Change is a word which can induce fear in some people.
There is an assumption that change will disturb, disrupt and be a generally negative force.
I have always tried to embrace change and have actively sought it out throughout my life. I was reminded of this when both my children decided to rearrange their bedrooms the first weekend of the school holidays. Rearranging my room was always one of my favourite things as a child and even now, I regularly make small but significant changes in my environment when I feel that the energy in a room needs shaking up a little bit.
Just as the energy of spaces needs refreshing every now and then, so too does the energy of a business.
Change is coming!
As you probably know I run two businesses along side each other. I have Calmer Classrooms which is my wellbeing for schools company, and I also run this business, Kate Beddow, as a more general wellbeing, mindfulness and all round positive space.
I love both branches of my business for different reasons.
My work with schools takes me to my roots. I have always enjoyed working with children and having been a teacher for many years I see the education system and the stress and anxiety it is causing for so many staff and young people and it makes my heart so sad. I have to keep doing everything I can to help alleviate this situation, little by little.
My work here though is much more free. I can create whatever I feel you may find helpful, whenever that may beMy work in schools has been intense the last few years and I am incredibly proud of everything I have achieved, however, I am feeling the need to stretch and expand a little and this is the place I have chosen to do that.
Running two businesses I love isn’t easy. There are times when one takes over completely and the other is neglected and I am sorry to say that that has been the case the last couple of years. However, as I approach the start of the new academic year it is my whole hearted intention to devote more time to my work here.
You will notice over the coming weeks that there will be a few visual changes to the website. I have had a beautiful new logo created and will be changing the look of this website completely to match my vision for this work.
When this site was created it was designed to be as neutral as possible as I was working on many varied projects at the time and the audiences were very different. Whilst I am incredibly proud of the work I have done, it is time to inject more of me back into my work.
Colours can initiate change
You will notice that there is a theme growing in the images on this page and that is not by accident. There is going to be a pop of colour and energy to my new site to really signify change and the new vibe I am trying to create.
I appreciate that red isn’t everyone’s cup of tea (it hasn’t always been mine) but it is such a positive and vibrant colour that I think it will give my new projects the energy and passion that they need.
For me red represents many things: love, energy, positivity, passion (sexy underwear), Christmas time, confidence, Chinese New Year (and therefore Chinese food!), glamour (red lipstick, a red carpet event), communication (phone boxes and post boxes), theatre (the velvet seats and red curtain), my favourite slipper socks, geraniums, roses… I could go on and on. I hope that you can learn to love this new colour as much as I do already.
Remember it may not be forever, change happens and it is always for a reason.
I am being drawn back more deeply to my spiritual roots and this will be more strongly represented in my new designs and products.
I have been looking into the meaning of the colour red in traditions I know it is used in, such as Buddhism and the Chinese culture.
In Buddhism red represents life force, preservation, sacred places or things. It is auspicious and protective and symbolises warmth and comfort. It can also be destructive so I am aware of the negative as well as the positive associations.
Chinese traditions associate red with good luck and good fortune.
In colour therapy red is energetic, daring, determined, powerful, enthusiastic, exciting, confident, passionate and courageous.
All of these things are elements I hope to include in this business going forward.
There will be much more work on confidence, passion and courage in particular. I also don’t see destruction as necessarily being a negative thing. Often things must be destroyed in order to move on and create something beautiful. Just as I am doing now with my website. I will be taking apart some elements and replacing them with the new vibrant, energetic pages.
Channeling Wonder Woman
My daughter pointed out this week that my new colours are very Wonder Woman. I suppose they are; blue, red and white. What could be better though. If I am going to have anyone on my team Wonder Woman will do just fine.
While I was away last week I was doing some work with my Mum, daughter, sister and my sister’s mum-in-law. One of the things we did during this circle time was to tell each other the resources we felt we each had to help us in our lives. I was blown away when my sister said that I always managed to dig deep to help others, no matter what I was going through. My daughter then followed that with, “You always show your emotions when you need to but you can hide them when you need to too”.
I was more than a little emotional about all the comments that were made about everyone in the circle, but these two really hit me hard.
That my daughter is so perceptive that she can see through my parental mask blew me away. What an amazing young woman she is! I suppose I always knew what my sister told me, but it was the acknowledgment that it was noticed by others that got to me with that one.
I would do anything for those I love. I feel so fortunate that we have such deep and beautiful relationships.
You see, we are all Wonder Women.
Whether you are a parent, carer, living alone, whatever your gender, age, race, religion. We are all battling something, every day.
You are amazing and I am going to help you be even more amazing with the help of my new Wonder Woman colours.
But first, I am going to enjoy the rest of the school holidays with my precious family. I will undoubtedly be doing some work on my new projects but that will be when they are busy doing their own thing!
Priorities and precious memories.
I would love to know what you associate with the colour red and how you feel about the changes that are coming here. let me know in the comments.