May I introduce you to the origin of my business idea?
I always loved walking, using my feet as a means of transport, enjoying the environment and the simple fortune of being healthy, of having the ability to walk.
In early 2013 I was questioning myself about "What's next". At that time I was just getting ready to leave my job as a "full time stay at home mom" to two daughters. The nearly three year old "baby" was fully toilet trained and started family daycare once a week, while my older daughter was in pre-school, twice a week. I was very much looking forward to that "time to myself" - but every friday, when I had that day "off", I was very frustrated and unhappy, I just couldn't enjoy it.
It turned out that while staying home with my children I did forget about my "other" life, the professional life I had before, earning real money in the adult world. Not that I regret one minute of staying home, being together with my daughters and making a home to my family, but at that stage it was not satisfying me anymore - I needed to get out again.
A visit at my GP verified the subconscious fear I carried with me for a few weeks already: I did have positive results at the K10 test for psychological distress. My JP recommended to see a career psychologist, who turned out to be just what I needed. In addition to teaching me about how to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings, she worked with me on my CV and resume, helping me also to find out what I wanted to do next. When prompted to name my favorite thing to do, I would always state that walking is a big pleasure for me and I would love to do it for a living, of course knowing that this is not likely to be possible.
But what would be wrong in just starting a "walking business" for the sake of doing it, for the sake of having a goal for the future, for the simple sake of having something on the agenda for those "free fridays"... and this is how it all really started. In March 2013 I started with walking "on purpose" to establish my own little business "walkability.com.au" - a business of high importance as it saved my sanity, and let me find back to happiness.