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I’m back!

Hello hello!
HUGE apologies for total lack of posts for the whole of April – I had grand plans of a whole series of posts around clothes and fast fashion, and stuff around Fashion Revolution Week etc etc, but just ran out of time and energy.
So why so quiet?
Well….I’ve been working away on something new, and I’m learning that I seem to have an inability to focus on more than one thing at a time. It turns out I’m either ‘ON’ or ‘OFF’ and find it really hard to do a ‘bit of something’, which I’m trying to see as a good thing, although it is frustrating me hugely.

I wanted to let you guys what I have been up to, firstly to explain my unplanned absence, and secondly, because some of you might be able to help me, and that would be very lovely indeed!

As some of you may know, I used to be a vet but I always really struggled with it and found it hugely stressful. I took the decision to stop practising about 2 years ago, and at the time it felt pretty scary to give up a career that I had worked so hard for, even though it was making me unhappy. I think it was made all the more difficult as I wasn’t really sure what it was that I wanted to do instead. I knew that I had this blog, and this amazing community, and I wanted to make my living writing and speaking, and inspiring other people to create positive and sustainable change their own lives, but I wasn’t sure how to make that happen.
Towards the end of last year I enrolled on a coaching course with the Coaching Academy, not really knowing exactly what coaching was, or how I might be able to use it, but wanting to learn more. I’m now approaching the end of that course, and feel for the first time in a very very long time like I know what I want to do with my life, in terms of work. I want to coach.
Coaching is becoming something of an over-used word, and it is starting to feel a little bit like there is a coach for everything, everywhere we look – I’m not sure if that’s people jumping on the band-wagon and calling themselves coaches when they’re not really, or if it’s because people are starting to recognise just what a powerful thing coaching can be.

This is how coaching works too – our lives, our careers, are all the consequence of the small choices we make every day. Working with a coach can help us to be more aware of where we are headed, and how we might be able to make better decisions each and every day, to create a new kind of world, for ourselves, and for others too.

For those of you not familiar with it, coaching works by unlocking the potential that exists within each of us, and helps us to get to where we want to be more quickly and easily. I’m aware that that can sound little bit woo-woo, but it’s really not. A great coach will help you to work out what it is you want (out of life, your relationship, your business) and then how you can get there. They will help you overcome the road blocks along the way – the procrastination, the self-doubt, the overwhelm – and gently hold you accountable to the things you said you would do to move you towards your goals.

I love it! It’s such a simple, yet incredibly powerful tool, and I have seen some amazing results from the clients I have worked with during the course of my studies. For the first time since I was about 15, I am genuinely enjoying the work that I am doing, and feel like I know where I am heading. It’s an amazing feeling (and also a little scary!), and I hope you don’t mind, but I wanted to share it with you guys!

This is kind of how I’m feeling right now…!

I want to use my new coaching skills to work with ethical and social entrepreneurs, and ‘change makers’. There are so many people doing so many amazing things, with their businesses and with their blogs, and I want to work with them to help them amplify their message and create truly sustainable businesses. As I see it, ‘Good Business’ should be about more than just making a profit – it should be about people and planet as well, and an ethical business or blog is a fabulous way to reach more people with messages around things like slow fashion, and zero waste.
I’m still going to be blogging here, and the Facebook group isn’t going anywhere (and seems to be growing at a rate of knots!), but maybe a little less frequently, as I work out how to split my time and energy between two things I love.
I’d love your support as I set sail with my little coaching business – the Facebook page is here – I’ll be sharing inspiring tales of ethical businesses and change makers, as well as updates on my services. I’ve also set up (yet another!) Facebook group – #MakingGood – for Changemakers everywhere – if you have a blog or a business, or a community project making good stuff happen, then please do hop over and join us 🙂
And lastly, my shiny new website is here.
I know that this won’t be relevant to many of you, but so many of you have supported me here for so long, I dearly hope you will support my new endeavour and maybe flag up my new services to any friends or family who are starting up/running any kind of ethical business, who might benefit from a personal cheerleader to help them create a truly Good Business.

Thanks so much for bearing with lovelies.
I’ll be back tomorrow with news of Mend it May!

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  • Reply Rosalind Simmons May 18, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Just great to see people succeed. I am in my last year of a Diploma in Horticulture after closing my business 1n 2014. I used to look after people, now I look after plants and the soil. You used to look after animals now you look after people’s lives and their dreams. It’s fantastic and thrilling. I make all my own food and grow as much as I can, so that is my main interest. Good health is inexpensive whilst poor health is expensive.
    Good luck to every one trying to make a change?

    • Reply Jen May 21, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Wow! Fab to hear about the changes you have been making Rosalind! It can be quite scary to let go of the ‘known’ even if it’s something we know is not quite right anymore. Well done for taking such a positive step!

  • Reply Kizzy Bass (@KizzyABass) May 4, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Sounds very exciting, well done. Look forward to hearing more about it

    • Reply Jen May 5, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Thanks so much Kizzy!

  • Reply Niamh May 3, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Congratulations on finding this path, you will be amazing! You are inspiring me with all your little bits of inspiration and your coachees will be very lucky people! Enjoy your newest role.x

    • Reply Jen May 5, 2017 at 9:41 am

      That’s so lovely Niamh – thank you!

  • Reply Vicky Myers May 3, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Woohoo, so exciting:) off to join you Facebook groups!

    • Reply Jen May 5, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Thanks Vicky 🙂

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