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Happy Birthday To Me!!!!

Today is a very special day for GA Bookkeeping NE – my very first birthday! It seems a bit mad that 12 months have flown by already – a whole year of trying to promote and grow my fledgling business and more importantly a whole year of juggling the aforementioned with family life! And we are all still here, in one piece, and about to become one more in a months time! I have (just about!) survived my first summer holidays as a work from home mum – though not as much work got done as I would’ve hoped! I have celebrated today by being super-productive – I have ticked 16 jobs off my To-do list something I am extremely proud of, almost as proud as turning 1! So being full of motivation I thought I would write tonight and reflect on the year that has gone by far too quickly.

I have shared my birthday with the cycling #tourofbritain visiting Northumberland. I managed to sneak a quick glimpse of Mr Wiggins and co out my bedroom window! I am not a fan of cycling i’ll admit I can barely pump up a tyre but I totally get the exhilaration & freedom & the wind blowing in your face! Given my current state being 8 months pregnant I think the bike would run away rather than let me sit on it though!

So of my first 12 months, I have spent 8 months getting larger and more uncomfortable each day as my new little man grows bigger inside me. I am very grateful to have the freedom to put my feet up when I need to, to work from the sofa with the laptop on my knee or just take time out when I’ve had to. I have admitted this before and I shall say it again – I am not very good at asking for help. I am extremely grateful to the admin team of the Northumberland Mumpreneurs for being amazing ladies, fantastic friends and taking the reins from me. So with tasks in hand today I have taken a step back as I finish up GAB work and wind down for the start of maternity leave on 1 October and then await little Harry’s arrival!

Its been quite a year, from the Business Northumberland Start Your Business Event in January & being interviewed by Helen Ford on ITV Tyne Tees News about my views on the election (!) to being featured on the Be Digital website, being invited VIP to their official launch later this month (I’ve even bought a frock for the occasion that doesn’t resemble a bin bag or a tent! lol) and being identified as a Top Young North East Entrepreneur and invited to an exclusive evening event in Newcastle to celebrate with some of the regions biggest business names! Exciting stuff – just hope it doesn’t send me into early labour! Though that would be quite a headline and massive PR opportunity for the Northumberland Mumpreneurs wouldn’t it!

Eek just seen the time, 1am and I still have to iron uniform and make packed lunch yet – oops! Better put the GAB pen down, put my Mam pinny on briefly and then get myself to bed in preparation of another productive day tomorrow!

Bonne nuit a tous!

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“I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say because of you I didn’t give up”

This is one of my favourite quotes. Ever. I have been
reading about the law of attraction, practicing gratitude and trying to
appreciate all that I have been blessed with (even the teen and toddler
tantrums – aren’t I so lucky to have been blessed with such spirited independent
determined children she says through gritted teeth!) and it really is the
little things that make life good. More than good, amazing in fact. I last
blogged about getting into a routine and becoming super productive before my
new little man arrives. I am getting more productive but not by way of routine!
Sometimes life doesn’t work out that way and you have to embrace change and
just roll with it. I am rolling with it big time. My personal life, my marriage
in particular, has been the biggest challenge of all lately. And the hardest
decision we’ve ever made has worked out to probably be one of the best. My
husband moved out a few weeks ago. I still love him, he still loves me. But we
have reached an impasse and instead of plodding on regardless destroying each
other in the process we jointly decided to stop, to take a break, have some
space and get our individual selves back on track. Without the stress and
pressure of the almost constant arguing, we are both happier, we are both more
focussed and driven. We are both determined to make the most of the quality time
we spend together with the kids. And it’s working, I have my friend and
confidante back not just someone who annoys the hell out of me, kills my
positivity and leaves dirty washing randomly about the house! So since he has
moved out once the kids are in bed I have my (albeit late!) evenings to myself
to work! Hence I am more productive! I wrote down my ultimate to do list and
have spent the last 3 evenings slowly chipping away at it and I am starting to
see progress. And loving the snowball effect, I am feeling the benefit of
ticking jobs off that have been there for some time and clearing the long time
blockages from my journey & my eternal quest for productivity!

