2019 has been a whirlwind so far (in the most amazing way). So, what am I up to? Now there is a question!
For those of you who follow me on social media, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea already. And I’ve outlined what I do on my Weddings page. But I thought I’d do a little blog post series going into a bit more detail about what I’m actually up to for anyone who might be interested!
*I’ve been meaning to do this post since January… It’s now March. But that’s okay, right?*
What am I up to? A brief Overview
Back in December, I wrote a post about my new venture at The Bishop’s Palace (which you can find here). I’ve been there for 2 months now and totally loving it! Although only part-time so it takes a little longer to learn everyone’s names and where everything is… BUT I think I’m just about there now. Keep your eyes peeled for my next post going into more detail about what I do at The Bishop’s Palace…
Okay, so that’s that. What else? Well, since 2016 I’ve gradually become more involved in my family business, The Empty Box Company, and now that I have more time on my hands I’ve really been able to take my focus here to a new level. But more on that later this week…
There’s more? Oh yes! I’m also the freelance wedding co-ordinator at the stunning rural wedding venue, Bradstone Manor. A gorgeous barn available to hire for your wedding day, and you get me too – yay! Again, keep a look out for my post on this over the next few days.
And – finally – I’ve got a few collaboration projects in the pipeline (across Instagram, Youtube, and my blog) which is super exciting. I adore working with brands and there will be a new post up soon. In the meantime, you can have a read of my collaboration page for more info.
Watch This Space…
Over the next few days I’ll go into more detail about what I’m up to, but thought a brief overview was a good place to start!
And if you don’t already, give me a follow on Instagram @lilabaileyweddings.
As most of you will know, for the past 2 years I’ve been working for a beautiful wedding venue on the edge of Dartmoor – Ever After. You’ll have seen from Instagram how stunning the venue is and how much I have enjoyed my time there. I’ve seen the business grow amazingly over the past 2 years, and I know it will only continue to grow, so it’s wonderful to have been a part of it. I wish Nicola & Steven and all the staff & suppliers I have worked with every success for the future!
But now is the time for new adventures, perfectly placed alongside a new year as I start my new position at The Bishop’s Palace at the beginning of January. I’m going to be their Weddings & Venue Manager, which is a huge step up for me and an incredible opportunity. I’m totally thrilled and very very excited to get stuck in! It’s a chance for me to really prove myself and spread my wings.
About The Bishop’s Palace
My new adventures are going to happen in the medieval city of Wells, which is where The Bishop’s Palace can be found. It has been home to the Bishops of Bath & Wells for over 800 years (wow!) and the current Bishop resides there now.
Parts of the palace, and the 14 acres of gardens are open to the public (plus their award-winning cuisine in the cafe!) and the place as a whole is run by the Palace Trust; an independent charitable organisation (a little bit like the National Trust, but on a smaller scale). You can hire The Bishop’s Palace for many things (including film sets – let’s hope I’m involved in a few of them!), but I’ll mainly be focussing on the hire for weddings.
You can find out more about The Bishop’s Palace by visiting their website.
So yes, my new job is in Wells (which is near Bath & Bristol), but we won’t be moving anywhere yet. This position is part-time, which means I’ll only be commuting for a couple of days a week, and my hours are flexible so I can dictate the days & times I’m travelling.
I’ve also got some other exciting projects on the horizon, which have only really fallen into place over the past couple of weeks. It’s funny how things work out! It’s a huge leap of faith, but I’ve figured you don’t get anywhere in life without taking a few risks!
So, that’s that. 2019 is going to be full of new adventures, exciting projects, and big dreams. But for now, I’m off for the Christmas break. Someone pass me a mulled wine!
I started this year with a fresh mind and healthier attitude than ever before. I am determined to make every day great (but to also not be too hard on myself if I don’t quite manage it). Goal setting is something I’ve actually learned through my job, and it applies to your work and your personal life.
I’ve always found setting myself goals easy. I do it all the time. But actually managing, evaluating, and measuring these goals is another thing entirely. It’s all very well setting yourself a goal, anyone can do that. But how do you know when you’ve reached your goal? Or what if you’re falling behind? Is your goal actually realistic and achievable?
Sit down with a notebook and pen. Pick a goal (or several) and write it down. Then, get specific. Why have you set yourself this goal? What does this goal involve? Who does this goal involve? Ask yourself in-depth questions, and really pull apart exactly what this goal of yours is.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll have an even clearer idea about where you want to get to and why. You can then set yourself a time limit, evaluate the achievability of the goal, and decide how you are going to measure your progress.
Don’t just stop with one goal either. Keep going! Every time you think of something you’d like to achieve, write it down. Even if you don’t do the evaluation malarkey straight away, at least it’s there in black and white for you to come back to. I would definitely forget most of my goals if I didn’t write them down. They come and go in waves, and sometimes you have a random urge to achieve something that’s completely unrelated to your current life and ventures. Ask yourself why you had that sudden urge to achieve that certain thing. It is amazing how much more you can learn about yourself from just taking the time to think.
Measuring the goal
Set yourself benchmarks for checking in on your progress. The benchmarks will be different for each goal. I’ve set myself some goals which require daily and weekly checks, and others which are a matter of months (and even years!). Setting yourself these time frames means you are constantly keeping on top of what you want to achieve. If something needs to be evaluated weekly, but you don’t look back over it for 4 months, then you may not have progressed at all and simply wasted 4 months!
This section will make the most sense when you’ve finished the first. So get cracking mate-y!
Making a change, one step at a time
I’ve found that a lot of people coast through life without a great deal of direction. This is especially apparent with people in their 20’s who aren’t really sure what they want to do with their lives. That’s normal, and the whole point of being young is discovering stuff. But you also want all your years (whether you’ve got 80 left or 10 left) to count. These goals don’t have to be drastic life-changing things. They can be the smallest and most insignificant of things. But they are still important. For example, one of my goals is to drink 2 litres of water a day. I still went through the motions of evaluating this goal, even though it seemed stupid at first. And it was so helpful.
Use these goal setting techniques to better yourself and your life. The only person getting in the way of what you want to achieve is you. And the more you tell yourself that isn’t the case then the more you’ll end up going nowhere. Change doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen with minimal effort.
Keep focused. Stay motivated. You’ll get there.
Whilst we’re on these motivational and personal lines, have a read of my happiness blog post (if you missed it).