Imposter Syndrome rears it’s head. This is kind of like the episode where they try to bring in the new person playing Dr Who so you get used to them.

That’s how I feel right now ha ha – not that I’m putting myself in a category with Dr Who – but I do almost feel like an imposter, a cuckoo trying to sneak into the nest while no-one’s looking, except I’m introducing myself, and we’re both staying, and we’re the same person…

Right, that analogy failed. Let’s try again.

There are many sides to me. I’m a consultant, a parent, a woman, and…. (I used to be a singer, but that’s a story for another day…)

I’m also a writer, of sorts. I’ve been writing, in different forms, my whole life, and in more recent years, I’ve been taking it a bit more seriously and actually realising other people are taking me seriously too (thankfully!). I don’t profess to be great, and I didn’t study it anywhere – I just love it, a lot. It truly sparks joy – isn’t that what we are all supposed to be looking for?

And, as you will know if you’ve been around for any length of time on this site, or in my life, I like to blend my life and work as much as I can, so I’ve been trying to make a point of doing this more and more. So, this is another extension of that. I’ve been working (extremely slowly) on some serious writing, for a couple of books (one fiction, one non-fiction) and also on a bit of a fun blog, and I wanted to at least associate them in some way, so people will be able to connect the dots if they want to. (I personally love connecting dots!)

The Blog

Growing up, and moving through my corporate years, I was frankly mostly exhausted.

I wondered how everyone else seemed to cope with everyday life, and I was often this crumpled heap in the bathroom, trying to take a quick power-nap before rejoining for round two of ‘Get over it, this is your normal workweek’!

It wasn’t until I hit my early 40’s (I’m not that quick at figuring things out, I like to be sure before I make big life decisions!), that a series of ‘aha’ moments while reading some insightful articles, had me realise that

  • I’m an Introvert (Myers Briggs INFP for anyone vaguely interested, but I won’t judge you if you’re not😉)
  • I’m Highly Sensitive (not in a ‘oh poor me, pity me’ sense, in an actual scientific, can’t help it, I can assure you! sort of way)
  • I don’t like keeping my creative and business lives separate, as it makes me feel like I’m being inauthentic, which is frankly exhausting. Which takes me back to the beginning of my point!  

So – I decided it was time for a merge…. The blog and it’s socials have been quietly (and like I said, sloooooooowly) running in the background, since 2016, and whilst they will still retain their own site, I thought it was time they were connected in some small way, so I can stop feeling like I have more than one identity – plus how else would you know to come and ask me to do any writing for you, 😉 if you happen to like my style? All joking aside, that’s not why I’m here – my intro is done, I’ll leave a link between them now, and make sure I say hello now and again in each, as each – if that makes sense… You are welcome to join me on either journey!

Signing off, quietly…

a dark forest with a stream flowing through it, lit with sunlight coming through the trees, taking you on a journey..

The past few years have been a different kind of chaos for those of us in small business.

I’ve heard people talk recently about how it was actually nice to have the occasional 3-day lockdown and spend time at home with family or binge-watch that show you’ve had on your watchlist for 6 months. And I agree, that time was precious, and should be repeated more often!

However, for those of us who rely on everyone being out and about and doing ‘normal’ stuff to keep our small businesses financially viable, we were more likely living in a state of anxiety day-to-day, wondering when everyone was coming back out to spend with us again.

As most of you know if you’ve been following me for a while, when I started Central Business Associates, I wanted to find ways to bring people together, to show them how to collaborate, to share their skills and learn from each other, and team up with others who were good at the tasks they didn’t like doing so much, or that just weren’t within their range of expertise.

Through being involved in local networking events and running the workspaces in Wynnum for almost 6 years, I was able to find people I needed most to work with – who had skills that I either lacked, or that I needed an enhanced version of, in order to move my (and their) business forward. And others found me for the same reason.

I thrive being able to help people achieve their potential. My main values are Leadership and Ethics, and I want to inspire people towards self-leadership and learning, but in a sustainable and purposeful way, and not only for financial gain (we can’t ‘take it with us’, as we are often being told!)

In general, I’ve met and connected with, so many incredible and talented people, all within this suburban community of Brisbane’s Bayside in Queensland – I’d never have imagined it was possible in such a small part of this vast country we live in. It’s made me realise the huge potential there is for this type of collaborative working (and co-operative – more on this in a later blog – there is exciting news coming soon!) – not just flexible-working – which is the big buzzword out there at the moment (and I was talking about it more than 5 years ago by the way…😉).

I see collaborative working in the small business context like corporate teamwork in a way – it’s getting together with, or putting together, a good group of people with a great mix of skills who can do just about everything between them – high five! 🙌

So – back to that chaos..

There is no way to properly explain the difference that having those others around made to that chaos. The calm that it brought to the panic that each of us individually felt, at different moments, over the last few years.

  • I can’t do this!
  • I need to go and get a job, I can’t sustain this business any more!
  • There’s not enough work!
  • I’ve got too much work, and not enough hours in the day, but I can’t afford to hire anyone to help!

Slowly, we all came to realise that we were all in different boats, but in the same choppy waters. So, we tied our boats together. And shared our fears, and funny stories, and our skills and experience.

And we are still here. And we are probably stronger, and much more sustainable (dare I say buoyant!) than before.

So, I just wanted to do a bit of a shoutout to a few of them, and say thankyou for rescuing me from the storm – I’ve come out the other side, and I’m in much calmer waters now, and excited about the next bit of the journey. In no order of awesomeness (actually, I made it backwards alphabetical, for a change)

Michelle, from Lanceley Marketing and…… (something else, coming soon!!!),

Lauren, from Bayside Admin,

Kelly, from Adaptable Quality,

Kathryn, from SteinArt, and

Amy, from Nurturing Confidence

my thanks to you all for your various contributions to my survival, and my business growth in the last few years!

Next time, I will be talking about what I got up to when things were not so busy in my consultancy boat… (