What does one do when she is sitting on an airport floor huddled to an I phone charger ..awaiting the next plane ...hmmmmm, ....she writes about it!
Not the greatest start to my trip and my bag and I are now separated by desert, a Great Lake and probably some sort of cactus ...and of course in my bag is the holly pack. ...I'm in full faith that we will be reunited soon ..as stinking like a dogs arse with the thought of no fresh clothes in the snow is also a little disheartening!Positive thinking ...anyway ..if I don't make the next flight ...on standby ..I have a vision of trawling San Fran looking for Tim Ferriss ...and then plan b is to stay in a b rate hotel and watch law and order omnibus ...either way ...she'll be right mate ...this is part of the journey ...besides ..what am I going to talk about when I'm not just stinking ..but stinking rich too right? #buildabiz
My journey phase 589 -g starts tonight as I attempt to try on suitable winter clothes for my Utah journey in the freakin hot sun! It's not a good combo as I unstick clothes and pop them in my suitcase whilst reading fish jokes on my face book page ...I mean fish jokes ...where did that come from!
I haven't packed Much, as I have visions of hoarding a machine back in my case whilst still living in hope for a #timferriss dinner ....that combo is really not looking so good either!
Its probably quite a good time to gap it on my new found mini retirements as the full moon appears to be coming in ...and Julz eye was twitching today as she started looking a tad feral!
I'm also quietly living in dreamland hoping that on touch down in Utah ...I will quickly see Susie crazy road trip life friend, and a limo will drive up ...probably cranking big Sean ...with a sign saying #hustle bunch aka #honeybunch please get in courtesy of #natestate ...of course ..champagne will be on ice (very hopeful considering Mormons don't drink) and then the limo will drive straight to Robert Redfords house for some ...ummmmmmm....Robert Redford stuff.... Maybe lassoing ...western hats ...not sure ...but hey ...free to dream...! Oh ..... And I'll look like s Victoria secrets model .... Easy!
It's been one of those days of absolute highs and lows ...
I'm sitting on the floor in my office, having the first moments peace today ..which might I say is heaven! No one here, everyone has gone home and its just me and my crazy arse thoughts..yup...bliss!
My phone hasn't stopped ringing today ..and everything I wanted to do has been blown out of the water..I've created yet another monster.
Note to oneself again.... book trip and have a phone free flight ......
I'm loving this journey with this business, but now with the certain opening in Hong Kong I really need some quite time to get my shit sorted...OK ..make it happen...calm...I can do this..
Still bloody promotion the #arnoldpod cast ....not going to let Mr Ferriss win... will keep doing it until I see hes picked a winner....another note to myself ...eeeeeekkkk to many notes!
Today has been a fab day!
Ive been at work filming a TV ad for westpac banking, who is intrigued about my Honeybunch journey, asked me a lot of questions about #buildabiz and the future of the business, exciting to be supported! Then lunch with my HB a crew...they are the best ever! It's not hard to be at work with people who have a genuine sparkle in their eye :) It's amazing to think that my business is going to be followed by a film crew over then next year whilst it indulges in this international journey into Hong Kong ...actually I'm slightly speechless!
After some wine and giggles, I feel so happy and relaxd about the future. I may be 44 but I actually feel 30, but with the wisdom and education that my business years have taught me...priceless learning!
Im so excited ....it's nuts....my year has come and 4 + 4 is 8 and in Asia that's great luck...for me luck equals years of dreaming and selling my journey and vision .. And now it's here! Let the adventure begin and let all of the wonderful people in my life enjoy the ride...
#p.s. #timferriss see you in San Fran ...I don't give up!
I'm semi home alone tonight... which is nice...semi being I have sent kid 3 down the road..all of 1 km to the dairy to collect a stash of chocolate Easter eggs for us.... he only has his learners licence ..but how can you learn if you don't practice ..not only learn the skill of driving..but also learn the importance of chocolate in a womans life..Hubbys away ..so for me its absolute heaven...bed to myself ..remote in hand and the homicide hunter on the telli...
