Here’s the thing: What’s money got to do with it?

04/06

When you’re running a creative business that you pour your heart and soul into, money can feel like both a dirty word and the holy grail.

We can feel totally fine when the bills have been paid, the sales are coming in, and the opportunities feel plentiful – and totally thrown into doubt and worry when things are tight and we’re living hand-to-mouth.

I have been in both places in my business. In fact, I’ve been at both places this year! Being self-employed is like that.

What does money have to do with it? Well, it’s not the only success factor, but it’s certainly a vital one.

If you’ve been hanging out here in my blog or over on social media, you’ll probably know that I believe in defining success in a whole host of ways, but financial success is definitely a factor of any business.

One thing I know for sure: the difference between a creative hobby and a creative business is in the profit.

Another thing I know for sure: you don’t have to turn a profit in the first year to have a successful business.

So how do we define success?

Well, financial success looks different for different people and businesses. You might want to make enough money to cover your expenses and contribute to your household expenses. Perhaps you’re the sole earner in your household and your business needs to cover a family’s worth. (These are both true for clients I work with.)

Sometimes, turnover is important, especially when you’re in your first 1-2 years of business. You’ve got to get that top line up and prove that people want to buy your products. Because you’ll be investing in your business, you might not turn a profit overall, so turnover is the key number to look at.

More often, it’s about profit. It’s entirely possible to turnover £250,000 a year and make no money or profit yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in big numbers that look great in the short or long term, and yet, unless you’re a not for profit, it’s the bottom line that matters. Selling 100 items a day? Great! Paying for every sale through advertising and negating your profit margin? Not so great, unless you’re developing a long-term, loyal customer base.

I like to define financial success as financial freedom. Because that’s why I went into business, and it captures something of the feeling I want from the work I do. I want to be able to pay the bills easily, provide a stable base for my life, and create a home and life that fills me up.

Non-financial success

When identifying the figures that feel like success to us, it’s also important to define other factors of success. When I do this with clients, it’s about understanding the values we hold and how they manifest.

Is it important to create an eco-friendly business? Perhaps you want to help grow the local economy? Maybe you’re invested in bringing more meaningful gifting to customers?

These – and many more – are the values that are going to make your business uniquely successful. Create your own list of values and understand how you’re going to bring them to life.

For me, success is helping clients find that lightbulb moment of clarity – suddenly seeing where and how they want to be. Even more success is helping them to uncover how to make it happen and holding them accountable. I define success as helping others to heal behaviours, emotions and patterns that hold them back from the business and life they truly want.

What does success look like for you?

I’d love to hear. Hit the comments, and tell me your most successful moment this year.

Until soon,
Jenny x

 

PS Looking to get clearer on your profit margins and price your products effectively? Take a look at my mini course, Pricing for Profit, just £20+VAT, or free when you join Progress not Perfection.

Breaking the downward spiral – and creating an upward cycle instead

04/04

There’s a theme that comes up regularly when I’m talking to clients, whether it’s a one-to-one conversation, or in my group coaching programme, or on retreats.

It’s the dilemma of shifting the flow from a vaguely (and sometimes worrying) downward spiral – low sales, low motivation, low energy – to a positive, regenerative, profitable cycle of business.

We often get stuck on the hamster wheel. We’re overworked, underpaid, with too much to do, which means we don’t have the energy or resources to make a change. We tell ourselves we have to keep going, but not much is working and we seem to be more defeated, further behind, less successful every time we check.

This is a place of short-term, of scarcity, and of fear. It doesn’t tend to generate orders or new ideas or clear focus for what to do next. It can feel like we’re trapped. We certainly aren’t sure if our business will survive when we’re in this place.

Because orders are low, we’re risk averse. We don’t want to invest in new products or in support that could help get us out of this downward spiral, in case we can’t afford it. In case it doesn’t help.

In this place, it’s almost impossible to shorten the to-do list or discover a place of clarity. Everything could be the answer; nothing is definitely the answer.

We can wind up sleepless, doubtful, stressed, anxious, and with no idea how we even got there.

Nerves fray. Tempers rise. Moods darken.

Downward spiral.

The other place (I feel a bit The Good Place, but that’s another story…). The other place, is generative. Everything you do adds to your business. That product you invest in makes money, creating the next wave of investment.

