So it’s finally my turn to have a go at the ‘Let’s Inspire Each Other’ craic… I’ve really enjoyed reading and posting everyone’s different views and outlooks on owning their own business, and I love that it was all women. Now I’m not a man-hater by any means (I married one after all…), but March 8th was International Women’s Day, and being a woman myself I decided to extend that one day to the whole month. Why not?! So I set out to ask all the local business women I know, also some family, friends and business owners I had met over social media over the past year or so, to write a piece about themselves for my blog; all different businesses, all totally different women, but all with one dream – and that’s to be yourself, working for yourself while still loving yourself; being your own boss; being that strong kind of person who can go out, grab the world by the balls and make it your own; the type of woman that I wish, and hope, I keep on growing to become.
Now it’s not been easy this month; and I don’t mean difficult working with a load of women, I mean trying to stay positive. I don’t know why, but there always seem to be people out there who like to kick the chair from under you and watch you fall. Now I’m thick skinned, but sometimes things get to me like anyone else. I just want to say, before I get into what I do for a living, that I’ve really been blown away by all the support and kind comments made by everyone who enjoyed reading the wonderful blog posts from women in business. It takes a lot to put yourself out there for all to see and judge. I find it hard myself to post things, but sometimes you have to believe in yourself and just go for it. Every single post I’ve put up this month from these amazing ladies deserves a lot of praise and encouragement. I, for one, am very proud of them for showing everyone the good and the bad sides of owning your own business. They’ve all inspired other people; other people who wanted to get involved because they had read all the posts; and every single one of these women is inspiring me, and many others, to keep on going; I thank you all for that. I really am grateful to every single one of you that helped make my ‘Let’s Inspire Each Other’ month work.
So, on to me 🙂 What do I do? Yes, I sit and mess around on my phone all day and talk a lot of crap on Snapchat and Twitter, but I do have a job I promise you!
It all started back in 2013. I had just given birth to my second son Cian, and I found myself off work again. It was hard juggling two young children and working full-time. I hadn’t found the balance yet. I had always had a passion for planning events and special occasions, and over the years I felt I was the ‘go-to’ woman for planning friend’s hen parties. Even if I wasn’t a bridesmaid I was always asked to help with the planning, which was a huge honour. So in February 2014, with this in mind, I launched my own events company specialising in stag and hen weekends in Bundoran. The lead up to me finally finding my lady balls and putting it out there was a scary, but very exciting, experience for me. I had hundreds of ideas, plans and visions going around in my head, and endless amounts of scrapbooks full of my ideas. I was told at first it wouldn’t work; comments were made like “You’re crazy starting this up, you have two young boys, no money behind you, and the town won’t embrace your new venture.” Well, I’ll tell you now, the more I’m told “No, it can’t be done” the more I’m like “Just watch me!” I did up my business plan, I got my loan to buy everything I needed to start, and I did an online course to give me a bit more of an idea how to run a website and social media based business. Alongside this, I also did any Event Management course, because I had no idea what I was doing really… but I knew I had a good idea, a hard work ethic and the motivation to do something new with my life.
Since then I have completed endless online courses; from PR & Marketing to Event & Wedding Planning (my dream job is to become a Wedding Planner and this has recently come true, thanks to a very special person asking me to help plan her wedding). I love doing these courses and I can fit them around my busy life, my boys, and the work pile I already have.
Last November I decided to leave my full-time job and become self-employed. This was a massive step to take, and probably a stupid one just before Christmas! But I did it anyway. I took a few weeks off to spend time with my husband and children – we had been working so hard all year saving up for our wedding, that I felt I had lost touch with who I was as a person. In January I made my ‘New Year New Me’ resolution and my social media addiction kicked up a notch. I’ve now found myself helping other businesses with their social media, marketing, and events. I work for a different business every day of the week, and fit my own in after 8pm. At the start of the year, if you’d asked me if I’d be doing what I’m doing now, I would have told you “Ha, right!” But I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason; I’m now working for myself, doing jobs that I love and have a huge interest in. I have more time for my family, and I know when I need to take a day for myself, and have learned to take these days, which was a massive step for me.
As I have read over the past month, it’s hard to juggle work and personal life. But somehow we always find the balance, be it through faults, wake-up calls, breakdowns, or just knowing it’s something we have to do. I admire anyone who manages to juggle them both and still kick arse!
So I’m going to end this with something that I, personally, have learned about being in business. I have read about and met women who I thought had it easy, but they don’t… they might look like they do, but that’s because they have worked so goddamn hard for it! There have been women who I didn’t even know had a business, but are so successful! These women have shown me that you can control what you choose to share with people; you can choose to let certain people see you a certain way. You don’t have control in what they think about you, but you do have control on the effect that has on you as a person. You are the only person stopping whatever it is you want to do, be it either business or personal, and if you believe in it enough you’re the only person who can make it work.
Thank you all for this month. It’s helped me in more ways than you will ever know… And if you find yourself planning a stag or hen weekend (or any event for that matter…), or if you need help with your social media and would like to see if I can put my words into action, then please get in touch – I would love to work with you!
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