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Update: I’m Back!

Hello!

It has been a whole month since I last posted here and I thought it was about time that I came back to give you an update of my latest happenings.

1. I have started building my business

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In my last post, I introduced to you the launch of my other blog – soulARTZ – and I felt that I needed some time to concentrate on getting that established, but also time to think about what I would want to do with this blog.

I’ll be honest; I have been umming and ahhing about whether I would want to continue with winecakeandcheese for a couple of reasons:

  • I’m posting on soulARTZ 3 times a week (quite a lot!) and investing time and effort in writing high quality posts for that site.
  • I see my future embedded in the growth of soulARTZ as I am planning earning a living from it eventually, so it has to be a priority to build that readership and connect with readers as much as possible.
  • I have been doubtful about whether I’d still have the time and the need to write for this blog – do I really need/want TWO blogs?

The answer is: YES…

and this is why.

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Essentially, I am now training myself to think of soulARTZ as my primary occupation. I still have my “day job” (which may be suffering slightly!), but establishing my business now is my first priority. I am doing my job as well as I can, but I am no longer emotionally investing myself in that role. My energy traffic has been diverted directly to soulARTZ with a quick detour right through the center of my heart!

It feels amazing to have a renewed sense of purpose and passion in my work life. However, a balance is still needed – especially as I am now balancing TWO jobs with the need for having a social life, and me time.

I don’t want my blogging to be all about my business. I love to write and it has helped me immensely to have this online space to just write about whatever I want! I enjoy the process of writing down my thoughts and sharing them with others: it keeps me honest and helps me to live authentically. I still want to blog for me and that is why winecakeandcheese will continue on!

2) I’m strengthening my power mindset

I was listening to a podcast this morning on Tiffany Han’s website. She interviews Michelle Ward – The When I Grow Up Coach– a passionate lady whom I find SUPER inspiring and someone whom I really hope I can work with in the near future! Ward’s goal in her business is to help her clients find work that is play – an idea I absolutely love and connect with.

In the podcast, she mentioned that if we are starting a business and taking steps towards our true dreams then we need to adjust the way we answer that question: “What do you do?”

Usually I answer this question something like this: “Urrrggghhh, well I am a high school English teacher, *big sigh* BUT I am planning on starting my own business yadda yadda yadda….”

Michelle wants us to take our dreams by the balls and actually say: “I am an entrepreneur!”

So this is now one of my personal goals: to strengthen my power mindset in order to attract entrepreneurial success.

3. I have a HOME!

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If you are new to my blog or simply need a reminder of what has gone down over the last couple of months here is a quick recap:

  • Back in July (feels like a lifetime ago!) I posted this. I found myself with a massive gash on my forehead (the result of an unfortunate stumble!) and completely lost and confused about the direction of my life.
  • Not too long after that, I had a bit of a bust-up with my flatmate at the time and I decided that it was best for my state of mind for me to move out effective immediately. It was a hard decision but I know it was the right one! I was lucky enough to have been able to move in with a friend in the time-being.
  • It was stressful to be in-between homes so suddenly; my daily life was up-ended and I had to adjust to a new routine immediately while still having to go to work and get over a horrible flu-type sickness. I stopped journaling for about two weeks which was a major interruption to my #project365. I wanted a home that I could call my own – desperately.
  • Then something amazing happened: I was offered a long-term rental agreement for a 3 bedroom house at a reasonable rate. My best-friend’s parents were looking for a reliable tenant and they wanted someone they knew, so voila! I had four weeks until my move in date and four weeks to find a flatmate.
  • Fortunately, my friend Jess was looking for a new home at the time and I asked her if she would be interested in living with me – a tall order I know! Of course, she was! It is funny how things just seem to click into place when you are listening to and following your heart…
  • I was starting to feel better as I started building my new life and preparing for moving into the house. I busied myself buying furniture and I placed an custom order for my soulARTZ website – I just wanted to take the leap! I aso found my little man Jasper – so cute.

Jess and I (plus Jassy and Basil) moved into a our new home on Saturday 22nd August and I have never been happier! Now, going to work is even harder because I just want to be there to enjoy the space all the time and to watch Jasper grow and spring from wall to wall.

I view this happening as the foundation of all the other recent developments in my life. I have said this before, but a huge lesson I have learned this year is the importance of having a place to call home. If we want to achieve anything, we have got to put a stake in the ground someplace and say this is me; this is where I am, where I belong and what I want.