With the wind at your back, it’s easy to keep up momentum – it’s easier to retain customers than find and engage new ones. Each good day allows you to feel better about the next day. You can take the positive results of yesterday, believe in yourself, and put your energy behind your next (brilliant) idea.

It doesn’t matter which item you check off your to-do list next, because they’re all good ideas, making great strides in your business. They’re all going to pay off.

Asking for support feels like a choice you can make when you’re ready, and you can even indulge yourself by asking for exactly what you need, in the perfect timeframe and with just the right person. You can afford to invest in getting the right support for your business, and you get to choose how and when you do.

Any fear is quickly taken care of by a straightforward and achievable solution. You might wonder about it for a couple of days, but then you’re ready to solve it.

This is kind of what people imagine about being on the right side of a mysterious algorithm: the more you sell, the higher you appear, the more you sell, and so on.

This is the upward spiral.

The truth is we’re usually moving between these two directions at any given moment. Neither is 100% realistic or true.

We’re never running into the ground as quickly as we think. And the world isn’t as charmed as we imagine others experience it to be. Worry-free business? Rare. Like unicorn rare.

But there is some truth in it. Partly because that first situation I described is when we’re stuck in the short-term (and fear), and not focused enough on the long-term.

We can achieve more in the long-term than we imagine. But to do so we have to break the cycle of constantly focusing on the couple of weeks in front of us and make a plan that gets us to where we really want to be.

I’ll say this: when you have a long-term plan and are working towards it, it’s much easier to be in the present moment and enjoy your work and life. That’s not the same as being stuck in the short-term. Let’s not confuse the calm, clarity and connection of presence with the urgency, scarcity of short-term thinking.

In fact, presence can be one of the ways out of short-term thinking. Presence can get us focused on one thing at a time, rather than tripping up over ourselves to answer emails while creating a bestseller and writing a wholesale pitch and trying to post something brilliant on Facebook.

Presence is the first step to stop the hamster wheel of short-term thinking.

Step 1: Give yourself presence.

The first thing I recommend is to pause. Be present in this moment. Notice where you are. Are you in the hamster wheel, on the downward spiral? Are you on a positive cycle? Are you somewhere in between? Find yourself on the spectrum.

Step 2: Remember this piece of therapy wisdom:

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

In other words, if you want things to change, you have to change them. If you’re not getting the results you want from the actions you’re taking, it’s time to change the actions.

Step 3: Get clear.

Before you make a change, make sure you’re really clear on the results you want. What do you actually want to change? How do you want to feel? What do you want to be true?

Meditate, visualise, take yourself to a coffee shop or a quiet place, and write it all down. Let yourself be really honest about what you actually want, what success would actually feel like and look like.

Maybe you want a certain turnover figure. Maybe you want to get sales from a specific place or type of customer.

Maybe you want to have more time with the kids. Maybe you’d like to venture into speaking at events or being invited to guest post on someone’s blog.

Be as specific and clear as you can. Let it simmer.

Step 4: Be really honest.

Throw out anything that isn’t getting you closer to those dreams.

The free work you’re doing, when you’re not even making enough money to cover your expenses? Out.

The constant development of products you don’t love because it’s kind of fitting the bill right now? Stop.

The need for perfection that holds you back from getting the good work done? Hold it right there.

You know. Deep down, you know what’s holding you back, but you have to see it. You have to see how you’ve been getting in your own way or not seeing the problem clearly enough.

Maybe you’re building sales up to a new level, but you don’t know how yet. Be really honest about the skills you need, the things you need to learn, the way you want to get there. How you get there is as important as getting there.

Maybe you feeling like you’re trying to learn, but nothing’s coming together yet. If you genuinely haven’t learnt anything in the time you’ve been trying, it’s time to try in a different way. Channel your inner Hermione. Make a learning chart. Give yourself gold stars.

Step 5: Give yourself enough time.

Change doesn’t happen overnight. If you’re trying to shift gears, you need to give yourself time to learn, to change, to see results. Be generous with it. Stop thinking short-term, and give yourself longer deadlines, broken down into really, truly, genuinely bite-sized chunks. You’re human. It’s time to stop hoping you’re a unicorn.

And a bonus step: Remind yourself daily what you’re working towards.

