It's may have been a little bit of a bumpy road to get to where you are today...
And that's ok, because these experience and insights have shaped and strengthened you.
I know you're ready for something new, something bigger.
Sometimes it's time because you’re emerging from taking full time care of your family or others who depend on you.
Sometimes it's because you've outgrown your current business or career and are ready for something new, something that's more...you.
Sometimes it's because you've come through illness, separation, divorce, addiction or trauma and you’re battle scarred but stronger and more insightful.
And sometimes it's simply because you know it's your time. Now.
You've woken up. And you don’t want to do business and life the way you used too.
You've noticed that as you move into midlife your desire for purpose and fulfillment increases significantly. You recognise that your priorities and interests have shifted and there’s a growing sense of urgency to respond to that yearning inside to do what you’re really here for in what I call Your Next Chapter.
And I can help.
I help women who are feeling like this to develop your ideas and start a new project, recreate an existing business or develop a new one that leverages your life experience and feels authentic and aligned with the woman you have become. Together we work on letting go of self-doubt and mastering marketing as you build a business structure and connect with the people you are here to serve.
I’m committed to this work because I wasted too much time believing that what I really wanted to share and do was not enough, that I was not enough.
Once I finally had the courage to let go and make the leap into My Next Chapter in 2012, the feeling of joy and relief and the many, MANY women I have worked with since who are now on the same journey, confirmed it was the right decision and that there is so much more waiting for us...
I know that you can share your energy, experience, and wisdom in a way that excites and fulfills you and makes a difference in the world.
I believe in Next Chapters and new possibilities. In evolutions, not revolutions. In progress, not perfection.
I believe in you, and your ideas, the contribution you are here to make.
IN THE WOMAN THAT YOU HAVE BECOME.
I also believe I know what you're looking for now.
Help with building your confidence and self-belief. A fresh perspective on your ideas to develop clarity on your next steps. And then a framework, a structure to adopt and adapt, to bring those ideas to life. Support, guidance and a sounding board you can trust and depend upon as you define what success will look like for you.
And, perhaps most importantly, connection with other like-minded women who are also in their 40’s and beyond and embarking on their next chapters in business and life too so you no longer feel isolated or overwhelmed.
I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE!
In my little slice of the web, because although I’m very happily anchored in my own Next Chapter now, it took me awhile to get here and I’ve learned how to navigate the bumps on the road and that means I have so much to share with you to make your own journey a little easier.
Life in my Next Chapter is way better than it used to be!
I’ve developed a healthy self-belief that springs from a solid core of self-worth. I’m doing work I love, work that aligns with my heart and makes a difference.
But to appreciate what an achievement this feels like, I need to share a little of my story, because it certainly wasn't always like this...
LET ME TAKE YOU BACK A FEW YEARS.
Because I still get goosebumps when I think about my own turning points.
The first time I came back when I was lost.
When I was struggling to make empowering choices. When I was overwhelmed and unaware and not taking care of me.
From the outside, I had a 'charmed life'. Great husband, two gorgeous kids, a nice house in the suburbs, lovely friends, a successful corporate marketing career followed by a small business I ran from home...
All the boxes were ticked.
I should have been marvellously blissful and content, right?
But I wasn't.
I was unhappy, unfulfilled, overwhelmed and carrying a massive load of guilt for feeling that way
And I was scared that the 'Everything's Fine' facade that I so carefully presented to the world would crack and the 'real me' would be revealed to my friends and family and clients.
And I felt that Real Me simply wasn’t good enough, regardless of what I could juggle and how hard I tried.
In the midst of this spiraling self-belief crisis (which had been my traveling companion for a very long time), I had became increasingly dependent on winding down with a few drinks at the end of the day. I loved the way it felt when alcohol quietened the doubts and turned down the volume on the judgemental voice that harassed me from the inside. The voice that told me that nothing I did was as good as the achievements of the people against which I relentlessly compared myself.
I was stuck in a pattern that just wasn’t working. A self-destructive pattern tied to the feeling of unworthiness that was going to make short work of everything that mattered most to me if I didn't break free.
Eventually - thankfully - I began to realise that outside solutions never fix inside challenges.
