Take a moment and have a think about your life. Are you happy? Do you love your job? Are you studying your dream subject? Do you wake up every day excited about your life?
Something to think about anyway. I’m in two minds about things. Sometimes I think that I should just keep doing what I’m doing, work hard and slowly build my way up into something fantastic. Other times I want to completely change everything and go on an adventure.
I’d love to be travelling the world talking about what it means to finally have a sense of who you are as a person and how important it is to nurture self-esteem in others. I have pages and pages of notes and ideas that I am insanely passionate about and I’m currently looking for opportunities to share my thoughts with the world.
Imagine being paid to share your ideas and do something that you love. It’s the ultimate goal really. This is what I’m working towards. That first opportunity to earn money from what I love to do.
And tomorrow is December which means goodness how fast this year has flown but also that there will be a new ‘Quote of the Month’ on the website which you absolutely must read!
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… 🙂
Well well well, things are certainly getting exciting around here! I have been arranging things and having meetings like they’re going out of fashion. (I love it) I really enjoy being busy and always having something to do. I admit it does take me a while to motivate myself sometimes but once I’m started…WOW
I’m having a productive day business-wise and I’m creating a small survey. The word ‘survey’ isn’t one I delight in using as I know when somebody even mentions a survey to me all I can think about is standing in the freezing cold answering eighty-billion questions and stressing about the time because I actually have somewhere else to be. So, I am making a survey, yes, but it will be absolutely nothing like that. Hopefully just a handful of questions with quick answers that will give me some proof of market research. It’s all fine and well for me to ask my friends what they think or to use my initiative (being a teenager myself) but anybody that will be able to help me in business is going to need actual evidence of real market research. Hopefully I can have them ready by next week so I can start researching on my days off. (Still working at the gallery, still loving it)
All I need right now is the little things to fit together and then I shall be ready to actually accept all the prize-package help and… START A BUSINESS!!!
If you (yes YOU) could help me out that would be awesome. I’d love to know what you think of my business idea and where you think it would work best? (online, in it’s own shop, in other high-street shops…etc) Oh oh oh, and, any advice on how to boost the attention online would be much appreciated? My wee facebook page is great but I’m still striving to break into the 100’s for likes but trying not to post too often where people hide me in their newsfeed. (That wouldn’t be good)
Very exciting times ahead and I hope to hear from some of you soon!
Wow this week has been oddly busy or possibly I just notice the lack of time I have just to simply be. College has been good so far but definitely a kick-up-the-behind, so to speak. Honestly I didn’t realise just how much work would be involved, especially while trying to work as well. I kinda love it though.
In the textiles class we were talking about sewing machines and ‘scribble stitching’ which has opened me up to a whole series of new designs. Originally I had been going to draw heads with different styles of big hair (something I used to be super conscious of- my frizzy, curly, uncontrollable hair) however, if I was to sew a small design then the textures could be mildly more interesting than if I literally just scribbled. We shall see.
For the observational drawing unit we have to make a blog to post our work to so once I do that I’ll post the link and you can all have a look.
(not stressing, really)
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!
Well I have finally created a blog-page for my business-to-be, ‘Sense Of Self’. I actually decided on the name today and I love it, because my business is all about being comfortable with who you are, having a sense of who you are and helping people feel good about themselves. (S.O.S being the international symbol for help, as I help people to find their sense of self. Clever, huh?)
For those of you who don’t know, I won Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012, with my business idea to combine my love of art with my joy of helping boost others’ self esteem. With this page I aim to keep everybody updated with my plans and what’s going on and what I’m doing.
Originally this was a small idea in the back of my sketchbook, inspired by my Mum, actually. She loves motivational stuff and has always toyed with becoming a Life Coach. I had drawn a skull and thought it would be funny to draw braces on the remaining teeth. I have braces myself and after a small discussion and some ‘braces’ puns, my first idea was born. That evening it was put back in the drawer and I thought nothing more of it. When I heard about the Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition, it first appealed to me as the presentation would give us a day out of school. It was listening to the successful business-people there that really inspired me to enter. So I did. Everything after that moved super fast and I drew up some other ideas to bring to the final, and now, here I am.
With this business I am trying to tackle the confidence issues that young people face, because as a teenager myself I am literally living inspiration. I myself have braces and freckles, at one time had glasses, and still have SUPER curly brown hair. As teenagers we are practically programmed to feel bad about ourselves an with stereotypes and all that malarkey, we really have quite a lot to deal with- not to mention the pressure from the media! Anyway, I have loved art since forever and I’m due to start college this September to do an art course and I have a job for over the summer in the Scottish National Gallery (of art) which is like heaven for me.
Anyway, I have a selection of designs right now that I’m working on and a few finished, so shall keep you posted!