Give yourself gold stars for even showing up. Reward each tiny piece of progress. Get yourself a buddy and cheer each other on. Hire a coach or assistant who’ll help keep you motivated and accountable.

Put up your goals on the wall. Remind yourself that you’re doing things differently. And it takes time.

Change your perspective on this. Set yourself free from the hamster wheel. Give yourself the gift of long-term success.

This feels a bit soap-boxy but I know that these things change the course of a business, because I’ve seen it happen. I’ve done it myself, in my own business.

Have a question or need some support? Get in touch. I would 100% love to hear from you.

Now good luck. I’m cheering you on.

Jenny x

PS Interested in getting regular encouragement and cheerleading and motivation and structure? Consider joining Progress not Perfection, my group coaching programme.

Stories for a Friday: accepting imperfection

23/03

I was driving back from yoga and thinking about how I’m not good at certain poses. Forward bends. Anything requiring flexibility in the hips. I am good at balances, and I’m really, really good at savasana (which is all about lying on the floor and relaxing – I really am good at that).

Same as when I’m doing a more traditional workout. Push-ups are not my forte. Nor are lunges.

But I can do them. Slowly and with lots of exasperation.

Anyway, I was driving back from yoga, thinking about how I’m no good at these poses, and maybe not good at anything. And why aren’t a good at them? What is it about me that stops me from being good at forward bends and push ups? Is it related to my other faults? Is one of them causing this, or is this causing one of them?

And suddenly… I stopped.

I stopped questioning myself. I stopped trying really hard to figure out why I’m “no good” at certain things. I even stopped thinking I’m no good at them. Because, for goodness’s sake, I can still do them!

***

I’m not perfect. Neither are you. And even though I have made a pact to embrace imperfection and let go of striving for perfection, it can still bite me in the you-know-where.

On the days when I’m fed up of not being damn perfect already, when I’m impatient and overtired, when I just want one thing to go right (dude, you didn’t severely injure yourself or anyone else today – something’s going right), I can start slipping into that perfectionism place.

By the time I got home, I was just grateful to be. To be able to go to yoga. To be able-bodied and relatively capable. To have good things to look forward to (if I let myself see them).

Considering my theme for this month is freshening up, it would be easy for my monkey mind to jump into how I need to freshen up my flexibility, to get stronger and better.

I see it differently.

It’s time to freshen up my self-kindness and my self-compassion. I’m imperfect, and that’s just how I’m meant to be.

It’s time to freshen up and re-frame my aims of going to yoga: it’s not about going and doing each pose perfectly. It’s about spending time with myself, with my body, and seeing what I’m capable of today.

It’s the same when we’re too hard on ourselves in business.

Maybe you’ve started believing you’re no good at business, when the business landscape has changed.

Maybe you’ve started thinking that your products aren’t good enough or you’re just rubbish at Facebook ads.

Maybe it’s just not perfect yet, and you’re tired of not being perfect.

Let’s freshen up those beliefs, and re-frame them so that you’re better supported.

Maybe this year is one of exploration for what’s possible. When you launch a product, notice what happens: who likes it, who buys it, whether it takes a little longer to sell than before. That’s not you failing, that’s seeing how the world it.

Maybe you’re learning about Facebook ads. No one nails it first time. Set yourself learning objectives, and notice what you’ve learnt each time.

If you’re tired of not being perfect, write a list of what you’re good at. Notice what works well in your life. Remember that no one lives a perfect life, and no business remains static at the top of its game. You’re in progress.

And mostly, pile on the love, the care, the compassion. Speak to yourself as you would a child or a friend. You’re not perfect. You won’t ever be. But that doesn’t stop you being amazing.

And you’re in really good company…

With love

Jenny x

Here’s the thing: freshening up

23/02

When was the last time you took some time to freshen up? Not re-brand or start over or plod on, but just… freshen up.

To me, freshening up brings to mind a beautiful moment in a busy day: a moment to pop to a luxurious bathroom or bedroom, take a breath, redo your makeup and hair, and dab yourself with something that smells divine.

Or freshening up a pot of tea. Is there anything more delightful?!

I think about freshening up a room with a lick of paint, or plumping the cushions. Adding a new necklace to an outfit to take it somewhere new. Dusting off a shelf and adding a different photo in front of the books. Adding an essential oil to your yoga practice.

