Growing up in the North

In April I committed to writing a blog each month. It means I have to find time within the month to stop and reflect on the one that has just past. There is a common theme running through the blogs about how fast the month has gone and this year in general. It feels like 5 minutes ago we were welcoming in 2018. However, November seemed to focus on young people in the North West.

The month began with an Employability Day at the Bay Leadership Academy for the Year 11’s. I became their Enterprise Advisor [you can click here to find out what the role entails –] back in July and was asked to deliver the Digital Footprint workshop. A couple of years ago I would never have thought I would stand and deliver a 50-minute workshop (x5) to a group of teenagers. The aim was for teenagers to think about how they could use the internet and social media to their advantage. I’m sure you’d agree that a lot of the messaging tends to be negative?

Throughout the month I continued with some consultancy work and have enjoyed my time working alongside Digital Lancashire. The not for profit is committed to accelerating the digital economy across Lancashire. You can find out more about them and how you can get involved by clicking here.

It was great to help at the Northern Power Futures event in Manchester. Spread across two days, the event wanted to highlight the career opportunities for young people across the North West, make their voice heard and let them hear from other young business owners based in the North. The room was full of people willing to share their experiences and offer advice. As a teenager I really had no idea what I wanted to do when I ‘grew up’ and looking back it was totally normal to think that, but at the time it felt like people expected me to know. It always felt that to be ‘successful’ I needed to move away from Morecambe.

Outside of ‘work’ time we enjoyed an evening trip to Light Up Lancaster, laidback Sunday trips to Lancaster Castle and walks along the prom in Morecambe. We ended the month with a trip to Lancaster on Ice and an 8th birthday celebration. I feel lucky to be able to raise a family and run a business in a place where I can breathe fresh. sometimes salty, sea air.

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