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I am stepping away form my usual type of blog post as I want to make the most of today and think about what I am thankful for and what I want to be thankful for this time next year.
I have a lot to be thankful for in my life at the moment, but I want to stick to my business for now.
I am grateful for all the people who have come and gone in my business-life this year. I am thankful for the influence they have had on my choices. Whether they have stayed the duration or been a fleeting moment in a longer story.
I am thankful that I have met so many wonderful people through the business. Each of you has had an influence on my life and my choices. Whether it is where to sell my stock, or how to connect with people. Whether you have told me your deepest darkest secret or listened to me as I have cried, ranted and raved because I have felt I wasn't coping.
So many people have helped me to see what I want to be. I want to be like them. I want to be the strong woman who allows nothing to bring her down or set her back. I want to be the person who shares random acts of kindness and dreams of a better world. I want to be the business owner who puts her customers before herself and I want a brand to be proud of.
Customers have influenced me more than anything. I hear stories, personal stories that bring tears to my eyes, make me beam with pride and make me laugh like a madman. I have built relationships that I hope last for a long time into the future. I have built a family of people from all over the world who I love so much. I am amazed at the strength of feeling I have developed for some people who only came to me for a bar of soap or a morning quote.
I have watched people who I have never met and in most cases never will meet overcome profound challenges and whether they have succeeded or failed I am proud of them for trying. They are my friends and they are my family.
Now, and I don't like doing this very often, but I am going to anyway because this is what has made the most difference to me this year.
I joined an online marketplace called Heartizan. I joined it because it was cheap and I could afford (what is now) the middle package and get a bit more input and help to really launch my business in 2019. Well for what I paid, I got amazing support and so much help and inspiration. I took part in a challenge to go live for 5 days and I did it (yup those who know me know I wouldn't even have had my picture taken). I went live. I completed the challenge and I won! My confidence went through the roof. I am so grateful to Heartizan and I could never put into words what they have done for me, so instead I will just tell you that I am now in the top package because it is so worth it!
Being part of the Heartizan Madmin team, I have met a lot of other small business owners. Women who have left me in awe. Women who inspire me and make me want to be a better person. Women who have shown me who and where I want to be. I am so thankful for these women being in my life and I plan to keep them there as I need them to look up to. I need these strong and powerful women to help me become the strong and powerful woman I want to be.
I really do have a lot to be thankful for this year. But what I am thankful for most of all is that I am excited about next year. I have so many plans that WILL be put into action. I am not stressing about comparing myself to others and coming up short. I am me and I am doing what I want to and I am making a success of it too. You see what I have learned this year is that if you constantly measure your success against everyone else's you will never see it. The second you stop comparing, you start to see that YOU are a strong, successful person who can do anything you put your mind to.
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