It’s not a redesign of the whole house. It’s not taking a shower and putting on a totally new outfit and starting your makeup from scratch. It’s not starting a totally new yoga practice.

It’s freshening up.

It’s not a rebrand. It’s not throwing out your entire business plan and strategy. It’s not believing nothing is working and it all needs to change.

It’s not a rigorous new routine. It’s not a new skill. It’s not something you have to learn from the very beginning.

It’s freshening up.

For our businesses, freshening up is like tuning up. Dialling up the things we want more of, just a little, but in a way that’s significant to us.

Perhaps it’s giving a little closer attention to your Instagram captions, if they’ve dwindled.

Or ordering those new stickers for your packaging.

Or changing your email signature and Facebook cover.

Or spring cleaning your product listings.

Freshening up is ideal for this time of year, or any time of year, and it’s a gentle but powerful way to shift your energy and your business. You’ve already (I imagine) made some goals for the year, put some plans in place, and given 2018 some serious attention.

But perhaps your energy is waning, or things feel a little impossible.

You know what time it is: time to freshen up.

Here’s the thing

In March, I’m doing a soft launch of the new-look Progress not Perfection group course. It’s currently called Planning With Purpose, and I’m building on all my experience and work to develop an ongoing supportive course and community for small business owners.

I currently have a lovely group of women signed up to the course, and they’ll be testing the new material next month, which has a theme of Freshening Up. (D’uh!)

Here are some of the questions I’ll be asking the group:

  • What’s the metaphorical lick of paint for your business?
  • What would bring a breath of fresh air to your business?
  • What can we weed out to make room for fresh growth?
  • What would “fresh” feel like for you over the next four weeks?
  • How can you bring yourself a symbolic bunch of daffodils?
  • If you tuned up by 10%, what would be different?
  • How could you get just a little closer to the business (person, life) that’s so clear in your mind and heart?

I’m not advertising the new version of this course right now – just experimenting with the new look and the new content. But just in case you fancy joining before it officially changes over (and the price goes up), you can sign up here and spend March freshening up your business with us.

Here’s the thing: the importance of the nuanced position

16/02

“It’s definitely messier taking a nuanced stance, but it’s also critically important to true belonging.” Brene Brown

I have spent a lot of my life, like many of us, search for the rule book. Just show me what to do to be happy, successful, loved and I’ll do it. Tell me exactly what to do and what not to do, and I’m good.

Let’s just categorise everything into back and white, shall we? Yes and no. Stop and go. That would be really exceptionally helpful.

Except it’s not real.

I love to bring clarity to clients, and to myself, to aid decision making and progress. But what I’ve discovered over the years is that sometimes the real clarity comes from holding two or more seemingly conflicting ideas. The nuanced position, while more complex and requiring more care and attention, is often more true.

You can be grateful for something and want it to change.

You can be totally over something and already missing it.

You can be totally fine about a situation and feel the disappointment.

You are your business and you’re not.

You can, as I have, both supported people immensely and let them down.

When we leap to a nice clean viewpoint, we can miss the complexity and detail of the situation. Which is what Brene Brown is saying in the quote above. To really show up fully, we have to accept the messy details of truth if we really want that buzzword of authenticity. If we want true connection and belonging and progress, we have to step up to the conflicting nuance of life.

I have a feeling that this is my work right now. I’m working on shining a light (my word for the year) on the darker things in order to understand them better.

And after four years of self-employment, mentoring clients, and providing content services, I’m working on blending the deep work of coaching and retreats WITH the practical application of accountability and planning. It’s not one or the other. It’s both.

It’s checklists and nudges and reminders, and it’s big conversations about what’s getting in the way. It’s deep, long-term work as well as quick wins and refreshes.

And I’m excited about it! I’m currently working on a new version of my monthly support course, which I’ll be calling Progress not Perfection, and it’s really the pinnacle of my unique blend of depth and practicality. The habits, structures and suggestions that help us to do the big work, the deep work, the truly satisfying work.

So what about you?

What are the nuances in your work, life, business that need a light shining on them?

What do you try to fit into a neat and tidy box, that really needs a few different shelves in order to thrive?

What if everything you feel, believe, create is true?

What if you don’t have to compromise and find a niche, when in reality everything is valid?

How could you embrace your own nuanced position this week?

It’s a little messy over here in Nuanceville. But you’re in good company. I promise.

