Life is too short 

So it’s been a busy few months with lots of exciting things happening. There have been feelings of elation to feelings of anxiety – anxiety about putting my life experiences out there for all to see, criticise or judge when I published my book. Anxiety concerning getting everything on track with the family business, my life, my goals, and anxiety about where the next bit of money will come from since I invested all my savings into enjoying life and making a different future for myself.

I must be honest – it’s been a hard battle at times. Trying to remain optimistic and positive when there is not enough regular work coming in to pay the bills yet still focusing on my goals and the business and believing that it will all work out in the end!

Sure there might be the odd acting job or a tiny bit of revenue from the book, which I am immensely grateful for but this period of transition from working full time and having money to not working full time with limited money but doing something you enjoy is hard to justify to yourself let alone anyone else! 

I’m persevering though and trying to flush away the doubting devil that makes his way into your mind. You know the one that constantly tells you it’s a bad idea, the one responsible for making you worry, panic and feel really isolated? 

It’s a battle but I have to remind myself that despite it all things have been good, real good. My book made Amazon’s best seller list, our products have been ordered from China and are being manufactured as I write this and I’m getting more acting work come in – yay!

These past couple of months have also included travel. I have visited Ireland, Norway, Hungary and Morocco to see my new-born baby brother!

I never realised how much joy a new baby can bring into the world. It’s amazing how any worries you once had or any grudge can be forgotten in an instance once you see this pure bundle of joy looking up at you. Completley innocent, completely dependant and content with the basic things we take for granted – food, love, and comfort. 

Despite all my worrying, this trip helped remind me that things can really be simple. As adults we are moulded and conditioned to think we have to conform to a certain way, that we are restricted in life. That we should be at certain points in our life by a certain time. 

However, it needn’t be that way. Who cares if you haven’t bought a house yet or are not settled down with kids, or you still don’t know what you want to do in life? It’s fine to take a step back and most importantly be grateful for things we often take for granted – food, shelter and health. 

It’s fine to experiment and explore to find out what you want or like in life. It’s fine to not commit to a job, a house, a relationship if you are not ready. 

Do what you want to do, take time out and don’t be pressurised into doing something because “that’s what people do.”

We have one life, let’s not cloud it with the stresses and strains of what society dictates we should be doing. Dust off that doubting demon and instead live, laugh, love and most importantly enjoy. 

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Check-in 

Sometimes it’s really important to take a moment to check in – to stop, analyse and register what you have been doing over the past 6 months to a year, or longer. Have you been fulfilling those goals and ticking off that list or did other things get in the way? 

If it’s the latter, perhaps you need to prioritise or maybe the goals you set before are not relevant any more? In that case, it’s good to revisit and set yourself new goals or rejig them. 

Are there things you had forgotten you wrote down and have already done? If so, great, be sure to tick it off your list. You might even want to add more on. The great thing is it’s your list and you get to put whatever you want on it – big or small, it really is up to you. 

Where are you keeping your list? On a wall, in your diary, in a blog post? It’s probably worth sticking your list somewhere where it is clearly visible each day so that it taps into your subconscious mind and helps remind you of the things you want to achieve every day you wake. This is what living is about – doing what you’ve always wanted to! Embrace it 😉

If you haven’t written your bucket list yet then maybe you should – it really helps with getting things into perspective and giving you something to focus on. I love it! 

I decided to revisit my own bucket list and make a few updates to the list and I must say I am very happy with my progress.

  • Own a house
  • Own a Bentley
  • Make Talent Reel successful
  • Be a great marketing professional – changing to be a great entrepreneur 
  • Earn enough money to enjoy the things I like
  • Travel the world – in progress 
  • Go skiing ✔️ March 2017
  • Go snowboarding ✔️ March 2017
  • Climb Kilimanjaro
  • Do volunteer work in a third world country
  • Get married
  • Have a baby
  • Learn to play the piano
  • Learn to speak Spanish
  • learn to speak Arabic
  • Take acting classes ✔️ – started January 2017
  • Learn to mix
  • Have tea at the Ritz
  • Drink Crystal
  • Go to the Mobo’s
  • Go to see the Northern Lights
  • Go to see Santa in Lapland
  • Go on a husky sleigh
  • Wear a grass skirt in Hawaii
  • Publish a book or have a well-known blog
  • Have a party in a mansion
  • Have my teeth straightened ✔️ – started with full braces December 2016
  • Do something really spontaneous
  • Have a makeover
  • Go wine tasting ✔️ – have been a few times now 
  • Learn to take a good photo
  • Go to the Opera ✔️ – Sydney Opera House 2016
  • Go to the Ballet
  • Go on a private yacht and sail
  • Learn to play somewhere over the rainbow on a ukulele
  • Go white water rafting ✔️ – New Zealand 2016
  • Spot a dolphin in the sea ✔️ – Several places in Australia 2016 
  • Stroke a meerkat ✔️ – did this years back 
  • Try Beluga caviar
  • Go to Glastonbury

Whilst it’s great to set goals and tick things off – we also need to give credit to our achievements to-date which might not be on our list. This could be from your personal or professional life or both. 

