Exactly one year ago when I decided to set up my own Montessori Parenting Program. I have been toying with the idea for years but didn’t know how to pursue it. Just one day when I was talking to parents “I want to put my own centre”. They told me “Why don’t you? We will support you.” Ah, those words made a huge difference. It gave me the courage to pursue what I have been wanting for a very long time.
Working on my own taught me so many things, which you won’t find in any books. All they mention was all the advantages of working for yourself, but rarely about how cruel it can be!
Here are some of my reflection.
- Challenging: You’re starting from scratch. You’re on your own, and there won’t be enough books, webinars, blogs, and contacts can satisfy you.
- Learning 24/7: You have to keep learning: You are always on the lookout, on how you’re going to improve your service, what you can include, and how you can attract (and retain) clients.
- Support : You need 101% support from family and friends to keep you sane.
- Self Doubt: There will be lots of it but you need to hang on and go back to all the reasons why you started in the first place.
- Keep a journal : Write your aspiration, client feedback, your short and long-term goals, ideas that might come upon a spur of the moment. Write about anything!
Let me THANK the people who have supported me in my first year and I know will continue their unwavering support for the coming years.
- My Parents – who have never doubted my capability!
- My Husband – who has been my driver, plumber, carpenter, and everything in between! There’s more work to be done!
- My Children – always keen to listen to my ramblings, achievements, and just about anything.
- To my siblings: Thank you for helping me get through!
- My close friends especially Mali – who stuck with me all throughout. I am grateful.
- Romella – social media guru who has been helping me. You have no idea how much I value your input.
- To Audrey Lam – Your generosity is overwhelming. Thank you.
- To all my friends, colleagues, and relatives who have read my blog or liked my post. It might be a small act for you, but it’s a huge deal for me. Thank you!!!
- To all the Parents – who have believed in me, listened to my small pieces of advice, laughed with me, and exchanged ideas. You’re the reason why I work with children. Our role as parents is tantamount; Yes, it’s overwhelming but it’s a wonderful journey.
This is only the beginning and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me for the next few years.