Jenny x

Light: my word for 2018

26/01

For the past several years (maybe as many as eight?), I’ve chosen a word for the year. Inspired by One Little Word, it’s a tradition that helps me to set the tone for the year and keep me in tune with what I’m working towards.

Last year, it was pace (my new married surname and a pretty cool word in general). The year before, I chose bloom but I’m pretty sure the universe misheard me and thought I said boom because that was the year of Copper Boom‘s beginnings.

This year? This year, I’ve chosen light as my guiding word.

Side note: I also give out stars with words on (like this one) at my retreats, which aren’t consciously chosen, but provide another type of guidance. On the first night, we each choose a star from the collection and it’s always my believe that everyone gets exactly what they need. So I also have create as a supporting word. Perfect!

What light means to me

For me, this year, light has several meanings. A big one is that I want to feel lighter. Last year was pretty heavy. Good, in many ways, but big and full of significance. I bought a house. I got married. I made some big decisions about Copper Boom and my business in general. And while all those things were what I wanted, I got bogged down in the organising and deciding and making it happen.

So partly light is about enjoying life as it is without making big changes that require lots of energy.

The other big thing that came to mind when I was choosing my word for the year was shining a light on the dark. I don’t believe in ignoring the dark – those tricky, sticky, murky things we prefer not to look at. I don’t believe in ignoring dark emotions. (There are no bad emotions!) So I didn’t want light to mean that I would be pretending they don’t exist. Instead, it’s about seeing the dark, and bringing more light to those emotions, situations and realities. Encouraging more light, rather than demanding it.

For my work, it’s about shining the light for others, and sharing my light, my work. I love to be a guide post, a gentle and consistent way finder for my clients, friends and colleagues. I want my work to light you up, and to light your unique way. That’s what I show up every day to do. I do it through coaching, and I do it through creating content (words and images through Copper Boom) that lights up your products and offerings.

At my retreats, stars are the theme, and I explain that they’re a navigation tool, shining our way in the dark. That’s my work. That’s what I want to help others to discover for themselves.

Even as I write this, I feel more in love with light as my word for 2018!

Have you chosen a word for this year?

I know so many people who do this now, and I’m always fascinated by the words and the reasons behind them. I’d love to hear yours! Plus, supplementary question, do you have a way to display it in your studio or a piece of jewellery? I’m wondering whether I need a light symbol or piece of artwork…

Until soon

Jenny x

Here’s the thing: feel the disappointment in order to move forward

12/01

Disappointment is a somewhat disappointing fact of life.

And even though we can be in the ongoing process of creating a life with fewer disappointments by adjusting our expectations and our actions, the truth is we can’t guarantee outcomes, and so we experience disappointment.

From minor disappointments, like drinking a cup of tea way after it’s gone cold, to major disappointments, such as business opportunities not being fulfilled, it’s important that we can process everything we feel and make great choices going forward.

Even small disappointments, when noticed and processed, can lead to better situations next time. You might be more mindful of when you make a cup of tea next time, or you might get an insulated cup! For the bigger disappointments, the more we process them, the more we learn about what happened, what fell through, what that means for our choices going forward.

Too often, we’re too quick to try and jump up and move on and pretend nothing happened. Hope no one noticed, including ourselves. In my experience, this can keep us stuck in secret disappointment that we can’t shake off…

I was thinking about this over Christmas, when my five-year-old stepson got really upset at losing a game. My initial reaction is, “Wow, it’s not a big deal. He needs to not overreact like this.” Partly, I don’t want to see him upset, but also it’s so easy to forget how much of a disappointment this is for a small person. (Side note: I’m terrible at most games, so losing is no big deal for me!)

Reflecting on it, I want to help him deal with the disappointment. If he’s disappointed, I want him to be able to express it and process it healthily. I don’t want it to be suppressed so that in the future he’s just aggressively determined to win. He needs to know that it’s okay to lose, to be disappointed, but he can still try again, he can still have fun.

Disappointment points us to what we want

Maybe you wanted to win that game. Maybe you wanted to score that interview in the local paper. Maybe you wanted to win an award, or buy a specific house, or get a wholesale contract with a lovely shop.

Maybe you were disappointed by someone – someone let you down, whether on purpose or not.

