Article By: Claudia Watt
Creating change in your life can feel like a huge and scary step, trust me- I really Know!
I left my country, Germany, and relocated to Scotland because I fell in love with a wonderful Scottish man. It was a big step, especially with the language barrier. But it just felt like the right thing to do. Have you ever felt like this about something too?
Well, not only did I become a wife- but also Step Mum to two great children- quite a huge step for a 27 year old like me. I was lucky, because I had a good career, I worked in the hotel trade and loved the interaction with all the different people I would meet. But very soon after getting married I became pregnant with my wonderful little girl. – And I am sure you can
guess-, yes, my great career in the hotel trade lost some of its appeal, especially as I was missing time with my daughter. I had so much on my plate, I’m not sure how I got through it all, but I knew the one thing that I wanted to change. It was my work.
I realised I wanted to decide what hours I worked so I could achieve a better work/life balance. I am still keen to develop and do the best I can so I wanted to be able to progress in whatever I did on a “part-time” basis. This was proving hard to achieve in any of the jobs I looked for.
I started thinking about running my own business but I really had no idea where to start – then suddenly, during one of those internet searches that I would inevitably end up doing, there it was: The Creation Station! Arts and Crafts for kids, a franchise, award winning and fast growing. JUST THE THING! Amazing opportunities for the future and for now it would give me the opportunity to achieve the work/life balance that I was dreaming of. Being slightly suspicious of all the positives I went to a “Discovery morning” to learn more about the business and meet and get to know the founder, Sarah Cressall (who is an inspiration!) and some of the franchisees – and what can I say, I was totally inspired.
I had to be absolutely sure that it was the right thing for me to do and also that it would pay off for my family. In the end I thought about my own upbringing
(I am very proud of what my mum has achieved) and about what kind of role model I wanted to be for my kids… that made it easier.
I want them to have the confidence to try things! I would hate for them to turn around years later and say “I wish I had done such and such” So that`s what I did, I went for it! With butterflies in my tummy and the big scary step of making a change in my life to achieve what I really wanted. What’s brilliant – I have loved the whole process so far with not a single regret!
Sarah and her team are just lovely and incredibly helpful and whatever silly question I might have, there is always someone there to help me along the way. The Creation Station franchise has been the perfect option for me, I get to have all the fun and I gain the benefit of a valued and trusted brand behind me, with many years of experience of tried and tested session plans. Lots of hand -holding and a whole group of other franchise owners who, like me, had never done anything like this before, but who are loving inspiring the nation and achieving their dream work/life balance . So if you want to make a change in your life, I hope this inspires you to at least explore taking the big scary step – because the benefits can be fantastic!
If you fancy coming along with your children and get inspired together, please join in the fun in one of my classes or book an awesome Arty party or maybe even come along to one of the many events that I run in and around East Dunbartonshire.
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