So the routine bit hasn’t worked out quite yet, but we are
only 3 days into the summer holidays there’s time yet! They have been 3
particularly fraught days as well – I have been suffering with my hips and a
baby that appears to enjoying putting particular pressure on my right one so
negotiating the toddler, a heat pack and paracetamol in humid weather whilst
not sleeping great hasn’t had me in the best fettle. And when the pre-teen
outstayed his curfew by 3.5 hours on Monday – yes you read that right THREE AND
A HALF HOURS – I was about ready to run or rather waddle away! Parenting is a never-ending
constantly changing challenge of all challenges and after a very emotional end
of primary school last week has been the ultimate rollercoaster just lately! I
read a very amusing article earlier though about childrens bedtime routines and
it kind of put things into perspective a bit. They are not children for very
long. I can testify that I do not honestly know where the last 12 years have
gone, I feel like I have blinked and suddenly we are about to start high
school, but it seems it was only yesterday he was clinging onto my leg and
sobbing at not wanting to go to nursery! In fact it seems only yesterday that I
was starting high school! How can I now have a child about to embark on that
journey?! I want to enjoy my children, I want them to enjoy their childhoods. I
want them to grow up & want to be the kind of parent that I am if that
makes sense. I want them to be inspired. I want their days to be filled with
magic and wonder, optimism and positivity. I want them to aim big and dream
bigger. So I am not putting pressure on the routine, I choose to have extra
cuddles, I choose to sleep with a toddler leg strewn across my face because
that means that in the morning I get the snoozy snuggles and before long she
won’t want snoozy snuggles. When the pre-teen left for his school residential
trip without so much as a bye never mind a hug or a kiss I wish I had hugged
him that little bit tighter before we set off for school. I chose to embark on
my self-employment mission to spend more time with them, to be present, to teach
them & show them that commitment, hard work & dedication for a greater
goal pays off. So I better had hadn’t I! I’m sure we’ll get there, eventually!

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I have the power!

I can’t believe it is the end of June already! My last post
was the end of April, a shockingly fast 3 months ago! Apologies avid readers
(and my perpetually busy mind which needs the regular download!)

A lot has happened in the last 3 months. We hosted our first
Northumberland Mumpreneurs Event, Chocolate Tea Party in aid of Sick Childrens
Trust. The event was a bit last minute, very chaotic & a tad stressful but
enjoyed by those that came both visitors and participators and we managed to
raise £155.50! You can read about it in our blog here.

We’ve had a whole host of guest speakers at the mumpreneurs
meet ups – from holistic therapist Yvonne Bruce of Try Therapy who ran a
fabulous EFT workshop; to Victoria Fleming from Buzztastic Ltd who wowed and
inspired us with her sales secrets; to Graham Soult of Canny Insights who
showed us how to pep up our kerb appeal. We have also chosen our first
Northumberland Mumpreneur of the Month the lovely Kirsty Slaven with her
business Little P’s Pretty Occasions and the first mumpreneur newsletter is
well into production! Oh and in further news Northumberland Mumpreneurs is now
a limited company and is receiving support from the fabulous Cris Napier of
PNE. The group continues to inspire and motivate me, we had our first social
media brain storming session this morning and are planning a monthly accountability
meet up. With the support of each other we will achieve our dreams! Which leads
me nicely onto my main topic for discussion today!

GA Bookkeeping NE is keeping me busy things are going from
strength to strength & as my workload is increasing I am finding managing
my time to be my biggest hurdle at the moment. Apparently I am very good at
planning, less so at doing! Anyone else like writing lists too?! And having a
tantruming toddler, a very elderly Labrador & a husband who is on standby from
work in the house not to mention the ever growing bump is adding to my daily
challenge! Exhausted just typing that! So I have a new goal which is to get
more physically productive, get into a routine & keep my motivation up so
by the time this bump becomes a baby he will seamlessly fit into my well-oiled
GAB mumpreneur machine! With the help of practicing positivity and gratitude,
daily meditation (using the fabulous app Headspace if you haven’t heard of it I
highly recommend!) creating a work in progress board for clear visibility of
the jobs I have on, using a weekly planner & time blocks to plan my working
week in advance and splitting my new ultimate to do list into 3 achievable daily
tasks – I should be onto a winner! Got the tools I need in place just need to put
the plans into action now. One of my new favourite quotes is “Whether you think
you can or think you can’t you are right” – I am the only person stopping me
from fulfilling my goals. And after a fabulous workshop with Gillian Smellie of
Lifecycles last week where she shared her secrets for turning dreams into
reality I am determined to achieve! I have my goals. I have the tools. To paraphrase a famous 80s childrens cartoon character “I have the power!”.

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Have you missed me?!

Well Good evening! Apologies for my absence but I lost my way a little, had a mini crisis, world was imploding you know the jist. But after a break I am back and I am buzzing and I am inspired! I am also expecting a baby! Lots going on at GAB HQ!

