At the tender age of 50, I found myself with lots of qualifications and 30 years of work experience. My first career, as an Environmental Scientist, had been rewarding. I had tried to forge a career in teaching special needs in Higher Education. I nearly made it, but luck was not on my side. I am a worker bee, always have been, always will be. I needed to do something!
So, I began to think about what made me tick. I have always had a conscience in terms of challenging social oppression. I believe that communities have the power to act together to facilitate positive changes in society. I think that we need to think, speak, and act in the best interests of others, who may not be as fortunate as ourselves. In doing so, we can all make the world a better place for us to live today and for our children tomorrow. Personally, I can't sit back and wait for someone else to do something that I care about! Mostly, I think, all we need to do is be kind to ourselves and each other.
So, I decided to start Busy Life. I started building a website and I opened my gift shop. I also committed to giving a percentage of sales to a different charity every month. I found I really enjoyed this (much to my surprise!) My products have grown organically and are a reflection of me and my values. I love to write, champion inclusion, kindness, smiling and giving. I am also a keen amateur runner. I am always thinking about new ideas to add to my portfolio! The rest is recent history, and as described throughout my website. Have a look and see!
I am very proud to have the support of Kym Crosby, Kirsty Bloor and Stuart Bloor all elite Parathletes for my Diversity Designs™range! In addition, support from Taz Anwar, a Hijabi runner from the Muslim Community & ASICS UK Team, is very much appreciated.