“Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it”. – Roald Dahl
I love this quote. It fills me with nostalgia for the wonder and passion I had for life when I was younger; the feeling that I could do anything I wanted. As a child, I carried with me wonderful dreams for the future. And then, what happened? Life. As an adult, I’m a slave to routine and predictability. On a daily basis, I ask myself the same question many of you probably ask: why take a risk and rock the boat?
My dream since a child has been to run my own business. Instead, I did the normal thing of completing university, getting a job. I now have a good career and have done my best to climb that corporate ladder. It’s all very respectable and honourable but Monday mornings are without passion and drive. Sitting in meeting rooms on a grey Monday morning as colleagues present PowerPoint slides filled with graphs and bullet points, I look outside as the raindrops descend slowing down the window and I long for escape.
So I’m escaping. I’m making a run for it. I’m leaving all the predictability and security behind and I’m going in search of magic: my dreams. I plan to start my own business. Timing is perfect. I’m a new mum and I’m on maternity leave, so now I’ve mastered the art of getting my daughter to nap in the daytime, I have a few quiet hours in which to bring my business idea together. Most importantly, I have a wonderful business idea in mind and I now want to turn that idea into reality. I’ll write about my business idea in a later post. Today is too early to share it.
I began writing a blog to inspire other women who are thinking about starting their own business. My message is simple. If you really want it, go for it. This blog will be a celebration of women and all we can achieve in our lives. I want it to inspire others and I want to be inspired myself. I want it to smash stereotypes about new mums and what they can do in business. This isn’t a feeble ambition; it’s a strong, technology-driven business as I’m from an IT background. It is a real opportunity and this isn’t some easy option to allow me to balance work life with being a mum. It’s a business with grand aims, with a woman at the helm, a woman having to do this with a young baby to look after, and it won’t be easy. But it is a dream and dreams are what we live for. That is the magic in my life that no amount of climbing the career ladder of a grey corporation will ever fulfil. Us women can do so much more, and reach so much farther, than we sometimes give ourselves credit for.
About the author:
Lauren is an entrepreneur and author of www.theglitteringeyesbrigade.com – a blog about her journey in starting her own business