Show it to me
“Well, Chiara, everyone has plans in their head that are completely finished, but you will have to show something first ‘
I have a business coach and sometimes she’s a little severe. She says it laughing because she is far from that: she is honest, clear, almost a head taller than me and does a little dance when she is happy. Or if I’ve said something brilliant. She lives in a beach palace in Holland, where we meet almost every week to work on our plans and dreams. One week I am her filmcoach, the other week she is my business coach. Our way of working and missions fit like a glove, we are peas and carrots and we helped each other a lot in short time.
We combine our strongest qualities and our plans are improving by the minute. Our collaboration started like when we were children, playing in the sandbox. One child plays with a shovel and another toddler comes by with a bucket on her head: bingo, let’s get together and make a sand castle! And without explaining anything they work together until the job is done.
Our sandcastles so far:
One edition of Monday morning vitamins
One successful cooking creation
1 trailer of the film Sparks of Light
4 experience reports
1 business compass
10 sketches and drawings
16 hours of making-of film material
1 recipe for Grandma’s secret tofu dish
The introduction of the yoga break
The introduction of the concept Biral
I could never have imagined or predicted this one year ago when I started my business like a lonely nut with a big dream: living my life till the max and work with passion.
I leave a lot to chance and always speak aloud my wish, that’s why I have a wish list of things: organic coffee, second hand clothing, a cottage etc. Money is not on the list, I think this is an old way of swapping stuff and also incredibly boring. Of course you can buy stuff with money. With money we make our transactions anonymously, quickly and professionally. I prefer to let myself be surprised and I want people to give me something from their own expertise or social surplus value.
A personal coach was also on my wish list and this is the best match ever. How could I ever imagine this, a coach who also happens to be very busy with innovative entrepreneurship, filmmaking and HEART working with passion?
This philosophy is obviously not infallible, as money has its advantages, I noticed that you can not always get what you want. My landlord for example, who wants to see cash, every 1st of the month. Telfort, who wants about 50 euros for my mobile office. And finally, my health insurance, which I quite appreciated because last 2 years I went through a lot with my health.
So now I have to toil on the mapping of my Shop Products and services.
Neat stuff that people can pay at the checkout.
Because currently the counter stays at 0.0 euros. I have worked a lot, earned little and what I had I invested in new gadgets. I erased unnecessary expenses: new clothes, magazines, hairdresser (I’m growing my hair again!), my apartment in Leiden (subleased to a charming student).
My shop products, so far:
In the window
-Kundalini-Yoga classes for beginners and students
-Experience videos of events and organizations
-Gangmaker: creative use of vacant buildings
On the shelves
-Special trips and retreats to Palermo (next week I write a blog about it here, or you can order a handwritten letter blog)
Yoga retreat in the Netherlands
Film-Coach (freelance teacher for primary and secondary school)
Advice on visual strategy: from idea to target.
Project Management: from idea to result, a project plan
CMV-qualification, social community projects and community-art
Design and layout of graphic production
Anyway: next week I have a skypecoaching appointment with Shanti Silos. Building our sandcastles: she shovels a bit of sand in my business bucket, I sieve her film material to fish out the gems.
My vision: next winter we sit on the beach of Palermo after talking about in 2013 when we played together so well :).