After finishing up my dream job, doing what I loved most, running a little brick and mortar corner store - branded as " A Lifestyle Store", I knew wanted to jump right back into something else creative.
A year down the track, people ask me - do I miss it. - and my response was...
“I don’t miss the time it took away from my family and friends, but I miss the people.”
I needed to leverage my precious time. I needed more time to do the things I loved, but I still wanted to work with the people who inspired my style and brand - and made me what I am today.
I didn’t want to be a blogger, but I wanted to help people.
I didn’t realise it at the time, but I spent a lot of my day helping people find want they wanted, find what looked good, find what suit their lifestyle, find what their friends would like, find what made them happy. So instead of selling physical products ... I thought ... why not make a business (an audience) creative coaching and engage in “creative consulting”.
What the hell is that?
Well, to sum it up ... this is what I find myself doing these days...
People did it all the time, they used to come into the store, and ask questions over and above the scope of the products I was selling. Now, they still do that, but people text, email or ask me at a party - a particular question on how to something. I love that they think I am a go-to resource or someone who they trust.
After a brief convo with someone, I always get ideas. It could be an answer to someone's questions, or it could be a solution to someone's problem, it could be a solution to someone's problem they didn’t know they had! But once I get that idea, I start researching, looking further into the thought and seeing if it has legs. (some people might call it an obsession)
I get a lot of joy from helping people with things that interested me. I get excited, I go into research mode, the creative big-vision and macro thinking get a workout, and I can safely say I can do this with my eyes shut and smiling.
DOING WORK, I LOVE
Being creative and innovative comes naturally to me. I can see things in 4D. I can see the big picture; I see the end-result. People comment on this, and these compliments make me happy (and quietly proud and a little embarrassed!).
EMBRACING DIGITAL CHANGE
Well... I have a thousand computer programs that do a thousand things. The digital space could be very overwhelming to a non-digi person, but I love it. I have piles of notebooks on my desk, all titled for a different project, continually learning how to keep up with the digital world.
CHARGING PEOPLE FOR MY SERVICE
When someone first offered to pay me for my advice - I said “No don’t worry, it's easy for me and I love it” ...doh! But now I am feeling confident, I have embraced my obsession as a business ... and guess what, I am once again making money doing something I love.