Blessed {thank you}

Its taken me a few days to get time to sit down and write this.

Firstly, a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped me with my crowdfunding campaign… it was a SUCCESS!  & I cannot even begin to describe how grateful I am to you. Words cannot portray the love & gratitude I feel in my heart.

dreamer4

 

‘Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.’ Harriet Tubman 

The truth is, it was a big risk {and scary as hell}, to put myself and my brand out there and just say ‘hey, I need your help’.

As mush as we say its ok to ask for help, how often do we? Yet instead most of us chose to act strong & like everything is perfect with our rose tinted glasses on.

I can honestly say, something had to change for me. This made my decision about the launching the campaign. I couldnt keep doing the little things I was doing, working harder not smarter and making slow progress (yes, progress is still progress). But I knew I was close to burn out.

‘Oh, I was never a businessman. I was a visionary, a dreamer.’ Jim Bakker

With my business, its never had a $ of investment, instead it was created from a need to pay my own living costs and grow itself. & truth be told I love this about my story. I dont even have a credit card so I can instead chose to grow organically. Now, this is great & all, but it can also mean that growth may be slower, or in my case I was struggling to keep up with the growth & needs of my clients (more so on a time limit).

‘I think of myself not just as a dreamer, but as a dream chaser’. Sarah Brightman

So because of you, & my leap of faith, today Im sending of the brand new packaging to China for my first sample…

I AM IN LOVE…

 

New packaging front

 

What do you think? {The Muscle Ball range is Mint Green & the display box is Kraft cardboard}

You see, what you have done, by showing me love, pre ordering & sharing my campaign, is restore my faith (that was getting a little tired from hrs of exhausting myself & Adrenal Fatigue) that I am exactly where I need to be, doing exactly what I should be doing (my recent Angel reading also said this). Youve shown me that there is a need for a product like mine (1 year of business also shows this), and that together, we, the people can make a change. This is EXCITING.

You know just the other day I read an article that McDonalds is losing money… This is success. WE can create a change by learning to love ourselves and  make healthy changes. By learning to listen to our bodies. Instead of focusing on the things you dont like, focus on the things you do and all the good you are blessed with.

dreamer2

Because of the campaign success, I also decided its time to STEP up my game, and my own health so I can be the very best I can be. No more excuses. No more mistreatment of my body (too much sugar, not enough self love). Its time to honour the beautiful body I was created with & give it everything it needs to give me what I need. You eat well, you feel well…such a good circle.

For me, & for my business, but for you. Anyone that takes the time to read my blogs and share my journey with me.

Because I have BIG dreams & I believe in them with every essence of my being. YOU have given me a new opportunity to shine (I CANNOT WAIT TO RELEASE THE NEW PRODUCT).

dreamer3

And Im doing the work. So many people say they want to do their own thing, but their not prepared to do the work. Not prepared to get up an hr earlier, go to bed an hr later, say no to social engagements & commit themselves fully to their dream.

I am. The next 3 months I have given myself to do everything I can to bring a better & improved product & company to you. Regardless of the weekends missed, I know what Im running towards, the dreams that are becoming my reality. Im prepared to go without do my business can go with.

Can you see yours? Do you know where your going? What are you running towards???

Its so easy to get confused & off track, I mean theres so much competition out there & entrepreneurship isnt easy. But if you believe, even 2 steps forward, 1 step back…sideways or upside down…it doesnt matter. Your headed in the right direction. Trust, faith & believe in yourself always.

‘There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.’ Colin Powell

My current frame of mind is taking from one of the greatest businessmen in history; Henry Ford, who knew nothing about the Steel industry but built a team around him of people who were experts with what they knew so he could do what he did best. And its a pretty special place to be, to be able to have a business coach (who makes me do homework & get out of my own mind), a graphic designer to bring a professional product to you, a lawyer to get everything that needs to be done, done, an accountant to look after all my figures, an intern to do the little things and today interviewing staff for the kitchen, so I can do what I love doing & do best… including writing, coaching & being the dreamer I am.

‘Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.’ Gail Devers

I am blessed & grateful. Thank you.

Love & light, Charlie x.

Because together, we can make a change in the world.

dreamer1

My BIG Dream; The Clean Treats Factory

After careful consideration about sharing this with you, I felt that it was ok to, being in line with my brand beliefs, being real.

So today (for a long time really) I wanted to share with you the very thing that is making my heart beat to its own rhythm (even just the thought of it can increase my pulse rapidly), the very thing that keeps me awake at night, the thing that I spend countless hrs daydreaming/nightdreaming about, the thing that I can feel coursing through me veins…

The Clean Treats Factory.

{So yes, it will be Charlie & the Clean Treats Factory} And yes, I do think thats quite clever, the new age chocolate factory.

‘Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.’ Harriet Tubman

Kristie4

If you read my blogs, or follow me on social media you will have noticed Clean Treats is growing rapidly. Perhaps due to the #charliesballs (apparently people like to talk about #balls), or because the brand is so simple yet so effective, or because you support me {thank you}…either way…it is growing.

There comes a time in every business that you have to decide where you want to go and how you are going to get there.

Oh yes, that goal planning. From what I have heard and found, the best way to create and achieve these goals is to set your goal, your vision and work back from it, until you get to today.

What do you need to do today that will get you to where you want to be tomorrow, next year, 5 years time.

Today, I need to share this with you.

Are you a believer? Do you believe in magic? Do you believe that belief is the key essence to success?

To business? To life?

