Let me start by asking you a question. In a business, who are the most important people?
Today when I was out and about looking for a new appliance for the summer, I had an interesting conversation.
The person in the store was very good. I got all of the information I needed and they certainly didn't try to sell me anything. She was pleasant, new product, and knew how to talk to customer.
I've been reflecting this morning after a busy day yesterday moving all of the stock for my business Upcycled & Co. Lucky enough to find a wonderful local woman who was keen to take over the inwards and outwards goods tasks for me, she is now receiving all supplies and dispatching all orders. This is something I've wanted to put in place for some time, but it had to be the right time. And, it's been a process.
Two and a half years ago I made a decision to improve my health and I lost 15kg. A life long dieter, this time I was determined to do it differently. With research, and day-to-day effort, I confirmed that my intuition was right, I could indeed do this without a regimented regime. Following a few basics gave me the results I was after.
Over the last few years, I've had a number of stressful family situations arise, and of course, there's good old menopause that was thrown in on top. It's been a long time (about 2 years) since I've felt like I could focus on more than one thing at a time. Being super-careful about I navigated this past year or so has been key, but thankfully it's now all good news.
The day arrived. I'd been psyching myself up for this for some months. I was all fired up and set to clean out my wardrobe. You know how that feels don't you? I find it's always a big, big job, but this time, I cracked it!
As you may or may not know, I have been on a health and well-being journey for the last few years. By early 2020 I'd lost 15kg, had been practising yoga regularly, walking more, and I was feeling pretty pleased with myself. Following a series of difficult events, I started to gain some of the weight back.
Labelling myself a chocoholic many years ago, I have had a longstanding love affair with this delicacy. In recent years though I have taken more to dark varieties. With the health benefits touted in the last few years I decided this was a better choice to make, until my experience a couple of weeks ago.
It's taken tremendous courage to launch this personal brand, my Facebook page and blog. For years now I've been aware that there are people in my circle who do not approve of what I do.
Over the past seven years of being self-employed this time around I've become known as someone who is a real doer. So much so that my business coach has been constantly amazed at just how quickly I get things done. One minute I'm talking about a new idea and the next, I've implemented it. That is, until this year.
Recently we took a road trip around parts of the North Island here in New Zealand, because like many of you, international travel is not an option right now. In a number of our domestic cities we have our favourite bed and breakfast accommodations we return to each time, but of course there are times we need to find a new property.