I don’t think my blog had any die hard fans, but if you are out there and have been pining for some mildly comedic, philosophical and rambling musings on life from me, I apologise as I certainly haven’t offered much in the way of that in recent months.
I’m not dead, the virus hasn’t got me, and I’ve not returned to a pre-pandemic normal either. However, as things have opened up I’ve been taking advantage and seeing more people, going places with the family and generally living; cos that’s what we are here to do.
Life isn’t a game of hide and seek, I don’t intend to duck behind the sofa, or shy away at home in case a mystery bug gets me or my family. There are plenty of things out there which could harm us and we live around them just fine.
So what have I been up to?! Well… work wise I have been splitting my time between writing at home, and doing a lot of manual warehouse work at our HQ. With our team playing catch up after months of delayed deliveries it’s all hands on deck to get products booked in and on the shelves to sell.
On top of this, I’ve got further into the Porsche social life and social media. Originally purchasing my 944 to fulfil a childhood dream., which handily coincided with the introduction of Porsche car parts to the range we supply at work, I have created a number of projects built largely around social media.
The first is a Porsche enthusiast group for owners living in the South of the UK. I have held 3 meetings to date with 50,75 and 100 cars turning up respectively and have now, with the free help of a fellow owner and graphic designer, put together a brand and started looking at merchandise. I’ve sold the first few stickers and am expecting a delivery of t shirt samples any moment.
With two more meet ups in the diary, and a convoy to a popular Porsche event also scheduled the rest of the summer is looking very busy for me.
On top of this, I also created an Instagram page that posts other people’s content daily – but only if it’s a photo of a Porsche, taken side on, that fits into a square!! Stuttgart Sideshots has taken off, and has accelerated to over 2k followers in less than 8 months.
I continue to try and help people I know as much as possible, be that with writing or ideas. No one knows what will happen in the future, I believe in karma and what goes around comes around. If you need help, shout and I’ll do my best to assist.
So the seeds metaphor… at the beginning of the year my garden looked like a waste land. The grass was all but dead with big patches missing and a distinct lack of colour.
I walked up to the local DIY shop and bought a few grass seed and feed products, took a quick skim read over the instructions and then followed my gut instinct. With the wrong tools I prepared the ground, I scattered the seeds by hand and then proceeded to water them daily.
For weeks and weeks, it felt like wasted time. Nothing was happening, except the local wildlife were dining out on a feast of grass seeds, courtesy of my generosity.
Months went by and we started to see small sprouts appear, at last it felt like it might work. Where some days I had skipped the watering out of despair I was now doing it religiously again.
And so now, we have a lovely lawn again!! The hard work paid off and it was worth it. I feel like this is reflective of all the other projects I’m working on now. The seeds are starting to grow, and I’m feeding them daily… hopefully they too will turn into something tangible and my efforts will be worth it.
If not, and I’m prepared that some or all of them may not succeed in the long term in their current ‘guise at least, I have had fun doing it and learnt some stuff too.
Podcasts continue to keep me enthused and excited about success and personal development. Check out the High Performance Podcast and Steven Bartlett’s the diary of a CEO to get on the same wavelength, and hopefully improve your way of looking at life.
I’ll leave you with a quote I read a month or so back “don’t put all your eggs in one basket, if someone else owns the basket.”
Love to all.