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The Full Muklet

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(Mis) adventures in Parenthood, Little League & moving your family 5,500 miles from London to California.

The Full Muklet

Laura Bonnell

I'm writing this blog post with mixed feelings of excitement, and nervous anticipation! This week I'm temporarily closing the online store. It had to happen, but I put it off as long as possible! As you'll probably know we'll shortly be packing up a shipping container and moving from London to California.

It's always been the plan for us to move back to the States. I met my American husband back in 2002 when I worked in New York. 5 years later we were married. We planned to move back to the UK so I could be near my family when we eventually decided to have kids. It was pretty much the understanding that once he'd fulfilled his part (i.e creating a few human beings!) we would plan on heading back to the USA.

Over the past few years I've attempted to find a job back in the States. I've had Skype interviews for opportunities in New York, and California. It's quite different these days to when I originally moved in 2001. In 2001 they were practically loading up planes with Brits to ship us over there! These days I've found relocation budgets are practically non existent, and it's much more difficult to obtain a work visa.

Even my husband, who is of course American has struggled to find a job. Nobody seems very interested until you've actually got both feet firmly planted on US soil. We realised to make this move happen, we had to take the bull by the horns, and get on and do it ourselves!

I'll be honest, this is a HUGE leap of faith. We've sold the London flat, and (thank goodness) moved our $ over pre-Brexit! Originally we discussed us both looking for work, and whoever found a job first would be the money maker for a while whilst the other one took care of the boys and got everyone settled. That plan changed a few months back.

I was having a conversation with my husband when I declared "Oh my goodness, we're doing this! We're moving to the States without jobs!!", to which he replied "No we're not. You have a job, you have your own business. You have Muklet". It was probably the nicest thing he's ever said to me (apart from maybe, saying yes to marrying me!!). So, it was decided. I wouldn't look for a job. I would fully focus on the business. I would go 'FULL MUKLET'!

This last year I've managed to pay the bills by Freelancing whilst I grew Muklet. That work has now come to an end. Muklet will be my only source of income. Whilst this is both very scary, it's also even more EXCITING! I listened to a talk recently from Shaa Wasmund. She spoke about how more than once she has built a business from nothing. One of those times on her own, raising 2 kids. I know I can do this. I've got the passion. I know what I've got to do, and I'm pretty sure (with enough coffee) I've got the energy to do this.

This last year I've been learning and growing. Now it's time to do this for real. It's time to see if I can make this a sustainable business. Can I build this business to meet my goals:

1) Be Creative

2) Spend more time with the Boys (both the small ones and the big man-child one)

3) Make some money so I can keep being creative and spending time with the boys

I've put off updating my Linkedin profile. I was worried it might jeopardise me getting Freelance work if my potential employer knew I had my own business. Well, you know what? If the day comes where I do need to go back to Design Consultancy the person I want to hire me will relish the fact I've got my own business. Why? Because it means I can bring much more than just Design skills. I come with entrepreneurial spirit, and a shed tonne of knowledge about running a business! 

Ok, you with me? We doing this?! Heck yeah we're doing this!! Get those boxes packed, we're going FULL MUKLET!!!