I listened to a podcast by Harley the Shopify guy ...pretty cool, and exciting to listen, but not that comforting knowing that there is over 10000 people in the comp ..anyway think positive and keep grinding, as like I said at the beginning ..I'm determined to get to Necker even if it will require me to set a sail in the family kayak early June ..in the heart of winter....hmmmmmmm...ok ...nope, I'm going on the jet, and that's that!
ok....kids back ...chocolate awaits ...
So funny how things can change in a blink of an eyelid ....this morning I woke up foul mouthed and feral and now I feel like a Victoria secret model/angel ... I'm sure it helped that I sprayed the sparkle glitter mist on this morn ....even though I'm not fussed on the scent ... I spray it on with the slight belief that for just one moment I may look partital Victoria secret model for even just one mili second ....Or at least even just the short mother of one! Ahhhh the power of marketing ... This is the sort of mili second I need to capture for Honeybunch.
Anyway, it certainly wasn't Christian Grey that put me in a good mood, quite the opposite in fact ...actually it was a favourite on a tweet I made last week attempting to win the heart or at least the dinner strings of Mr Tim Ferriss to earn a dinner in San Fran. I've decided a favourite in Twitter is just enough to get you to the Victoria secret moment again...enough to endorse you knowing that a complete stranger, who knows where, has acknowledged you. In my case, acknowledging that I'm really trying to win the bloody dinner! So I figure, no news is good news...and just as Arnie never gave up ...then I won't to.... Have you listened to the #arnoldpod ...like Arnie it will never go out of style, and INFACT it will motivate the socks off you.... Trust me ...would an Angel lie to you ;) ....
I had a great sleep ...it's been a huge week with kid one graduating from police college ...Valentine's Day ....online flowers orders exceeding my thoughts and organisation.... And an emotional mind as I cope with business growth ...kids becoming actual adults and me determined to manage my business romotely whilst winning the #buildabiz comp .... Wheeeewwwww ...deep breath!
My beautiful black cat jet, handsome by nature, so kind and wise, and a bit 'street cat' looking has obviously sensed my stress, and has been constantly at my side these past few days when ever I am home, right in my face, giving me a Luv whenever possible ...I saved him off the middle of the road around 4 years ago after some absolute cowardly wanky arseholse threw a box of kittens out of a moving car onto the road...lucky I was the first car on the scene and stopped to find my Jet sitting there looking at me, ...I picked him up to discover her was the only survivor ...his poor brothers and sisters were dead and I in anger put him in the car, on my lap ...detmined d to track down the wanker and deal to him ...I don't know how...but I wa so angry I didn't care ....I never found them ..but still look for the car..
Since that day Jet has been the caretaker of me, and although he loves everyone else ...he spends most of this time smoochiing and being in my space at every possible moment ...he also cares for all of the other animals in the house, being so kind and caring to them all ....its truely beautiful ...
Thanks Jet ...you're a beautiful cat, and thanks for helping me get through this week... (I know you can't read....but actually you have helped me write this whilst sitting on my lap ...)
The Puuurrrrrrrrrrfect start to the day ...
Sunday morning, I've woken up feeling super energised and quite feisty actually ..a massive change from my yesterday flat line. Nothing like some exercise, some tweets from super awesome business people in a world far away to help you snap out of a poor me moment!
I guess in in a blog you can write shit down that you think, and assume that not many people are going to read it , hence there being so many good bloggers around ...I would love to learn how people make money doing this, as for me it's purely become a venting sharing board for me to rant and share good stuff too...almost like my own Pinterest board of organised life Kaos.... So anyway, I think I will make it my goal this year to learn more about blogging and what and how you make money off it..... To me that would be ultimate ... Travel, blog, travel, swim, blog, eat, drink cocktails, blog .... Hmmmmm (note to oneself work out this blog shit)
Anyway, I have #timferriss book in hand and I'm making myself read four pages a day ...why four,mcause I figure it matches the title,.. I actually love the book, and want to read more, but reading is actually super hard for me, I don't know why, but let's just put it this way it's not my natural talent. I once read a Nick Hornby book in full, such a shock that I have been looking and buying his books ever since, however, it seems both Nick and I have slowed up!