So my last post was many months ago, the way this year is going (are we really at the end of April already??!) it feels much longer! I have been on somewhat of a roller coaster ride and I am not a fan of fun fairs so it has not been the most pleasant of experiences! In February we lost my furry old boy Wes at the fabulous age of 14. My big black labrador pal was such a character and his deterioration was so fast it came as a real shock. I have been very lucky that in my almost 33 years I have never really suffered grief. Some people will say they’re just dogs or they’re just animals but a labrador is a faithful friend, a loyal companion and a happy waggy tail at the end of a long and tiring day. I still miss him every day but I am blessed to still have his big sister Cassie still with me at the ripe old age of 15 (92 in dog years!) I found it hard to come to terms with his loss and I completely lost my mojo, all the passion and drive I had after the previous months events disappeared overnight and I just couldn’t function so took some time out, some time to reflect and process the journey I’ve been on so far. And now I’m back and feeling energised (in between bouts of morning sickness!) and I have a new challenge to face – running my 2 businesses whilst juggling the start of high school for my eldest, with a toddler and a newborn at home, & with a husband who works away! Quite a challenge you might think! But I do like a challenge and after accepting that I need to be flexible and can’t control absolutely everything I feel driven to find a way to succeed! Heck I will make it work so I can share how it can work for you too! I want to inspire and encourage mums to go for it and what better way to do it than by living it, taking every business and parenting challenge that comes along one day at a time! I will endeavour to become the Ultimate Mumpreneur!!!

So I am feeling inspired and re-excited tonight after attending the Business Northumberland thank you event. Business Northumberland has been a fantastic service and it is sad that there is only short term funding for projects like these. All the staff are amazing, helpful, friendly, supportive and I feel proud & privileged not only to have received the fantastic support that i have but also to be associated with them. I got a very lovely surprise tonight at the event when my logo appeared on the screen during the presentation. I have been trading for 7 months now and I still get really excited if I see my name or my logo (designed myself on paint of all things!) or I get a mention somewhere. And I mean really excited that I think I squeaked during the presentation!! And then when project manager Ian Coull talked about Business Northumberland success stories me and the Mumpreneurs got a mention! So that’s twice in the space of about 10 minutes! That’ll be my confidence cup refilled then and I’m now too excited to sleep tonight! Despite the long day and being pregnant and constantly really tired! So I am writing this instead!

So I just want to end by saying a huge thank you to all the staff at Business Northumberland for the amazing job they have done and continue to do in different guises. I am very proud to be one of the 2000 people you have helped to start their businesses. I will continue to build my business, I will endeavour to help more Mumpreneurs build theirs, and I will be forever grateful for the opportunities you have given me & the experiences I have had that will last a lifetime. Thank you all and best wishes for the future.

Good Night 🙂 x

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Big up the Mumpreneurs!

What a meeting! And what a response! I was physically and emotionally drained last night but at the same time buzzing with excitement, ideas and possibility! Our biggest group yet over 30 ladies attended the February meeting of the Northumberland Mumpreneurs. Lots of new faces, lots of putting faces to names of people who have been active in the facebook group for some time but this was their first meeting. And for me, new clients! Always a bonus! I feel like a mother, this group is my baby and I am proudly watching her grow and develop! Over the last few months she has started to walk, toddled off to nursery and then yesterday in her brand new too-big uniform she started school! I am a very proud mother right now and like every mother I want the best for my child, and I want her to grow to do amazing things! Which I know she will, just like my real babies will achieve greatness so will my imaginary one!

Having so many people wasn’t without its hurdles, Willow Farm is a great venue for us as it has the play area, but it is still a pub and the layout isn’t exactly designed for speaking to a large group, nor are the acoustics! But easily solved next time with a bit of a rejig and a microphone! The manager of the pub Stew is lovely, very helpful, very accommodating, and I am sure we will find a way to make it work seamlessly! So now to plan the future of the group, get guest speakers booked and inspire “my” ladies into being the best that they can be and showing them that they can achieve their dreams.

“If you hang out with chickens you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles you’re going to fly” – Steve Maraboli

We are flying! And its time we flew higher! I intend to write some press releases this weekend, the story of the Northumberland Mumpreneurs and get the name and our story out there, reach more mumpreneurs and spread the inspiration county wide, and get the attention of the local business community who might then get involved! The North East gets a bad press. I am not a northerner by tongue, my dad was in the RAF so I have lived all over, but I am definitely a Northumbrian in my heart – all my family are born and bred here, I have Northumberland in my blood! But for all the bad press, northerners are the best people – strong, determined, driven. Wise man Kofi Annan said “There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.” I am definitely feeling empowered and after the comments and responses in the facebook group last night I think that feeling is pretty mutual!

