So began the most delightful, enjoyable period of my life. When I put the key into the door of my shop to open it each morning, it was a thrill. I was in my element. I was learning something new everyday and enjoying the learning experience. I found out a lot of things about myself too!
In tandum to the launch of “Anita the business woman”, my husband Len was also starting a new career as an Estate Agent. He was gearing himself up by participating in the Dale Carnegie course. Every lesson was shared with his adoring young wife (me), and I gobbled up the information. I implemented all the lessons in my shop, every day a new one. Smile when you speak to the customer – I had never heard that before and I loved it. Dont be pushy, wait for the customer to tell you what they want. Be polite. Not new I agree, but I had never been taught all these things.
I was very serious in those days and did not know how to have fun, so I had to learn to enjoy what the Lord had given me.
I was learning a lot. How to manage staff, how to sell, how to manage the stock and finances and even to smile more. It was so much fun and I enjoyed every moment of my shop and my new world of business. I found out that I was very good at business and the finaces that had started as a dribble, began to increase and flow a bit more. I made money but sadly was far too busy to spend any of it and so the Squirrel fund grew quite large.




How I loved and fed off this idea of myself.  I loved business and enjoyed the challenge of being involved in the bigger picture of life.  I never knew that I could do business!  Shows you that you do not know what is inside you until certain buttons are pressed and you are exposed to it.


My husband Len and I bought our first business by selling our first home.  We had only lived there for about 3 years and the sale realized the money we needed to buy our first business.  Our three children were still small and the eldest two in primary school. I had promised myself that I would be a “happy housewife” until the youngest, a daughter, went off to Grade 1.  I always knew I would “do something”, but of course never knew what.

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I may seem as though I did have a choice, but I did not really have a choice. When God calls us to follow Him and take up our ministries, we all have an inner urge to obey.  Without any insight into what lies ahead in our journey with God, we accept the call and even ask to be sent. Like Isaiah we declare “Here I am Lord, send me!” (Is 6:8b)
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