Ch … Ch …. Ch …. Changes – we all need to make them from time to time.

I am currently working on at least 2 million things plus running round after 3 children and one grown man.  My house is a tip, the fridge is continuously empty and all our trousers are flying at half mast!!  It got me thinking about where we are not only as a family but where my businesses are too.  Sometimes we have to admit we can’t do it all and sadly we are not super people!

I have one of those vital call to action problems … I remind people to ensure they have them, ensure they don’t just spend time writing and planning but put this all in to ACTION. But never adhere to putting mine into action! Back in April when I was enormously pregnant, unable to get comfortable and sleep I spent a great deal of time thinking. Thinking about my new child who was about to enter the world.  Thinking about my other 2 children and how the dynamics of our lives were suddenly about to change and thinking about my life and businesses.  I have been talking about writing a book for about 2 years now!! So that was goal one to sort out.  By the time Olive arrived in May I had the rough basis of an idea and had sent proposals to a publisher and this was no longer me talking about it – and frankly boring people 😉 This was me taking decisive action.

My 2nd major business decision of 2011 – to sell my half of Networking Mummies – first spoken about during the 5 awfully long days I spent in hospital with tiny baby Olive.  As I was absolutely fine, I spent a lot of time thinking (and watching rubbish TV, which has been a rarity since starting Charlie Moo’s et al.) I decided everything I was going to do, chatted with Daddy Moo, we both agreed that this was a great plan especially after my book proposal was accepted and the book writing had to commence.

So in true Joanne Dewberry style .. it TOOK until September for me to put these plans into action and then another 2 months for me to pull my finger out.  I have now sold my half of successful business Networking Mummies UK, it’s sad to see things go but it’s much better to reflect on all the things you have learnt along the way.  Networking Mummies was a huge part of my life for nearly 3 years, I’ve made a lot of good friends as well as business chums along the way.   I have also learnt, developed and found lurking in the back of my head skills that will be forever useful.

This year I’d like to work on action – I like to have a mantra to collate all my work around and this year I have decided on ‘Plan, Learn & Do’  – I think the DO is the most important , we are all great planners and learners but how many of us actually then ‘do’ what we have planned and learned?

So keep your eyes peeled for 2012 😉 and join me on my quest to do!

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  1. Kirsty Dee Bowerbank-Steel
    December 15, 2011 / 5:40 pm

    Oh I mean this in the most delightful way but yay it’s good to know your human and struggle too. My one child and business sometimes leaves me not knowing if I’m coming or going but it’s inspirational posts like this that keep me going and making plans that really drive my business forward. Thanks for motivating me. So in 2012 I will bring out a publication and qualify to instruct a new type of exercise class, excited. Being self employed is so the way forward but at times when you feel lonely and feel know one understands how hard it is to run your own business it’s so refreshing to here and read others doing the same and actually with a bigger bundle is so very inspirating. Thank you for helping to drive my business forward 🙂

  2. Elaine Croft
    December 15, 2011 / 5:50 pm

    Great article and I couldn’t agree more. Despite running a few different ventures over the last 6 years… I’ve never been 100% satisfied. Luckily I’ve had the successful cleaning company to rely on but it’s not my dream. I’ve taken a huge decision and finally put it into action and will be cleaning no more in 2012! Stars and roses will be moving forward into a new area. Some thing I probably should have done at the beginning but never had the guts. But I am going to be positive and it is going to work.

  3. Joanne
    December 15, 2011 / 6:06 pm

    Good luck ladies do keep me updated in your progress.
    Kirsty yes I am human 😉

  4. Nikki Gomez
    December 15, 2011 / 7:03 pm

    I’m sure other mums feel the same as i do and really appreciate your honesty here Joanne. Thanks for the inspiration and i wish you all the very best of everything in 2012! Here’s to us all! 🙂 x

  5. December 15, 2011 / 7:38 pm

    Ah…so wonderful to hear both you and the others commenting are in the same boat as me! Chaos reigns in my house both personnally and professionally and it is driving me nuts!!

    My OH is in the process of converting half our garage into an office for me which, I hope, will at the very least contain all my work in one place and, ideally, bring some much needed order into my life.

    As with many things, this all needs to be fitted around our family life and so is taking AGES!!

    However, think I will take a leaf out of your (future) book and my mantra will be ‘Don’t just think – DO!’

    Many thanks!

    M 🙂

  6. Jayne
    December 27, 2011 / 10:22 pm

    very inspirating article, being a mum to 6 children and running a business and totally understand the chaos of your home. 2012 is going to be the year that i put more drive into my business and push it forward. Look forward to reading more ‘Plan, Learn & Do’
    Good Luck 2012 🙂

    • Joanne
      December 28, 2011 / 2:01 pm

      Thanks Jayne good luck with 2012