So now I have my work cut out, getting guest speakers and planning ahead. But as I learnt first hand yesterday trying to do everything myself and I nearly forgot the raffle, I really need to share the work out and I have lots of offers of help. Samantha Rickelton, North East Family Fun and Northumberland Mumpreneurs Executive Committee member has been using her contacts and online influence to tout for speakers and we already have one in the pipeline after just one day! I have tweeted Katie Bulmer-Cooke and am in negotiations with her manager. I am going to start hounding celebs on twitter, after all if Gary Barlow turned up to sing at someones wedding after she did just that, who knows Richard Branson might one day turn up! Gotta set my sights high!

So this is just a brief recap from yesterday, onwards and upwards work to be done!

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Mumpreneur at work

My new planner has yet to arrive and I feel a bit in limbo, like it is a crutch to my productivity, my goal planning and my ever increasing task list! Which is ridiculous I know I am ultimately responsible and I hold all the power! But yet again I have signed up for yet more marketing bumf – this time a free 14 day improve traffic website challenge that I have yet to open the day 1 email for (think I’ve got 4 days worth so far!) But I am sure that this planner with its personalised weekly goals, task list and notes section will be the key to me getting properly organised and less distracted!

That’s not to say I haven’t been busy – because I have! Inspired by The Girls Mean Business I have thought long and hard about what my facebook likers might want to see, and how to get more engagement. So I now have structured daily posts, designed on Canva with my new GA Bookkeeping NE branding. I have set posts on set days and hopefully in time it will get established and people will engage with the page! I have also redone my website www.gabookkeepingne.com in keeping with the new branding and then spent an almost sleepless night trying to work out key words and all that jazz. but that’s not nearly as complicated as Google+ in my opinion, but that’s another story, I don’t wish to relive the nightmare of trying to set up one page and ending up with three! I can totally understand why there are so many social media management businesses now, and I can’t wait to earn enough to hire one!!

My final act of extreme busyness this week has been setting up my swanky new office. Cleaning and clearing and sorting and reorganising. I now have the ultimate workstation and my office is complete with rocking chair with views of the garden, toddler slide and play area! Yep you guessed it, my swanky new office is in our conservatory! Still need a couple of extra layers on before I go in but I have a sign on the door so that makes it a proper office. And I am very excited!

Now that I have a proper workstation (no more dining table yippee!) there’s no stopping me! Little legs has been quite happy watching the birds, playing on her slide and sorting paperclips so I think this is a good move. So now the dining table has been reinstated to its proper use and our open plan house is no longer cluttered with accounts paraphernalia and equipment, and the tension that has been lingering like a bad smell for the past month has dissipated, the sense of calm is very welcome! Its also nice to have the separation – I can now shut the door and leave work behind, although I am currently on the sofa at 1am with the laptop on my knee. And as the husband is away at work I haven’t been switching off my phone of an evening either! But its company and keeps me occupied in his absence, otherwise it would be just me, the TV and the snoring Labradors! When he returns in 8 days I will be back to switching it off, though he is currently embarking on his own new business adventure so we’ll see how it goes now roles are reversed! Its hard when you embark on this journey and you share your life with loved ones, family and friends who don’t understand it, they don’t share your passion – its your business, your baby, not theirs. Its hard to share excitement in something they just don’t get! But now he does get it, now he shares the ambition, the drive, the determination for my business as well as his own. And its great to be able to support him fully as I know exactly how he feels! My husbands journey is in network marketing, something I knew didn’t understand and knew little about so I am learning a lot through him. He is part of a team who served together in the army & although that chapter of their lives was over some time ago, the comradeship and brotherhood is still very much alive and the support they have for each other is much like me and the Northumberland Mumpreneurs, although we haven’t survived a war together just the never-ending battle of motherhood! I am inspired by their energies and their stories, and I feel proud and privileged to be able to support them like I do the Mumpreneurs as well. One of Team Elite, Ross Austen, has a particularly inspiring story you can check out his website here www.livelifetotheplus.co.uk.

