Monday, 2 May 2016

Missing, not lost

It seems so long ago I posted anything other than my monthly 5in5. I have a head full of ideas and things to share but it has been difficult to find time or energy, and some things have sadly been neglected. But hopefully I will find my way back soon.

It wasn't meant to be. But after a year of running workshops I decided I needed to reach out and meet others, as running a small businesses alone can be isolating sometimes. So I have been on trainings, to events and network groups, and a long the way I met some extremely interesting and knowledgeable people. Looking back it has all been worth while.

One of the things I have been doing is setting up my own website. Boy, that has been a challenge! It is work in progress and I still have way to go as it is a huge learning curve and I am not someone who finds technology easy to understand. But I want to do this for myself so that I have control of my website, I did not want to pay or rely on someone else to manage this. Hopefully I will have a sense of achievement in the end, and I love learning new things so I just keep reminding myself this!

Last week was another situation outside my comfort zone. I was asked to give feedback about some of the trainings I have attended so I agreed to this, only to find afterwards that it was a video interview.  Now then, I am not accustomed to wearing a mike and having a camera just a few feet from me! So although I was outside my comfort zone I decided that it was a good opportunity, so found a way of managing this. It seemed serendipitous as one of the recent trainings included video presentations and the interviewer chose a waterside location. Now some of you will already know that I am most comfortable and relaxed by water. So I took these as good omens and other than needing to do the odd retake, as ducks decided to add to the sound effects, it all went smoothly and I gave a huge sigh of relief and achievement when it was done. I am waiting to see the result....

Meantime I have been busy running and planning workshops. For a very long time I have been germinating ideas of a handmade book with a Alice in Wonderland theme.  This all came together on Saturday and  I had a lovely time and hope the ladies who attended did to. Of course, being Alice we had to have afternoon tea and jam tarts! 

Some ladies wanted to come and were unable on this day so this is likely to be a workshop I repeat in the near future. I will post photos once I have worked on my book some more, and I hope not to leave so long this time!


  1. Sounds like a busy but productive time. Can't wait to see your Alice book

  2. I think you are so brave doing a video interview - I know I'd just freeze completely.

  3. Your retirement hasn't involved a reduction in work - very brave Sandie - and great accomplishments!

  4. Glad things are going the sound of the 'Alice' workshop! Xx

  5. I'm very impressed with all you are doing and learning! I know I'd never have the patience or fortitude to design my own website. I'd love to move my blog to WordPress, but understand it's a huge undertaking, so I'll stick with TypePad.

  6. Great to hear that you have enjoyed trying so many new things, even if they seemed a little nerve-wracking to begin with. The Alice In Wonderland workshop sounds inspiring ...

  7. Well you are spending your time away in very worthwhile pursuits. I applaud you on tackling the construction of your own website.

  8. How wonderful to be able to look forward to repeating a workshop. That's a great sign of success!

    I admire your relish for the new.


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