First, I promise you that this post is not about the hit American TV show Glee (I’ll admit now I am a fan though). It really is about a new direction for Alexie RicRac. It’s not so much a new direction as it is a step closer to turning this blog into the dream I have for Alexie RicRac. Today I start a new chapter in the Alexie RicRac story.
Unfortunately I am unemployed. The Australian Government provides its job seekers the opportunity to enter self-employment, so a few weeks ago I attended an information session on starting a small business. The information session was fairly straightforward and answered all the questions I had. The Mister attended the session with me, but he decided that it wasn’t for him. With just over 48 hours to complete and submit my application, I had a big decision to make: do I want to turn my dreams into a reality? Am I ready to push myself? Am I prepared for failure? Am I ready to sit in a classroom full time for the next 8 weeks? The answer to all of these questions was a resounding yes. Once my forms were submitted, very quickly the administrative coordinator of the program scheduled me in for an interview with one of the teachers of the course. I won’t bore you with the details of the interview but what I can tell you is that after what felt like half an hour and in actual fact was between 10 and 15 minutes, I had been offered a position in the program: Eight weeks of full time study, followed by a business plan submission and then 9 months of business development, mentoring and trading. I haven’t been in a classroom full time since high school so the next eight weeks will be very interesting and hopefully very rewarding.
In line with my values and principles to lead a life of self-sufficient and regenerative living, Alexie RicRac will bring to you fabulous vintage and vintage-inspired home wares, soft furnishings, small appliances, decorative items and clothing and accessories in good working order. If I wouldn’t use it myself, it won’t be for sale!
We’ve made a huge mess of the planet so it’s high time we started to clean up after ourselves. Like our skin, we’ve only got one habitable planet (right now) so it’s our responsibility to take good care of Mother Earth. I even signed Rent the World’s ShareHouse Earth Tenant Agreement last month as a volunteer at the Sustainable Living Festival.
Over the next eight weeks to twelve months I anticipate that there will be lots of highs, lots of lows and lots of questions as I embark on this journey. You might see some changes around here and you may notice that I am not writing as often, but I will be here, I promise!
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That sounds exciting and scary all at once! It seems pretty fantastic that there’s a whole program set up to assist you in setting up your own business. It’s a lot better than just going it alone, without all the vital information you need. I’m excited to see how it all goes for you and I’ll be looking forward to updates on your planned business. Have fun with it!
The first week is done and dusted and I have loved every minute of it! My class mates and fellow small business people are amazing and filled with so much knowledge. Seven more weeks, but I’m thinking that I’ve made some great friends beyond those seven weeks.