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  1. I went to my first reiki session today with Jill Tucker Reiki Practictioner  as she is a new client im creating a brand for. "Reiki is the perfect way to relax while your body beneifts from natural healing. The healing energies of reiki enable you to develop a more positive mental and physical well-being." Jill used gentle hand movements with the intention to guide the flow of healthy energy through my body to reduce stress and promote healing. After the session she explains what she has found out. Without me telling Jill she was able to read that my sacral chakra was over loaded. 

    What does this mean? Well in short terms I'm doing to much (prob shouldnt be sat here writing a blog at 8pm haha) My head is overloaded with things running 100 miles an hour and this is so true of being a mum and being self employed. My brain never stops, the constant school emails, jobs and being at work as well as running a house not to mention being a creative person who always has ideas for things ... something has to give.

    One of the main reasons I want to work for myself is that I have flexibility but I found myself saying I can't go to sports day as I'm to busy?! Thats' the trouble though you don't mind taking the time off when you work for someone else but when you work for yourself you have so much to get done. Don't get me wrong I absolutely LOVE what I do, I love my work, my shop and everything I've created I just dont want to burnout.

    Jill said I must start my day asking myself what is the one thing im going to do for me today? Then build your day around that. As a parent of 3 and working I can't remember the last day off I had alone without a child. When I had to think of activities I could do for ME I couldn't really think of any. 

    The reiki talks about balancing the shakras, we need to be balanced or we may tumble down ie burnout. 

    So I'm going to change my mindset and realise that I am just as important as everything else. So I'm going to do some things for me and I think that is going to start with some watercolour. I love to paint with watercolour and havent done it since lockdown. I need some more ideas though...

    What do you do for me time?

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  2. The pandemic has been a pretty crazy time for everyone, especially those who run small businesses. In January 2020 I opened a studio which two months later permantley closed due to covid. I was left at home with 3 young children self employed and expected to be able to work with very little help financially. Work seemed to disappear and left me worried about the future of my small business. 

    At what felt like the lowest point I reached out to Wendy Wood a friend and womens business coach, after a free 30 minute discovery call everything was put into perspective. I then worried about not being able to afford to pay a coach when finances were at an all time low. One day I saw a post "If not now, when?" and signed up. This was the best business decsion and financial investment Ive ever made. 

    Fast foward 18 months and my business is going from strength to strengh. I have built confidence in myself which I know is a huge factor. I am good at what I do ... I do know what im talking about and I am worth every penny I charge (this is a big lesson learnt), from years of experience. I work with (mainly) women, creating branding, websites and print design and absolutley love being able to empower women to start their own businesses. 

    One of my long term goals has been to open a studio in Devon for my graphic design but also a shop space. February of this year this happened! It was on my 2022 goals list and I hit it on month two ...yay! Oh my goodness I cant tell you how good it feels to finally have this space, im pouring my heart and soul and every minute of my time into it. Every morning I walk through the door I say "Hello little Shop ... I love you" Haha might sound sad but I really know this place is going to be the making of me.

    The best part of the unit is its a multifunctional space with a graphic design studio for me at the back and then the front is the Devonmade Shop. I wanted to create a community space to showcase local designer makers work and this is now all coming to fruition. From talented illustrators such as Stella Issac's cards and prints to the most gorgeous natural skincare products from Wild Rising. 

     

     Devonmade Studio Shop Paignton

    Devonmade Studio & Shop is opening on Tuesday 26th April 2022 with launch party Saturday 30th April from 2pm. Youll be able to browse through 20 stockists products and gifts all made in Devon.