I suddenly found myself creating social media ads, discovering things I never knew existed on the internet. I started meeting people, and I got a job to promote an event for @prestigestylefashionuae
(prestige fashion show). I didn’t even know who I was anymore. I was editing, proofreading, writing content, creating posters and flyers, promoting events, planning events, giving out business planning and strategy advice, seriously drawing on my rich previous work experience….. I still had students that I was home tutoring (teaching them English and preparing them for IELTS) as I used to be an IELTS tutor in Abu Dhabi before the kids came along. I still had my home to care for with all the endless duties! It became crazy. But I let the wind take me where it listeth.
I successfully promoted and planned two other events. I even started a meetup group where I met face to face with other lady entrepreneurs, we had such a fantastic time. We shared ideas, business tips, advice and collaborated on several projects. It was unbelievable! I had moved from grumpy housewife and mom to fulfilled wife, mom, editor, proofreader, writer, event planner, social media promoter, content writer, advice giver and host!
I attended other events, seminars, took online courses, took up every and any opportunity that came my way, succeeded at some, failed at others, improved, evolved, got discouraged, moved on, pressed forward and never gave up!
And here we are today…phew!
Many things happened to discourage me, I lost money along the way too, paying for apps I never used or just paying for the wrong service. I got scammed, experienced maltreatment and disappointment. I learned a lot of hard lessons too (watch out for ‘My Lessons from the University of Hard Knocks Series’). It's incredible how the number of discouragers you encounter as an entrepreneur far outweigh the number of encouragers and how people do not stick to agreements or disappoint you in ways only imagined, but I survived it all. #writewithswag
is still standing. (Continued in Part 4)