A busy start to 2010: Diary of a startup

Well I have to say I am not sure where the last 9 weeks have gone and it seems like it was only yesterday when I was wrapping presents and decorating the Christmas tree, now we are gearing up for Easter and looking forward to the seeing lambs skipping around the fields and daffodils emerging from the depths of the cold earth like little teasers of sunshine – something I cannot wait to see more of as we begin to crawl slowly out of the darkness of winter that always seems to go on for longer than I prepare myself for!

Well Shine4Life had a very calm start to 2010 as I was focusing more on getting married and moving house – all within the space of 2 days! If you have been following my previous stories you will know that as an Aries I tend to fly headlong into plans that at the time seem like a fantastic idea but as I start to return to planet earth reality hits and dawn breaks back in the land of the living……Yes yet again I find myself asking ‘why’?????????!!! – However I do believe in walking the walk and talking the talk so when I coach my clients and encourage them to set stretching goals I kind of think I should be doing the same, I must learn the difference between ‘stretching’ and downright ‘madness’ though!

So having agreed in late December to become Mrs Kenworthy plans were soon in place to arrange a January wedding and party, having total faith in my organisation skills I delighted in finding unusual ways to source my wedding dress, plan the party and also the logistics of the day itself. In another moment of madness I decided that it would be great fun to get married in the countryside at 2pm and jump into what can only be described as a go-kart with a jet engine and return back to London for a wedding party in the evening, all sounds fun I hear you say, well it certainly was when the deluge of snow hit and the drifts were higher than the roof of our ‘go-kart’ that also has no proper form of heating!

However despite all the pot holes, road blocks, snow drifts and black ice we succeeded in having the most wonderful day and I am still smiling now! So now it was time for the house move!!!!!………

As I have alluded to before my IT skills are nothing to get excited about, and having finally got my desktop and laptop to cleverly talk to one another from the remote location of my members club that has now become my office the next challenge came when un-plugging and moving my equipment to my new home. In my usual Aries fashion I did not make notes of what cable came from where but unpacking my much loved IT technology suddenly realised the error of my ways! So to cut a long story short 4 weeks later, two trips to a computer restoring centre for my base unit and much cursing, swearing and tears I have regained my IT status in all its former glory!

So both my two large goals of 2010 being successfully completed I have re-focussed my energy on Shine4Life and my business plans this year. I am starting to get used to working for myself and having hated the lack of routine and structure beginning to revel in the joy of avoiding peak hour travel that removes the need to find my face pressed into some smelly business man’s armpit or to experience ground hog day week in week out; in fact I am starting to LOVE my new life, challenge and new routine! It’s funny how thoughts change and the ease at which we would rather return to what we know instead of giving things a chance. I have learnt through my experience that change is a frightening thing but it is also a wonderful thing if we choose to look at it in a positive way. So I guess what I am trying to say to all new business start ups – don’t look back, don’t give up and believe in your ideas, ability and strength. I heard a wonderful quote during a workshop I attended on Life Mapping……

‘As you think, so you become’

The power of thinking positively stimulates the brain to release mood enhancing chemicals into your system that has the effect of creating positive feelings and emotions that in turn promotes great thinking and ultimately business success. So on that note I leave you all with another quote that I often remind myself of when facing challenges and blocks as we all do throughout our lives, so until next time…

You Can If You Think You Can!

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But soon or late the man who wins,
Is the man who thinks he can.

~ C. W. Longenecker ~

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