At school, we used to have records of achievements and it shouldn’t stop now. It’s a reminder of how far we have come and a little note to ourselves to look at all we have achieved and really be proud of ourselves! 

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I’m having a moment

Panic has started to set in and although this is probably a very natural part of making the move over to the other side – it’s not a nice feeling.

I sat and looked over my dwindling bank balance (meant to be mortgage fund) and realised that it’s nearly non-existent – that’s when that little voice started to pipe up. 

“You’ve gone and spent all your money Nadia.

“What a silly idea.

“Why didnt you save money just for this instead of spending the last of your savings? 

“You need to get a proper job and fast.” 

That person called doubt crept in and got inside my head. Instead of putting up a fight – I thought – yeah your right. I need a job as back up. The bills are coming in and we have no real sales yet – what am I doing!! So I began doing what I always used to do – search for jobs and apply. 

I got scared and ran back to my safety net. I even had a chat with a recruitment agent telling her I was looking for something part time so that I could focus on other things. 

After my phone call and an empowering chat with my sister, I remembered what Robert Kiyosaki did. On the quest to financial freedom, Robert and his wife Kim were homeless at one point. Their friend’s kept on saying – “why don’t you just get a proper job,” but they didn’t and because of their refusal to give up on their dream – they are now multimillionaires!

The feeling of uncertainty and self-doubt is a horrid one and one of the biggest killers of great things. I know this but it still got the better of me. 

To be honest with you, i’m still feeling vulnerable and need to share that it’s not all plain sailing when setting up something completely new and giving it all you’ve got – money, time and lots of hard work. 

However, sometimes you have to just jump because if you reach for that safety net and fall back – nothing changes.

If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

Henry Ford

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Nĭmen hǎo

Hello my wonderful people. I’m currently in China at the moment mixing a bit of  business (visiting Yiwu) with pleasure (Beijing).

As you may or may not be aware, I have decided to ditch corporate life in a bid to focus on other pursuits and build a sustainable family business on Amazon. 

I wanted a business where earning potential wasn’t capped, it could be operated from anywhere and it gave me the flexibility to focus on other areas in my life like acting and working on my network for creative women – Talent Reel.

Hence, the birth of Aidan Liamsi – a small family business dedicated to women and fitness, health and beauty as well as baby and pet ranges. Watch this space 😉

Now we all know that you can’t have a business without any products to sell, therefore, it was time to start getting serious.

I headed out to Yiwu – home of the largest commodity market in the world in the search for our gold. This bustling trade market is home to approximately 76,000 suppliers spread across five districts. It really is phenomenal. Although, there were always lots of people doing the same thing as me, the markets were never ever packed. 


I met with three agents to test the water and each day we took to the market and the process of looking, testing and asking questions through the translator became the norm. 

By the end of the three days, I knew who I wanted to work with, but whether the relationship develops into a fruitful one is yet to be decided. 

The reason being is that Yiwu might not be the right vehicle for me. Don’t get me wrong – it’s great and I found all the products I wanted, however, some of them just weren’t at the right price! Those that could work had other caveats attached. 

For example, I want to private label the products but to do this – it typically requires an order of 1,000/2000 pieces which just isn’t going to happen for the first order. 

The odd supplier who agreed to a smaller production of 300 pieces would have trouble providing me with a branded box even if I provided the design work. They needed a high order quantity to enable a new box to be printed. It was all a bit crazy and there is definitely a missing gap in the market there.

The agents I decided to go with seemed to be quite proactive and advised they could go to another supplier for boxes so it still could work – but, we will see. 

The alternative is going back to the drawing board of Ali Baba as the prices seem a lot lower. 

My business trip was definitely a great learning experience and nice to make some business contacts. 

Some of the things I learnt along the way are:

  • Yiwu is great if you want to buy without private labelling (think of Aladdin’s cave) 
  • Yiwu has lots of variety so you really can mix and match 
  • They don’t like giving samples 😦 
  • If you want to private label, you will need to potentially buy thousands per product 
  • The Chinese don’t like to haggle so you have to ask the translator/agent to ask for lower prices but they don’t like doing this
  • You can’t access Google, YouTube, Facebook (maybe more but that’s all I use) in China so get a VPN before you go
  • Make sure you ask your agents for references – the good ones should have no problem putting you in touch with one or two of their clients 
  • Meet with a few different agents so that not all of your eggs are in one basket 

After the business trip was over, it was time to fly to Beijing for some pleasure and to see part of the Great Wall of China.

