As a follow-up on my blogs dedicated to Leveraging the Universe and taking baby steps to reach your goals in life or getting what you want, I’m writing about what I’m currently doing daily to get a footing in this new country, the UK. My aim is to make friends, meet people, get familiar with the place and of course trying to cook new recipes with the different variety of ingredients and especially fish available here as from that which I am familiar with 🙂
1) Making friends and meeting people – well that all begins with like I always say, a smile 🙂 I go to the gym every morning for an hour or so and that has helped me familiarise with the trainers as well as the other regular fitness conscious people who come there. Yoga class on Monday had a couple of women who live in our community and this morning one of them waved at me on her way to work. A small beginning that may lead to a new friend……….who knows
Breakfast and lunch at the local Pantry consists of yummy sandwiches of all kinds – egg and mayo, BLT, sausage and ham, chicken and sweet corn and of course they serve hot chocolate, coffee and tea as well. Regulars from the village come in there for a coffee and a chat and meeting people is easy. The 2 young fellas and their mums run the place along with a heavy-set tattooed woman who does delivery for office lunches and the like. I like the place, very friendly, warm. People talk to you like they’ve known you for ages and you get included in every conversation 🙂
And I finally went and met Bridget, the sweet lady who works in the Church office. Told her I am unemployed and wanted to help out with Church activities and Voila! there is a Community Day being held on the 14th July, an all day event with entertainment, food and a Mass. So I’m going for the meetings starting next month and can you imagine the many different people it’ll afford me the privilege to meet and get the opportunity to share ideas and help in the event planning 🙂
2) New ingredients, new recipes – well, cooking has always been my thing. Wanted to try baking and new recipes…..so I just got bold and started experimenting with ingredients. Made Indian fish curry with cod fillets,pan-fried fish again, Indian style with Tilapia, made my first chicken pasta salad with orange juice dressing and many more.
As a suggestion to my friends and those seeking to do something, make more money, get to know the right people, I’d like to put down my thoughts:-
1) If you are already running some sort of business like baking, taking cooking orders for parties, running a yoga class and want to get the word around – print artistically, funky business cards and circulate them amongst friends. Bake a batch of cup cakes and invite people over for tea so that the word can spread. Have a trial yoga class for friends.
2) Put yourself out there – first of all, clean up your LinkedIn account. It’s not facebook, so out with all the friends and relatives and get to know people from your own industry or related fields. Drop them a line sometimes. A person from the UK who owns a cement factory emailed me once for help getting into the UAE market and since I was working in Dubai at that time, I emailed him some contacts and inside information on how to go about things. Now that I am in the UK and will subsequently be looking for a job, I know I have someone who will try to help me.
3) Socialise, take a class – the best way to meet people is to join a class. Anything, a language course, a computer class, a bakery lesson. You automatically have more people in your network and through them you get to meet some more people. No shame in telling people you are looking for a job or advertising your business.
4) Talk to people you already know who are supportive of whatever it is you are doing or want to achieve. They can help you by being encouraging, baby-sitting your kids when necessary, helping out with chores if you need to get away.
5) Use whatever skill you already have to turn it into something that lets you earn – take tuition classes, teach music, pilates, write articles for a magazine. Do something small to start and get on your feet
6) Make small talk – don’t fold your hands across your chest at a party and stand in a corner cos you don’t know anyone. That won’t help. Approach a few people, listen to what they are talking about, join in. Tell them about yourself and your hobbies, holidays. Ask them about their careers, about the football match last night.
Whatever you want to do, wherever you want to go, take the small baby steps to get there. The big things will follow. Look at Susan Boyle. Who would have thought there was a heavenly voice trapped inside a 47 year old sweet mamma from Scotland? Well, look where her courage and talent got her 🙂
Like they say “No guts, no glory” so get up off that sofa and start looking around you at what you can immediately start doing. Who knows……….we’ll be sipping on tea while holidaying together in Highlands someday 😉