The Mindful Leadership Podcast with Sarah Swanton

The Mindful Leadership Podcast with Sarah Swanton

By Sarah Swanton
Hello, I'm Sarah Swanton, and I'm passionate about helping leaders and entrepreneurs to lead with *less* on their mind so they can navigate their day with more clarity and headspace, and as a result: make smarter decisions, create more impact, and achieve better results...without the burnout!

Subscribe to join me each week and get pocket-sized wisdom and insights, designed to make your day go better.

For more information, go to www.808talent.com/wellbeing or email sarah@808talent.com to get in touch about coaching, or to make a suggestion of a topic you'd like me to talk about.
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Trailer for The Mindful Leadership Podcast
Hello, my name is Sarah Swanton welcome to the newly re-branded Mindful Leadership Podcast.  This episode is just a quick intro giving you a preview of what you can expect when you subscribe to this podcast.
01:30
May 22, 2020
How to reflect on, and review your year in business (and life)
Happy Healthy Entrepreneur is all about teaching business owners how to make the most of their mental health and wellbeing, so that they have all the emotional resources they need to have a happy, fulfilling and profitable business. This week’s podcast is the last one of 2018, and so I’m going to do something slightly different. Please do not drive whilst listening to this one! Instead, wait until you are home in a nice calm space with a notepad and pen, perhaps some nice relaxing music on. In other words it needs your full attention in order to get the most from it. Last year, I led a workshop for Cambridge Business Women to help them get reflective about the year they’d just had and it received some really good feedback - so I’m going to share that same talk with you in this podcast. The reason I think it works so well is that, quite often we become conditioned in our businesses to focus on striving for more, it’s all about getting ‘there’, quite often we seem to put the spotlight on what we haven’t achieved, rather than all that we have. This is about putting the spotlight on what we have achieved, and celebrating that! So I invite you to put your logical, rational thinking to one side and allow that more creative, reflective part of you to emerge so that you can get the most out of it. What you’ll find is by going through this process, it will help you access a helpful, resourceful and creative state of mind, in order move gently into 2019, feeling grounded, centred and focused. Also...The Effortless Path to Success is now OPEN for enrolment - don't miss out on the early bird price which runs out on Friday 11th January 2019. To find out more go to >> https://www.happyhealthyentrepreneur.com/effortlesssuccess
14:42
December 12, 2018
Creating Content Consistently: How To Get Out Of Your Own Way
Would you like to be much more consistent when it comes to creating content? As a mindset coach to entrepreneurs and small business owners, the conversation I frequently hear is this: "I know I should be writing blogs/recording videos/being more active on social media, but I just can't seem to get going with it. Help!" The good news is, everyone has the ability to 'get going' with it, but when you're not there yet, it feels incredibly frustrating (and worrying), because if there's one thing we all know as creators of our own income, money comes when we get visible to people. In this podcast, I am going to address what gets in the way when it comes to creating and sharing content online. This podcast is brought to you by www.sarahswanton.com
11:11
November 28, 2018
Waking Up Exhausted In The Morning? (this explains it)
Do you wake up in the morning feeling exhausted, even though you went to bed at a reasonable time? Then you find yourself mentally calculating how many hours you’ve had, telling yourself tonight will be an early night? Waking up feeling tired before the day’s even started has to be one of the most frustrating things. The motivation isn’t there to get things done, the urge for sugar and carbs is high, and you feel like you’re in go-slow mode. No one sees the best of us on those days. But what if it’s beginning to feel like that every day? Is there another way to stop feeling so tired, without having to go to bed at 8.30 pm or 9 pm every night? This week's podcast will give you a deeper understanding of what's going on 'behind the scenes' and help shed some light on why you've been feeling so tired in the morning up to now.  In listening, you'll find yourself realising so much about what was causing it, and most importantly what's going to be your best bet when it comes to getting a deeper, more restful nights sleep. And whilst relaxing baths, switching all screens off two hours before bedtime, and lavender spray on your pillow *can* aid sleep, this podcast is not about that. This podcast is brought to you by www.sarahswanton.com
16:37
November 14, 2018
Your Thoughts Are Not A 'Call To Action'
The Happy Healthy Entrepreneur podcast is all about supporting entrepreneurs, from all walks of life and at all stages in this business, who’ve had enough of the work all hours, keep striving for more – messages out there, and are really looking (searching even) for a fresh, new way of approaching their business, and life (we can’t separate the two), so they can get back to that feeling they had in mind, all along really, when they decided to venture into self-employment. If there’s one thing that I hope for in these podcasts, it’s to help you have the realisation that you don’t need to do anywhere near as much thinking, worrying, and busying yourself as much as you think you do – and that can have an incredible impact on the life that you live, both inside and out. This week’s topic is entitled Thoughts are Not a Call To Action, and this is something I am seeing for myself more and more over the past 18 months since coming across this inside out understanding, which forms the basis of the work I do with groups and individuals in my coaching work – and I really wanted to share it with you too, because maybe as you listen to this, you’ll see something, hear something or catch a glimpse of what I’m saying here, that really helps you out too… This podcast is brought to you by www.sarahswanton.com
19:23
October 31, 2018
Imposter Syndrome & Seeing Through it (all of it!)
