Do you ever see the happy family who seem to have it all? The lovely house in a gorgeous little village setting, shiny new car on the drive, grown-up kids all building successful lives of their own and the couple themselves who are always smiling and having fun together?
A few years ago, this was our dream. But it seemed unattainable.
Life was hard.
We were living in a house we’d outgrown, in an area we didn’t like, doing work we weren’t enjoying – and we were all pretty miserable! Emma was a stressed-out teacher clocking up sixty-hour weeks to keep on top of her workload.
I seemed to be going round in circles with my accounts business, working late nights and weekends to pay the overheads of an office and staff before I could take anything for us. We were facing the daily slog leading separate lives, neither of us realising how unhappy the other was. Or how unhappy our children were! Our eldest daughter was hating university. Our youngest brought the police to our doorstep, having got in with the wrong crowd.
We were neglecting our family in the ways that were important and we’d lost our way with each other, not understanding the challenges each were facing and being less than kind to each other.
Each of us were struggling physically and emotionally, but weren’t sharing our problems or trying to sort them out together. After 20 years of marriage, we’d reached breaking point. It was a wake-up call.
But it was also an opportunity for change.
We had to re-establish our priorities, work out what we wanted and then think of how we could get there. We wanted a lovely home of our own in a beautiful village. We wanted time for us, and time for our family. We wanted to feel more in control of our future.
We knew we needed to do things very differently if we were ever going to get close.
So, we tackled it step by step.
Instead of thinking ‘what can we afford’, we worked out how much we needed to be earning to buy our dream house. We then worked together to make my accountancy business more efficient, and attract the clients I needed to earn that amount.
Emma and I remembered what a good team we were together, so we planned for Emma to leave her teaching career and work full-time on our business and our future. We set out a clear vision of where we were going with the business and what we wanted to achieve. We surrounded ourselves with professionals that understood our motives. A business coach that kept us on track, a mindset technician that encouraged us, and a fabulous, creative marketing team that just got us.
We are now living in our dream house, in our dream location. We’re together as a couple and a family more than ever before. Our kids are thriving. One is running her own wedding planning business, one is at university and our once wayward son is completing an apprenticeship in IT. And now everyone comments about how happy we look!
Why is this important for you to know?
We want you to know all of this because we want you to understand us. Yes, we are an accounts company. Yes, we do compliance. But, we do so much more than that.
What we do is get you.
Emma and I know what it’s like to run a business, and a household, and cope with the challenges kids can throw into the mix. We know that life is full of ups and downs, we’ve been there.
But we also know how to achieve life-changing success and happiness – and that’s the secret we offer our clients.
We help you prioritise and plan, using our experiences and knowledge to help you achieve the things you want – like we have. We then join you on your journey to making life better.
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