I had an unexpected morning yesterday. I almost missed WOBS Off-Line Daring Greatly Event: an opportunity for we girls to focus on our business. Daring to take our business forward, and to get Planning sorted!
The WOBS morning was brought to my attention by a friend who wondered if I was going. The event, local to me in Hampshire, well it had slipped my mind. I’ve been fairly much focussed on my January challenges.
- The 30 Day Blog Challenge
- Re-joining the gym
Both of which add several hours to my normal day to day stuff; Hampshire-EFT working with clients, running a BnB, golf when I don’t have to carry, my new role as grandmother AND slipping in some time to re-learn the pleasurable habit of sitting and reading! (aye bring that one on!)
My friend Claire Godwin started WOBS five years ago. She had decided that Speakers at Events were mainly men. After feeling a little disenchanted about that, she decided to do something about it.
Claire wanted to attract quite literally, ‘Women on (to) the Business Stage’ so WOBS was created. Members are countrywide and as far away as Australia. (I hope to meet Claire Takacs for a brew when I visit Australia in March.). WOBS members have enjoyed and benefited from Live Events and there are 2 Facebook groups. Members of those Facebook groups share their expertise most generously. And that’s a truth not an embellishment.
Anyway back to yesterday
The Event ‘Off-Line and Daring Greatly appealed as I recognised
- a calling, suggesting I get out
- a need to mingle with colleagues (and friends too I hope)
- I should do Some Bloody Planning.
With regard to Planning
Oh don’t get me wrong I know exactly what I want to achieve this early part of the year. I know it well. I repeat it almost daily to remind myself, I jot down notes about it and some Bed and Breakfast guests have asked what I’m up to if they happen upon those notes. (Yes that’s a fact!).
But have I taken time out to do it properly and professionally? Well No I haven’t actually. I can be guilty of not practicing what I preach. i.e. Do the follow up homework which I advise to clients so as to avoid Overwhelm which can sneak in and buggar you up.
An interactive morning
Claire and Emma Paxton ran a productive morning for attendees, interspersing activities with discussions.
- I went to focus. Tick.
- Write down my planning. Tick
- Catch up with my business friend buddies and hopefully meet new members. Tick.
And I also got so much more. In essense the morning was one of mutual respect, sharing, offering comment, all within a safe space.
Yes I paid for the privilege but it was a sensible cost; I quite simply had not sat down at home to do this relatively painless but vital job.
When we pay for something, we put in the work. It’s easy psychology and you do wonder why so many of us have to work that way! And that’s also the way we receive some of our clients.
They recognise a need
- for guidance to achieve plans or manage workload
- or a solution to manage stress
- to increase confidence levels.
After working with a collaborative, like minded and mutually supporting group, where all benefited:
- I had time out.
- I stopped the hamster wheel of ‘Yes I must remember to do today’.
- The Ego issue was non existant in the room.
- I enjoyed myself.
- An appreciation that this is something to continue was forged.
Thank you Mairi Clair for the Heads Up on the Event.
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