For far too long now, the feelings of 'imposter syndrome' has hoodwinked many brilliant and talented people into believing they are frauds and do not deserve to occupy the place they have reached in life as well as business. ...and what a shame!  That said, the feelings of 'imposter' are so incredibly believable and compelling that when people experience them, it's no wonder they pay attention and act on those feelings - often either by retreating into the darkness or stepping on to the wheel of fighting it by engaging in more study, more learning, and working harder than most. As sustainable and sensible strategies go, it doesn't help business growth and tends to leave one feeling frustrated and burned out.  So, what to do about it? Because if it's hoodwinking up to 70% of human beings who walk this planet, then that's a lot of tired and dissatisfied people!  On The Happy Healthy Entrepreneur podcast this week, I seek to shine a light on helping people understand the truth behind what's really going on when it comes to experiencing those imposter feelings, so that you not just see through it, but that it doesn't have as much 'hold' over you as it might have done up to now.  This podcast episode is brought to you by Sarah Swanton of www.happyhealthyentrepreneur.com
26:17
October 17, 2018
Entrepreneur Burnout. What is it (and why it doesn't have to be inevitable)
World Mental Health Day is on 10th October, so I thought it would be useful to speak about the topic of burnout in entrepreneurs. I want to help raise some awareness around what it is, how to recognize it, and most importantly, what to do about it so it doesn’t keep showing up again and again. Because if there’s one thing I know for sure, trying to run a business whilst dealing with burnout, is not an enjoyable way to spend your days and the good news is, it doesn’t have to be like that. Burnout is not an inevitable part of being in business for yourself, it really isn't. And if you get the sense that the way you’re working isn’t working, then come join me for a group coaching programme I have designed to address just that. If you’ve reached a point where the hustle, bustle and hard work is grinding you down, then come join us. We start on 8th October for six weeks, and be open and curious to the idea that there is another way of being in business and life that feels lighter, easier, more doable, more effortless. And guess what? When you feel happier, healthier, your business benefits too. It just does, by default. Enrolment closes on Friday 5th October at 12noon, so get yourself booked on if you fancy it – go to happyhealthyentrepreneur.com/effortless. And if you’re listening to this after that date, I plan to run this again in the Spring so you haven’t missed out completely. This podcast is brought to you by Sarah Swanton, founder of www.happyhealthyentrepreneur.com
26:01
October 3, 2018
Fear Of Putting Yourself Out There
Ahh! So lovely to be back after the summer break. Over the next few episodes, I’m going to be addressing questions that I see coming up for entrepreneurs and small business owners both in my 1:1 clients and in conversations with peers and other business owners. This week I’m going to talk about fear of putting yourself out there in the world of social media marketing. Offering up some fresh new perspective on how you view fear, anxiety and resistance, that *might* just make all the difference to how you feel when you show up next time. If you’d like me to address an issue that is getting in your way of making progress in your business or stealing enjoyment from your days working for yourself, let me know, the chances are others will benefit from that too - just pop it on https://www.facebook.com/HappyHealthyEntrepreneur/ and I’d be happy to create a podcast which speaks directly to that issue. I have one or two to go at, one but I’d love some more, please! This week I'm chatting about about fear, resistance and anxiety, and how people can really feel held back by those thoughts and feelings around that. www.happyhealthyentrepreneur.com If you enjoy this episode, please consider rating this show, and even leaving a review. I should be very grateful. 'til next time xx
21:08
September 25, 2018
Our Mastermind Group Lunchtime Chat
This week is a little bit different to mark the end of Series 1. I’m part of a mastermind group, and we meet once a month, and after our meeting, we always enjoy lunch together. In this episode, you’re going to be able to listen in to one of those lunchtime conversations, where the theme is all around the stories we tell ourselves and how it holds us back or has held us back in business. Within that, it covers a range of juicy topics, all relevant to entrepreneurs no matter what stage you’re at - including perfectionism, comparison, money stuff, self-belief, and listening to your own intuition and wisdom when it comes to being in business. I always get so much from these chats, just shooting the breeze, and I hope you do too, by having a little listen in to this particular one. Who you're listening to: Katie Foster of Destination Freedom Jo De Rosa of Quantum Sobriety and Inner Guidance Retreat Centre Vendulka Battais of Oliven Felting and Patchwork Cate Caruth of The Content Alchemist Maria Broadbent of Casa Bar and Restaurant and me Sarah Swanton of Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Happy listening folks and I hope you enjoy it.
