My own business.

Minding my own business

Ever since I was 27 ( and quite likely for years before that!) I’ve been minding my own business! (althought my siblings might bed to differ. ) There there have been several businesses over that time. At 27 I opened my own nursery school and became self-employed. Although I have been employed for a few years as a teacher most of that time has been in self-employment. Firstly it was running Park View Nursery school for 21 years and by accident I became a bookseller as well,  eventually giving up the teaching in order to sell children’s books full time. That was a job I  enjoyed very much but gave it up when the goalposts got moved. Since then I opened up a networking group called Wightbuzz on the Isle of Wight where I live, and also started a business with my son Tristan, a business mentoring group also teaching productivity hacks called

Six years ago I became an Independent Phoenix Trader, a network marketing opportunity but kept it on the back burner during that period while I gave much more focus to the other businesses. I feel the time is right to grow this now and when I decided , between Christmas and New Year to take that course of action, my attitude was right and  I immediately recruited to new team members. When I was selling children’s books I grew a very large team and I love to work with them and help them achieve the businesses that they want. Now I look forward to helping my Phoenix traders growing their businesses and to find new people who are looking for an opportunity to run a business that fits in with the rest of their while I mind my business but  I also help others find the opportunity to mind their own business. There are certain perks along the way for those would like to join the team. One such perk runs out tonight.

Golden ticket

I have a golden ticket for anyone who would like to become an independent Phoenix Trader and is willing to sign up before 12 o’clock midnight. There are three entry points with three different packages and three different price points but which ever one The lucky recipient of the golden ticket chooses, their starter pack will be enhanced with extra free product. So are you that person would like this golden ticket.  Message me or check out I have been minding my own business for years would you like to start minding yours?

Blog Post #3 – Passwords. Do you have trouble remembering them?

Blog Post #3 Passwords. Do you have trouble remembering them? 

Fingers in lots of pies – I have a portfolio of businesses , have social media clients as well as manage social media for voluntary organisations so how do I manage all those passwords??? My main business Wightbuzz and Allthingsnetworking I log in to every day so remember them well. I also have online shops at Lyn Blackledge Independent Phoenix  Trader and Lyn’s Green Biz but when I have to start remembering The Giggly Grannies, and the many other sites I manage it becomes a nightmare. My son sent me a very amusing card – I wish I could find it but it was supposed to be me at a desk with hundreds of sticky notes containing passwords around the desk!! It got my chuckle muscles working. How can one remember them all?

Half Term activities -Visitor Attractions on the Isle of Wight

It’s half term and the grandchildren have been to stay. There are many Visitor Attractions on the Isle of Wight and we decided to visit Carisbrooke Castle , part of English heritage where we enjoyed seeing the donkeys. We followed the donkey trail and were awarded a prize. We learned how the donkeys worked the water wheel and found out how deep the well was.




The following day, as we had bought English Heritage membership tickets, my daughter and I decided to take my grandchildren to Osborne House, the country home of Queen Victoria and another Visitor Attraction on the Isle of Wight.

The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day and the we enjoyed a walk in the grounds. We will go back and visit the house another day for no extra harge – one of the benefits of being English Heritage members .


The Isle of Wight really is a great place to take your holiday and there are so many `Visitor attractions that there is no shortage of things to do here. The grandchildren’s time was all too short here but they will return and there will be plenty more for them to do.


Do as you would be done by

Do as you would be done by! This is one of my favourite quotes and one I live by. There is too much doom and gloom in the world and many people taking out their frustrations on others. I have been a victim of this behaviour but it has never made me turn away from the lessons my daddy taught me. I always try to treat everyone in the way I would like to be treated. It costs nothing and can pay big dividends!

What favourite sayings do you have?

Things that money cannot buy.

I have never been driven by money and whilst it is necessary, it isn’t important to me. The most important things in my life cannot be bought. Top of my list have to come family. My children are my  world.

I have three children, Toby,

who arrived on my sisters  birthday 37 years ago (gaining me enormous brownie points with my mum as her first child and first grandchild shared a birthday – something that pleased her greatly.)  Natasha followed 2 and a half years later

and married her Prince Charming in 2006. Tristan arrived when Tasha was 3 and a half.

I have always been proud of their achievements and encouraged them always to do their best. I also, always encouraged them to do what was right for them and not what other people thought was right! I believed in them and taught them to believe in themselves. (I had a very proud mummy moment last week when Toby posted a comment on facebook telling the world exactly that  :) ) No amount of money could buy the pride they have made me experience over the years not just in ordinary life but when things have challenged them greatly.

Further pride was exuded when Tasha and her husband Craig, presented me with my first grandchildren – twin daughters, born on my parents 61st wedding anniversary (and again brownie points were awarded – my daughter making the day even more special.) A baby sister arrived two and a half years later. These little people, as I love to call them, fill me with pride and joy as they chatter to me on the phone or visit me or welcome me to their home. I love to arrive with them before bedtime so I can share those precious bedtime stories and as an ex – nursery school teacher – I always add in lots of lovely bedtime rhymes too.


Other family things that have filled me with pride – my fathers funeral! Now that might sound odd but my dad was such a lovely man that the church was full for his funeral on July 1st 2010. It was actually mum’s and my niece Zoe’s birthday – but we chose that date as we knew that it would be a joyous occasion as we celebrated his long and fruitful life. I. along with my siblings and mum all delivered tribute speeches. Such happy memories so fondly remembered. What a celebration that was – we even had the service videod and I have enjoyed listening with immense pride as we all recalled amusing and happy incidents throughout his 89 years – after all he had encouraged us to enter speech competitions when we were at school so that we would not be scared of speaking in public as adults. I wonder what score out of ten we would have got. I’m thinking maybe 9 and a half – he never awarded 10!! Always room for improvement!)

He always believed in me and encouraged me even through all the very tough times. He remains with me even now guiding me. No price can be put on that wonderful warm ReadyBrek glow that gives me.

Over the last few years, I have had many challenges but through social media, I have “met” many super people with whom I have built up great friendships (and some of them I have now met in real life too!) Again – no money could ever buy!  They have inspired and supported me and pulled me through my long dark tunnel. I do try and pay it forward and hope I am now helping and inspiring others. (I have been told I do :)

I have been honoured to have received several awards over the last three years which I display  in my lounge and admire – remembering all the stories and challenges behind them.

I now run a network group for the small/medium businesses on the Isle of Wight. Wightbuzz has given me many warm readybrek glow moments as I watch my members become friends and collaborate with each other, providing solutions or advice etc. I threw the pebble in the pool as I created the group but then I watch and enjoy as I watch the ripples :)

I could add much more but I need to finish – I should have posted this 35 minutes ago as Im taking part in the Ultimate Blog challenge 31 blog posts in 31 days. I will add more in subsequent blogs. So come back and visit again soon. :)