What sparked your business? Here’s my story.

In some ways I think I was always destined to be a writer.

If anyone asked me at any point what I thought I would do with my life I would probably always have said work in care. And I have. I have been a  social worker and child development trainer,  I am a qualiifed psychotherpist and practiced for a number of years working with children and young adults. I have done countless hours of voluntary counselling and many, many summers as a music therapist for people with learning disabilities. But all along the way after saying I thought I would work in care I have always said ‘but I would love to write too.’

My first degree is in literature, I have written poetry since I was young, I read endlessly and I just love to share ideas.  My Great Uncle was a journalist on the Telegraph and this massively impressed me. He wrote novels and reviews too. My Great Aunt has a CBE for bringing ‘literacy to the people’ (she had polio but would travel for miles on buses to support literacy at adult learner colleges all over London – wow.)

My mum and I once submitted a proposal for a Mills and Boon novel – rejected on the grounds it wasn’t saucy enough! I can recite you poems I learned at O’level  (yes I am that old!) and chunks of Shakespeare. Despite the studying I would be hard pressed to tell you about the poor law or community care act in much depth though.  It has always been there – my love of writing.

I had some mentoring once when I was working for social services and my mentor had my draw my dream life. I drew a beach, a glass house, 2 children, me and a handsome man  and a book and a pen by my side. All nothing like the life I led at the time.

These days I have my husband,  the kids and  my employment is largely through my  writing just as I dreamed. Good stuff this visualising I am just waiting for the glass house on the beach!

I stated to write when I was a little girl and slowly, slowly it has become how I work and I am thrilled to have got there. 

I wrote my book How to afford time off with your baby because it was suggested to me that I shared what I knew, what I had lived. The blog came about becuase the same person (my husband) suggested blogs were a great way forward to share ideas.  Just a prompt but it was risk and cost free and fitted in with being at home wih my babies so I took the prompt and went for it. 

I have written a few ebooks now too and I write features and copy.  I now review books on my second blog Book reviews for mums and this brings me immense pleasure too.

I am in a happy work place now. Though I rise early and work late so as not to impact the kids.  A lot of strong coffee is consumed and I’m not yet earning enough but I do feel a satisfaction with where I am.

What sparked your business – I would love to know? 

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11 Comments

  1. May 9, 2011 / 9:08 pm

    Love this Becky, it’s fantastic to see you embracing what you absolutely love to do and finding a way of incorporating that into your life in a way that serves you and what’s important to you. I often work with mums who start off with this feeling of “I can’t… because I’m a mum” and you are a great example of someone who has found that “Yes I can!” What sparked my business? Same thing that fuels it now – I’ll let you have a read: http://grace-marshall.com/breaking-out-of-boxes/

  2. Naomi Richards
    May 10, 2011 / 6:16 am

    Having children and realising that I wanted to work with other people because I also have got on with kids well. I think I draw on my key skills but never realised what these were until I started coaching. Oh yes and you Becky, it was your suggestion that I do this!!!! So thank you.
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  3. May 10, 2011 / 7:51 am

    Wow a great inspiring post! It has made me think, that is for sure! I have always wanted to write but have always wanted to scrapbook for as long as I can remember, I am scrapbooking but not as much as I want to other things are getting in the way but I will get there! xx

  4. Heather
    May 15, 2011 / 3:48 pm

    Great post Becky – I always wrote endlessly as a child and thought I’d be a journalist one day – that day never came but I do have my own business, which was sparked by the fact that my eldest was going to school and I didn’t want him to spend all his free time in breakfast and after school club. I also wanted to make it to activities and cover the endless summer holidays! Now I walk him to school and back most days and cheer him on loudly on sports days – it’s the best decision I ever made. Glad you found your dream in the end – and good luck with the glass house on the beach (self cleaning glass presumably?!)

  5. Becky
    Author
    May 15, 2011 / 10:29 pm

    Absolutely!

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  8. September 20, 2011 / 6:31 pm

    Fab post, I love reading how people found something they love doing. You sound so similar to me, I loved writing as a child and have always had a love for books. I had always dreamed about writing but never persued it. Instead I did Beauty after school and then moved into care work, thinking I would go to uni to be a nurse and was even accepted on the degree for both nursing and social work. But then my children came along so I carried on in care. Now i am living the dream and writing for a living and I love it.

  9. Tea&Biscotti
    February 24, 2012 / 7:23 pm

    I love this post. I’ve just 1) started my own blog and 2) discovered yours! Hooked on both. This post is so inspiring. Ive been secretly hankering a desire to be a writer for years and recently, after having a baby, I realised that I have to do what makes me happy, to lead by example. I’ve had enough of being in the rat race. With the support of my husband I now have a little plan to eventually change careers. I dont mind if takes another 3 or 4 years, at least now I can see there’s a light!
    So thanks for this, I feel empowered!
    KellyAnn

  10. Becky
    Author
    February 25, 2012 / 8:46 am

    I love writing too and after a lot of effort I nowhave my dream job really good luck with your path! I shall visit!

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