Hey baby, does your business wear a nappy?

My other soul business: 7 week old Ashwin

My other soul business: 7 week old Ashwin

So. it’s been two whole months since I wrote and article for my blog, because… I had a baby! Ashwin Arunai Bulmer, born 7th September amidst ecstatic and excruciating screams.

He was four weeks early, and I’ve been so busy with nappies and the rest of it, that I’ve hardly had a chance to surface, let alone post an article on my beloved blog.

I wish I could say I’m at peace with that, but the truth is, I still live under the shadow of SuperBusinessMum… Her business is brilliant, organized and flourishing… She’s there for her kids 100% of the time… Her home is spotless… She does everything herself… And she’s extremely sexy… all the time. Ha!

(By the way, do you have any superheros flying over your head and casting shadows on your unique expression of life and business?)

But SuperBusinessMum guilt isn’t the only reason I feel sad that it’s been two whole months since my last post.

The truth is, my business – and my blog – is also my baby. For just over a year, I’ve been nurturing this little corner of consciousness called Soul Business… Gathering ideas, people, stories and experiences. Giving and receiving. Building bridges. Laying foundations. Planting seeds and watching them grow.

I am deeply grateful to each and every person who has participated in Soul Business – workshops, one-on-one sessions and blog conversations – over the last year. Your being has allowed me to be. When I teach or coach or heal, it looks like I’m giving something, but really I’m receiving.

Yup, Soul Business is probably due for it’s first birthday party about now. It’s growing up… And it’s still in nappies. My business is still a baby. It’s just big enough (bless it’s heart) to bring me a few enquiries from juicy clients who I’d love to start working with… Requiring that I surface from the other nappies long enough to say “Hey, stick around and I’ll, um, work something out… Hold on…” He he. Very professional. Well, very authentic at least.  Soul Business ain’t big enough yet to answer emails or calls when I’m not there, or see clients on my behalf.

(By the way, is your business just a twinkle in its parent’s eye? Or a baby or toddler? A confident teen? Or perhaps approaching a midlife crisis? It’s a useful thing to consider…)

Still, I wouldn’t have it any other way. My three year old girl, my one year old business and my seven week old boy… They’re hard work. But I love them with my whole heart and  more. That’s why I felt sorry that it took me so long to get back to my blog. And that’s why I’m up at 1.30am (with the kids asleep, and my husband typing away at the final draft of his thesis) writing this message.

Speaking of which, Mark Silver, a genuine superhero, wrote this great post on changing nappies… And how love works in business. I managed to read it on my iphone (while breastfeeding) and it opened my heart and inspired me to this post tonight. Perhaps when you read it, it will inspire you too.

Blessings to you and your business,




7 Responses

  1. Karuna says:

    Congratulations, Yollana! What a beautiful baby boy, and what a beautiful post. The love shines through loud and clear. Much love to you, your family, and your business.

  2. noel says:

    lovely grounded together writing Yo. Keep up the good work, in all the meanings of that phrase. Love from noely

  3. Julie says:

    Yollana, beautiful blog.


  4. You are such a gifted soul dearheart… and a precious mama…
    I adore how you do your journey… all in its own perfect timing.

  5. yollana says:

    Wow… Karuna, Noels, Julie and Leonie…

    Thanks for all your supportive comments.

    It really proves my point, doesn’t it? I said “When I teach or coach or heal, it looks like I’m giving something, but really I’m receiving.”

    … I forgot to mention, but it’s true of writing my blog too!

    I am so grateful for this opportunity to receive all your love and blessings!

  6. James Reid says:

    May love and blessings continue to rain down on you and your family, including Soul Business naturally. May each thrive individually, giving and receiving, offering and taking from the One.

    As I ponder your question about the stage in life that my business is at, I realise with great sadness that I have yet to mourn the loss of a few business during ‘pregnancy’ or early in thier lives. And yet, each has played such an important part in paving the way to this moment. And I am so appreciate of that.

    And as I think about the love and attention I bring to changing Daniel’s nappies I realise that little businesses also need a great deal of love and support after their arrival.

    Thank you for the inspiration. Love James

  7. yollana says:

    Hi James,

    I somehow missed this post here. Nappies kinda got the better of me for the last six months, and this little baby – the soulbusiness website – got a wee bit neglected.

    Everything in it’s own time, though. I’m looking forward to when the space opens up for regular blog posts again, and the wonderful people like yourself who’ve deepened, enriched and enlivened my blog with your comments.

    Love Yollana