If you’d asked me 20 years ago, “what will you be doing in the future?”
I would never have dreamed I would be living just outside London, running my own business, doing a job I love.
I would never have imagined being able to travel to some of the wonderful places I have been to, or to be fortunate enough to have family and friends that I hold very dear to me, not only in Glasgow, where I grew up, but also in London and across the UK and beyond.
This isn’t because I didn’t think think I was capable of achieving a happy and successful life, but more so because I wasn’t aware that the opportunities I would take would bring me to this point. I honestly hadn’t taken that much time thinking about what my future meant to me.
So if I didn’t plan all this how did I manage to achieve it? How did I get this lucky?
Well believe me when I say there was a lot of hard work involved, but whilst I didn’t take time to think about these things back then (I’ve never been a detailed planner) I did start to be more considerate about ‘me’ in my approach.
Sometimes this went well and other times it didn’t quite work, but the important thing is that I tried, I learned from it and moved on.
I have the benefit of my experiences to draw upon and I have also been impacted by my choices and decisions in both my working and personal life. Some of which I had great control over and others very little!
I’m lucky that my family and friends have been there for me in good times and challenging times, but I have also sought additional support from mentors and coaches at different points in my life.
Essentially I used this additional support to invest in me but also to help me to continue to be me. Because fundamentally throughout all of these experiences, although I have matured (in some ways!) I still have the same values and beliefs deep down that I did 20 years ago and whilst I wanted to move forward with my life I didn’t want to change who I am.
So what has this investment in me resulted in?
Well, I am happy and I do consider myself successful, but most of all I think all of this support has helped me to realise who I am, what I am capable of and also that it’s ok to have doubts and worries. I also value the importance of taking a chance on me and seeing where it leads to.
You might wonder why I’m telling you all of this?
Well through my blog Project Me I’ll be sharing some of my experiences with you, how they impacted me, what I did, how I moved forward and how I have used each experience as a stepping stone to where I am now.
I will also share information and tools that might help you in support of your journey to help you focus on your own Project You or Project Enterprise.
Watch out too for details on events and workshops that I’ll be delivering or attending.