12 Sep 2 years on…
Wow, I can hardly believe that it was 2 years ago today that I handed in my notice and took the daunting step of giving up my monthly pay check, a team of great colleagues and 15 years working within the third sector, to start my own business, Pure Potential Scotland.
Since that time, I launched my own creative therapy practice, I was recruited to be a Workplace Trainer for Samaritans, I am a volunteer member of the NE Glasgow Suicide Prevention Steering Group, I have increased my delivery of suicide intervention courses, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and safeTALK, across Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife and Perth; I have been commissioned twice by NHS Health Improvement North East Glasgow with two resulting reports; the first a community engagement research project ‘Listen and You Might Learn’, which I have presented to various Choose Life Meetings across Scotland, and the second, a paper on a Proposal for an Out of Hours Crisis Café for North East Glasgow, which is currently sparking interest within Glasgow.
But it hasn’t been easy.
Starting up your business takes a lot of work, long hours, commitment, passion and a lot of self-belief. Being in the business of therapy and empowerment it might seem that wouldn’t be a problem for me, but I have had many, many moments where I have felt like it is time to throw the towel in, to go back to the security of that monthly pay check.
But they are moments, and these moments pass when I re-focus on why I took this jump in the first place. I have dreams and the only way to move towards these was by taking that initial risk, as frightening and exciting as it was; and from there, to keep placing one foot in front of the other even when I am feeling wobbly. I am grateful to those significant people in my life that have supported me to take these steps and continue to be there, to offer me a hand, when I waiver.
So here I am, 2 years on.
I can see my dreams taking shape and gradually being birthed into reality. I am excited about this coming year, to be an integral part of the push to change how people at risk of suicide in Glasgow are responded to and supported; and to embark on my Apprenticeship with The School of Movement Medicine after 9 years of preparing for it. I feel immense gratitude for having got to where I am.
And stay tuned, as it won’t be long before I will be announcing a new and exciting project…