Can it really be 3 months since I left 'The Job' with a grand cake, meal and flowers? Saying farewells, promising to come back to help (which I've done once already) and staring at my new PC as a registered company with a shiney new website and nothing else....... Right "Yoga For Charity anyone?"
Well it is 3 months and I've been reflecting a bit this weekend. Just to add to my last 'notes from a start(ing) up' 'more flexibility is required in yoga than in start(ing) up'
A Monday morning like this morning's with fresh coffee, dressing in a leotard and marvelling that that was appropriately dressed(!) then skipping off to 'work' was not a Monday morning that I would have envisaged over the past 4-5 years when I was undertaking some 5 hour or something drive to some random factory somewhere in safety boots.
So some reflections from a start(ing) up........
I've been learning as a 'start(ing) up' about just backing yourself.
It shouldn't sound like rocket science to you. Because it's not. You probably already back yourself. I don't typically.
So, when I was deciding this week how to structure my business/charity/community interest company I was not backing myself. I was researching, reasearching, asking, asking..... always hoping for the holy grail of an expert to give me the complete guidance of what is the best way forward. Maybe an accountant or a lawyer, right? I rang around and googled so many advisors, government bodies and sent random facebook messages to corporate lawyers who I went to college with (sorry if you were one of them!) Well, that's when dreaming goes a bit too far. Of course there is no holy grail of an expert.
After I'd had an excellent conversation with an advisor, who promised to email me lots of perfect sounding documents and websites I felt super. Then the emails trickled through with completely different links from those that had been described, documents I'd managed to google myself and in general not much progress forward.
I even called up Princes Trust only to be told ever so kindly that I was way to privaleged for their help. Because I have a masters. And fair enough. That was the light bulb moment for me. You know what? Back yourself! You do know how you want to set it up. You know that setting up as a charity makes sense for the grand plan. So just do it. What can go wrong? (hopefully I haven't jinxed myself)
Of course there is no holy grail of an expert and I have the brains to work out the basic requirements to get things right. And there definately is not someone who knows more than me about my vision for Yoga Quota. And to be honest I really think that as long as I've understood the regulations, have been careful and done my best I can't go too far wrong in the set up of a charity....? Hopefully I haven't jinxed myself there!! I can't get arrested for messing up with a clause in some article for association and then giving charitable yoga classes for disadvantaged groups surely? So back yourself. Go for it!
So that is my next lesson in start(ing) up. Back yourself.
Other less revelationary things that have been a' happening.....
I've put up a notice board to remind us all of why this studio is here. It's to spread yoga out from just the privaleged often female westerner in pink lycra (ahem me without the pink lycra?) to everyone who hasn't been able to try it, and possibly hasn't even heard of it before. To hopefully widen the audience of people who get yoga's benefits. And I thought that the people upstairs in the cafe should see this aim more often!
This week's charity class is back to Steppin' stones. I want to know how things are 2 weeks after trying yoga for the first time for the person who is homeless who came last time.
The Yoga Gro essays continue apace. I'm on the finale. Don't tell the ladies who run Yoga Gro who want you to do it sequentially and slowly, I'd rather it was off my plate and finished yesterday.
The creativity in yoga teaching and starting up a charitable venture has spilled over to leisure time....(what's that?) I've been crafting all Sunday with my Mother from Cardiff who physically dragged me from the yoga mat, excel plans and charity websites to craft instead.
My particular favorite....the Secret Santa voucher for one of the employees at Lush as seen above (so kind of 'work' still......!) I can do this if you request it when you buy the Gift Vouchers. I've not blown the secret by the way....its from a mystery Santa who works at lush to another!
Anyway, namaste and Back Yourself!!!!