Well its now gone 1am and the toddler is wide awake – joy! Didn’t let her nap today to try and get her to bed at a reasonable hour, I guess that’s backfired! So instead of heading to bed I shall now be watching back to back episodes of Bing bunny until she dozes off again! Still, silver lining and all that gives me more chance to schedule some twitter posts or prepare for Thursdays Mumpreneurs meet up! This one is the biggest yet with 28 confirmed attendees in the facebook event! I shall definitely be writing after that, I think I will have much to download that night!!!

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I’m doing this for a reason…

Firstly, apologies for the delay in writing avid readers! I had just promised myself I would write every Sunday and Wednesday, but Wednesday turned to Thursday then Friday and before I knew it a week has passed! Its been quite a whirlwind lately, I should have been writing regularly to download all of the emotion from my brain, to journal the memories of each moment. But I hit a wall. My personal life hit a low and the same time that my business life hit a high, a very weird paradox to be in. I felt like my world might imploded at any minute so I had to stop, and breathe, and reflect, take stock and find solutions. So I am back, and pleased to report all areas on now back in the positive and we are back to jumping two footed on opportunities and seizing the day!

So, the last thing I wrote about was the Business Northumberland Big Event. Inspired and motivated, I saw a post on The Inspire Network facebook page by the lovely Krystyna Dodds who owns Curiously Wicked beautiful decadent chocolate heaven teashop in Cramlington. An offer of afternoon tea with other local business women in the company of Helen Ford from ITV Tyne Tees News was just too good an opportunity to miss! Helen was doing an article on 100 days countdown to the general election & wanted to talk to local people about their thoughts on politics – ha! But after a lovely afternoon tea with Kate Bell of kbjust4kids fashion focussed clothing for kids and Angela Dawson The Admin Doc we just about managed to cobble some opinions between us and all had our 5 minutes of fame when it was aired on Tyne Tees News last Tuesday! Cue numerous telephone phone calls from family, and text messages from friends who had seen it! My Grandad even commented he nearly didn’t recognise me now that I’m a high flying business woman! Confidence cup fit to burst! haha

So now how do I continue? After the 4 day major high, meeting celebs and getting on TV, how can I possibly top this? Well you can’t can you. The buzz comes from the inspiration and motivation, and as long as I feed that in other ways it will continue to grow. The exposure is amazing for any new business and its harnessing that, and channelling it into something that will benefit my business I need to focus on. After all, that’s what I have done it for – to get out there, to shout as loud as possible I AM HERE. Now I just need to use it, follow up on the new leads and turn them into clients. Continue to use the experiences as confidence boosters and share the pictures and stories for publicity on my social media and website! After all, if Katie Bulmer-Cooke made a success of her business on the back of a letter from HRH Kate Middleton why shouldn’t I on the back of a photo of her? They do say a photo speaks a thousand words!

I have learned a very hard lesson during this week. A lot of firsts a lot of highs during my first tax season – a very busy time of year anyway in my profession! I welcomed the few days time-out and reflection. After all, I am doing this not only for myself but also for my family. I started my business to use my skills and earn an living whilst having time with the children. I started doing this to get the best of both worlds, to contribute to the family income whilst staying at home. Working from home is hard, people will disagree but in my opinion it is harder than going to work in an office – you can’t leave it behind at the end of the day! And definitely harder than working for someone else. Its relentless – the work, the social media, the advertising and marketing, the scheduling and networking. And at the beginning its a lot of hours for little return. People who aren’t self employed and who don’t work from home can’t comprehend the enormity of work involved, I’m sure my husband thought I did little work all day long at the beginning. And working around the children makes it harder – I have been trying to write this for about 3 hours stopping and starting with the constant interruption of toddler and pre-teen! But there is no point working yourself into the ground to miss out on the reasons for doing it in the first place. So now I am getting organised. I am scheduling social media posts. I am getting a plan together of what jobs to do when things like updating website and only attending networking events that work for me. I am switching my phone off in an evening to enjoying family time and quality time with the husband. After all, what is the point without that? Other businesses are different, establishing a product sales is very different to establishing services. I am my business and I am no use to any body overtired and stressed out. Today I have ordered myself a new planner and printed this in the front cover so I always remember – its all about me!

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The Big Event

There was once a young girl who had a big imagination. She dreamed of fairies and princesses and ruling the world one day with her handsome prince charming beside her. As she grew up, the dreams of fairy tales faded, but not her ability to dream. She remained a believer. Not in magic and Disney and fairies anymore, but in herself and her ability to rule the world if that’s what she wanted to do. I am a very lucky girl, my parents are amazing and I was brought up believing anything and everything was possible. Like everyone, I still doubt myself & I am my own worst enemy sometimes, but when my confidence pot is topped up by my parents, or grandparents, or friends or the Mumpreneurs, then I really do believe I can achieve anything I set my heart on.

