What do you do when you realise that things have been feeling a bit 'off' lately?
When the work you are doing isn't quite working in the way you wanted it to work?
When you become aware that you aren't getting the sleep and the rest that you need?
When you are in the same room as your children physically but not mentally?
When you are told that your stress levels are too high and your anxiety has now developed into OCD?
If you are anything like me then you panic, work even more, up your medication, and bury your head in the sand!
I could see the potential that Women Rocking Business had/has and I thought if if I just push through it and keep on going I could make a really awesome and successful business!
But, you know. It's OK to know that you need to change your original plans.
I left my corporate 'high-powered' job in 2016 because I knew I wanted more out of life than just work. I wanted to spend proper time with my children, I wanted a job that fits around my life and my interests (not the other way around), I wanted to make a difference, and I wanted to feel less stressed, exhausted, and overworked.
So, I have decided to walk away from all those things that I SHOULD be doing, and focus only on the things that I WANT to be doing. - I am going to re-claim my life and my energy levels!
But to cut a long story short, what does this mean for Women Rocking Business?
Essentially, you should hopefully not really notice much of a difference your end. The biggest change is my end. - I am going to stop worrying about making a 'successful business' and focus on making a happy rested Jenny and letting the WRB community develop.
To do this I am going to be making a few small changes.
But first, let's talk about what WRB means:
Women Rocking Business means women supporting women. It means community over competition. It means helping others out where you can. It means talking about real issues that can affect self employed women such as loneliness, stress, anxiety, burnout, and worry. It means celebrating in our wins and successes. It means belonging to an inclusive and non-judgmental community where we always feel welcomed and supported.
As such, Women Rocking Business is so much more than just me, Jenny Ryan. Women Rocking Business is also all of you who also believe in these values!
Women Rocking Business is a social movement of support and community!
I would therefore like to create a set of values that we can each sign up to to promise to further this attitude and ethos, and to show people that we believe in these values, that we will belong to #teamwomenrockingbusiness.
There will be more information on this and #teamwomenrockingbusiness to come, (including how you can all get involved!) so do stay tuned! Head over to the new Homepage and the #TEAMWRB page to learn a little bit more. (It's not fully finished or anything, but is a start!) But I just wanted to share a just little bit of this underlying shift with you now so that you can further understand the background to the changes seen in the areas below:
The Women Rocking Business Instagram page:
I will be changing my Instagram page from a business page to a personal page.
This means I will completely relax what I post, how I post, and when I post. I will no longer be talking about photoshoots, business, workshops, and so on. I will just generally be sharing my thoughts and my activities, and my journey to feeling better and juggling life and work. I won't need to worry about only sharing polishes posts and polished professional imagery. I will post only when I want to, and I will happily post phone snaps and not feel bad about it.
Now, this will probably mean that I lose followers, and so be it. I have no problem with that. Instagram has had too much of a hold over me for too long! But no more! Yay!
The Women Rocking Business Meet Ups:
These will absolutely still be continuing!
Thanks to the many responses to my Feedback Questionnaire, I have seen first hand how valuable you guys find these relaxed networking meetings! I have also really enjoyed seeing how many friendships have been formed, and collaborations have taken place, and how much support has been given out, as a result of people meeting at the WRB Meet Up!
So, the monthly WRB Meet Up will be continuing in the same style and location (people seem to be liking the Penta Hotel, so I'm going to see if we can continue to hold it there for the near future) but there will be a small ticket price of £3 introduced, in order to cover the work and time involved in organising the meet ups etc. I really appreciate your support and understanding regarding the introduction of the small ticket price. I hope you will feel that this still offers you great value for money!
The Women Rocking Business Facebook page:
I won't be posting to or updating my WRB Facebook page any longer.
The Women Rocking Business Facebook group:
I will keep our Facebook group "The Women Rocking Business Family", as I would love for those of you within the WRB community to have a place where you can support each other and talk to each other and ask questions in a more private forum to Instagram. Please do go and make use of this facility whenever you like! It's for you!
Head Start Workshops:
I am no longer going to be organising or promoting any Head Start business workshops.