48:26
June 15, 2018
Margaret Rode On The 'Inner Journey' Of Writing Her First Book
I'm delighted to introduce you to Margaret Rode who is this week's podcast guest. Margaret is a writer, consultant, and geek sherpa (don't you just love that!) to small businesses and self-employed folks trying to create some good in the world with their work. Her company, Websites For Good, has been helping thoughtful, compassionate business owners save money and avoid 'brain damage' for over 20 years by teaching them to use online marketing tools wisely and well. Margaret has just recently written and published her first book - Storytelling For Small Business, (which I really recommend, by the way), and so much of our conversation is about her experience of writing her first book, alongside continuing with running her business, as well as the mindset blocks she found herself up against as she went through the process.  If you've ever dreamt of writing a book, or you're in the process of going through it now, I think you'll find this episode really useful.  www.websitesforgood.com www.happyhealthyentrepreneur.com
51:57
June 7, 2018
Dealing With The Urge To Give Up In Your Business
Do you get those days where you just feel like giving up? Where everything feels really hard and you think to yourself, I'm just not cut out for this!  It could be about something technical that's proving too difficult, or earning enough money to cover the bills each month, or even trying to juggle running a business alongside having a family. It can leave people feeling really frustrated, or even sad. Frustration is a strong emotion. That's the topic of this week's podcast episode, and in it I offer up a slightly different perspective on that, which may get you thinking about the urge to quit in a different way. Here's a link to the course I mention if you want to reignite your own resilience when it comes to running your own business. www.happyhealthyentrepreneur.com/resilience
07:46
June 1, 2018
Byron Morrison: From Overweight & Depressed To Happy Healthy Entrepreneur
This week, my guest on the podcast guest is Byron Morrison, as we talk about his journey from being 50 pounds overweight, depressed, and feeling unable to leave the house, to a much happier and healthier version of himself, and now helps others do the same.  Byron is a Mindset Coach and is the founder of Tailored Lifestyles and author of the book Become a Better You - and he is on a mission towards helping change the way that this country uses and thinks about food, and showing others that a healthy lifestyle is achievable for all. www.byronmorrison.co.uk www.sarahswanton.com
40:00
May 18, 2018
Hannah Collier on her business journey so far
Hello, I'm delighted to introduce you to Hannah Collier who is this week's podcast guest. Hannah is the founder of Cambridge Payroll and Cambridge Credit Control and has worked herself as a bookkeeper and payroller for well over 15 years. With a background in hospitality and catering, a previous publican and with a true love for small businesses, Hannah is able to use her vast experience to really help and nurture the businesses that she works with. It’s a fact that so many people struggle with the finance side of their business and it often causes them a lot of stress and anxiety, what Hannah does with her business, takes all this stress away so they can concentrate on the bits they actually do love. When I asked Hannah what three words sum up her entrepreneurial journey she said: Hard Work, Planning, and Belief. www.cambridgepayroll.co.uk www.happyhealthyentrepreneur.com
30:53
May 10, 2018
Is It Possible To Launch Without Burnout?
This week on the podcast, I talk about launching, as I ask the question: is it possible to launch without burning out?  I’m at a stage in my business, where I’m about to launch an online programme that I’ve been planning and creating this year, and it’s the first time I’ve launched anything properly, in any kind of process-driven way. Exciting times!  So, I’ve been following Kathryn Hocking’s Ecourse Launch Formula, where she teaches step by step how to create, launch and deliver your Ecourse, which is exactly what I needed - the 'how to' strategy behind the world of e-courses.  As I approach this launch phase, (or pre-launch) phase, one of the questions I’m interested in exploring, is whether it's possible to launch without burning out? Listen in on this week's podcast to see what my plan is to explore exactly that. Links mentioned: https://.happyhealthyentrepreneur.com/comingsoon https://www.instagram.com/happyhealthyentrepreneur/ with #launchwithoutburnout www.kathrynhocking.com
13:31
April 25, 2018
The Shadow Side Of Our Strengths: Catherine Robson
This week, I'm delighted to introduce you to Catherine Robson who is this week's podcast guest. Cat runs Big Pip Marketing – supporting other businesses to reach and resonate with their audience and generate leads, enquiries and sales. Catherine left school and not long afterwards started her first business. After several businesses and a career move that put her back behind the bar pouring pints, she founded Big Pip nearly 6 years ago. When I asked Cat what three words sum up her entrepreneurial journey she said In. My. Element. (Brilliant!) Themes covered during our conversation: - The shadow side of our strengths - when does a trait switch from helpful, to unhelpful? - Reaching burnout, coming out of it, and how self-care and mindset played a really significant part in this journey.  - Identity and learning the difference between who we are as people, and what we do as business owners.  - The creative journey of entrepreneurship, and how necessary that process is in the early days.  - Trusting in the inner resilience, that is always there, and knowing that whatever happens, I'll be OK.  www.bigpipmarketing.com www.happyhealthyentrepreneur.com
51:09
April 18, 2018
How To Get Yourself Unstuck!