We have to commit to and stay in one place to make progress. Until now, I have been incredibly non-committal. Always wanting to keep myself free and open to the possibility of dropping everything and jumping on a plane to here, there and everywhere. But it wasn’t working for me. I wasn’t feeling satisifed and I wasn’t feeling grounded enough to make the positive changes I needed to make in my life.

I am now sure of what I want and the type of life I wish to live.

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  • I want to do work that is play – creative, fun, engaging, with a passion purpose.
  • I also want to work for myself – be the powerful entrepreneur I know I really am at heart: good-bye working for the man – yes!
  • I want a man I love and who loves me back.
  • Eventually, I want to buy a house (so I can REALLY call it my own!) and more animals…yes definitely more animals.
  • I’m still undecided about having children, but if it happens it will happen! I will remain open-minded about this.

If you haven’t yet checked out my new website – go for it!  It has only been up and running for a month, but I am already so proud of it. I am building content for it everyday and I have so many great plans and ideas for the future of my little biz!

Ciao for now x

Say hello to soulARTZ!

Today, I would like to share with you my new creative and entrepreneurial venture – soulARTZ!

backThe start of this online space has been a long time coming and I am super excited that it is finally up and running!

soulARTZ is the result of a lot of personal inner work and reflection – many beads of sweat and tears have been shed along the way – and now a time of new beginnings has arrived. I am so ready!

So what is soulARTZ all about?

It is a simple formula: soul (the life-force that exists within you) + artz (creative techniques and activities to help you discover and explore more about your own being) = soulARTZ! 

At the moment, the blog is akin to a blank canvas. It is prepped and ready to go with an awesome design and structure (great thanks to Squeesome Designs!) and now all that is needed is to splatter this canvas with paints of exploration and discovery.

Over the next few weeks and months, I will be focusing on building the content and resources within this space with one intention in mind: to help you manifest the dreams that your soul desires. 

I will still be blogging here at winecakeandcheese.com, however, I will be directing you over to soulARTZ for anything CREATIVE and keeping this space for broader, personal matters. I like having a space where I can literally write about whatever – it is good and it helps me to come out of my shell and be more open and honest. I think that is why I am drawn to blogging in the first place!

In the meantime, I hope that you will join the soulARTZ community and I look forward to connecting with you in the near future.

Much love,

Kelly xxx

PS: You can click over to soulARTZ right here!

Begin – NOW!

I recently signed up to do an online “read-along” of the book Inner Excavation by Liz Lamoreux.

The first chapter is all about this idea of beginning (this is where I got the prompt to write this poem) and something Liz says here has really resonated with me: that life is just a series of beginnings.

If you think about it, we are constantly beginning over and over again: we start one thing, then we start another thing and then yet another. Does this sound familiar?

When one door closes, when one thing finishes, we are prompted to begin again – afresh. A new direction perhaps? We may decide to pick up a new hobby or we may take steps towards changing our career path.

We may get bored and frustrated, or we get completely distracted by all the wonderful and amazing things that you want to do and learn and read and draw, that we struggle completing just ONE of those!

We may have many different dreams, ambitions and goals in life, but which one to choose and to commit to? Do we have to choose just one? (These people can be termed a Renaissance Soul or Scanner and my friend Jen is a pretty good example!)

Yet, this message reminded me of the importance of just bloody beginning! I am such a talented procrastinator, especially when it comes to putting my dreams into action. I let fear hold me back from what I want most.

So I thought I would celebrate the fact that right now I am very much swept up in a multitude of beginnings:

  • Next week I move into a new house – I am hoping that I will be able to call this place home for the next 3-5 years – fingers crossed! Hello, stability!
  • Tomorrow, I pick up this little cute little dude….BelZeSePtByLhtBlCol01…he needs a name – any suggestions?
  • I have been quietly working away on a creative project over the last month – building a business idea and plan. Yesterday, I received the first glimpse of the website/blog for my little biz! Excitement!soulartz
  • I have also got myself a year subscription to Andrea Schroeder’s Creative Dream Circle which is AMAZE-BALLZ! Check it out if it sounds intriguing!

Boo-ya! If you are one of those people out there who really need a boot up the bum, then consider it done… *boot! boot! boot!*

What are you waiting for? Begin – NOW.

Note to self: don’t press PUBLISH until a full proof-read has been completed! x