Im hoping everyone listened to the #arnoldpod cast, need that dinner with #timferriss ....but right now ... Time to get my four pages read and off to work (p.s sorry #timferriss, need to read the book before I can stop working Sunday's ...need to win the #buildabiz comp) ...(another note to myself ...don't forget to put make up on mosquito bite on my eye before going to work )....
NZ is a small place , and I would subscribe to having a thick skin.... But just like any other small business owner with big dreams there is a fine line of how and who to tell your excited vision to ...especially in little old NZ! I guess after my return from my holiday in Hawaii, feeling energised and ready to get stuck into my Honeybunch adventure again, I have become more confident and more ready to put myself out there even more ...the fine line of doing this, is to whom do I share my excitement with, my visions ...who will be excited for me and who will be happy to cut me off at the knees ...
I've spent the last couple of days trying to grow abit more thick skin as there have definitely been a few people with industrial grade clippers out .... But just as the poppy that is regularly cut in this country, I'm not going to let these clipper welding short gardeners trim my stalk ... (Would be great if they could trim off some of the wine o'clock extra around the mid area).... I'm a poppy ...ready to bloosom , and full of surprises..who knows what colour will pop out ... And lucky for me....when the poppy choppers are out ...I have two adorable puppies who always look at me with absolute unconditional love and admiration ...thats all I need for now ... besides ..they will look great with customised little Honeybunch doggie coats when this poppy blooms to the world .. ..
I have already deciding what I'm wearing for dinner in San Fransico! After listening to the Tim Ferriss podcast, who would know I feel like the terminator myself ...ready to win not only this competiton but also the #buildabiz comp..thanks to Arnie I've got my confident game face on, and I certainly didn't enter any of this to come second or get a certificate of merit!! No way!! I've told myself that Arnie may have had a splash toilet and sent big balls...but I, for a kiwi chick have a few secret weapons myself .... One of them not having balls but great boobs! Screw equality stuff..... Do you think Beyoncé would be rocking a surf board with big balls selling zillions of copies ...yeah NO!
Anyway Mr Ferriss and Arnie ...I won't be back as this Honeybunch has just arrived and doesn't plan on leaving .....So See you at dinner in San Fran ..and if you're reading this ...do me a favour and listen to the podcast ...it's pretty cool ..got to go and pump some soap ... https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=411661298997357&id=328565983973556
Today has been like a bakery of everything naughty and yummy but super fun!
A wickedly successful planning meeting with my bank manager and my accountant ..who might I add makes meetings worth while going to ..... Jokes ,laughs and dreams on the table, it was wicked to have such support! A new experience for me especially after my last six months of selling my soul to Mr holiday pay.
There's so much to look forward to, and the such a great year ahead...Hong Kong underway ....new machine on the way ...my awesome little Bailey, aka new young you tube reviewer presenting me with her audition tape which blew my socks off....not only that, I completely love the fact that at the ripe old age of 18ish she had the courage to beat the tall poppy syndrome and stand up and contribute to the honeybunch journey... :) and then of course my dearest friend julz ...aka Amy ...she needs a badge too ;) I've watch her since my return calmly but surely step into another role and phase of her life ...and she's doing a bloody great job! So honeybunch was me ...and now there is 3 ...maybe four with some alpacas or more ...
Ok, the fun thing is, that when you see yourself on YouTube ...part of you feels like a Hollywood star....the other part sees the mo growing darker than expected and the saggy neck!! The great thing is, the boobs still look fab! Thank God.... Long may they stay perky!
What you do realise, when you are trying to come up with ideas to tell the world, or share your trade secrets, is that most of it is subtle, hidden or almost automated things you do that are the most priceless ... I guess I would expect that everyone would know what I know or do, but it's the tiny little things on reflecting on what make me me, that are special and actually clever....so I'm thinking YouTube is going to be great for my confidence again and getting back into the saddle so to speak! As for saddle, my arse it burnt to a crisp with the Hawaiian sun...and I'm thinking that's a good thing, as I have become a custom to sitting on it whilst here!
Anyway, I guess when you hit the 40s you may have some knowledge to pass on..it would be super awesome if I could just inspire one person to do what they love instead of just dreaming it .... Rock on YouTube ...rock on Necker Island!