But I have had lots of messages about these, so I have decided that I will still offer my signature Perfecting Your Brand Message workshop (which will also contain social media and website help and best practice) on a consultancy basis to those that want them.
Meaning, if you would like me to, I will run this 4 hour workshop for you for £150. - All you need to do is organise yourself and your group of friends/fellow attendees, and your choice of venue. So if you have got 5 people together for the workshop, then the cost will be spread to £30 each.
If you have you and 2 friends, then it would work out at £50 per person.
If you want a more bespoke and focussed workshop then you can chose to hold the workshop just for you and your business. We will then have more time to focus specifically on your needs and questions.
You are more than welcome of course to use the WRB Facebook group and the WRB Meet ups to find people interested on coming together for a workshop.
Just get in touch, when you have your group together, to book a date!
Monthly Product Photography Club:
I will no longer be offering product photography on this reduced price monthly basis.
WRB Personal Branding Photography:
I will still be accepting bookings for Personal Branding Photography sessions on request.
I very strongly believe in the need for us women to exist in photographs. Furthermore, customers want to develop a relationship with you as the business owner; they want to Know, Like, and Trust you in order to invest in your services! So if you would like to book a Personal Branding Photoshoot with me, please feel free to get in touch.
NEW: #TeamWomenRockingBusiness Community Events:
As part of this shift in what Women Rocking Business is, and the overall set of values and ethos it represents, I will be sporadically arranging impromptu things like small meet ups, where we meet for a walk or a coffee or a cinema trip, for example. Whoever wants to come can come!
I will also be allowing other members of #teamwomenrockingbusiness to organise small free events for the community too, on request. Maybe you want to run a small free workshop? Maybe you want to organise a volunteering effort? Maybe you want to provide your services? - Just get in touch with your idea for your event and, if it fits with the ethos and values of Women Rocking Business, then you will be invited to go ahead and organise it, using the WRB name!
- Stay tuned for lots more info on what #teamwomenrockingbusiness will mean as it develops, but in the mean time, head over to #TEAMWRB for a bit more info on what I'm envisaging for now.
So there we have it! I hope that serves to clear up my thoughts on what Women Rocking Business will look like in 2019.
Essentially I am stepping back a little bit, and taking the pressure off myself, so that I have more time to recuperate and enjoy my children while they are still so young. I am also handing the baton over to you guys if you would like it!
Thank you THANK YOU so much for all your support and love and understanding! I hope these small changes mean that you can take a little bit of ownership of what it means to be a Women Rocking Business, and the wonderful supportive community it stands for!
- Jenny xxxx
SELF CARE WEEK - 16TH - 22ND APRIL 2018 - INSTAGRAM (@womenrockingbusiness)
As a photographer, I work on my own for the majority of the time. I sit at my desk editing photographs, doing admin tasks, planning shoots, and so on. I have little face-to-face contact with other people and in times of stress and busy periods I have no one to help me, or discuss problems with, or to take over if really necessary! This is in stark contrast to when I used to work for the NHS as a manager for a number of busy surgery departments in a large teaching hospital. There I always had a team around me, people to talk to, and we each had well defined roles in line with our strengths. No, as a small business owner we need to wear ALL the hats and be all things to all people, and that is very tough!
For me, this means I can often find myself feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and very low.
Do you find you are sometimes feeling the same?
Well I have decided to dedicate the whole of next week to talking about the importance of SELF CARE in our lives and I welcome you to join me!
Self care is accessible, applicable, and beneficial to everyone, but it's one thing knowing the benefits and quite another to prioritise it. In our busy busy lives we can forget to properly nourish ourselves mentally and physically, we forget that we are important, we prioritise other peoples needs above our own, and that can only lead to one thing. Unnecessary stress and burn out.
So please do join me, and my very special expert guests, on Instagram every day next week, to talk about all things self care. Learn techniques to help yourself manage your stressful life, share your own personal experiences, and connect with other people who feel the same way you do. It could just be the best thing you do for you and your business!
Lots of love,
Women Rocking Business
Jenny Ryan is the Award Winning photographer behind Women Rocking Business and Indigo + Violet Photography.