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YOU are inspirational

As you probably know if you have come across this blog, I run fitness sessions. I like to running, press ups, squats. But give me a paintbrush and a piece of paper and I run a mile. The creative gene which runs in my family completely passed me by. So when my children came home telling me about this year's Harvest Art Competition I wasn't overly enthused. Luckily, I found a great video on Youtube to make a 3D pumpkin and we settled down in front of the TV with our orange paper and scissors to follow along. Despite my artistic inadequacies, we had a lovely time together and the children were heartwarmingly delighted with their creations. I have yet to find out if it will be allowed onto the display table this year...

As I put my son to bed that night he was bursting with excitement and told me that he had decided we should start running craft sessions in the community hall after the fitness sessions. He had plans to provide them with packed lunches in between and offered to use the money in his money box to pay for any resources we would need. (If only £1.44 would cover craft resources for a class there wouldn't be such a crisis with school funding...). I couldn't settle him down to sleep he was so buzzing with entrepreneurial possibilities.

My husband was really impressed when I told him. Not with James's business plan, which had some major holes in it, but with the fact that my endeavours are inspiring our son to believe that he can start a business. He is six and he has the confidence and ambition to believe that if he enjoys something, if he sees a gap in the market, or sees something that needs changing, he has the power to do something about it.

Now things haven't been that great this week. With business, as with life, there are ups and downs. These last couple of weeks I have worked tirelessly on promoting and creating a Halloween session which I hoped would bring in some new families to allow me to start a new session on a Saturday morning in a different part of the city. It is two days before the session and I have had absolutely no bookings. Zero. But I do have a lot of orange and black balloons and a stack of Halloween stickers. Great. And yet, despite my complete failure in my new launch, not to mention the waste of time and money, I know that I can't let it get me down and I can't give up. My children are watching me and everything that I do is providing them with the inspiration to make something of their lives. It doesn't matter how successful the business is or isn't, I am showing my children that I am not afraid to try, I don't let set backs get me down, and I keep on going when times get hard. Whether it is me inspiring them or them inspiring me, I don't know, but I know that I am lucky to have my wonderful children and husband at my side.

So next time you are feeling down and things aren't going to plan, think about your children. They are watching you, and how you respond to your life is going to be the blueprint for how they respond to challenges in their lives. You are their parent, their leader, their inspiration. So pick yourself up and get back on that horse. Then feel justifiably proud of yourself when you see your children do the same.

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