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!


Leish said...

aw! Amy its Aleisha from Hickman st! You have done sooo well from yourself- you should be proud! Now im going to buy some thing cool for myself! xoxox

Wendy said...

Wow! Congrats on 2nd place, and on deciding to begin this new exciting journey! :)

Natalia said...

wow Amy, well done! It made me smile to see that you've kept the hizashi brand all this time! ^_^
How exciting for you, (and challenging too I expect) but you can do anything...you have Berroca running in your veins instead of blood.

of paper & thread said...

Congratulations on the award - that's fantastic news!
and good luck with NEIS and starting your business full-time - definately sounds like the way to go!

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

That's such exciting news! Well done, starting your own business is a big step, but I find a really rewarding one.

Thanks for the comment on my blog, and yes, the heavenly fabric shop is not too far away from me. It's in the "big city" (Nagoya) and I'm there every couple of weeks. If ever you want me to pick you up some of the spider lily fabric, just drop me a line.

Good luck with the changes! I can't wait to hear about it all.

SQUID37 said...

These are gorgeous! Thanks for your lovely comment!! I'm so glad you found my blog, because now I have found yours, and I'm loving it! :)