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. ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
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… 🙂
As a young entrepreneur I have found that the amount of help available is astounding. People want to help and support youngsters and encourage a ‘new wave’ of entrepreneurs. The journey I have been on has been a relatively smooth one and any issues or difficulties have been quickly overcome. However, as I am 17 I find that when it comes to spending/receiving money I am stuck. I was given a very generous amount of money as part of the Young Entrepreneur prize back in 2012 and have since opened my business bank account. This has not been a problem. I have been able to pay for things and really move towards officially launching a live website and selling designs. Although so far I’ve had to use my own personal account to pay for things and then write a cheque from my business account back into my own as the bank policy is that I cannot have a business debit card until I am 18 years old. (Which is less than a month away from now, but still…)
I am a young entrepreneur and a soon to be business owner, yet I have to write cheques to pay for things. I can use the internet of course, with services like Paypal etc… but wait, I have to be 18 to have a business Paypal account and supply them with the card details anyway! I am finding it increasingly awkward and difficult to get anything done without making the accounts look suspiciously messy with many payments to myself.
I think it is amazing that we have so much available for young people and for budding entrepreneurs of all ages yet when it comes down to the fine details everything begins to get tricky. I can understand there are policies and that rules can’t just be changed for one person but I truly believe that there is about to be a surge of young entrepreneurs and that there should probably be something done about this so that we are able to run a business in our own names and with our own bank accounts. The more we encourage young people to start up in business then the sooner this will be addressed I hope.
Do not fear, I will have my website up and running soon and will do my best to keep my books as tidy as possible until my birthday when I can finally receive a debit card and run my business properly!
The title for this post is also the title of a book written by Kat Von D. After reading Karren Brady’s book “Strong Woman” I felt really inspired not only in terms of business but as a human being. I turned 17 yesterday and actually, 17 is my lucky number and always has been so here’s hoping this year is going to be the best one yet.
Kat Von D.
I’m on page 72 of her book and I’m developing a new reason to love her. I’ve always admired her artistic brilliance and her strong attitude, in fact for my birthday last year I was given a funky photoframe which I actually put a picture of Kat Von D in. Yeah so anyway, her tough exterior is just a façade! Everybody hides their insecurities to some degree and I just want to share a quote from page 60-
“I can’t win. I really can’t. And neither can anyone else. I can’t win and that’s totally okay.”
Here Kat was talking about how no matter what you do, somebody is always going to think you’re brilliant and equally somebody is always going to think you’re rubbish and that at the end of the day it’s okay because what really matters is how you feel about yourself. I haven’t had to read very much to feel like I understand Kat Von D, and understand how I feel about Sense Of Self. The way I feel reading this book is how I want people to feel when they hear about my business or look at my designs. I feel inspired. I feel empowered. I feel excited. But more importantly I feel understood. The way she speaks of her tattoos and art really puts on paper how I want others to feel when they hear about my ideas for business and for the world.
This book was a gift for my birthday from my best friend in the entire universe and honestly I don’t think there is enough time to express how blown away I was. It’s one of the most thoughtful presents I have ever received and from somebody who also has inspired me. Andrew has supported me when my self esteem wasn’t soaring and has inspired some excellent designs that I’m working on at the moment. Him and I are very similar in some ways and I’m really lucky to know him.
Hope everyone has a good weekend. I have a few days off before my college induction day which is exciting. Ahh. Welcome to the real world I guess!