This podcast episode is all about how to get yourself unstuck! You know that feeling like you’ve hit a brickwall and can’t go any further? Where it all feels too hard, and it shows up as resistance or procrastination. The same tasks stay on the To Do list and roll over from one week to the next. When it happens, its frustrating and we don’t feel like we’re moving forward or making progress. One of the key components to being a happy healthy entrepreneur is taking regular, and consistent action, every day. In this podcast, I'm going to guide you through the 6 most helpful questions you can ask yourself, to take you from a place of overwhelm - to action in your business (and your life). Once you know these questions, you can use them to coach yourself, so that you never have to feel stuck again, if you don’t want to. www.sarahswanton.com/unstuck
19:31
March 28, 2018
The Entrepreneur Mindset: Lara Waldman
“Mindset is one of the biggest challenges as an entrepreneur; we have to be willing to step outside of our comfort zone. That discomfort – it represents growth, expansion and that we are stepping up.” This week, I’m delighted to introduce you to Lara Waldman who is this week’s podcast guest. Lara is an Inspirational Speaker, Healer, Abundance Coach and Author of the book “Money Manifestation Mastery”. She empowers heart centred and conscious women to attract more money into their life and business, through helping them to embody their great gifts, and share them more authentically, effectively and powerfully in the world. She teaches women how to use Money Manifestation as a vehicle to fulfilling their Life’s Purpose and making the difference they were born to make. When I asked Lara to reflect on the three words that sum up her entrepreneurial journey so far, she said: Empowerment. Expansion. Transformation. What you’ll learn by listening to this episode: - Being an entrepreneur was never in Lara’s plan, she was a trained actress and was just starting out until she received a really strong sign one day that her life was about to change paths. - How Lara has learned to trust her intuition, because, in hindsight, it’s always led to great things in her business, even though in the moment it can bring some real discomfort, she has learned to go with it! - Getting out in nature, moving her body, and connecting with other entrepreneurial women are a few of the ways Lara keeps herself grounded and centred. - Some great tips on how Lara approaches feelings of fear, and a really helpful reframe around what fear really means. - After 16 years in business, she has learned that the best advice on entrepreneurship is to enjoy the journey because there is no end point – it’s a continuum, so enjoy it. http://larawaldman.com/ http://sarahswanton.com/
42:43
March 21, 2018
The 'Analysis Paralysis' Of Making A Decision!
Agggh! The 'analysis paralysis' of trying to make a decision. As an entrepreneur, there's a lot riding on the decisions we make aren't there? We like to know in advance, whether something is going to turn out to be a good decision. Some decisions can be easy to make; others go on for days and days, weeks. Months even! Of course, the longer we without making a decision, the less progress we are making in our business. In this solo podcast, I explore what does 'making the right decision' even mean? I talk a little about what is going on in our minds when we try and make the right decision, and what might be a smarter strategy instead. As always, hope you find it useful/helpful to where you are at in your business right now. If you enjoy listening to these episodes, please rate the show on iTunes, and I would simply love it if you would leave a review on there too. Wishing you a great week whatever you're up to this week. Sarah Founder of Happy Healthy Entrepreneur www.sarahswanton.com
13:56
March 14, 2018
Overcoming Fear Of Visibility: Ann Brown
"When it comes to overcoming fear of visibility, there is nothing that beats taking action. Just do something. Anything to get into action and you will learn so much more than having done nothing at all." This week, I'm delighted to introduce you to Ann Brown who is this week's podcast guest. For those of you who don't yet know her, Ann is the founder of Happy Being You. She is a highly sensitive introvert and the UK’s leading expert on overcoming the fear of visibility for introverts in business. She is a passionate role model and guiding light for heart-centred introverts who struggle with getting ‘out there’ with their business, and who want to step into their power so they can make the difference in the world they are here to make. Her clients describe her as a ‘steel fist in a velvet glove’; gentle and sensitive yet always making sure they get the results they want. She is dedicated and dependable, using her grounded nature to calmly bring clients back to what’s important. Ann’s vigilance and calm composure help her clients focus and progress. She lives surrounded by the wilds of nature, with her daughter and Bernese mountain dog. When I asked Ann to reflect on the three words that sum up her entrepreneurial journey so far, she said: Freedom. Self Expression. Courage. www.happybeingyou.com www.sarahswanton.com
54:31
March 7, 2018
Comparisonitis & Shiny Objects!
