Reflecting on the Journey

For those of you who have been wondering what I’ve been up to in all this time that I haven’t blogged as often as I used to, I’m excited to share with you the whirlwind of experiences that have kept me busy over the past 2-3 years. From unexpected challenges to unexpected successes, it’s been a journey of entrepreneurship, growth, and invaluable lessons learned. From challenges to triumphs…let me share some of those with you in this blogpost.

From Corporate to Entrepreneurship

As some of you may know, my journey took a significant turn when I transitioned from a fulfilling career in Human Resources to the dynamic world of entrepreneurship. From working in sales at a hotel, wearing an Aviator themed uniform to venturing into promotional branding, each step presented its own set of challenges and opportunities. While not every endeavour yielded the desired outcome, I embraced each experience as an opportunity for growth and learning.

Over a year ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to become a Cricut Ambassador. Spending a substantial amount of my time crafting allowed me to unleash my creativity in ways I hadn’t imagined. From creating personalised mugs to custom t-shirts, the possibilities seemed endless. However, as much as I enjoyed this creative outlet, it began to overshadow other areas of my life and I then resigned from the Ambassador role to shift my focus on the interesting journey that lay ahead.

A Journey into E-Commerce

Just over a year ago, I embarked on a new venture – an online family business. This marked my foray into the world of e-commerce, where I navigated the complexities of setting up a Shopify store, implementing social media marketing strategies, and managing logistics and inventory. Despite initial challenges and a lack of support from some quarters, the business exceeded expectations, experiencing a remarkable 200% growth in sales opposed to initial expectations. It was a testament to resilience, determination, and the power of adaptation in the face of adversity.

The Reality of Lack of Support

One aspect of my entrepreneurial journey that I’ve grappled with is the lack of support from some within my relatively close circle. While I didn’t expect them to purchase products, I had hoped for their assistance in spreading the word about our business within their networks. To me, true support means more than just buying products; it means rallying behind a loved one’s endeavours and helping to amplify their efforts. It was disappointing to realise that certain individuals in my circle weren’t willing to offer this kind of support, but it was also a valuable lesson in understanding the dynamics of relationships and expectations. Nevertheless, it made me appreciate those more who did rally and support the business. Through this all, my husband has been by side for the good and the not so good days and emotions!

Embracing Change and Innovation

In the midst of managing the family business, I also found opportunities to continue pursuing my passion for developing others through freelance soft skills facilitation. Adapting to the new normal brought about by the pandemic, I embraced online platforms to deliver training in customer service excellence, sales techniques, emotional intelligence, and time management. It was a journey of growth not only for the participants but also for me, as I honed my skills in virtual facilitation and embraced new methodologies for engaging learners in a digital environment.

Finding Fulfillment in Training

Although the family business thrives, I’ve reached a point where I can confidently hand it over to someone else to run with, allowing me to focus on activities that stimulate my mind and soul. One such passion is the facilitation of training sessions, where I’ve been told I possess a unique gift to inspire, motivate and develop others. There’s an incredible sense of inner peace and fulfillment that comes from using my skills to empower and develop others.

Using Blogging as an Educational Platform

Blogging serves as another avenue for me to educate, inform, and entertain when I’m not enriching lives through formal training sessions. It’s a platform where I can share insights, stories, and lessons learned, fostering a community of learning and growth. Whether it’s discussing industry trends, sharing personal anecdotes, or providing practical tips, my goal is to create content that resonates with readers and inspires them to embark on their own journeys of self-discovery and personal development.

Leaving a Legacy for Kayden

Lastly, maybe this resonates with you, maybe it doesn’t, but at least I know one day, my son Kayden will be able to read about my journey, the highs and the lows, the mistakes and the sometimes silliness. And if that is all that’s achieved through me reviving this blog, from challenges to triumphs…my heart is happy.

Thank you for your unwavering support and encouragement. Here’s to embracing the challenges, celebrating the triumphs, and continuing to learn and grow every step of the way.

With gratitude,

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