First, I took some time out to learn about something I have always avoided.
I spent the early hours of today at a seminar run by the fabulous Jennifer Moreton & Alexandra Dalzell of ABN-AMRO Craigs here in Christchurch. It was a seminar about finance, shares, bonds, fixed interest etc. All those things that usually make my eyes glaze over. However these two made it digestible even at 8am in the morning. I left there understanding allot more and feeling less afraid of opening the finance pages of the paper. I really went out of my comfort zone here, as I usually avoid "money" stuff like the plague.
This takes me to the second event. That was presenting a Business Plan to my fantastic husband. He is a CEO of a large company so knows his stuff and as much as I love being married to him, talking finance with view to getting finance for a new project with him really is not high on my list of comfortable activities. I made it with the need for only one tissue, to wipe a stray stress tear. Oh and yes my eyes got that glazed over feeling when Excel spreadsheets, profit & loss, Cash-flow and projections where being talked about.
I even left after working on things a little more understanding some of the finer points of these financial terms that I have thus far managed to be ignorant about.
This new project is way bigger and potentially more lucrative than anything I have done before and requires finance to get it rolling, so I have spent today getting out of my financial comfort zone and learning some great things.
You know what it really is not as scary as I thought.
My challenge to you is to spend a little time today learning about something you have managed to avoid or have been afraid of for a long time.
I thank my many Maths teachers over the years who never saw fit to pass me once for my fear of numbers, maths and spreadsheets.
However I thank Jennie, Alex, DH and Kathy for making life a little simpler for me today.
Onwards and upwards, Tally ho!!