June is time for transition, decisions, and change.
June is a strange month. It has always signified transition, decisions and change all through my life. It sees the beautiful warm sun and heat return along with the longest day of the year. This year the 24th June saw a new moon which for me signifies change and new beginnings.
June 1993 – Aged 16
If we go back to 1993 24th June, 24 years ago it was my mum’s birthday. I got her some fine gold and crystal drop earrings that I still have in my jewellery box. She wasn’t feeling very well and didn’t do much for her birthday. She was weak and couldn’t walk far without getting out of breath. The heat of mid-June wasn’t helping. Two days later she had a heart attack and died a few hours later. The most significant time of transition, decisions and change kicked off there and then.
June 2013 – Aged 36
Fast forward to June 2013, twenty years later. I always seem to make big changes in June when I am at my most motivated and productive. Four years ago I set up my Mrs Mummypenny website whilst on maternity leave. In one day, I came up with the name (brainstorming with wine and a brilliant friend is creatively lucrative), bought the domain name (.com and .co.uk), the Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google and YouTube. Boom. My fourth baby was born, very soon after my third!
June 2015 – Aged 38
June 2015 saw me leave my corporate job. I had returned to full-time work after my maternity leave ended with Jack. I went back to my EE digital sales role but quickly moved onto a promotion as a senior commercial manager for the retail franchise (thank you, digital director, Dom for listening to my plans and helping with roles at EE). A tough job, really tough that saw me negotiating contracts and commercial terms with franchise partners.
It was a great job, I had a lot of responsibility and could make real change. I felt like I was doing good for both EE and the franchisees by brokering the right deal commercially for both parties to benefit financially – WIN WIN.
But alas things change. A new female boss came in and clipped my wings. She made me feel useless and incapable of anything. My thoughts were, do I fight or flight? Her thoughts were, Lynn, you need to make a choice between your family or your job.
I am a big believer in choosing your battles. She was more senior than me and was seriously affecting my mental health. I’m not one to create huge waves (unless you do something to my children!), so I chose flight. Flight with a nice compromise agreement and I left in June 2015.
June 2017 -Aged 40
Today sees me celebrating two years in the self-employed business world. Whoop to getting through the tough first two years of business. We have managed to pay the high mortgage and bills for two years. Okay, we have amassed some debt, but that’s 0% and not the end of the world. You can read that story that appeared in the Huffington Post here.
This June saw me do a few things that have stimulated significant change.
No 1) I had a meeting with a mentor who planted big seeds about investment in my business and making significant changes for growth and authority.
No 2) I enrolled in a course – PR from the heart which is guiding me in my planning and objectives, the what for the next year.
No 3) went on a perfectly timed trip to West Cornwall where I lived for the first 18 years of my life. I had some spiritual, enlightening moments on Sennon and Porthcurnow beaches.
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These three actions/events have enabled me to work on a clear path for my business.
Such a beautiful village. @ohneil and I took a trip to #godmanchester. We had a wander, ate lovely lunch at the white Hart. Walked along the river ooze. #gratitude to my friends, you know who you are who make my life so much simpler. Helping me to make decisions and help to download everything from my head onto paper/plans. #futureisbright #3positivethings 1) Loved my conversations today..particularly over dinner with Em. 2) Making some big decisions which feels great. 3) Got me a new logo and strapline..exciting. . . . . . . . . . #lawofattraction #loa #gratitude #dailygratitude #thankful #positivity #lawofattractionquote #moneysaving #frugal #ukblogger #ukbloggerlife #ukmoneyblogger #bloggingyourwaytoriches #cambridgeshire #relocation #makingdecisions #lunchwithfriends #friendsarefamily #rebrand #newlogo
Do you have times of the year where you gain clarity and make big decisions? Was there an event that triggered this time of the year to be so significant?