This story began completely unexpectedly. I wasn’t wanting it to happen (although I certainly won’t complain!), I wasn’t expecting it to happen, I didn’t even know I needed it to happen… it just, well, happened!
I guess in truth the story began almost a year before hand. We had too much credit card debt, bills were mounting up and I was working crazy hours in my business, trying to help us get ahead!
In searching for ways to make more money, I stumbled across an online course – the Lucky Bitch Money Bootcamp with Denise Duffield-Thomas. Lets just say I was super excited to get started but then life got in the way and 12 months later I was still getting ready to start. BUT, one of the amazing benefits of this course is the incredible bunch of women that Denise has assembled in her Facebook Group (access is given when you subscribe). I knew I was too busy to do the course, however I was determined to let this positive influence into my life, so stuck with the group. This meant that every time one of the other course members posted something, a wonderful, positive, feel good comment would come up in my Facebook Feed.
On a recent holiday, just prior to boarding a plane one day, a post came up in the group highly recommending a book called “The 4 Hour Work Week”. I’d never heard of it, but as I was about to board a plane and would have time to kill, I quickly purchased the book and decided to read it onboard. The book subtitle is “Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich”… so clearly it is about improving your life… what I didn’t realise, was just how much my life would change when I opened this book!
So my life right now… well, we all dream of the perfect job! For me, it was Cake Decorating! 5 years ago I posted a few pics of cakes I’d made on Facebook and a business just landed in my lap. Within 48 hours I had 9 orders and 100 followers! Today we have a Commercial Kitchen, a Retail Shop, 7 Staff and over 40,000 followers on Facebook. It has been an amazing ride, BUT, I am absolutely exhausted! I recently calculated that since opening I’ve created over 2000 individual cake tiers! That’s just CRAZY! I still enjoy making cakes but I’ve realised that being in business for myself means that it’s not just about making cakes, it’s loads of admin, customer service, payroll, accounts payable, ordering etc etc. The majority of my time is spent on anything but cakes!
So as I started to read The 4 Hour Work Week I began to question what I was doing… it was at this point that I realised… I love my family, I love my home, I love my friends, but I’m spending ridiculous hours at work (away from my friends and family), coming home every day exhausted and constantly feel like I’m missing out on those things that are truly important to me.
As I continued to read The 4 Hour Work Week, I started thinking about my dream life. If I could do anything, what would it be? What do I love to do? What am I passionate about? And then I got scared. I had been so focused on cakes for the past 5 years that I didn’t have an answer to that question. How could I not know what I enjoy doing?
So I thought on it… and every time an idea popped into my head I jotted it down in my iPhone!
After a couple of days, the list wasn’t very long! But what it did do is get me thinking about the year ahead. What would I like to achieve? That list was a whole lot longer!
The more I wrote, the stranger I felt. Suddenly I felt alive! I felt motivated! I felt excited! And then this popped up on my Facebook Newsfeed! Coincidence maybe, but perfectly timed – definitely!!!
So here I am… ready for a change. I don’t know what lays ahead but I know I’m ready for something… the creation of which, I will share, right here, with you.
This is no doubt going to be a journey of discovery and change. I don’t know where the journey will lead, but I do know that I am not the only person in the world that wants to change, so here is my story… maybe you’ll relate, maybe you won’t, but we ALL deserve to enjoy our lives and we should all do what makes us happy… so we’re going to make it happen!