I absolutely want you to be able to pick yourself up and move forward. I think that is one of the most important strengths of an entrepreneur. The determination and resilience required to try again is vital in pretty much any self-employed profession.

But I don’t want you to squash the disappointment. Now, I’m not saying dwell in it and take a billion years to move past it. I’m not recommending getting stuck in being the martyr or the victim or starting the buy into the belief that you “have terrible luck”, “just never win anything”, or similar. (Insert your own downtrodden phrase here…)

So how do we hold space for the disappointment in order to get over it?

We have to acknowledge the disappointment. We have to look at it, describe it, explain it, see it. We have to notice what it’s showing us about what we were hoping for, and what we can learn from it.

And then we can make a plan to either get what we were hoping for some other way, or turn our attention to something else.

Sometimes we don’t even realise we’re disappointed until way after the fact. We didn’t realise how much we wanted something until it hasn’t happened, until it falls through. These can be confusing to process, but are some of the most interesting places to discover what you really want.

Sometimes we can attach a whole load of meaning to why we didn’t get what we wanted – meaning that isn’t really there. “I didn’t get that promotion because my products aren’t good enough.” “I didn’t get the house because I don’t deserve it.” “That relationship fell through because I’m not pretty enough.”

Before we jump to conclusions in reflecting on disappointments, let’s avoid making sweeping assumptions, especially when they relate to other people’s decisions. We don’t know what led someone to promoting something instead of yours. We don’t know exactly why someone chose to go in a different direction.

Honestly, I think entire lives can change based on an assumed meaning we’ve attached to something because it’s a tender place or a secret fear. Let’s keep our minds open to the possibilities – and remember that we don’t always know exactly why something didn’t come together.

Here are some questions to reflect on:

  • Start by naming your disappointment. What are you disappointed about?
  • Did it catch off-guard? Were you expecting to be this disappointed?
  • What were you hoping would happen?
  • What is it about that thing that was important to you?
  • What’s the feeling? Can you describe it physically, emotionally? Give it form.
  • What do you need to let go before you can move on?
  • What are you telling yourself about this disappointment? Are there any stories you need to acknowledge aren’t necessarily true?
  • Is there anything you can learn from the situation to help you in the future?
  • Do you still want to pursue the outcome? How might you change your approach having been through this experience?

Brene Brown talks about the vulnerability of actually admitting how much we want something to happen, so that we give ourselves the time and space and support to process it if it doesn’t happen. Let’s not pre-reject ourselves when we’re declaring our big dreams, and let’s not shrug off something that was disappointing because we don’t want to feel uncomfortable.

For me, even the client who decides not to book a session can be disappointing, especially if it’s someone I’d love to work with. Yes, I trust that they are making the best decision for them. Yes, I’ll survive. But if I let that little disappointment go un-checked, I can end up with a story about how I’m no good or will never get a client again.

I need to write about the disappointment, to explain to myself what I was looking forward to, and remember that I can still get that elsewhere and with other clients. And I often end up writing a list of all the factors that could have been – a powerful activity for anyone who tends towards thinking it’s their fault.

Embrace the disappointment so that you can move forward with a clear mind, a clear heart, and more information about yourself and your business. I highly recommend it.

Jx

PS New Year Coaching sessions are still available until the end of February. Get booked in now.

Thank you, 2017

04/01

Well, my friends, we’ve blinked and it’s 2018!

January brings an opportunity for that fresh feeling, a clean slate, a new opportunity. And while I recommend caution for trying to make too much change all at once, a little dreaming and intention setting is definitely the theme around here.

But while we look forward to an exciting new year, there’s also a year just finished, one in which many people experienced change and uncertainty, but many also experienced success. And because nothing is ever black and white, it’s a chance to notice and celebrate the good, as well as move happily on to new adventures.

So I thought I’d share a bit of what I’m grateful for – business and pleasure – at the end of 2017 / beginning of 2018…

Thank you for a home

In April, we moved into a new home in north Cambridge, having moved to Cambridge in March 2016 and started looking for a permanent home almost straight away. The move came after a long wait, and my goodness I was ready to settle in and never move again!

Our home has already provided a lovely foundation for life and business. I love having a garden to enjoy, and after a couple of reshuffles, I now have a desk in our front room with a log burner. Bliss!

