I realised, just the other day, that I am very proud of those around me at the moment. There must have been something in the air for the last 12 months because while I myself have come to a cross-roads and I hate to admit, somewhat of an identity crisis others have been squirrelling away blooming.
My husband, takes spot number one. He has single-handedly got a business off the ground and although the odd argument over the length of hours he works sometimes raises his head, what he has done in the last eight months is pretty astounding.
Then there is one of my friends, who took the plunge and left her desirable marketing position because, to be honest, the company she worked for didn't want her to be involved in her family life very much, and started out on her own. Now she has some solid clients, chooses her own hours and does the school run without the heart-racing thought of 'Will I make it to work on time today?'
My other friend decided to take a whole life break because, frankly, it was breaking him. He packed up his job, flat and social life to return home where his family needed him as much as he needed them. In doing so, and taking some time out from a longstanding fast paced city life he managed to establish what he wants to do with the rest of his life. It means going back to basics, back to college, back to studying. But, he is doing it and making a change.
Another friend and fellow blogger has written a draft of her book. Actually sat down and done it. From the planting of a seed to a whole first draft. Start to finish. Oh and compiled, co-ordinated and published an anthology in the middle of that and maintaining multiple, fabulous blogs. My literary wonder women. Her writing should most certainly be checked out - Older Mum in a Muddle.
One dear person in my life has created her own Pampered Chef emporium, oh as well as running an online wedding and events décor service - Pistachio Inc.
An old school friend started her own dress boutique, another a baking order service and another a craft site. I wonder if there was something in the water where we lived that maybe enhanced the entrepreneurial gene?
If so, where is mine. I would like to do a lot of things but am finding with much frustration that I am failing miserably at doing something I used to be renowned for being good at. Starting and FINISHING a job. I seem to have lost the ability to see things through. I have plenty of ideas, but feel I lack any substance right now.
Plenty of ideas but not plenty of time. That is what I have been telling myself. But I look at all the wonderful things those amazing people around me are doing and I marvel. You are finding the time and will power. You all are truly fantastic. I aspire to you all.