soul being sucked further away (in the style of Harry potter and the dementors….) grew into a sizeable dose of anxiety and I started to look at the world a bit differently. I discovered some incredible tools around mindfulness, confidence, gratitude and self-awareness, and eventually built up the motivation and courage to start my own business as a Virtual Assistant in 2017. Shortly before I’d never even heard of Virtual Assistance, but through a wandering path (the best kind I’ve learned) I stumbled on a wonderful mentor Danielle Greason, and the rest – as they say – was history. She continues to inspire me with her passion for intentional family living, and a shared goal of taking control of your life through meaningful, flexible work.
In the current chapter of my business I work mainly with two wonderful folks and their businesses – my work is a combination of technical hands-on wizardry (my love language), project / process managing (OBM – “Online Business Manager”) style, and often being an ear to brainstorm decisions and action plans. I love the fluidity, creativity and autonomy over what I work on and getting to push myself to step up (plus problem solving and learning new tech is my idea of FUN #nerd)
Personal life-wise … my hubby works for the emergency services, we have an amazing 4-year-old little girl, and another small person is landing in October this year. Baby number two has been a long time coming, so we’re feeling super grateful at this beautiful new chapter, but that also means time for a new challenge… exploring the world of business with a baby…
For the months ahead, I’m turning some attention to shaping my own business. I’m really proud of what I’ve created so far, but challenging myself to step up and create something even more amazing.
In practice all this change is scary as hell, so my fears are going to need a massive kick up the backside if I’m going to step up and play bigger in my own life. Thankfully, I’m leaning on some amazing corners of the internet I’ve come to know and love, to keep me moving forward.
I’ve been part of a wonderful membership called Wandering Aimfully for a few years now, and I’ve joined their Build Without Burnout program – all about optimising your business around your life. WAIM (as it’s affectionately known 😉 is a remarkable corner of the internet. Caroline and Jason, and the whole community embody authenticity, intention, courage and resilience. They show up for themselves. They “fail” publicly, learn and keep moving. I’ve been participating in the sidelines here for years. but these folks are so damn inspiring you can’t help but take imperfect action.
So I’m overhauling my current business a bit, and even gently venturing into the digital product world with a goal to reach and help as many people as I can and really make an impact.
Leo Babauta also has two really powerful training programs I’m in called SeaChange and Fearless. I’ve followed Leo, and admired the vulnerability and impact of his work for several years, am part of an amazing team in SeaChange and have seen beautiful results in changing my habits and just living more mindfully. Just the thought of the Fearless training frankly scares the living daylights out of me… but I’m reminding myself that’s the whole point. I’ll be posting more about that here too in the weeks and months ahead.
So I’m going to wrap this up as a bit of an insight into where I’m at right now, some of how i got here, and where I’m pointing myself in the months and years ahead … Hope to see you along for the ride…