Thank you for two sell-out retreats

Last January (can you believe it!) I ran two retreats within 3 weeks. They were both sell-outs, and one included retreaters coming for their third year in a row. Retreats have always felt like my calling, ever since that first one in 2015, and the feeling was there again in January.

There’s so much magic in uncovering dreams, opening up ideas, and creating friendships and support. It’s a pleasure to behold, and an honour to be part of.

Thank you for a marriage

Oh my goodness, I got married! And what a day it was. Hot. Bright. Completely delightful! I grinned all day, alongside some tears, and got to hang out with my favourite humans. I’m most grateful for my new husband, who I’m more in love with now than ever.

And of course, there was also a honeymoon which feels like a dream when I think about it now. Tropical beaches, long naps, sunshine, sea, delicious food, books. I’m so grateful for that time and the experience of being somewhere completely new.

Thank you for clarity on my business

2017 was a big year, for me and for my clients. Like many years, it threw up unexpected questions and challenges, as well as some truly wonderful moments. I made some changes at Copper Boom Studio to make it more manageable. For about 18 months, I worked two full time jobs, and so it was a relief to adapt and make everything more sustainable.

I also started getting some clarity on working with clients specifically around the challenges of depression and anxiety. I’ve been working with one client on just this for several months, and it’s been amazing! The feedback, the feeling of progress, the clarity and understanding of how mental / emotional health impacts our businesses. I’m gathering so much goodness for more support in this area in 2018.

Thank you for boundaries

I started working with Randi Buckley in 2016, but 2017 was really the year that healthy boundaries kicked in for me. Boundaries with work, life, relationships, myself… It’s been so valuable to map out what’s okay and what’s not okay, and learn more about how to communicate that.

I created Self Care on Social Media for Business Owners off the back of this work, which has been an incredibly enjoyable course to lead. (And will run again in February / March 2018.) I thoroughly recommend Randi’s signature programme, Healthy Boundaries for Kind People.

Thank you for wonderful clients and friends

I love the people I work with, and that makes every challenge, every long day, every effort totally worth it. I’m as grateful as I can be for all of you who have supported me in 2017 and worked with me. To all the one-on-one clients, retreaters, Planning With Purpose group, friends and colleagues – thank you so much!

And you?

What are you grateful for at the end of 2017? Don’t get me wrong, I’m ready to move on swiftly to a calmer, more successful year! And yet taking a moment to notice all the things that went right has been so helpful to my confidence going forward.

What are the things that boosted your confidence?

Where did you find success?

When did you rely on your amazing resilience and creativity?

What really made a difference to you?

Oh, there are so many questions I could ask – and would love to hear the answers to! If you’re so inclined, I’d love to hear your reflections on 2017 so please do get in touch.

You can also get The Year’s End workbook and video package, which is a more comprehensive collection of questions and reflections on the past 12 months, and looking forward.

Here’s to a wonderful, successful, happy, healthy, wealthy, magical year ahead!

Jenny x

Progress not Perfection: You don’t have to fake it to make it

08/12

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Just between us, what’s really going on? What are you really feeling? Where are you holding it together, putting yourself between two ends to make them meet?

One of the myths of our time is that you have to fake it to make it. You don’t.

Yes, we keep going. We find our resilience. We discover a way to move forward.

But we don’t have to serve up our sanity or our worthiness in order to do it. I promise.

Sending a big hug, a mug of something delicious, and five minutes entirely to yourself.

Jenny x

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PPS Two spots left on my January retreat!

Progress not Perfection: 10 ways to reset the tone of your day

04/12

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10 ways to reset the tone of your day:

  1. Choose a word you want to cultivate and write it somewhere you’ll see it
  2. Put some different / new music on and have a dance party
  3. Go for a 10 minute walk and come back feeling fresh
  4. Set a timer for 5 minutes and tidy up your desk
  5. Take five deep, nourishing breaths
  6. Acknowledge everything you’ve already achieved
  7. Let go of non-urgent, non-important tasks
  8. Ask for help, even just a little
  9. Put the kettle on and go wash your face while it boils
  10. Take a moment to remember what you’re working towards

Meet Jenny

I’m passionate about creative small businesses and the people behind them. My unique blend of industry experience and creative intuition allow me to guide entrepreneurs towards their full potential, whatever stage they’re at. My specialities are storytelling and finding clarity in busy and often messy places. Read more.

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