business, change, mindset, self employment

The importance of mindset


Approaching the three-year anniversary of setting up my own business, I’ve been reflecting on the differences between me as business owner and me as employee. From leading a team of experts to owner of a one-woman business doing pretty much everything myself.

I have a simple triad of business success:

⭐️ Mindset

⭐️ Marketing

⭐️ Collaboration

First, mindset.  As a coach, I know how powerful it can be to tackle those nagging fears head on and to believe that change is possible.


😨 from being terrified by everything I didn’t know

😃 to learning from experts and outsourcing the bits I don’t want to get good at (thanks to the lovely people at @Keepers Accountancy)


😨 from being reluctant to praise my own work

😃 to separating ‘me’ from my services and happily promoting those


😨 from worrying about where the next piece of work will come from

😃 to picking up the phone and telling people I’m here and I can help

Next time – marketing!

business, leadership

Business lessons from dog training


An unlikely title for a blog perhaps, but a recent training session with my anxious German Shepherd has got me thinking.  Chica is a gentle giant, but gets scared around other dogs – especially small ones.  Her anxiety manifests in apparently aggressive growls, snarls and fierce body language.  However, when challenged she either runs away or hides behind me for protection.  I’ve been at a loss about how to help her.

In just one training session I have learnt to distract Chica so that she forgets to feel anxious.  I have discovered that I’ve been confusing her by talking too much and that she is eager to give the behaviour I’m looking for when she understands what I want.  And I also now know that she’ll do anything for cooked turkey!

This experience has provided some useful learning to apply to some current business challenges.  Rather than sharing what I have learnt, I’d be interested to know whether this story resonates with you.

decision making, Uncategorized

Brave decisions – and their consequences


15 years ago this month my then partner (now husband) asked me a question.  As I considered my answer, I realised I had to make a brave decision.  What I didn’t know was that my decision would still be impacting on my life today.

The question?  He asked me to leave my job as a teacher and sail away to the Caribbean on his yacht.  Many people might see this as a no-brainer, but for me it wasn’t a far from easy decision.

I loved my job, I was financially secure and I had a good life in Sussex.  I had always taken the safe options in life – good job, work hard, save for the future – you know the routine.  But, the idea of sharing in his great adventure made this offer too good to refuse, so I said yes!

After months of hard graft and preparation we sailed away, crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean, sailing around the islands and returning to the UK three years later.

When I said yes, I could hardly have guessed the long-term consequences of my decision.  I had intended to return to teaching once the adventure was over.  I never did that.  My career journey took a very different route, which ultimately led to me establishing my own business.

The old risk-averse me would never have taken the risk of self-employment.  The me who had sailed across oceans and learned so much about myself in the process knew that risks can bring great rewards, and after all – “what is the worst that can happen?”