The perfect place to be faced with the next push into another unknown comfort zone ...Hawaii...
After 4 days of relaxation, my mind and body are having honeybunch withdrawals ... Feeling great, tanned and confident is awesome, but it's also frustrating that once you have your well needed snooze, on day 3 you have ants in your pants, ready to get back and attempt to get the business to the next level ...
Anyway, it appears that someone in the form of Tim Ferriss has sensed my itch to be pushed into another completely different area of business, as this morning, I woke up early to read an email, telling me that I have another chance to get to Necker ... That's if I manage to impress Mr Ferris.... So of course I followed the link to see who this Mr Ferris actually is ...and now, I have set myself a project ,,1. read his book ... (By pool in Waikiki in bikini sipping cocktail.. may be only way as I'm a shocking reader) 2. Train myself how to do you tube (which in visiting the site I'm already freaking) 3. Check out pinintrest (maybe chat up older crafty looking woman at pool for guidance) .... Ok Mr Ferriss ..if you are going to give me an extra chance ...I'm going to seize it! Why, cause I'm going to Necker ..I'm going to make it happen ... You tube ...here I come! That's once I work out how to upload videos :/
Wow, what a day ...I've been on absolute tender hooks for the past few weeks whilst I have been learning to jump rope again and not only jump over the rope and in and out of a hoop or two, I've also have had to grow some new thick skin in the process too! Skin I've tried to soften and loose over the past six months, with realisation that the people in my life are worth letting my guard down for... so putting it back on for a loan application process has been tough in itself!
I guess with confidence and formality comes the fact that it is quite possible that I didn't go to the college of hard knocks, but I possibly have a college of hard knocks named after me, and that I am the founding member! The reason I mention that, is that with the due process of borrowing a truck load of cash to follow your dreams, you are forced to reveal your hand and your history, some of it, long buried and some of it hard to relive...but I did it, and as I always say, success is nothing, absolutely nothing without the journey.
So for me, success has already come in some way, I've managed to weather the storm of inexperience, aggressiveness, selling my soul, trusting to much, and lack of confidence and self belief...finally I have found success, others believe I can do it, and you know what, not just I, but 'we' will...we being the handful of people who have believed in me through thick and thin.
So now, what a wonderful feeling to have a new group of people, ready to back me...and just me...my mind..my ideas..not some strategic person with no passion, drive, vision and kindness..just me.... so I guess that's where the cry came in ...came in after the shock, as we sat at the work shop Julz, hubby and me...shocked that we get a chance to do our stuff..take #honeybunch to the world..... So after a toast (bubbles always on hand in fridge just in case we have a moment) ....everyone left ...just me again....a cry ...and a call to my Mum ...isn't that what you do ......Anyway I'm back ...stronger than ever ...happier than ever... and hey, I may fall flat on my face, but at least I will have wonderful tales to tell..... and hopefully many .....
...I'm super excited that I have discovered that the POS (aka mini iPad) has decided to pick up the signal to my mini modem...allowing me to sit out on the shop deck, take a well earned break and eat some ice cream!
I'm not so trilled about the appearance of my legs... A tad bush ape looking...! I mean summer is great, my favourite season, but over this silly season the summer sunshine has brought on business growth in the form of Honeybunch , waist growth due to ice creams and bay breeze (aka vodka, cranberry and pineapple) OD growth ..which comes with expansion, and leg hair growth ...!!
Why does the leg hair grow quicker than the hair in your head? Hasn't someone up above noticed that I would be better off with hair growth on the head end of my body not the bottom??? Come on....I guess in fairness they haven't neglected my mo ... So I guess I shouldn't complain too much!
Ok ...time to jump back on my mouse wheel and start spinning these orders out ....eeeeeeekkkkkkkk....
I guess it would be fair to say I have plenty of experience in the college of hard knocks with business and how it rolls....
There are a couple of things that always happen before something amazing happens, and for me, its 'the gods playing' and keeping me grounded with my feet on the ground...life if such an odd balance of never to much good, just a hint of hardship and a few moments of 'holly molly' ... I had it all today!