Finally, with help and support - I flicked that switch and stopped numbing myself. And I began to grow again.
I began to believe in myself and my worth and just what I was capable of. This major shift came from within and allowed me to begin a new chapter in my life.
It's self-belief that shapes the extent to which we flourish and expand. It's our ability to listen to - and act upon - our own intuition that supports us.
These were the new truths that I chose to explore and embrace.
THESE WERE THE FIRST PARAGRAPHS OF MY NEW CHAPTER BEING WRITTEN...
Once I let go of the external props that had held me up (and held me captive) - once I took hold of the resources within me, my optimism, enthusiasm and self-worth were revitalised.
This new vitality spread into my business life. The small marketing consultancy that I had launched at my dining room table in 2003 grew. And grew. And grew!
I moved from being a solopreneur in a home office into serviced offices with casual staff. And from there into buying an office in Chatswood and expanding my team to four staff. Together we built a multiple six-figure turnover and served clients in three states.
But by late 2012, something else dawned. I realised I’d built a business that utilised the skills from my previous corporate life, but one that was no longer fulfilling.
I now knew from experience how important it is to pause when these feelings emerge. To listen when our hearts speak.
I remember thinking:
"Can I really do this? Should I? Can I really let go of this business and start anew? Isn’t there something just a little bit foolish about letting go and starting again at this stage of my life?".
But then I considered the alternative.
I imagined NOT making this change.
Not following my heart and my passion and what was quickly beginning to feel like a calling. Not listening to my intuition. Staying safe. Staying where I was, doing what I was good at, but doing it without joy.
And I realised there's actually something far more foolish about that.
About standing at this fork in my journey, gazing down that new path - the one I knew would light me up, the one I would dance along - and choosing instead to continue to plod along the well-worn path, being responsible and sensible but with my eyes and heart shut.
Something had to change, again.
It was time for my second major turning point.
It unfolds when we choose to live wholeheartedly with joy and curiosity. When we choose to trust ourselves. When we embrace the work that reflects and leverages our life experiences, building upon our journeys, our skills, our passions, challenges and unique experiences. When we define success by our own values, not by what anyone else suggests.
It happens when we align purpose and possibility. Where the ripples we create help and inspire others in ways they never imagined. Ways that we never could have imagined earlier in our lives.
Because success and fulfilment isn't just about what you accomplish in your life. It's also about what you inspire others to do.
YOUR NEXT CHAPTER IS OFTEN A SIGNIFICANT SHIFT.
It's a shift from ambition to fulfilment.
From should to could.
From success to satisfaction.
From obligation to contribution.
From perhaps I can to yes, I'm ready!
It is your magnificent e x p a n s i o n and it's exciting and scary and challenging and freeing all at the same time...
ARE YOU READY TO STEP INTO YOUR NEXT CHAPTER?
I simply love working with wholehearted women who are ready to create new businesses and lives that align with who you have become. Women who just need a wee dose of inspiration and guidance from someone who has already started down the road.
It's time to connect your self-worth, your courage and your dreams so you can follow your heart into the next stage of your life. Business strategy and marketing and sales skills, yes, I can and will teach you these.
But your purpose? The thing that calls to you and just can't be ignored any longer? That desire for contribution and meaning? That's where Your Next Chapter begins.
Let's have a Wholehearted Conversation and explore how I can help you take the next step, just click here to read more and get started.
The "Official Bio"
Following a corporate Media career in advertising, marketing, sponsorship and sales with News Limited, Angela launched her Marketing Consultancy, Ideas Into Action, from her dining room table in 2003 after the birth of her children.
Ideas Into Action provided diverse expertise and solutions across business planning, marketing strategy, graphic design, website development, copywriting, launch strategies, project management and more and the business quickly grew to a stage where Angela purchased an office in Chatswood, leading a small, committed team of four staff and several contractors, taking care of small to medium-sized clients in three states.
In 2012, Angela made the decision to move on from the world of purely strategic marketing and to cater to the emerging market of female entrepreneurs. Drawing upon her depth of business and personal development, she has created a unique blend of marketing and mindset support to help women in their 40’s and beyond flourish in a “Your Next Chapter”® business.