Procrastination & Fear Of Rejection: in conversation with Vendulka Battais

“If there is something you want to do, stop thinking about it, and just go and do it, because you will not know the result until you do it. I remember when I first moved to Suffolk, and it took me a year, to approach Inner Guidance Retreat Centre, about selling our art pieces. When I actually got the courage, Jo (De Rosa) said ‘you are the perfect match, you are the person we were waiting for!’ and I thought why did it take me a year!”

I’m delighted to welcome Vendulka Battais who is this week’s guest on the Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Podcast. 

Vendulka is a textile artist specialising in creating beautiful wall hangings with yoga, sacred geometry and symbols as a theme. She’s the owner of OliVen – a successful and growing patchwork and quilting shop based in the heart of Suffolk, England, where she also teaches workshops, even though she prefers the word “enabler” rather than teacher as she loves to enable people to make whatever it is they want to make.

When I asked Vendulka what three words sum up her entrepreneurial journey so far she said:

Self Development. Creativity. Flexibility.

What you’ll learn by listening to this episode:

  • How Vendulka turned her passion for patchwork into a business and has since been self-employed for 6 years.
  • What it’s like to work in a family business, and how her 7 and 3-year-old are very much part of the business too.
  • What it feels like when all you want to do is ‘create’ and enable others to as well, but you have to run a business too!
  • Six years in, Vendulka would say she is still trying to find the balance between the business side and the creative side.
  • How a daily meditation habit helps to keep her calm and gives her 30 minutes a day to herself.
  • Joining a mastermind was one of the best investment decisions for her personally and her business, in terms of accountability, support, and amazing friendships, but you don’t have to start one, you can start your own.
  • It’s good to be inspired by other entrepreneurs in the same field as you, but it’s important to figure out what is right for you.
  • Fear of rejection is the silliest fear of all because it’s not going to hurt you, it’s just going to make you stronger and help you to learn and grow and develop.

Recommendations and Resources:

Jo De Rosa  and Inner Guidance Retreat Centre

Katie Foster and Divas Do Business Mastermind

Where you can learn more about Vendulka


Facebook Page

Vendulka’s personal blog page

Stitchery Stories Podcast by Susan Weeks

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