Most would probably think 'why me' but for me...I think, yay, I'll have an exciting story to tell when I get to my success!! Success is nothing without the journey ..that's for sure, I mean what would I talk about when Im on Necker Island, talking to then likes of Sir Richard Branson, and Mr FUBU..I would have nothing to say..so I'm actually so happy for all of the ups and downs today. I don't think looking super hot will just cut it on Necker with such amazing minds...
So in summary ..I'm super happy that ..
1. I've found a fabulous fun new accountant who is helping me talk the bank into me getting into astonishing debt to get my Hong Kong Adventure..
2. I'm super happy that I only ate one ice cream today!
3. I'm really happy that lots of customers have emailed me saying how happy that they are with their honeybunch purchase :)
4. I'm happy that when I'm just about to hit the wall whilst packing all the orders after an 18 hour stint, that some 'people' decide to challenge me over and over again on my shipping price ..(happy cause it woke me up)!... (note to oneself....put up shipping more ..as I just realised how much money I'm loosing here!)..thanks 'people' :)
5. I'm super happy that my workshop is located in South Auckland, I can turn up Mai FM and rap as loud as I want, and no one knows any different .... yo yo yo .....
6. I'm super NOT happy that some person twittered me about how to loose weight ..... my repy to them ..'I'm not fat!'
7. I'm also happy that a lovely lady helped me and told me to check my spelling on my blog ....it's awesome to have people help you :) thanks wing you sweet 'young' thing :)
Myself and the workshop are currently covered with soap from head to toe..its not a pretty site, but I do smell great, even through I'm sweating like a dogs arse! Ive gone from tan and glam at the flower auction 6 am this morning, where I actually made the effort to wear a dress and some lippy...to my old shorts and some random kids t-shirt...!! hmmm It didn't help that kid 2 decided after doing about an hours work (aka fleecing the mother) she decided to take me to dinner.... its not often she volunteers her time, so I thought Id had better jump at the chance... delaying my creative necessary production...hmmm not so good when you are already tired and rattled... holly molly..text from hubby..'whats for dinner'.....grrrrrrrrrrrr...
I'm quickly becoming an addict to the website and my business..there is nothing more addictive that making something from nothing, and having people from all over the world show their appreciation for it..its an awesome feeling as I work away alone, drive from A to B, make, pack, eat ...eat some more...I call it the #buildabiz comfort eating....you know, when you work so hard you deserve that wee high that the cupcake gives you ..a much needed boost of energy... I did realise today, that I think Im doing quite well in the competition, so I'm thinking that I may need to start thinking more about my Necker Island Bikini Bod...but I'm living in hope also that my constant lifting, packing and making is keeping the spare tyres away for now.... at least! I'm also loving that that many of the businesses in the comp now have their websites up and running.... and they look awesome..nothing like healthy competion, and also I love that I have made some new global friends.... its ironic as I woke up this morning to the awful news in France... super upsetting.... I could write and rant for ages about it...but it has become very clear to me, that people of all race, colour, religion can make connections and friends through common interests worldwide... so for me, I'm going to focus on all that is good about people and the world, and the others....you cant deter the good in the world...we just wont let you...the good guy always wins ....
It's raining, it's quiet and I'm at the factory having a moment ..I look tired ..but inside I'm bursting with energy. Had a few moments of OMG ,.WTF am I doing, but after a few flower arrangements , some happy customers and some calming words and messages of being missed from Ling Ling I feel so happy and like as my Mother would say ..on the right path ..and it's going to happen anyway! The buildabiz comp has me on fire ..knowing that other people in the world are watching my efforts and tweeting encouragement along the way is so awesome! ...actually that's the best thing ever...as loosing confidence, and knowing that people have tried to change what has made me cool at what I do ..sucks ...so building up and starting something from fresh is so so super cool! I wish more New Zealanders celebrated instead of having that poppy syndrome gig ...perhaps that's why poppies are one of my favourite flowers..they look a little weird ,.. A little hairy like me in winter ..and then all of a sudden they pop open bold, but fragile but pretty ... Hmmmmm ...I'm a poppy ...why didn't I know that!! .??