Getting back in the saddle

Getting back in the saddle

It’s been a while since I’ve been around. A lot has happened over the past year. I’ll share some of it, the rest is very personal and may well be shared through my learning experiences and comments. I’m not sure I’m wiser. I’ve just got 10 months more life experience! Getting back in the saddle isn’t easy though is it? We get out of habits, we lose focus, and we can’t always see how we can do what we used to. So, with all my good intentions since the new school year, it’s only now, that I feel ready and able to get back on my bike and start the next part of my journey. A lot of change has happened this year, which has been very tiring. I’ve also had flu which knocked me out for a few months. We all have reasons for not doing what we’d planned at the start of the year. Some of us make excuses out of the slightest knock or bump that crosses our path. I’m not saying I haven’t made some little excuses, I’m just holding my hand up and saying it’s been tough. Really tough. A brief update of 2013: We’ve moved house. I think I’ve finally grieved for a person I care about My eldest son has started secondary school I’ve accepted I can’t affect lots of things in my life and business I’ve learnt not to take on too much contract work whilst running and developing a small business So, this week, I’m back in the saddle. Picking up the route map where I left off, and adjusting...

Year End – what’s it all about?

So many people are talking about Year End at the moment, and it’s a pretty crucial part of most businesses. We’re being encouraged to top up ISAs and take advantage of offers before the new financial year starts. This time of year, for me, is about a physical check of all my stockholding, and the opportunity to review the year’s sales and expenses. It’s a chance to step back from the business and look at the figures, as a check on the shape of the business. What’s doing well, what’s not so good. What areas need improving and developing. I wrote 2 years ago about Taking Stock. I’d forgotten, but having just re-read it, I’m pretty happy with that assessment. I’ve been better at continually reviewing my business and my stock since then. Have you? I’d also like to suggest that having a year end that is 3 months into the calendar year gives us a chance to properly review those goals we set ourselves at the start of the year. How do our figures match up against the expectations we set ourselves. What challenges have prevented us from achieving our goals, and what do we need to revise due to the new opportunities that have come our way since January? A lot of us are having a break over the Easter holidays. I’m so looking forward to getting away from it all. Forgetting about the business, and personal stuff that’s happened that’s steered me a bit off course these last few months. I’m looking forward to spending time with my family, without my head in my laptop and...

What makes you You?

As part of reviewing my life this summer, I realised that I wasn’t doing all the things that I like to do, and this was making me a little bit miserable. I’m a giver, and love doing things for other people. I’ve always been involved in some type of voluntary work, until the last year. I guess I used the excuse of the business to stop working on the project that was taking up my ‘spare’ time. But it was more to do with not being valued as a volunteer, than time pressures. I believe that if you want to do something you will make the time to do it, however busy your life is! But what could I do? How could I now fit something in to a very busy business and family life? Well, if I can’t give 1 hour a week to support a project, then there’s something wrong isn’t there? I’ve been given so much and so many skills, that 1 hour out of 168 in a week is not a lot to give to someone/something else. My sons, particularly the eldest, spend a lot of time on computer games. He also loves sport and reading. So I wondered if I could help him learn a bit more about the internet to develop useful skills on the computer and understand how searches and websites work. After discussing my idea with school, and seeing if they’d be interested in me helping a small group of children to develop a website about book reviews by children, the project was born. I’ve been going into school for 3/4...

I made a decision. Better late than never.

Liz Weston founded the New Baby Guides in late 2008 and added Weston Communications (a PR, Marketing and Social Media solutions agency) to the fold  in 2010. In 2011 she bought www.ukbabyshows.co.uk She’s got plans in place for growth for all three businesses in 2012 and has agreed to tell us how she’s made a decision which will enable her to put them in place. There’s so much going on in my mind right now around “reviews”, “moving on” and “making decisions” so I hope that this blog post makes sense. I’ve made a decision that I’ve found difficult. I’ve decided to let one specific thing go, despite the fact that I’ve been festering on it for months. The background is that someone said something, about me that was factually untrue. The problem was that it could potentially, have affected an important business relationship for me earlier this year. Thankfully, I had emails in place to show that the suggestion was not true about my approach to my work and there was no fall out from it for me. I took it so personally though, that someone would do something so self serving, trampling on me as part of his or her attempt to climb the greasy pole. I spent time in the shower, in the car, whilst with the boys, scripting what I’d say to them, when the opportunity arose. I was ready and waiting. And kept on revisiting it, wasting time on it. But actually, 6 months later, I’ve reviewed everything that both the team and I have achieved in 2011 and decided, that it’s time to move...

It’s not a failure to move on

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reviewing recently. About my business, and about what I’m doing with my life and how I’m living it. I guess I’m always doing it, but these last few weeks, I’ve been reviewing even more. Why? Because things need to change. I can’t keep running around at the pace I have been for the last 6 months. My motivation is flagging, I’ve been increasingly tired and irritable. And emotionally I needed to get some things sorted in my head. And what do we do once we’ve done our thinking? Get on and do it of course! At a recent event with Winning Pitch, John Leach told us that to be successful, we needed to spend 20% of our time thinking and 80% doing. We all know that don’t we? But how much time do we really ‘do’ our plans? And how much is procastinating about how to do it? I’m not saying that I’ve moved on in all areas of my life that I’ve been reviewing, but I certainly feel much brighter about the path ahead. The short break with the family has helped. Time away from your normal routine is always a good way to help you re-focus on your life and all its aspects. Our lives evolve. If someone had asked me 10 years ago if I’d have my own business, and I’d be supporting other women in business I’d have laughed. Not because I didn’t think I was capable of achieving this, but because it wasn’t in my vision. My experience of bra buying when pregnant and breastfeeding changed...