I booked a tour to hike 6km from Jinshanling to Simatai West up hundreds of steep stairs and steep inclines. It was tough in places but extremely worth it. The views were just outstanding.

Overall, I’ve had a lovely time in China, I have seen some amazing places, eaten beautiful food (hot pots, dumplings and the legendary Beijing duck – yummy!) and learnt a bit more about the culture. 

However, I am ready to come home and start working on the next bits for Aidan Liamsi. Being away in Yiwu really helped me cement the product ideas and uncover a few new bits. It’s so exciting – I can’t wait to tell my family so we can get to work. 

A word of warning – if you are thinking about visiting Beijing, make sure you brush up on your Chinese or take some flash cards as hardly anyone speaks English. Which makes it a lot harder to communicate and get around but not impossible! Just call it an adventure and an excuse to learn a new language 😉 

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The journey has begun

Right about now, I have a million thoughts being processed and an excitable undertone that runs through my veins when thinking about all the possibilities.

The opportunities are definitely out there – sometimes you just have to jump for them and right now I’m jumping!

I’ve been using my house deposit along with a little bit of consultancy work (working from home) to keep everything ticking over while I prepare everything in the background. 

Since coming back from traveling, I decided I didn’t want to go back to the corporate world and wanted to be my own boss, working on my business rather than in it – and doing this from any location I chose.

After a lot of research the Amazon business seemed like the perfect opportunity for me so I decided to go back to school and learn. After finishing a four day course with Unlimited Success (who also run Progressive Property) I combined my previous research with this learning and just went for it. 

In the past few days I’ve set up the website, auto-responders, improved my listings, created a YouTube Chanel with videos and got my first shipment off.
I’ve now joined the masterclass and will be starting with a group of mentors next month. 

If there’s one thing I’ve learned – it’s that learning is continuous and that you need to surround yourself with like-minded people.

Proof is in the pudding and I have realised that since attending the course I had a massive injection of enthusiasm and lots of ureka moments. I came back raring to go like a steam train speeding to its next destination. 

That’s the power of being surrounded by like-minded people, great teachers (people actually doing what they are teaching) and the forum to bounce ideas around and get feedback or reassurance that you are actually doing the right thing!

I am taking on quite a few things at the same time so it’s Uber busy for me but I’m glad as it keeps me on my toes. 

So what else has been happening? I’ve started acting classes on Thursday evenings, have appeared in an online film called Hello Aurevoir and have been an SA for a few major feature films. 

I’m currently in talks with a director and my course instructor regarding auditioning for one of his upcoming roles – so watch this space!

I will be starting Identity in April which is the leading part-time drama school in the UK and plan to work towards becoming a successful actress. 

With everything else going on – I have had to put my book on the back burner but it has come back from its final edit and just needs to be re-edited by me before sending it live on kindle. Hopefully it will be in April now. 

The new Talent Reel site (a site dedicated to showcasing women in the creative and entertainment industries) will go live this month. 

So as you can see it’s all actions go!!

Where will my next stop be? I’m not sure but it’s full steam ahead as the journey has only just begun. 

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Life is what you make it 

I realise it has been quite some time since I last published a piece. Apologies for the radio silence but since I came back from my epic adventures – something changed in me. 

After the tales had died down and me being back from my travels was not new anymore – it kind of sucked. It sucked because the buzzing energy, racing endorphins and the freedom of travel was now a mere memory. A file in my cabinet, that seemed to be collecting dust. 

I mean how many times can you tell someone that your trip was amazing?
They couldn’t possibly revel in my excitement as they weren’t there. To them, my ramblings seemed resemblant to that of an excited school kid, who was telling the story of never never land. They listened intently of course – wanting to share the joy but they just didn’t get what I was trying to relay. The truth is no one will – unless they have experienced it themselves. 

That feeling of breath taking beauty when you see a sunset full of colours that you never could have imagined. The feeling of being amongst nature and getting up close and personal with Dolphins in their natural habitat. That feeling of euphoria – when you realise that this world is made up of perfect things that you once took for granted.

Traveling for me was an overload of senses – an explosion of colours, sounds and smells. It was a taste of freedom. It was a taste of real beauty and a small glimpse into what this world has to offer.

It was me!

Of course I missed my family and loved coming back to see them but as the days turned over – the emptiness inside grew larger.

How could I go back to work doing the same 9-5 now I had been spoilt? 

