I am so excited to FINALLY share my new blog with you (I am so sorry for the rambling, long first post). As you may have noticed GLB Graphics has had a HUGE rebrand recently and now the blog is having a complete change of direction too.
Let's talk about the rebrand first of all; we are now all about food. Now you may be wondering why such a drastic change in style, photography and product. Well, I have the answer for you; 2016 was a seriously hard year from me, business wise, I struggled with motivation and order levels were at an all time low. I was tearing my hair out trying to figure out what was going wrong and then one day it clicked, I hated my business.
Hate is a strong word, I know. But I did, I really really hated it. My business was formed by another business, something I didn't realise had happened until I tried to sell elsewhere - I let this business influence my decisions and pretty much let it mould my business into something I hated. Until this day, my best selling products are ones I released back when "I wasn't trying to be trendy", since I got so stressed about being relevant and cool nothing sold - and I mean nothing. But I didn't notice for ages because my old products were still selling so well. It wasn't until one of these best sellers was dropped by this other business that I realised how little everything else was selling.
I panicked and made product after product after product with almost no thought about whether it was relevant for my brand or whether it would even sell, I was desperate and in a really low place. I tried to come up with my next big product which could replace the one that was dropped but nothing worked and this made me even more stressed. I tried everything but nothing seemed to work; at all.
Back in October I realised I wasn't loving my business, in fact it felt like a normal job that I grew to hate except I had to work all hours just to be able to pay myself (I worked out I was paying myself about £3 an hour IF I worked a normal 9-5 job but I was actually working a lot more hours than that). Every morning I would wake up with dread that I had to go to "work" and this isn't how I should be feeling when I run my OWN business, it should be fun and I should be motivated.
So, in true Gemma style, I decided it was time for change. With the help of my ever-suffering boyfriend I came up with a plan which I was FINALLY excited about, I couldn't wait to get started and I am still now more excited than ever about the next year of my business.
Let me explain what it is all about, there will be 3 sections to GLB Graphics. 1) my food related products (which can be found here), 2) my food blog, which I will explain more about in just a second and 3) freelance design work.
I am going to focus on telling you all about the new food blog, because everything else is pretty self explanatory.
So a little back information to begin: something which has also been getting me down is my weight; this isn't something I ever really talk about, but it gets me so down that most days I can barely look in the mirror at myself. I have tried everything but nothing seems to 'stick' and every time something else doesn't fit, my motivation gets even less - I just want to hide under the duvet and eat my weight in chocolate (which I am telling you now would be a HUGE amount of chocolate). I don't understand why my body goes into shut down mode instead of motivation mode, but it is something I need to change and I have been trying to come up with a plan which won't drastically affect my life (because it is going to be a slow process, as much as I wish it could happen over night, it can't)
Anyway, my new blog, I am hoping is going to provide me with the motivation to lose weight. I am going to share with you everything I try - the good, the bad and the damn right ugly in the hope that knowing I could be helping someone else motivates me to stay on track. It will be set out sort of like a diary - each week I will share my triumphs and my not so great moments (like spending £54 on biscuits). I am hoping it'll be informative but also funny - because no one has time for my serious body issues!
Now, just a little disclaimer - I am not a food expert or an exercise expert, everything I will be trying will be a complete experiment - with the help from other blogs / research that I do. I will share recipes, my sources and anything else I think will be relevant to my journey and hopefully I can become a healthier and happier version of myself with you all.
If I am being completely honest, this blog is purely for selfish reasons, because I need to stay motivated and work makes me SO motivated but if I can inspire / help or give you all a laugh, then that's pretty good too.
I hope you enjoy following my journey with me. My first "proper" blog post will be about my current weight (eeeek) and what I am going to try first. I will hopefully be posting a blog post each week so if you do want to hear more; please subscribe - it will give me such a boost!
I can't wait to get started!!
Speak soon - Gemma xo