Summer reflections – are you acknowledging your wins?

 If you follow my blog you may have noticed that I haven’t posted a new story since the end of July…. Why you may ask? Well to be honest it’s because I opted to take the month of August off.

As a business owner I’m responsible for my workload and how I manage my time so I decided why not take a break, after all August is my birthday month, it would be rude not to right?! It’s a weird one, as many business owners fret and worry about taking time off thinking everything will collapse. It won’t, but we will if we don’t look after ourselves. I’m so happy I did take the break, and it’s crucial that we do this for our sanity and health.

Prior to my break I had been busy juggling a number of projects as well as working on my voluntary projects and I can admit that it can feel overwhelming at times. I’m one of those people that tend to keep going, but during my summer break I made a point of reflecting. It’s so important to stop, take a breather and reflect. We are always focused on what’s missing and where we want to be, that we don’t always enjoy the here and now or take a moment to acknowledge our wins. As it was my birthday I was already in reflective mode, but had to switch channels, I was going down the what is missing from my life list and then turned it on its head to what have I achieved and what am I grateful for.

I actually had to give myself a pat on the back for achieving many of the goals I had set for myself this year. This includes writing and self-publishing my book ‘How to become a consultant: a guide to free yourself from the 9-5’ and building upon this by creating and offering escape the 9-5 consulting/coaching services for those wanting to leave their jobs and follow their dreams.  Publishing my affordable online course ‘DIY PR – How to get media coverage for your business’ aimed at SMEs and entrepreneurs on a tight budget but not tight on quality.

Another goal I’m proudly smashing this year so far is doing more speaking engagements on my passion project, which is escaping the 9-5 and finding your happiness. As someone who has worked in the corporate world and now doing my own thing, I’m so much more happier and I’m super keen to share my insights with those who felt trapped and caged like I did. The public speaking engagements allows me to push through my comfort zone barriers which I’ve been doing and enjoying.

It’s vital to challenge ourselves, we can be our own worse enemy and harbour some self- limiting beliefs. For example, if you had said to me a couple of years ago that I’d enjoy public speaking, or that I’d be doing it willingly – not because it’s my job and I had to – I’d probably look at you like you were two cans short of a six pack. But when you are truly passionate about something, you may just surprise yourself at the lengths you will go to and new paths you’ll embrace.

So, with that said, how are you challenging yourself? And are you on course to reaching the goals you have set yourself? Don’t beat yourself up if you’re behind on your goals, enjoy the process and keeping pushing. We’re now in September you’ve still got time to achieve those goals you set by the end of the year.

 

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Learning how to free yourself workshop @The Allbright collective

If you’ve been following my escape the 9-5 blogs and articles you’ll know that I’m on a  mission to share my insights and experience with other people seeking to find their happiness and freedom.

I’ve been delivering talks on this and I’m excited that I’ll be speaking at the Allbright (a networking and events collective for women)on Wednesday 18 July on how to free yourself.

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My talk will be based around my new book ‘How To Become A Consultant: A Guide To Free Yourself From the 9-5’ which is a no-nonsense guide that gives practical advice on how to set yourself up as consultant and establish a work routine that fits in with your ideals and lifestyle.

I’m truly passionate about sharing with those who feel trapped in their job, just like I did and sharing ways to help solve this problem. With that said, I have now set up my YouTube channel ‘9 to 5 work rebels’, with the aim of motivating and exploring ways to free yourself from the 9-5 grind and bring balance back into your life.

This event is for members of the Allbright collective only, but if you’re interested in booking me for your event – do get in touch and please do subscribe and like my new channel. 🙂

 

8 ways to quit your job and be your own boss

A recent research revealed over half of the UK employees are unhappy at work. PR and communications specialist Ebony Gayle shows you how you can ditch the 9-5 and be your own boss.

Are you looking for a way to breakout of the confines of the workplace? Is work draining and depriving you of your happiness? Does remaining in the workplace until retirement make you take a sharp, deep breath and reconsider your life?  Well if you answer yes, trust and believe you are not alone in this. Research published last month revealed that more than half of all UK employees are unhappy at work.  Reasons for unhappiness at work can vary, the workplace can be restrictive which can be a struggle for parents and those with other aspirations. The awareness that we spend more time at work with colleagues, than we do with our families and friends.
 The UK retirement age is currently 66 years old, but, set to increase in the coming years, and the average life expectancy is roughly 79 years old for females.  With this type of future forecast, it’s no surprise that self-employment is on the rise, guess why? Because they are more contented.  In fact a study last month of 5,000 workers concluded that self-employed people are more successful in their careers and felt happier in their job.

So, if you are looking for a way to escape the workplace here are 8 ideas to explore.

This article was published in Black Beauty & Hair Magazine click here to read the rest.