About Caroline Woodward

Today I dropped my son off at the school bus stop; went to the gym; had breakfast with my husband and now I am sitting down to ‘work’.  Well I have to call it something.  But work is not what it feels like.  It is so true that when you love something you don’t call it work.  Things could have been so different…

When I was looking to go back to work after having my son – I needed to use my brain as much as anything else – I looked at so many options.  All of which were not appealing for all sorts of reasons.  I thought of going back in to my old profession as a Training Manger but that would mean not just getting childcare but getting a live-in Nanny.  I thought about writing Training material, but that isn’t a strength of mine.  I thought of stacking shelves in Tesco but, as my husband was working away from home a lot, it didn’t take much to realize that I would have been working for nothing as, again, I would have to get a babysitter.

Our circumstances changed when my husband decided that he wanted to start his own business.  We needed a steady income, but what to do?  I felt as though I had exhausted all possibilities and none of them ticked many boxes at all.

Then I answered an advert – the heading of which was HELP!  Someone needed me.  I called and to cut a very long story short, I too decided to start my own business.  This time though I would be doing it alongside a well-established and growing company – Forever Living.  For me, it ticked all the boxes and more: flexible hours to fit around our young son; proper money if I was prepared to put in the work; a company that was forward thinking and in a growing market.  And then it ticked even more boxes: Profit Share; an income that is willed to our son; my car could be paid for by the company and a training and support programme which would help me develop the skills I needed to do my ‘job’.

Over the years I’ve managed to develop a business that I only dreamt of at one time and I’ve met some amazing people along the way.

Has it been easy – no. Has it been challenging – yes. Has it been worth it – most definitely.

I’ve never known a job that has been easy; I’ve never known a job that hasn’t been challenging and I’ve not always thought the sacrifices I’ve made have been worth it.

Forever feeds me: not just financially but it feeds my mind and helps me help others.  I’m still amazed at people’s responses when I say “What can I do to help you today?” So many people aren’t asked that as a genuine question.  Sometimes I can help people and sometimes I can’t.  Forever feeds me in other ways.  It allows me to have time for myself – that’s so precious. I’ve played sport all my life – well since I can remember.  So I can go to the gym; play golf; play tennis and – I know this isn’t sport – have coffee with my friends.  It’s also helped spend my precious time with my parents when they needed me most and for me to take time away from my business when I needed to recuperate myself.

But what does this all say about me as a person and what’s important to me?  People are my first priority; listening to them and finding out what I can do to help them.  I see so much potential in people; people who have been worn down by office politics; people who are tired of making money for other people knowing they don’t care for them; people are scared to speak up in case they lose their job; people who don’t feel valued.

I am not a saint by any means and I don’t always get it right but I do my best and that’s all I ask of myself.