Making the Dream a Reality

Never give up your dreams, no matter how far audacious and untenable they seem…

I took the photo on the right today, almost 2 years exactly since I took the one on the left.

When I took the photo in 2019, I’d just come out of an investment meeting whilst visiting Sotogrande for a few days from Jersey.

With crystal clarity, as I took the picture I remember thinking to myself, I want this to be where I live and work. I want this vision to be on my doorstep.

I don’t know how it was going to happen, but it was…

Jules and I flew home 3 days later and I made the photo centre of my vision board.

At the time, the world was relatively normal; Jules was in her full time job, I was working with my clients in Jersey, and we had the obligatory 4 weeks holiday a year.

Just ordinary stuff…

But I had a fire in me. Every time I looked at that photo on our vision boards, I wanted to be back there more than ever.

Less than a year later the world changed for ever....

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The Power of the Pomodoro

Tomatoes; as I type this whilst sitting in the car, Jules is in Lidl shopping for tomatoes…

Yup, we’re living the dream as entrepreneurs!

The thing with that is, life goes on. 

Unless you’re a gazzillionaire and have people to do your shopping and general lifey things, then stuff has to get done.

My challenge used to be how to fill those small gaps in your day when in-between bigger tasks.

Don’t get me wrong, I often help with the shopping (no, really, I do…), but again when you work in a partnership you have to know how to best make use of your time and play to your strengths.

So Jules and I agree that if we go to the shops together, I’ll work in the car whilst she gets some trolley action in.

And to make my time effective, I use the Pomodoro technique…

This is where you set yourself 25 minutes to get some deep work done. 

All distractions turned off; phones, radio, alerts, and then seriously get your teeth into one task. A bit...

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What if it goes right?

“You’ll amount to nothing my boy…”
 
The parting shot from my teacher as I walked out the school doors for the final time at 15.
 
I’d heard it before, he wasn’t the only one to tell me I was a waste of space.
 
The thing is that when you’re older you can often shrug those comments off.
 
But when you’re around 14 or 15 years old, your wiring is still coming together in the old gray matter and that stuff tends to stick.
 
It did with me…
 
I took these thoughts through to the first time I ever pitched for a freelance design and print job.
 
I was in full time employment but an opportunity came my way to do something for myself.
 
And to put it bluntly, I was bricking it.
 
Because people like me didn’t do things like this…
 
“There’s no way they’ll want to deal with someone like me” - the echos of teachers past rang out. “What if I do...
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The Darkest Hour Is Just Before the Dawn

It was Winter Solstice yesterday; the shortest day and the longest night. To be honest, it was hard to comprehend…

Standing on the jetty gazing out over Gibraltar, North Africa and the Atlas Mountains, the stars seemed brighter than ever as the slight westerly breeze brought warmth across the Mediterranean.

The bleak mid-winter it was not.

It’s nearly 10 weeks since we arrived here in Southern Spain and we are still as grateful as we were on the day we arrived.

During that time though, along with the incredible experiences, I’ve also had my challenges in adapting to being self employed and getting my online business up and running.

What I’m coming to realise now is that things just don’t happen overnight. It takes time to build trust with a new audience.

I also have a lot to learn about Facebook’s Algorithms (I think that’s what they’re called), and why, when I create a post, it’s not shown to all and sundry on the platform.

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You Can't Steer a Parked Car

 

“At least nobody got hurt…”

My thoughts as I drove over, instead of around the roundabout…

Granted the flowers weren’t looking too healthy now, but I’d survived the excursion.

Sometimes what seems like the smallest thing to one person is a huge mission to someone else.

That was me last week when I went ‘solo’ for the first time driving on Spanish roads.

I’d been putting it off for weeks, making up all the lame excuses to not get behind the wheel; It’s a new car. I’ve never driven a Land Rover, nor have I tackled an automatic.

And . . . the steering wheel is on the wrong side! There’s no possible way I can drive this down here.

But in the back of my mind I knew I had to tackle the beast…

I was losing my independence and also relying on Andy to drive us everywhere we needed to go. His enthusiasm for Lidl and Mercadona was starting to wane.

When people are procrastinating, Andy has a...

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No pressure, no diamonds

I’m in trouble with the boss again.

Last week I got shiny object syndrome and went off chasing ‘a great idea’ down the internet rabbit hole.

I’ll be honest, their marketing was pretty slick and the promises were great, but I really should know better.

It happens though when things get tough, we’re often distracted by those bright and shiny things over there that seem a bit easier than what we’re toiling on over here.

As I’m still very much finding my feet as a self-employed lady, I’m discovering that setting up a business has it’s challenges…

To begin with the money doesn’t come in every week like it did back in the j.o.b. - because this is a long game.  And that brings its own pressures…

So maybe I need to cut myself a bit of slack for glancing at the road sign that says ‘Shortcut’.

One of Andy’s coaching sessions in The Disruptors Club is F.O.C.U.S. - which stands for Follow One...

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