This week I explore the topic of comparisonitis and shiny objects, and how it can really take us off track if allowed to. If this is something you struggle with, you're in the right place. It's really common, but that said there are ways we can calm it down so it doesn't derail us or our businesses. I speak from personal experience about how comparisonitis and shiny objects are certainly my Achilles heel when running my own business. Hope you enjoy the show, and please do leave me a review if you will, I would love more small biz owners and entrepreneurs to find this podcast. www.sarahswanton.com
14:16
February 28, 2018
"All the things I can do now, I couldn't do a year ago" in conversation with Jemima Willcox
What can you do now, that you didn't feel confident about doing a year ago? That's one of the many topics we talk about on this week's podcast episode as I reflect with Jemima Willcox on her self-employment journey so far. Jemima is the owner of Jemima Willcox Photography, she specialises in helping businesses create the right image, working with female business owners and entrepreneurs and providing professional portrait sessions in her Cambridge studio and on location. When I asked Jemima what three words sum up her entrepreneurial journey so far she said: Emotional. Camaraderie. Validation. www.jemimawillcox.co.uk www.sarahswanton.com
44:38
February 21, 2018
Dealing With Depression As An Entrepreneur
This week is a solo episode, and I've done so because I want to talk about the topic of depression. Whether you've experienced it before or not, it's an important topic because as entrepreneurs we don't get sick pay if we get signed off, and if we can't work we don't get paid. Not good, when you're already not feeling good! In this episode, I talk about Human Givens, and how this is an important component of understanding depression. Not only that but understanding which of our emotional needs are missing, so that we can go about making lifestyle changes to support a happier, more fulfilled life, less likely to be susceptible to depression in the future. The link I make reference to is here: http://sarahswanton.com/humanneeds/ Please note, this episode is not a replacement for the advice you would get from your GP. If you are experiencing depression, or think you are, please make an appointment to get yourself checked out.
16:55
February 14, 2018
Letting Go Of Self-Judgement: in conversation with Ben Swanton
"It's OK to be vulnerable, it's OK to not know where you're going or what you're doing, and it's OK to verbalise that. I've definitely felt historically not able to do that, you almost put up a vision of invincibility, or everything's fine even when it's not. There is a relief, a freedom in being able to do that." I'm delighted to welcome Ben Swanton who is this week's guest on the Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Podcast, who also happens to be my husband!  Ben is the founder of 808 Talent, a specialist Recruitment and Headhunting Consultancy which focuses specifically on the global Broadcast and Sports Media technology industries. He consults for and works in partnership with Technology Companies across the UK, Europe, and the US, whether they be Fortune 500 companies or Start-ups, to recruit the best people for their organisation, ultimately helping them to achieve their business growth goals. When I asked Ben what three words sum up his entrepreneurial journey so far she said: Liberating. Rollercoaster. Rewarding. Episode Webpage: http://sarahswanton.com/2018/02/07/ben-swanton/ www.808talent.com www.sarahswanton.com
54:19
February 7, 2018
Please Be Kind To Oneself: Renée Van Der Vloodt
“Please, please to be kind to oneself. I think entrepreneurs can have an enormous perfectionist tendency, because they’re so eager to bring that thing they believe in, into the world, and perfectionism can really throttle us. If we can be kind and forgiving to ourselves, I think that is the one thing I’d like to see. I’d love people to learn that, very early on, rather than wait until they’re my age to be kind and generous to themselves.” I’m delighted to welcome Renée Van Der Vloodt who is this week’s guest on the Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Podcast. Renée is a coach, educator, therapist, and writer with over 20 years experience of positively transforming the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and teams. Alongside running a thriving practice, Renée’s experience includes coaching senior executives at Shell International and teaching therapists and coaches within the UK, Europe, America, and Africa. Renée regularly contributes to Breathe magazine, the Human Givens Journal and has penned innumerable blogs on the psychology of behaviour change. When I asked Renée to sum up what her self-employment journey has been so far, she said: Adventure. Service. Learning. Episode webpage: http://sarahswanton.com/2018/01/31/renee-van-der-vloodt/ http://reneevandervloodt.com/ http://sarahswanton.com/
52:31
January 31, 2018
It takes a 'village' to grow a business: in conversation with Lenka Koppova
Lenka Koppova is a freelance Social Media Consultant working with small business, social enterprises and startups, helping them to grow their businesses using social media the right way! She also spends a lot of time educating small business owners about digital marketing and business development. Lenka has run her own business since April 2016. When I asked Lenka what three words sum up her entrepreneurial journey so far she said: Social. Community. Collaboration. Episode webpage: http://sarahswanton.com/2018/01/24/lenka-koppova/ www.lenkakappova.com www.sarahswanton.com
54:49
January 24, 2018
Pricing & Charging Your Worth: in conversation with Karen Arnott