Now the world had my heart – my compulsion for traveling again was getting stronger and my zest for the life I left behind was slowly fizzling out. The problem was, I knew I couldn’t just up and go again. After exhausting all my traveling funds – it meant I was stuck in the UK at least for a while longer.

The visions of Tube chaos and misery as drone-like people made their daily commute into a job they had to do, rather than wanted to do became a flashing beacon in my mind.

I just couldn’t do it. After seeing and doing so many wonderful things – how could I possibly subject myself to the Same Shit Different Day mentality?

After a few weeks of feeling lost, I had a lightbulb moment and thought that life was too short to waste on meaningless things. 

Thankfully for me, I had no responsibilities binding me to something I didn’t like – no kids, no mortgage – just me. I was free from any financial burden and if I got stuck – I could always fall back on my career. I could always go into an office on a temporary basis as a marketing manager or consultant like I had been doing for the past ten years. 

My mind was made up and from that day I would try my best to swerve the conventional 9-5 job. Instead I was to start taking control of my life and start doing the things I’ve always wanted to do.

In August I made that decision and since then I have never looked back. I’m getting into acting (a complete career change), will soon be self publishing a book – Sunshine After the Rain, relaunching Talent Reel (my network for creative females) and starting a family business (online selling) as a bit of residual income.

It’s all early days but I’ve had some great wins so far and I’m so excited for what the future holds now. 

And yes you guessed it – in between I’ll be visiting as many new countries as I can – to see more of this beautiful world. 

My advice to anyone thinking of doing the same is go for it! You don’t want to get older and say “what if?” However, if you do – you never know what may come of it.

So start living your dreams people – because life really is too short! 

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New Zealand at a Glance

One thing I noticed about New Zealand was that it was cold! After nearly ten weeks being in Australia and becoming climatised to hot weather the majority of the time – it was hard to adjust to the crisp fresh cooler climate. 

However, if I had come from London I would probably say that the weather was lovely. 

Nonetheless, I now know I will be returning to sunny Blighty with a faded tan. Oh no! All those months sunning it up to perfect the sun kissed glow seem a bit wasted now as I’m going to return resembling my former Casper-like self.

C’est la vie! 

What I can take away is months of memories that will last a lifetime. 

New Zealand is beautiful, you don’t have to drive very far to see the glorious mountains and green trees on one side and the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean on the other. 

One fellow traveller said “it looks like a desktop photo- it doesn’t look real” and she was right. 

My days in New Zealand have been spent taking in glorious scenery – mirror like lakes, snow toppled mountains and enchanted rainforests. 

I have spotted sperm whales and orcas in the wild, taken a stab at ice climbing Franz Josef glacier and taken a leap of faith in adrenaline capital Queenstown. 

I have hiked across Lord of the Rings territory on my 22km Tongarriro Alpine Crossing and summit trek. With landscapes as beautiful as this, you can see why Peter Jackson set his films here!  I have embraced the rapids and waterfalls of the Kaitiaki River and white water rafted my way down the tallest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. I have black water tubed, climbed and leaped over cascading waterfalls in Ruakuri Caves known as the original Waitomo subterranean adventure. 

I’ve embraced Maori culture in one of the best interactive and educational cultural performances I have seen at Tamaki Maori Village. 
We stayed in a beautifully carved and decorated sleeping house (Wharemoe) and took part in traditional activities, listened to stories and songs before dining on a glorious hangi feast.

I have excitedly walked through the Hobitton movie set snapping endless pictures of the cutest hobbit holes and surroundings whilst reliving parts of the film that I remembered. And of course in true Hobbit style I finished with a cider or two at the famous Green Dragon pub! The attention to detail on the set was unreal and I never thought I would enjoy the trip as much as I did. 

Despite the cold, New Zealand has been a trip full of adrenaline fuelled activities, hair raising and beautiful moments. Who would have thought I would ever do a Bungy jump? Not being the best with heights, I surprised myself but you only live once I suppose!

I’ve ticked more things off my 40 things before I’m forty list such as white water rafting and have done tons more not on the list.

I’m a very lucky girl who has seen and participated in some amazing things. Things that will be imprinted in my mind for a lifetime. Memories that will always be there – my memories, my reminder of the greatness that is out there – waiting for me to experience. Waiting for all of you to experience!

Despite partaking in this epic adventure, I do miss home and my family and friends lots and am really looking forward to coming home. 

However I also know what’s in store for me. My memories and amazing experiences over these past six months serve to remind me of my testament to explore as much of this world as possible. 

Life is for living, enjoying, learning and sharing. As long as I can keep those memories alive, my burning desire to experience more of what this glorious world has to offer will never end. 

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