Big news (and why it is ok to take a step backwards)

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I didn't intend to write two posts in one day but this afternoon I got some good news that I wanted to share, and I wanted to update you on a few changes I have been working towards.

Many of you may know that my first foray into the world of self-employment was to set up my own design agency, Little Tiny Pieces.  After years of turning around failing multi-national businesses I was ready for something different.  Design had always been a big hobby and my design-related blog was growing in leaps and bounds so the whole thing made sense.  in January 2012 I took the leap and decided to work on my business full-time.  And it paid off.  It was a gradual process and there were plenty of "what the hell am I doing?" moments but slowly I gained clients, people were paying me to do what I loved.  

I loved working for myself and the flexibility it provided, I loved that my clients were mostly fantastically brave women who were also venturing out on their own.  For a while I wholeheartedly felt that I was living out my dream.  But then things started to change - I didn't stop enjoying what I was doing, I just started to think bigger. 

I loved that I was helping women live out their dreams but what if I could make an even bigger difference?  What if I could take all my experience from big corporate companies, everything I had learnt from overcoming my own struggles with fear, anxiety, depression, emotional eating, low self-esteem and use all that to help other women in the same position?  I mean, it's a hell of a tool kit.  

As soon as this seed was planted, it began to grow at a phenomenal rate.  This site was born, the focus of my writing shifted and the response was amazing (thanks, guys!).  I put my coaching packages out into the world and people started to sign up! 

I FELT PROPERLY ALIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS.

And, that brings me to the last couple of months.  I believe 100% that my purpose is to help women to be free to flourish by designing a business and lifestyle they love.  I believe it is my purpose to support young people to grow and work towards the life they dream of.  It became very clear to me that in order to be able to do that fully I was going to have to take a step back, I was going to have to get a job. 

WOAH. BUT AREN'T YOU ALWAYS TELLING US HOW GREAT WORKING FOR YOURSELF IS? 

Yes.

My dream is still to be my own boss, to have full freedom when it comes to my career and the lifestyle I want to live.  

But right now, I have been given an amazing opportunity to help support those I want to.  I will be working to help young people reach their qualifications, coaching those who are unemployed to help them succeed in their job search and personally work towards a teaching qualification alongside my work.  All of this added experience and qualification will provide me with the platform I need to offer the full range of services I want to, here on this site.

SO, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR LITTLE TINY/LIFE PIECES

LITTLE TINY PIECES DESIGN

LTP will still continue to function but I will be cutting down on the workload.  We will still offer blog, web and graphic design to small businesses but will just be a bit more choosy about the projects we work on and only accept those that really light our fire.

LITTLE LIFE PIECES COACHING

I will continue to offer coaching packages, I am fully commited to helping women flourish and I am super excited by the new clients who have just signed up.  My dream is to grow this side of my business to help yet more women, I want to be able to offer workshops and e-courses in addition to coaching slots, speak at events and teach locally.  

My new job will be flexible and will work around my commitments here to ensure that I can continue with the work that I am truly passionate about.

I want to thank you (yes, you there) for all of your support, none of this would be happening if it wasn't for you and I am truly grateful!

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