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Yup that’s right. 3 weeks in. Woman oh woman.
What can I say guys, it’s a bloody dream. The sun’s out, I’m working on something I absolutely love, other people enjoy it and want to help, and break times take place in my garden. I feel a bit gloat-y. SOZ! I’m definitely getting some good times BANKED for when the going gets tough. But I HAVEN’T BEEN RESTING ON MY LAURELS. No siree. I’ve been resting on my #meadowsweet #skullcap #angelika #elecampane #wormwood and #dill. In all honesty, I’m not sure if I’ve been resting on laurels. I don’t really know what they are.
Right. I looked it up. Turns out I’m pretty much all over my laurels. According to https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/rest-on-his-laurels.html “The laurels that are being referred to when someone is said to 'rest on his laurels' are the aromatically scented Laurus Nobilis trees or, more specifically, their leaves. The trees are known colloquially as Sweet Bay and are commonly grown as culinary or ornamental plants.” I don’t have any bay yet, but it’s basically a herb and well… see above.
Hmm. To be clear though, I planted all of the above and have been watering them and talking to them so I have not been resting. In fact, if anyone came along and rested on my newly planted herbs I would be #ANNOYED.
Therefore, I conclude, the past two weeks I have mostly been working on my laurels. Good.
This work has included:
MORE ENFIELD BUSINESS CENTRE INSPIRING WOMEN WORK!
Ah Geoff. Geoff Man. Geoff and Liz. And Linda and Jake.. basically everyone at Enfield Business Centre. I’m basically falling for you all as you win my affections with your #freetraining and #excellentseminars and #library and #hub and #freeparking and and and.
This week I had a double love-in as there was a seminar on pitching your business for 10 beneficiaries of the Growing Your Business course, as well as my one-to-one with Geoff. Impeccably run by Liz with genuinely useful hand outs that went far beyond the scope of simply pitching your business, this seminar was one of my most useful experiences so far. Sharing the room with me were women of all ages, backgrounds and experiences trading in: tech consultancy, domiciliary care, beauty, interior design, parenting, organic online supplements, crowd-funding (me) and nails! Pretty much a full complement for any working person.
** IF YOU KNOW A WOMAN IN BUSINESS IN LONDON PLEASE TELL HER ABOUT THIS SCHEME **
The BEST PART though was actually pitching Our Pledge to colleagues in the room and using their products and services as actual case studies for how the platform might work. Nothing beats real world examples and Jurgita (my partner for the exercises) put me through my paces talking through how we might use Our Pledge to bring her natural, organic, waste-free products to eg. Holland and Barrett. SO HANDY.
Then I had an hour session with Geoff going through my business plan with a fine tooth comb and signposting all the areas that #NeedMoreWork. Welcome to next week’s blog.
Basically guys, I reckon we all agree that Europe… it’s a good thing and we shouldn’t be leaving and it’s essentially too sad to contemplate what’s happening right now. Especially when we consider that things like Enfield’s Inspiring Women programme - the only one of its kind for Women In Business - is funded by European Regional Development Fund. SIGH MASSIVE SIGH.
Also, for the first time in YEARS I watched the #EurovisionSongContest. And I loved it. I appreciated the momentary insights into fellow European nations (even though most of them were singing cookie-cutter pop songs in English…) I love watching people sing their hearts out. I loved the predictability of it (drinking game rules included drinking when: Graham said something rude, a wind machine was used, languages were swapped, there was a key change). I loved seeing Israel’s landmarks. I loved that Madonna was insane and made it political and in her bizarre way allowed room for the juxtaposition of conflict and togetherness in a world where this feels constant and unavoidable. I loved sharing a water cooler event with friends. I never normally do this I am usually years if not decades behind.
Oh I’ve totally nailed Insta-stories now. See above :)
SPEAKING OF INSTA-STORIES
These past two weeks have been much about social media and getting some posts and things up and under my belt in advance of a soft launch of Our Pledge online. The most excellent Amy Johnson AKA Amy Meadows has been guiding me and moulding my random thoughts into an exquisite tapestry of social meedyas. It’s been a genuinely rewarding experience to consider what of meaning I want to put into the world and how to present it. Expect all sorts of tit-bits from my personal heroes, to eco tips, to recommended reading and more. You may follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and be hit in the face with all our #juicycontent from 1 June.
SPEAKING OF WISE ADVISORS
I’ve been lucky enough this week to benefit from the wisdom of some excellent people, who are not even funded by the European Regional Development Fund. I have to give some HUGE props to Andrew Girvan of Scottie.io who spent some of his valuable time sharing ideas with me for white label crowd-funding platforms as well as how to write user stories, and just generally going through the steps towards a pilot for Our Pledge. He is a human of great generosity and goodness and I am looking forward to seeing him when I go to Edinburgh! (Where I will be to see another of Amy’s projects in full flow - Genesis: The Mary Shelley Play, as well as supporting my friends from Sedos’ Improv Group The Banana Hut Gang, and bobbing along to Charlie Perkins’ Experimental New Comedy night The Paddock). I also had a beeeeoootiful lunch with Epic Games very own Mr T, who helped me work out some big thinking strategy for the biz.
Which reminds me..
GUYS IT WAS THE GAME OF THRONES FINALE!!!
For goodness sake, I’m surprised this wasn’t the first thing I wrote about. I’ve been talking about it with everyone (including Mr Epic which is what reminded me). So here’s the biggest news… I genuinely LOVED the finale and thought it was a satisfying and beautiful ending to this extraordinary shared experience in the guise of a TV programme. I was pleasantly surprised following the exhausting low points of the penultimate episode, but for me, the finale was a perfect circle in which stories were completed just as they must be, history was seen to be resetting as a perfect echo of its own beginning (as history so often does) and a family whose parents set the tone for the show grew through conflict, terror, life into the fullest versions of themselves. I drank (organic) rose (yes I know I don’t know why I made that choice) and sat up alone and wept.
I joined a Members’ Club for people who care about the planet to convene, create and collaborate: Arboretum. I can bring guests. Let’s go!
Guy and I finished writing 3 new songs that have been in the works for a while, AND booked a gig on Friday 5 July at the Luna Lounge: details here. Do come.
Alright. That’s that then. I mean thanks for reading if you’ve come this far… I’m aware I’m pretty much rambling on :)