A breakdown and a breakthrough: what's been happening and future plans for the IGC

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Oh well hello there! It’s been a hot minute since I last sat down and typed out a blog post and its fair to say that since then, in the words of the Fresh Prince, my life has been flipped and turned upside down. Lots has changed, so let’s catch up.

So, what’s been happening? Well, I’ve been working in the finance department of a mental health charity for a couple of months now. I love running a business, being able to do what I want, when I want and knowing that everything I do has a purpose, but towards the end of 2018 I found myself feeling anxious and isolated. Working from home was making my social anxiety worse, because I didn’t need to go out and interact with people. So I got a job, and my confidence has increased so much.

Saying that, I do want to work on the IGC full time again one day, but I’m aware of what I need to put in place to keep my mental health in tact now. I need to work with others and have a proper routine.

In other dramatic news, I ended my relationship of three years in March. There are no ill feelings and it was definitely for the best, but it wasn’t an easy period and did result in a pretty bad dip in my mental health. It’s really hard to be creative or do anything really, when you don’t even want to get out of bed in the morning. I’m not saying this for sympathy or anything like that, but hopefully so you can see that things aren’t always as rosy as they might seem and that if you’re going through the same thing, you will come through it eventually (even though it feels like you won’t right now).

This period left me questioning everything. Why am I doing this? What am I working towards? Will I ever get where I want to be? And after a bit of time spent on my own and with some wonderful, supportive and very patient friends, I remembered why I started The Independent Girls Collective and I’m feeling really excited and optimistic about the future.

What’s next?

Well, my ultimate goal for the IGC is to really hone in on two things: ease and community. Ease for you to run your business and do your thing without annoying things like not being paid on time or not knowing how to do you tax return getting in the way. Community to support and help you build the business you want.

So how will that look long-term? Bringing more experts in to do workshops and masterclasses. Expanding beyond the financial aspects of business and really tackling all of the things that hold you back - launching new products and services, creating a brand that connects with people, that kind of stuff. In the probably very distant future - having a team, an office, a place for members to work, get advice, maybe even host in-person workshops and events.

And so we’ve come to the end of this overly long, slightly rambly blog post. I’m sorry that I haven’t been around as much, but I’m excited to be back.


IT’S TIME TO SWAP BUSINESS STRESS FOR EASE AND EMPOWERMENT.

The Independent Girls Collective is a members-only platform to help smart women like you to take control of their finances and feel good about money. 

As a member, you’ll get new courses, resources and live masterclasses every month to help you manage your finances and provide the support you need to build a successful, fulfilling business that allows you to live the life you desire, as well as access to our supportive community of creative female entrepreneurs.