"My advice to anyone starting out is to charge more. Nobody I know starting out, charges enough. I think it's critical to know your worth and I think most people, particularly women, don't give ourselves credit for our experience and skills." I'm delighted to welcome Karen Arnott who is this week's guest on the Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Podcast.  Karen is an enthusiastic graphic designer with over twenty years industry experience - the last twelve of those as a freelancer. Karen works with small businesses providing web and graphic design services so that they can be confident their brand stands out and represents their core values. When I asked Karen what three words sum up her entrepreneurial journey so far she said: Freedom. Tenacity. Fun. Episode webpage:http://sarahswanton.com/2018/01/17/karen-arnott/ www.karenarnott.co.uk www.sarahswanton.com
58:15
January 17, 2018
Procrastination & Fear of Rejection: in conversation with Vendulka Battais
"If there is something you want to do, stop thinking about it, and just go and do it, because you will not know the result until you do it. I remember when I first moved to Suffolk, and it took me a year, to approach Inner Guidance Retreat Centre, about selling our art pieces. When I actually got the courage, Jo (De Rosa) said 'you are the perfect match, you are the person we were waiting for!' and I thought why did it take me a year!" I'm delighted to welcome Vendulka Battais who is this week's guest on the Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Podcast.  Vendulka is a textile artist specialising in creating beautiful wall hangings with yoga, sacred geometry and symbols as a theme. She’s the owner of OliVen - a successful and growing patchwork and quilting shop based in the heart of Suffolk, England, where she also teaches workshops, even though she prefers the word “enabler” rather than teacher as she loves to enable people to make whatever it is they want to make. When I asked Vendulka what three words sum up her entrepreneurial journey so far she said: Self Development. Creativity. Flexibility. What you’ll learn by listening to this episode: - How Vendulka went from her passion for patchwork into profit and has since been in business for 6 years. - What it's like to work in a family business, and how her 7 and 3-year-old are very much part of the business too. - What it feels like when all you want to do is 'create' and enable others to as well, but you have to run a business too! - How a daily meditation habit helps to keep her calm and gives her 30 minutes a day to herself. - Joining a mastermind was one of the best investment decisions for her personally and her business, in terms of accountability, support, and amazing friendships, but you don't have to start one, you can start your own. - It's good to be inspired by other entrepreneurs in the same field as you, but it's important to figure out what is right for you. - Fear of rejection is the silliest fear of all because it's not going to hurt you, it's just going to make you stronger and help you to learn and grow and develop. Recommendations and Resources: Jo De Rosa  and Inner Guidance Retreat Centre: https://innerguidance.co.uk/ Katie Foster and Divas Do Business Mastermind: https://www.facebook.com/katie.foster.9461 Where you can learn more about Vendulka Website: http://www.oliven.co.uk/ Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/olivenpatchwork Vendulka's personal blog page: http://www.journeywitholiven.wordpress.com/ Stitchery Stories Podcast by Susan Weeks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stitchery-stories/id1261477215?mt=2 Happy Healthy Entrepreneur was set up by Sarah Swanton in early 2017 and is a movement dedicated to supporting purpose-driven entrepreneurs to achieve optimum mental health and wellbeing so that they have all the emotional resources they need to create a happy and profitable business, out there making a positive social, and conscious impact in the world. For more information go to the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/HappyHealthyEntrepreneur/ or you can sign up to the newsletter, (http://eepurl.com/cgXH9T) and be the first to hear about upcoming events, workshops, as well as The Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Online Programme launching in Spring 2018.
45:42
January 10, 2018
"I am enough, exactly as I am" - in conversation with Helen Rebello
Helen Rebello, is the founder of The Tranquil Path, which is all about empowering soulful female entrepreneurs, whose work no longer lights them up, to move towards living & working in a way that feeds their soul, expresses who they came here to be, and impacts positively upon the world - without selling their soul to busyness! Very often referred to by her clients as the Queen of Mellow because she takes them from chaos to calm. How lovely is that? When I asked Helen what three words sum up her entrepreneurial journey so far she said: Enlightening. Accidental. Liberating. What you’ll learn by listening to this episode: How Helen left behind a practice which she had built up for 13 years, to move to the countryside and it was the best decision she ever made. A very healthy appreciation of life is what keeps Helen going each day, which isn't to say that she doesn't get derailed at times! Showing up and being seen and sharing her truth and even speaking from my heart, because we are not taught to do that has been her biggest challenges. The marketing and business learning has come later on in her business as she switched from an offline to an online business. Helen's number one practice for keeping her grounded is meditation, which didn't come easily but is now a daily habit. Investing in her own personal development is the best decision Helen has ever made because her life and work are completely intertwined. Recommendations and Resources: Linda Anderson Geoffrey Owen Jenny Kovacs Andrea Pennington Where you can learn more about Helen Rebello http://www.thetranquilpath.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/thepeacefulrebellion
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December 12, 2017
Being self-employed while dealing with personal adversity.
