a new path | the beginning
Once again more time has lapsed between posts than I had anticipated but life was a little crazy this week to say the least. It feels like I've turned everything upside down and I'm starting again...I suppose in essence I have...but it is wonderful. I'm excited and bursting with the anticipation of it all!
Thank you so much for all of your good wishes, congratulatory messages and finger crossing :) It worked!! I received an email from the organiser of the DIA GOTYA awards last Sunday...*dn dn dn dnnnn* (dramatic drum roll)...and I came 2nd!! 2nd!! I've been bouncing around all week. It's amazing! It is also the catalyst that has prompted the change in direction that I am about to embark on.
After pondering the significance of this award and it's ramifications I realised that I should be doing what it is that I love to do! (a simple realisation in essence but a profound one). Reaching this decision involved a lot of deliberation, a few tears, and long chats with family & friends. At the end of it all I had reached my decision to attempt to start my own business full-time.
Starting my own business was always the plan...but I was going to take this next 12 months to dabble, experiment and settle on what it is exactly that I plan to do. So it isn't entirely unexpected...it's just all happening a lot faster than I had ever imagined. That in itself isn't a bad thing either. It's exciting that it is all taking off with very little thought or input on my part...it's evolving naturally, and I like that.
What this all means is that in the past week I have put in my resignation as manager at the gym, dropped back to working 8 hours a week, and I'm looking at jumping into NEIS (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme). Hopefully by Tuesday I will have started the NEIS training: 3 months full-time study to attain Cert. 4 in Small Business Management...and will have this completed by the end of May, after which I start working on my own business for a full 52 week period (supported by NEIS if my business plan is approved). It is all very exciting!! I can't wait to see what unfolds over the next 3 months...
Just on a final update note...I have finally managed to make the time to finish off some new jewellery that I was working on and update my etsy site. I've uploaded these button rings and graphic necklaces to Hizashi. Yay yay!