Giving up the ‘business’

I’m a problem solver. That’s what I do. Sort things out. It’s one of the things I do best.

Show me a ‘can’t’ and I’ll show you ‘can’. Show me an ‘I dont know’ and I swear I’ll show you an ‘I’ll find out’. Show me an ‘I’m frightened’ and I’ll show you a ‘hell, do it anyway!’

I started making natural skincare products to try and solve the ‘problem’ of my first son’s dry skin. I LOVE learning, so I studied and practised, and I made some lovely stuff for him.

And now, with baby number 2, both my kids benefit daily from their own little bespoke skincare range.

But the thing is, it was never meant to be a business. I guess that has been a byproduct really.

Its great that other people are using and enjoying the stuff. And hey, maybe someone will feel inspired by my journey, and be encouraged to do something to solve their own problem(s).

But I don’t enjoy business. No. Not at all. I enjoy creativity, and beauty, and peace and kindness. I enjoy people and new places, and new challenges, and learning. I enjoy overcoming difficulties, and finding the answer. I enjoy exploring natures gifts – the beautiful oils and herbs that are our natural healers.

But I don’t enjoy business. Not at all.

I enjoy the opportunities that it exposes me to. But I can’t stand the ‘selling’. The ‘transaction’. The value judgement that is made as a result.

I love my products. I love that I have preserved my childrens skin despite eczema, and chicken pox, and this rash, and that allergy. I’m proud of the work I have put into it. But I’m not a natural business woman.

And I’m wondering if and when it might be time to just stop…. After all, I solved the problem didn’t i?

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Roll up, roll up, hear ye! hear ye!

So Bare Bodycare had a trip away from the studio today.Image

I was deliriously excited to be asked to be interviewed live on BBC Radio Newcastle today about my little business. Any opportunity to rave on about my natural baby skincare obsession is a true delight for me. But to be able to rave on to hundreds (?) of listeners was an utter joy.

You know when you love something and you cant stop talking about it? Thats me. About this. And wow – to be ASKED to talk – free to blab on and on – it was a dream come true! I am now bursting to do it again. Give me an audience. Anyone who’ll listen. I LOVE this stuff. Nature! Babies! Skincare! Whats not to love????!!!

And thankfully, i didnt sound too much like an idiot. I believe i came across quite calm and professional.That was the plan. I’m so proud of myself. Maybe i AM a business woman after all…… So proud.

Pity i managed to drive through part of the hedge as i reversed out of the BBC carpark. Pride intact, but a few scratches to the paintwork.