I have just returned home after spending a week in Cambridge as a participant on a Transformational Leadership programme. It was run by ‘The Change’ and let me tell you they absolutely changed my life. I arrived with no expectations as I really couldn’t imagine what it would be like, where we would be living or even what kind of things we would be doing.
We were staying in Burwell House and it was like a big old fashioned home with massive grounds. A proper retreat. Around forty people arrived and we all ate together and helped prepare meals and clear u. It was like a big family. The activities and learning sessions really tore apart everything I thought I knew about myself and helped me to discover who I truly wanted to be. My descriptions don’t do it justice but I would urge everybody to check out their website and like them on Facebook and if you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to participate in one of their courses or volunteer with them then do it!!!
I actually spent my 18th birthday learning how to be more mindful and aware of myself while also finding the confidence to believe in the power of my intentions. If I bring out my violin with the intention to make people happy by playing music, a few bum-notes should not discourage me from that.
Now that I am 18 I can celebrate with champagne as my Sense Of Self sales appear into MY bank account and not my Dad’s.
After a week of spiritual learning I feel fully equipped to change the world and believe in my business!
Make sure to check out the website tomorrow to find out what September’s quote of the month will be…
Referring to my post the other day “Send Love”, I came home from work yesterday to find 18 cupcakes identical to the ones in the photograph! A close family friend had read the blog and decided to have them ordered. The amazing Susan David from ‘Cupcake Heaven’ had them made to order for the same day. I couldn’t have been happier or more supervised! I have to say they were the most delicious cupcakes I have ever tasted and it was a phenomenally kind gesture.
Look at these photos!
Give her a like on Facebook and if you ever, EVER need a cupcake for any reason (you never need a reason) you absolutely must get in touch with her. ( email@example.com )
Thank-you so much.
Also, this means that somebody actually read my blog which is a pretty ace way to top it off. And I feel better too.
I sold something! I am now in business officially! I am a businesswoman! ( http://www.sense-of-self.co.uk ) However, I have also been tied to my couch with glandular fever. The doctor laughed and said it would be optimistic to suggest that I would be back to normal this side of Christmas. This horrified me for two reasons. One: I am terrible at resting or taking it easy. I like to be busy and do a lot of things and feel productive. I have energy. Two: what do you mean Christmas? I have lots of plans and I’m still in denial about how quickly 2014 has passed. Unbelievable. Also it’s going to be my birthday this Sunday (that’s the 24th so don’t forget) and I had wanted to celebrate, not flop like a wet cloth and “take it easy” !!!
On the other hand, I have an amazing opportunity to be part of The Change Leadership Foundation who are running a week’s residential in Cambridge and it’s about self development and inspiring others and changing the world. This means that instead of being a wild party animal and painting the town all shades of red, I will be celebrating my 18th birthday probably on top of a nice hill eating something healthy and singing. (Not an assumption, I read the itinerary!) Slight exaggeration maybe. I’m really looking forward to it though and I plan to keep a journal of the week so that even if I don’t take it all in at once, I can read it all again until I do.
Also, please send sympathy cupcakes with strawberries on top. Send 18 if you can… 🙂
My website is ready!
I’m just looking to have a trial order to get some honest feedback before I announce it to the world.
Anyone fancy a quirky t-shirt?
Help an entrepreneur out! >> http://www.sense-of-self.co.uk
In regards to the light-hearted jibe I made about bank policy preventing me from having a debit card to my own business account, I have stumbled across yet another frustrating hurdle for us young entrepreneurs. (I say stumbled across but really I mean it just slapped me right in the inbox… ouch!)
So I have designed my own website, learned how to link my own domain name and pretty much organised everything. Then I created a nice shop to link to my website so that people browsing who think, “Hey this is great, I want to be a part of this too!” are able to click on it and have a look at the designs that I created on the t-shirts I had printed and order one! All fine and well. I linked it up and added colours to the shop dashboard and announced it to a couple of family and friends to test out the order process for me. I subsequently discover that my account has been deactivated and in order for me to be allowed to use it, my Dad has to email their support centre with proof of his identification and give me permission to use the site because once again I have to be 18 years old to accept payments.
The closer I get to having a functioning business, the more difficult it is becoming. It is literally less than three weeks until my birthday which means it is just over a month until I start University and I had promised myself that I’d have had Sense Of Self up and running so that I didn’t get any nasty surprises with things not going to plan while I was trying to hold down a part time job and settle into a student flat and begin a new chapter of my life.
On that note, when you order a t-shirt once I am able to release the web-address then if your bill has “Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Ian Thomson” along the bottom, please just laugh.
Thank-you for your continued support!