Now into its second year, her business The Good Bag Company is doing very well thank you very much. Producing 100 per cent biodegradable bags made from jute, Lesley and her partner Alan, have found business buoyed by the current trend for all things green.
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Indeed, she reckons if you are more passionate about a business you are much more likely to succeed as long as you plan carefully before you make the leap.
"If you're unhappy then you've got to make the change. You don't realise how much of your own energy is lost doing something you hate. Think of Nike Air Max 2015 Flyknit Review
Like so many city slickers, working nine to five fulfilled no great dreams or ambitions but the accountant's salary was healthy and life in the rat race bustled along.
But also, where women are concerned, giving up the rat race of a city job for a better lifestyle can hold other benefits too, with companies more likely to offer flexi time or family benefits.
"This can often be down to the simple reason of childcare. She has seen a growing trend for people wanting to work in greener careers, as more and more people think of pursuing their dream jobs.
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Until one day when she decided to ditch it all for a more eco friendly lifestyle. A spur of the moment decision, she had seen a shock report on the amount of plastic carrier bags wasted every year and the effects this was having on wildlife and the environment.
At this time of year, when so many of us make new year new career' resolutions, her words will echo with many city slickers looking for a new direction. Figures released last week show eight out of ten 25 44 year olds in Britain considered changing career in the last year. And many of those are looking for more eco friendly options.
Although a career change has meant taking a pay cut, Lesley explains how a better quality of life beats a bank account full of zeros hands down.
"The lesson I've learnt is don't give up. You've got to believe 100 per cent in what you're doing."
Ensuring that every bag is printed with a feelgood message, Lesley's success in her new line of work seems like a triumph for positive thinking. But she says that's all it takes to really change your lifestyle.
"If you're unhappy in what you're doing, you spend a lot of money trying to cheer yourself up," she reasons. "You can't put a price on a job you love."
"With two weeks off over Christmas people have a chance to review their lifestyle," she says.
New Year's resolutions are all well and good, she advises, as long as Air Max Tavas For Women they are made seriously.
ideas, begin with what interests you," she suggests. "Get a blank piece of paper and write in the middle I want to be', and start by thinking what you wanted to be when you were a kid."
Emma Hastings, a recruitment consultant at Badenoch and Clark and Manchester, agrees.
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"January and February can often be two of the busiest months of the year in terms of job hunting and recruitment," she says. "Once Christmas is over, our thoughts are on making a fresh start and keeping those New Year's resolutions.
Connexions employment agency in Manchester, certainly sees more women looking for a better lifestyle/career balance at this time of year.
something that matters to you and make that your impetus for change.
"What I would say is don't do it on a whim.
Partly, this could be down to the trend for all things green from fashion to food, and now careers.
But she warns: "Although people often think running your own business is easy, it's not; you have to be self motivated and you have to love it enough to get up and do it every day."
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