“If someone said to me, what are you going to be doing in 12 months, well I don’t know. But then, ten years ago, I thought I’d have one child, maybe two. I think the idea of having a five-year plan is good, but actually, it can come with huge disappointment too because life has a funny way of not quite going to your five-year plan” I’m delighted to welcome Berenice Smith is this week’s guest on the Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Podcast. Berenice is an award-winning, postgraduate qualified designer and creative, working with start-up companies, sole traders, charities and businesses who need solutions to design, or creative direction. Berenice provides a proactive solution, helping with print, web, brands, and eBooks so they learn from her work and then go to deliver a better product or service. Berenice is also the founder and creator of Walk In Our Shoes, where she collaborates with counsellors, writers, bloggers and inspirational men and women who have stories and skills to share with people who are childless, involuntarily. She connects this community through a social design site which helps them to feel less isolated and be able to see a future that is manageable…and it also provides a much-needed space for educating family and friends through these honest and real-life experiences that these people share. When I asked Berenice what three words sum up her entrepreneurial journey so far she said: Flexible. Opportunities. Friendships. What you’ll learn by listening to this episode: How Berenice turned an incredibly challenging experience in her life (6 rounds of IVF) towards founding Walk In Our Shoes, support, and community for couples who are like her, involuntarily childless; Having a part-time job, combined with her creative design agency, and the Walk In Our Shoes Project has been the perfect balance for carving out her self-employment career and don’t let anyone tell you that maintaining a part-time time isn’t doing it ‘properly’ – it’s what works for you; Reaching out and talking to people has been incredibly helpful both in self-employment, and continuing to find her way through involuntary loss, particularly when she hears phrases like ‘Mumpreneur’ which can be very triggering; Being honest and real about who you are, and not trying to ‘mask’ it with ‘over professionalism’, helps to attract the right clients. The professionalism comes out in the work that you ‘do’ not in ‘who’ you are as a person. Be unapologetically yourself and the right people will be attracted to you; It’s OK to walk away from business, and if it’s really not working, one of you has to say “I’m sorry this isn’t going to work”; Imposter syndrome can often show up, but it’s about sticking with your plan and not getting too sidetracked by social media and comparing yourself to others; Being helpful on Facebook Groups, and getting a name for yourself as being knowledgeable, and reliable, can sometimes lead to creating new clients that way. Where you can learn more about Berenice Smith Website for creative design agency: http://www.hellolovely.org.uk/ Walk In Our Shoes: https://walkinourshoes.net/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hihellolovely/ Twitter for Hello Lovely: https://twitter.com/hihellolovely Twitter for Walk In Our Shoes: https://twitter.com/Walkinourshoes1 Happy Healthy Entrepreneur was founded by Sarah Swanton in early 2017 and is a movement dedicated to supporting purpose-driven entrepreneurs to achieve optimum mental health and wellbeing so that they have all the emotional resources they need to create a happy and profitable business, out there making a positive social, and conscious impact in the world.For more information go to the Facebook Page or you can sign up to the newsletter, and be the first to hear about upcoming events, workshops, as well as The Happy Entrepreneur group mentoring programme launching in Spring 2018.
58:52
November 21, 2017
Ideas are great, but action is what moves you forward - in conversation with Nicola Semple
"We are in business, this isn't a hobby. We are in business to provide a good income for ourselves and our families, and to do that we have to get the balance right, between focusing on revenue generation and making sure we are following work that lights us up and pursuing our passions” Nicola Semple is this week's guest on the Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Podcast. Nicola has been a solo-entrepreneur now, for 5 years. Nicola helps women business owners to create calm from chaos, by teaching them the skills and giving them the tools required to focus on what matters in their business and their life. When I asked Nicola what three words sum up her entrepreneurial journey so far she said: Exhilarating. Winding (as in road!). Insightful. What you’ll learn by listening to this episode: How it can feel like every business idea we have, has already been done - but it is not a reason not to do it; There is no such thing as an original business idea, but what makes it unique is your own personality and your own spin on it!; We are never short of ideas, but what sets someone apart is their ability to implement a project all the way through to completion; How freedom to be your own boss is both a perk and a curse - stay focused on revenue generation; There is a fine line between giving away good quality content and a level of value for free, but at some point, you need to get something in return; The curse of comparisonitis. How moving out of that mindset, is essential in order to build a business that is right for you and your sanity; Don't get sucked in by the marketing messages out there of "you must invest in your business!" we don't need anywhere near the number of online courses we sign up to. If you are going to invest in things, make sure the format is right for you; Your network is everything. Having a supportive group of people around you, who you can call upon when you need it; How mindfulness has become a powerful resource for her as a business owner - being more focused, getting more done, and feeling less stressed about it; Perseverance is what keeps her going. Being in business is a long-term goal. Recommendations and Resources: The Persuasion Revolution with Bushra Azhar https://www.thepersuasionrevolution.com/ Where you can learn more about Nicola Semple http://www.nicolasemple.com/ https://www.facebook.com/IamNicolaSemple/ https://twitter.com/iamnicolasemple https://www.instagram.com/iamnicolasemple/ The 7 Habits Of Highly Successful Small Biz Owners: http://www.nicolasemple.com/7habits Join the Happy Healthy Entrepreneur movement Happy Healthy Entrepreneur was founded by Sarah Swanton in early 2017 and is a movement dedicated to supporting purpose-driven entrepreneurs to achieve optimum mental health and wellbeing so that they have all the emotional resources they need to create a happy and profitable business, out there making a positive social, and conscious impact in the world. For more information go to the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/HappyHealthyEntrepreneur/ or you can sign up to the newsletter, and be the first to hear about upcoming events, workshops, as well as The Happy Healthy Entrepreneur online programme launching in Spring 2018. http://eepurl.com/cgXH9T Finally, if you think our values are aligned, and you’d like to chat about the idea of collaborating on a project together, coming to speak at one of your events, please get in touch, sarah@sarahswanton.com, I always love to hear from like-minded souls!
