Adventures of Alex O & Co

Adventures of Alex O & Co
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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Right Now : I Love What I Do

Yesterday morning I woke up and it was pouring with rain.
I groaned inside as I had a market on and the thought of
loading and unloading everything in the rain was not a pleasant thought.
Then I thought of all the people I would see, the friends I have made,
the customers both new and old and my heart was filled with joy because
I love what I do.

You may remember that in September last year I took voluntary redundancy
from working for a company that I had worked for, for 19 years.
I was feeling a little lost to start with and I thought I would take my time
before I found a new part time job.
My plan was that I would focus on my craft and do all the things I had been
meaning to do but never had time to.
Then in the New Year I would look for a new job.

A week later Master O's school sent home a newsletter and at the bottom of the page the 
special needs coordinator at Master O's school had posted an advert for someone to work 
with two boys every school day from 8.30am to 9am.
When I saw this advert I thought I can do this whatever it is!
I had a little free time.
I also thought it would be nice to give back to others.
I had no idea if it paid or not.
I had a meeting with the special needs teacher only to find out that I would be
working with the school and a Developmental Optometrist helping
these two young boys do eye training exercises .

Master O struggles at times with fine and gross motor skills.
Three years ago I took Master O to see a Developmental Optometrist.
Mr O and I ended up doing  eye exercises every day with Master O for months to train him to track
with his eyes and not his head.
(Master O is now one of the top readers in his class)
Well when everyone found out that I already had some experience with Developmental Optometry
I went from having two students to having seven students and working two hours a day
in paid employment.

So 3 weeks after taking redundancy I had a new job.
Its a job that I absolutely love, it is so fulfilling and rewarding for both myself and the kids.
 It is also so very different from my last 19 years of working in many different
roles in the travel industry.

The eye training has been so successful that we are now
 the pilot school for trying this out with children in New Zealand.
We now have 4 trainers and over 20 students on the programme.
You can learn more about Developmental Optometry here

 So now I have a great part time job and time to do the things I wanted to with my craft business.
I have set up a wholesale list and approached stores about selling my wares.
Many years ago I was a Business Development manager winning business
for the travel company I worked for.
Now I am trying to win over suppliers for my business.
Its much more personal when its your own product that you are trying to promote.
There are times when I have thought life would be easier if I went back to travel and
just made my sewing a hobby not a business.
Being the creator, the marketer, the book keeper etc can be full on.

I have a new motto this year that is on the blackboard in my kitchen.
It reads:

It would be easy to go back to travel and I may one day as it is another passion of mine.

But today my passion is my little craft business that is growing daily
thanks to my new suppliers and my lovely customers.

So I do get out of bed on rainy days with joy in my heart.
Because I love what I am doing right now.
As it was the sun came out and I did not get rained on at all!


  1. This lovely Alex! I'm so happy for you and wish you all the best!

  2. Thats is awesome and I love your work as I have seen it at some of the markets I have been too also

  3. Gosh - this made me feel all warm and fuzzy Alex! I love what I do creating for Art Out Loud NZ and teaching special needs students part-time (hehe two days per week also). Sometimes I have days where I query going back into teaching or (media and public relations - my old field) full-time... but I just LOVE the mash of what I do now - and it allows me more quality time with my toddler too. I think 'Don't Look Back, You're Not Going That Way' is about to get scrawled on the wall in my studio room! :)

    1. Hi Stacey
      I hope your feeling better than last week. I so too love this motto...scrawl away!

  4. Hey Alex, this totally made me feel fuzzy too. Very inspirational as well. Go you. Sx

  5. That’s true! Loving what you do is one of the most effective ingredients that brings success to a business. If you’re working on things that interest you, it feels less like work, and more of a fun activity! And the best part of it is that you continue to learn; you can try and experiment on new things, and let yourself grow and thrive on the path that you chose. Thanks for inspiring us. All the best!

    Clint Shaff @ Franchise Match