I do. I believe that this BIG dream will come true. You know why? Because Im not doing it for myself, Im doing it to create a healthy change in the world, to offer a safe place, a retreat, an escape away from the pressures of society. Im going to build this to say thank you to all the people who have supported me. It will be the peoples place, a sanctuary offering clean treats to honour your body, a place away from the chaotic stress we call our lives, a place just to be.

‘To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.’ Anatole France

So let me tell you about it…

As you know, I have #balls… (oh gosh always sounds silly), and recently slices (which keep selling out) and raw chocolates.

As you may also know I love to speak. to anyone that will listen (although very rarely in a social situation).

Im also a fitness/yoga junkie.

Put all these together & you have… The Clean Treats Factory.

 “When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.” – Greg Anderson

flowers2

A commercial kitchen that will allow the Clean Treats range to include everything from superfood salads to raw cakes, cookies and muffins (of course #balls) etc. All Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Dairy Free & Vegan (some will be Paleo).

A garden cafe that you will have to walk through a Lavender filled path to enter (symbolising an escape and also working in a calming manner on the Central Nervous System) before entering an indoor/outdoor (think White, Peonies, rustic light wood, herbs, #charliestyle) cafe that will serve you everything on the Clean Treats menu (think decadent raw cakes, raw nachos, raw pad thai, delicate raw chocolates). Strategically placed trees that will be enjoyed with lighting and organic wine at night time (because wine IS good, especially organic & preservative free)

walkway2

 

Upstairs there will be a seminar room, used for meditation, community yoga (we all need to return to our mats/ourselves more) etc and a conference room with full catering.

And SO much more (that I cant really put out to the world).

This is my BIG dream.

And I BELIEVE.

With everything in me, around me, in the air I breathe that this will very soon be my reality.

cake10

Why? Because I know that every no is closer to the RIGHT yes.

 

Because I know that this will create a healthy change.

Because I just know.

‘There are no secrets to success. It is the result or preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.’ Colin Powell

 

172

 

‘Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievemnt os a difficult task that demanded our best.’ Theodore Isaac Rubin

Do you believe in magic?

Have you had your own personal dream come true?

I would love to hear your stories, or feedback/suggestions about how you have created your own dream reality.

This post is simply putting it out to the universe that the right investor will come to me.

I have put my order in. Now I can trust, have faith & relax that what is right for me will be.

Love & light, Charlie x.

‘All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.’ Walt Disney

Mistakes1

 

 

When dreams become reality…

I have recently made some life changing decisions, (risks) to follow my dreams.

‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.’ Henry David Thoreau

IMG_0174
Time will tell if I am making wise choices, but I wanted to share with you the feeling of when your dreams become reality, when you actually can’t sleep at night because your reality has become your dreams.

I have of course heard this saying before; ‘You know your in love when you cant fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.’ (DR. Seuss)

I’m attributing this overwhelmingly, exciting, anything is possible feeling to the belief that I can do it (and I have to say that when you can create such a surreal feeling through your own actions, the sense of accomplishment and self love is intense).

Regardless of what anyone says.

‘Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.’ Henry Ford

How I’m making it happen for me;

I am a dreamer. I dare to dream, to contemplate the endless possibilities that are available. For without a dream, what is life?

Get advice. Look to motivational successful people who can guide you in the right direction, a business advisor (I have one, hes a little special and I respect him for putting up with ALL of my AMAZING ideas). Invest your time with people who have their own dreams; passion and positivity are contagious.

Take a risk. They say life begins outside of your comfort zone. I can say, I definitely agree. Living on the edge, unsure if my choices will work or not. I have risked everything stable in my life, for this chance of happiness (unstability, business building) and I am feeling happy every day; thankful, grateful…these feelings are priceless.

‘You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.’ Mark Victor Hansen

Be wary of jealousy. People will have their opinions, be wary of the place their decisions are coming from, a place of love? Choose to make your own decisions based on what feels right for you. Do not spend time concerned with what other people will think. (I have definitely been prone to this, scared of ‘who does she think she is’, ‘what is she doing’ remarks/thoughts Im sure other people have). You cannot live your life for other people. Do what makes you feel happy, do what you know to be right.

IMG_0002

‘Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.’ Pop John XXIII

 

image

Be prepared to make mistakes. Mistakes are proof that you are trying and NO ONE gets it 100% perfect the first time. Learn from your mistakes, be prepared to re evaluate and change direction if needed. Stop beating yourself up over them (again, I am a perfectionist, so this is definitely a note to self). In fact, to not be perfect can be a good thing in regards to marketing relations & relatability. People will love the fact that you are real. Be yourself. When your chasing your dreams, its your journey and your chance to make mistakes, to learn and become even more amazing than you already are.

IMG_0172

Be present. I am finding that chasing my dreams is the most exciting, exhilarating journey ive been on yet. I get so excited I can’t sleep at night. Be aware of your thoughts, plan effectively and get the things that need to be done today, done (because nobody else will do them). I have always loved writing, and I do advocate ‘to do’ lists; a tool that I am definitely utilising now. Enjoy the uncertainty, enjoy the moment, the planning, the beginning, the decision you make.

Believe in yourself.

Above all else. You are the only who has the power to make your dreams come true. Ask yourself how much do you want it? What are you prepared to sacrifice in order to make them come true? How dedicated are you? How hard are you prepared to work for it?

1390559_10151982035108619_1367763527_n.jpg

You can have anything you want in this world as long as you work hard enough for it.

Love & light, Charlie x.

‘Take pelasure in your dreams; relish your principles and drape your purest feelings on the heart of a precious lover’. Giotto di Bondone