I can’t believe that it’s our 3 year anniversary at Aspirational Living. The years have flown by and it’s been quite a journey but, one I’m so pleased I embarked on. It’s been such an experience running my own business and there have been some pitfalls and obstacles I’ve had to overcome but, overall it’s been a blast and continues to be one of the best things I’ve done in my life to date.

Upon reflection I’ve learned so much over the years and wanted to share these experiences with you.

Here are my top 6 insights;

1. When you first start, you have no idea what you’re doing ~ When I first started I had no idea what I was doing and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I thought running a business would be relatively easy but, my word I was in for a shock! It was so hard and there were endless amounts of jobs to do at first. We identified a name, a logo, bought the domain name {I didn’t even know what that was}, set up a brand, wellness products, planned events, marketed them, set up an online shop, managed accounts {Well, Richard did}, replied to emails, sponsored posts and started blogging. There was tonnes to do and at first it was difficult to manage but, then I got used to it and got help when I needed it.

2. Learn what works well quickly and what doesn’t ~ Over the last 3 years some things have worked really well whilst others didn’t work so well so I either changed it or stopped running it. I’m a quick learner and can’t sit still for too long so I’m forever learning new things and creating new products.

3. Nothing goes to plan ~ I started this business to solely work with individuals and help them to move from where they are now to where they want to be. Then in my first year of business I got so many requests from different businesses asking me to deliver coaching and management training to their workforce. I ummed and ahhhed and thought why not?! I’d had 18 years delivering these training solutions and I didn’t leave that world because I hated it, I left because I wanted more freedom, autonomy and time with my family. So that’s what I did and now I continue to work with businesses and individuals. I’ve learned that everything happens for a reason and I’m happy with the balance between the two, in fact I love the variety!

4. Not everyone will get it ~ When I first muted the idea of a wellness and training business, some friends and family just got it and supported me from the off whilst others couldn’t relate to what it was I was doing. I found it hard as some people were judgemental and made snide remarks or comments but, as I truly had a passion for what I was about to do, I ignored them and stayed true to my passion. I soon realised that for those of them that didn’t get it, there were plenty of people who did. Those were the people who routed for me from the beginning, they championed my cause and they were the ones who bought into the idea of AL from the off. They were the ones who accessed our products and services in the early days and the ones who came to the events and those were, and still are the ones who keep me going, especially in the beginning when I had no idea where I was headed.

5. At times life takes over ~ With having a young family and other commitments I’ve learned that life can take over. Last year for example I had plans to develop new projects but, my Dad became poorly and we sadly lost him and my attention and focus was with him so I didn’t bring them to fruition. But, I didn’t beat myself up about this, I just let life take over and accepted ‘I am where I am,’ and did what I could when I could and when I wanted to. Things happen and owning your own business is rewarding and provides freedom, choice and income but, it’s not my sole income and that’s a huge benefit especially when life takes over.

6. The best path to take in life is the organic journey ~ I’ve learned that the best path to take in life is the path that provides opportunity, freedom and choice. It’s the one that excites you, inspires you and makes you jump out of bed every morning. It’s a path that many have been walked on or explored by others but, it’s one that you will make your own. It will have many twists and turns along the way but, it’ll all be worth it. My journey has certainly been organic and I’ve learned to go where my heart takes me. I follow my gut instinct with the work I take on and if it feels right and I’m enjoying it then I’ll do it and if it doesn’t I won’t. I’ve turned down work in the past due to the fact it doesn’t feel right and I’m happy with the choices I’ve made so far.

So that’s it, my top 6 insights for the last 3 year’s. It’s been a blast and continues to set my soul alight {as corny as that may sound}. As a result of the business going from strength to strength, I’m able to work the days and hours I choose, work around my family and it pays for a lifestyle that I longed for. Money was never my key driver and materialistic items weren’t either, I wanted to feel happy in the work I was doing, live in a family home I loved and travel often and I’m pleased to say that’s exactly what we’re doing. So if any of you are in doubt and are thinking on embarking on your own journey with your own business then I would encourage you to do so as I’m Living Proof it works!

Best wishes,

Kelly x