For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to take my foot off the gas and feel as though I’m living instead of feeling like I’m just existing. For too long, it’s felt like all the days have running into one and there have been days where I’m not even sure what day it is as they’ve all felt the same. The weeks have been flying by and so have the months too and it feels like no sooner do I go back to work on Mondays, I look up and it’s Friday again and the same happens at weekends too. We celebrate the weekend in our house with pizza and popcorn on Friday nights and we always have lots of lovely things planned but, before we know it, it’s Sunday night and we’re headed back to work for another busy week. Life had become one mad rush and for many years I’ve felt like I’ve wanted to just hit the ‘pause’ button but, I haven’t been able to!
For the past 16 years I’ve worked in the same company and even though it’s been a busy and demanding role it’s continued to stretch and challenge me every step of the way and I’m eternally grateful for that. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing people and some very forward thinking, inspiring North East businesses and I’ve learnt so many new skills and developed my knowledge and experience in ways I could have only dreamed of.
But over recent years since the conception of Aspirational Living I’ve always dreamt of working on this business full time and being able to take it to the next level by working with schools, corporate organisations, individuals and groups to help encourage others to ‘aspire to live, work, rest and play.
For many years before this I always used to dream of taking a step back from the hustle and bustle of daily life and I’ve always wanted to be around more at home, to be there for the children and pick them up from school as a more regular fixture instead of a just one off occasion. I wanted to be able to take more annual leave in the school holidays and take longer summer breaks to spend time with my family and parents who reside in the South of France but, I never had enough holidays to do this. I’ve always wanted to have the time to learn to cook and bake and have the time to potter in the kitchen and I’ve always been a little home maker but, over the last 2 years since we’ve moved into our new forever home I’ve never had the time to do this. I wanted to grow vegetables in the back garden but, most of all feel energised, healthy and well to do all of this and have a real ‘zest for life’ but, it’s always felt like this lifestyle has been out of reach. For years I’d struggled with this and wrestled with ideas of how I could make this dream become a reality -that was until Aspirational Living was born in 2015!
It was just a year before it’s launch that I discovered coaching at a much deeper level and started studying towards becoming a coach and it was around the same time that I discovered meditation and mindfulness. In December 2015, we launched Aspirational Living (my 3rd baby), AL is a coaching, personal development and wellness business and our training and delivery combines three of the most powerful and life-changing strategies and techniques. We combine coaching mindfulness and meditation and incorporate it into every training and delivery session we offer, we pride ourselves on the quality of delivery we offer and strive for all of our sessions and programmes to be engaging inspiring and interactive and the feedback we’ve received so far from our client has been overwhelming!
We’ve had so much positive and genuine heartfelt feedback from clients who have accessed our services and this continues to inspire me daily. I love seeing how they grow as individuals and how they too take a step back and start designing a life they love and then I help them to make their dreams become a reality. AL’s speciality is moving people and businesses from where they are now to where they want to be.
Running your own business is truly like having another baby as it needs nurturing, developing and supporting and at times it’s taken blood, sweat and tears to pull things together and meet the deadlines set but, over the last year we’ve really proven that our approach and strategy works and it’s paid off. Now I’ve only got 8 weeks left at full-time work and I feel like I need to pinch myself because what was once a dream is now becoming my reality, my ‘someday’ has finally arrived and I feel so proud that we’ve come this far.
I know now that I want to spend my days developing my business and but, I also want to spend my days doing what I love best and that’s spending time with my family and boys. I want to be there to see my boys grow up and I do want to do the simple things in life, like pick them up from school a few times a week and be there for them when they get home to eat cookies and drink juice and play in the garden just like I used to when I was a child. You see, when you’ve never really experienced these things as a parent it’s these things that mean the most.
Over the last couple of years there have been some sacrifices made and I have had to work at evenings and weekends to prepare work and develop new programmes for Aspirational Living and even though I’ve loved every minute of it it has taken time away from my family. Despite this my family has supported me throughout this and my husband has believed in me since the very beginning and continues to do so now and that has enabled me to do what I’ve needed to do. But, now I’m ready for the shift to change, that was always part of the plan – work hard now so I don’t always have to!
So if we have to eat beans on toast for a while whilst we adjust to this new lifestyle then it’ll all be worth it as I’ll get to spend my days working on AL and my evenings, weekends and school holidays enjoying life with my family and it will have all been worth the hard work!
I’m well aware this is only the beginning but, it’s the beginning of an exciting new chapter and I can’t wait to start it, ironically on my 38th birthday (4th April), so I’ll be starting my 38th year as I mean to go on. There is still a lot of hard work and planning required to take this business to the next level but, I know that with the support I have around me and the amazing clients who have accessed and continue to access our services I’ll continue to help, support and inspire them to make their dreams become a reality too! Our aim is to encourage as many people as possible to ‘Aspire to live, work, rest and play!’ – You only get one life make it count!
So my life is good right now and long may it continue, I intend to live a life I love and to encourage others to take control of their lives, just as I did and take a step back to design it the way you want to live it and then move forward in the direction of your dreams and if you need support with this we can help you every step of the way, just get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our speciality is helping businesses and clients to move from where they are now to where they want to be and start ‘living life the conscious way!’