Today’s guest on the blog is Heena Pattni, who is a writer and a new addition to Club 100. Here she is in her own words (how appropriate!):
I am also a bookworm, quite good with numbers, a lover of fuchsia/cerise/hot pink stuff, recovering shopaholic, mum to a big blonde fur baby called Simba, fan of Formula 1, procrastinator extraordinaire, daughter, sister, friend, giver of great hugs and fan of being happy.
My new book is called Coping with the Horroffice. I started it this year, although I’ve been writing, reading and loving literature in many different forms since I was little. In fact, my parents were called to my junior school at one point so the head teacher could tell them the school had run out of books for me to read, and I needed to go to the main library instead! I remember my favourite book at the time was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – it’s still one of my all time favourite reads, although recent additions to that list include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, and, erm… the Harry Potter books.
I wrote Coping with the Horroffice because after years of working in different offices (as well as factories, door to door, the shop floor), and spending six months recently as a finance contractor in an extremely toxic environment, I realised that although we are taught how to work the photocopier, and where the stationery cupboard is, how to enter an invoice onto the system or any other task, we aren’t ever taught how to actually cope with the office environment, with our colleagues, or bosses. And the inability to navigate this can cause misery – especially given the hours a lot of us spend in our offices! I truly hope Coping with the Horroffice helps people find some happiness in their working environments.
The thing I love best about writing, and especially writing this book, has been the fact that I can use all the horror stories I’ve seen or experienced to hopefully help someone else avoid the same pitfalls and traps. And in the same way, I get to highlight the great working practices of truly inspiring managers or colleagues I’ve been lucky enough to meet too, so we can all share the wealth of their knowledge. I love the idea of being able to reach out to people and help them find a little nugget of happiness or purpose through my writing. It feels awesome!
The surprise for me has been how much information and experience and techniques I’ve managed to gather over the years, because I still feel like I have so much learning to do. And it’s also been a beautiful surprise to find how much some of my experiences have resonated with my lovely volunteer readers.
Mind you, I’m also shocked at how many years I’ve racked up in various Horroffices (and heavenly offices too – it’s all about ebb and flow). Because at the heart of Heena is a writer, a reader, a lover of words.
Through writing about the Horroffice I’ve fallen in love with writing all over again. We had a slight parting of the ways a few years ago, writing and me. We’d kind of taken each other for granted, and then there was a bit of an experiment that didn’t quite work out. We fell out. Didn’t speak to each other for a while. Pretended we didn’t miss each other at all. But we bumped into each other again at a random party. It wasn’t bad, just a bit stilted and awkward. We swapped texts, met for a coffee, one thing led to another, and here we are, back together again, stronger than ever and we’ve actually gone and produced our first book!
So the thing I’m most looking forward to later this year is finally launching ‘Coping with the Horroffice’. Like a proud mamma, I’m excited, I’m convinced it’s the bees knees and I’m also completely and utterly terrified of sending my baby out into the big bad world all by itself. Even though I know it’ll cope, I worry. Will it find its way easily or will it stumble and falter first? Of course, being an eager mamma I dream of it reaching starry heights, and making a difference to the world, to the people it encounters. So, yes – I’m looking forward to it, and I’m nervous and excited and still in awe and wonder that we’re even here, at this stage, at all. Doesn’t time fly when you’re having a ball!
Follow Heena on Twitter: @HeenaPattni
And Like her Facebook Page: Facebook.com/Heena-Pattni
Heena is a very recent addition to Club 100 and if you’d like to join her, if you book your seat during August, it’ll cost you only £100 pcm. On 1st September, membership increase to £150 per month so now’s the time to join our mastermind group.