I was trying to refrain from mentioning Christmas but with the Black Friday sales in full swing and the family already asking for present ideas I feel that I have no choice! I do love Christmas, spending time with family and the opportunity to cook too much food just for the purpose of having enough left overs is brilliant. Each year I’m also struck by the younger members of the husky pack getting that little bit older.
Gone are the days where a Play-Doh set, and toy cars were sufficient wow factor items and the age of wanting PlayStations, iPads and a myriad of other technological wonders is now upon us. This year though the eldest decided that he didn’t want presents any more and could we just give some money. Of course, we want to please as many people as we can during the festive period, but I will admit to feeling a little sadness at this. For me, everyone should have something to open, to play with and enjoy on Christmas Day. With that in mind I’ve started looking for the right Lego set for him instead.
Change is something that’s inevitable. At no point will anything remain totally the same. Recently we spent some time in Whitby and I loved the gothic romance of the town and the links to so much history. However, looking a little more closely there are still so many new influences making their presence felt. On Saturday evening we watched the Christmas lantern parade, only to find candles had been exchanged for LED lighting and so the march of progress continued. To be fair though, with the drizzle falling this was probably not a bad idea!
This year has been great for us as we’ve set up the business, worked with some amazing customers and are now very much into the swing of things. When I decided to make the jump into self-employment I remember receiving loads of advice, well wishes and support and being told that you may feel like you’re tumbling off a cliff but don’t worry you’re not! Well so far, I haven’t needed to open the parachute, but I have actively sought to make changes to ensure that we achieve our own goals.
Over the last couple of months, attending various networking events I have been fortunate to meet so many new people that have helped shape this year for me. A couple of months ago I met Sharon Bartlett from The Development Shed. Sharon is looking to create a real difference in the supply of Learning and Development initiatives to businesses. In her own words, Sharon says:
“The Development Shed is a boutique collection of strategic partner brands, providing solutions buyers with a one-stop shop of guaranteed quality providers for their People Plans. Consistency of style, messaging & measurement, with the additional provision of experienced project management. Access to the best boutique brands without having to manage contracts individually.”
Sharon and I have been working on some proposals over the last few weeks. I think we have learned a lot from each other and despite each of us having our set business plans, targets and goals, working together has demonstrated that only through change can you truly achieve your ambitions. With that in mind, I’ve embraced change and I’m delighted to be offering 2Huskies services via The Development Shed as well as our direct channels. Is this the first time a heavy metal fan has been classed as “boutique”? There’ll be more news on 2Huskies and The Development Shed in the coming weeks.
Change can be frightening, change can be upsetting, change can be challenging. However, more importantly, it can be the springboard to greater things, new exciting ways of working, improved results and a totally new future.
So, as I sit back and look at a VW Lego set and wonder if the older husky would prefer that instead, I will take a moment to make a change and give them what they want. After all, making them happy is my overall goal and so I need to change with the times.
If you are facing change and would like some help and support to make your own plans and dreams come to life, please get in touch.
Enjoy the sales!