This weekend was the Business Northumberland Big Event. The thing that has filled me with excitement and dread in equal measure for the past month! The day didn’t start the best, I was late up after an unsettled night, the nerves getting the better of me. But when I walked through the front door I took a deep breath and tried to ignore the knots in my stomach! I signed in, picked up my name badge and strutted through the double doors into the exhibition space. I was blue zone & had a blue tshirt to put on. Seeing Gillian put me at ease & she introduced me to other members of our blue team. As well as Business Northumberland advisors, there were other entrepreneur representatives and it was great hearing their stories as we talked to delegates throughout the day. Dean from DJS Telecare Ltd was a fellow blue t-shirt wearer. I had seen his company name before, tagged on twitter in the same posts as me by Business Northumberland in the build up to the event. Dean is a really lovely guy, quiet and reserved, and his business is great – he provides “intelligent personal safety solutions to enable people to feel protected and secure in their environment” – in a nutshell he can enable the features of warden-controlled accommodation for people in their own homes – a great idea to keep an eye on elderly relatives whilst they maintain their independence. Also in the blue zone was Keith Newman of Highlights PR, I’m told the man to know and PR guru for the North East! I can’t wait to visit Keith’s floating office – that will be an interesting blog topic as I get seasick just thinking about it!

The room started to fill up with people and Colin from Business Northumberland suggested we introduce ourselves to people who had arrived early and taken a seat at one end. So hands trembling I headed over to the first table and introduced myself and asked if I could join the two ladies sitting there. After what felt like a nervous hour but was more like a few minutes I found my voice and was able to talk to them both at length, offer them advice and share my experience & expertise. I think I would have stayed there all day chatting but I heard my name being uttered and advisors were sending people my way to have a chat about my services. After giving lots of advice, and even more business cards, I was able to take a seat to hear the second of the three guest speakers Glen McCrory, I had missed the first speaker Angela Dawson, The Admin Doctor, as I was busy advising at the time! Glen shared his story, he talked about how he came from nothing to literally rule the world – in boxing circles that is becoming a world champion! Glen was keen to tell us he is not a motivational speaker but his story is one all entrepreneurs can all relate to – he wanted to be world champion and he worked and tried and worked even harder until he got there. Perseverance, determination, passion are all qualities we need to make a success of our businesses. If that’s not inspirational I’m not sure what is! Glen’s new passion is food, he loves to cook, and we Northumberland Mumprenenurs will be first in the queue for a burger when his kitchen in Newcastle opens in a few months time!

After a quick bite to eat and some more advising and networking it was time for the final speaker of the day – Katie Bulmer-Cooke. I’ll admit I don’t watch The Apprentice, its frustrates me and I find myself getting annoyed at the TV which is not my idea of entertainment! But I will be looking Katie up on YouTube as she is such an inspirational lady that I want to learn more! Katie is very down to earth and says things like they are. She feels like a breath of fresh air in a northern accent! Katie spoke about how she started, decisions she made, the determination she had, and having the courage and confidence to grasp opportunities and make the most of situations. Katie definitely hit a chord with me when she talked about getting out there, pushing and promoting your business. Like Katie, I am my business & pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is a must and I will be doing just that from now on! There was a brief question and answer session at the end and then we were able to speak to her, I told her about the Northumberland Mumpreneurs and she could completely relate to our struggles as mumpreneurs as one herself! So Katie if you are reading this on behalf of the Northumberland Mumpreneurs we would like to make you an honorary member of our group – and the most inspirational member to date!

So that was the event. It blew me away in terms of networking, confidence building, motivation. I am completely inspired by Katie and all that she has achieved and I want that! I came home to my Mum, my Grandparents and the kids and shared my excitement and basked in their admiration. I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunities I have over the last few months. I feel privileged to have met the wonderful ladies of the mumpreneurs who inspire, support and encourage me on a daily basis. I feel special to have a wonderful loving supportive family. But most of all I feel proud because I achieved this. I decided to start my business & the Northumberland Mumpreneurs. I grasped the opportunities, and I used the support to fill my confidence cup and I put myself out there despite the nerves. I did this and it feels amazing! And it makes me want more!! So watch out 2015 as this bookkeeper is coming and she is on fire!!! And the toddler has just peed on the floor, champion!