taking this year out was a necessity for one very good reason: i needed money to continue my degree and had run my own funds dry. having a mortgage hurts when there is no regular income. having a regular income often, and usually, means having a regular job. after more than twenty years, the penny finally exploded: i didn’t enjoy the constraints of 7-7 or 8, 9 10 etc. (believe me, 9-5 doesn’t exist). so i launched into my new creative cycle of life.
this year i am helping my boyfriend/partner with the companies he started before he gave up his city job. in as much as i work around the clock to research and create my projects at college, so the same applies for these companies. this is necessary for their survival. and our survival is dependent on their success. in brief, this is what they do:
petrolhead nirvana: creates driving tours for petrolheads. we find the best roads in the uk, europe and the east-side of america and take a limited number of clients on the trip of a lifetime. we also organise car meets and events, and work extensively with a number of charitable organisations to raise funds.
the building systems company: borne out of the despair of finding unethical and unreliable builders for a personal project, this is a company made up of hand-picked builders and craftsmen. it specialises in refurbishments, extensions of all kinds and new builds. we work to create sustainable and ecologically friendly homes, using technologically advanced systems that produce low-output energy.
tiger two: a social media company that provides intensive online courses in social media for the uninitiated and knowledgeable alike, appealing to large corporations, small businesses, start-ups and one-man bands. it also provides a consultancy service on retainer. (this company under its ‘tiger two’ name no longer exists, but more to come on that in a separate blog.)
all of these companies are going through ‘growing pains‘ (like teenagers who are awkward within their own bodies) – their success and potential is without question, but it’s how to move them forwards and build further on their already substantial foundations. this is what i have been working on for the last six months (more details in blogs to come) and this is why we regularly work long into the early hours from monday to sunday. it really is taking up every waking moment.
of course, it won’t always be this way. one day we’ll ditch the laptops and phones and have an uninterrupted holiday together. à deux. but that’s a long way off.