Self Employment – Living the Dream or a Total Nightmare?

Self employment dream or nightmare

Having been away for a few days, I think it is fair to say that I am struggling to catch up with things at work. Self employment is by no means a fairytale of time freedom and a carefree existence. There is so much that you need to think about and it extends far beyond the things that might feel obvious for a coach to worry about.  

For example, to run a business these days, you need to have a strong social media presence. That means you have to have a strategy…yep….an actual strategy about what to post and when!

You need to keep on top of what you are spending, who you are talking to, building your network, developing your products. And for me, this is all on top of talking to clients and planning sessions!

Being your own boss is as exhausting as it is exhilarating. And if I am being honest, sometimes it is just plain exhausting! Continue reading “Self Employment – Living the Dream or a Total Nightmare?”

Top Ten Tips for Managing Stress

manage stress

Life in 2018 is frantic – so much stress!  We are all in a hurry to get somewhere, do something, be someone.  But at what cost?  How do we go about managing stress in today’s busy world?

Feeling under pressure is often a permanent state for many women.  From the business woman with the fabulous career to the stay at home Mum who has devoted her present to looking after her children.  None of us is safe from feeling stress.

But the great news is that there are things you can do that will increase your ability to cope.  Practical solutions that help you re-focus, manage your stress and help you regain control of your life, health and wellbeing.

Here are ten things you can do to kick your stress to the kerb and move on. Continue reading “Top Ten Tips for Managing Stress”

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – A Life Changing Book

the power of now eckhart tolleHave you ever heard of The Power of Now?

I am not a huge fan of self-help books.  Those I have read over the years have left me feeling underwhelmed and without any lasting sense of change or improvement that I can recall.  I no longer seek them out and never recommend them to my clients.

But one Sunday morning in January, I was lying in bed, listening to the radio.  The DJ and her guest casually mentioned a book that they had both read and that had changed their lives.  I was about to go away to a cottage without any internet or phone signal for seven days.  And so I popped online and ordered the book, simply for something to do while I was away.

The book in question is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.  It arrived the next day, I packed it away and gave it no further thought until I arrived at my cottage the following weekend.

In the interests of full disclosure I will now admit the following: Continue reading “The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – A Life Changing Book”

A journey beyond Chronic Pain – Using my experience to empower Others

chronic pain survivorPart one of my chronic pain journey was shared in the previous post.  If you have arrived on this one without having seen the first, it might be a good idea to take a look.

We left things at the point where I had decided to stop taking my medication.  I wanted to find out how much of what I was experiencing was down to me and how much was the effects of the medication.

The doctor agreed that this was a good idea as long as I was open to the possibility that I would have to go back on the meds if things got worse.  I wasn’t open to that but decided he didn’t need to know that until we crossed that bridge so to speak.

A managed reduction was started in December 2016 and took my very last pill on 24th February 2017.  There was no increase in pain or other symptoms.   A couple of bumpy and emotional weeks later, I was definitely feeling more like my old self.

That was the point at which I decided to look in the mirror and assess what I saw.  It wasn’t pretty…. Continue reading “A journey beyond Chronic Pain – Using my experience to empower Others”

A journey into Chronic Pain – What led me to Empowerment Coaching

chronic painHaving written a few blog posts about what I do, it seems to me that it is about time I shared a little about myself.  It’s time to share  what drives me, what inspires me.  It’s pretty simple really – chronic pain (Yes, I know the title of the article was a major spoiler…sorry).

Up until 2013, my life was pretty text-book ordinary.  I had a great job, that I loved even though I acted like I didn’t.  I had a big house, a sports car, nice clothes in a dress size I was pretty happy with, a cute son and a fulfilling marriage.  The picture that accompanies this post is me back in the days when this was my life.

2013 was a difficult year.  I found three breast lumps that eventually turned out to be nothing to worry about.  Four men broke into our home whilst we slept upstairs on the eve of our anniversary.  By November I was signed off with stress and depression and I started to experience abdominal pain. Continue reading “A journey into Chronic Pain – What led me to Empowerment Coaching”