48:13
November 14, 2017
Age Just Isn't An Issue. It's All About Attitude! - in conversation with Pat Duckworth
"It's not enough to dream this stuff, and just have positive visualisation, you have to take the steps, and once you start taking the steps, the Universe comes in behind you and gives you a good push” Pat Duckworth is this week's guest on the Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Podcast. Pat is a midlife mentor, author and international public speaker. After over 30 years working in the public and voluntary sector at a senior management level, Pat discovered her entrepreneurial mojo in her mid-50s and retrained as a therapist and coach. Since then she has published three books including the award-winning, ‘Hot Women, Cool Solutions’. Pat’s fourth book, ‘Hot Women Rock; How to discover your midlife entrepreneurial mojo’, was published in 2016 and became a #1 International Bestseller. Pat is a regular guest on radio shows in the UK, America and Canada. She has contributed articles to national newspapers and magazines including the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and Natural Health. She has spoken at conferences in America, Holland, Cyprus and India as well as the UK. She is passionate about inspiring women to get the best from their lives, no matter what their age. When I asked Pat to think about what three words best describe what her entrepreneurial journey her been like so far, she said: Exciting. Evolving. Connecting. What you’ll learn by listening to this episode: How Pat went from a high-level director role working 12 hour days in the civil service to retraining as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist, in her mid-50's; Age just isn't an issue, it's all about attitude!; Don't be afraid of technology because actually, it's more about patience than it is - 'technical' skills; Don't think you have to do it all by yourself - there are lots of affordable solutions and resources out there to get the help; Some of the strategies behind getting a No.1 Best Seller book, (internationally!), and the importance of nurturing connections and networks; The best tips for getting more public speaking 'gigs' as part of your marketing strategy. Recommendations and Resources: Patricia McBride http://www.stressandphobiasolutions.com/www.stressandphobiasolutions.com/HOME.html Where you can learn more about Pat Duckworth www.hotwomencoolsolutions.com www.patduckworth.com https://www.facebook.com/HWRentrepreneurs/ https://twitter.com/patduckworth https://www.linkedin.com/in/patduckworth/ Join the Happy Healthy Entrepreneur movement Happy Healthy Entrepreneur was founded by Sarah Swanton in early 2017 and is a movement dedicated to supporting purpose-driven entrepreneurs to achieve optimum mental health and wellbeing so that they have all the emotional resources they need to create a happy and profitable business, out there making a positive social, and conscious impact in the world. For more information go to the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/HappyHealthyEntrepreneur/ or you can sign up to the newsletter, (http://eepurl.com/cgXH9T) and be the first to hear about upcoming events, workshops, as well as The Happy Entrepreneur group mentoring programme launching in Spring 2018. Finally, if you think our values are aligned, and you’d like to chat about the idea of collaborating on a project together, coming to speak at one of your events, please get in touch, sarah@sarahswanton.com, I always love to hear from like-minded souls!
46:17
November 7, 2017
"You have to back yourself, and trust" - in conversation with Darren Lawrence
"Back yourself. Hold your nerve. If things aren't happening, but you are sure of the direction you want to be in, hold your nerve. There is so much work out there, so just focus on the work that is going to give you the most enjoyment. And don't wait for things to happen!” I'm delighted to welcome Darren Lawrence as this week's guest on The Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Podcast, a recently new business buddy of mine so it was a so great to catch up with him in this way. Darren is an independent consultant specialising in the sports industry; so to give you some background, Darren left The Football Association after 11 years, last year, and has just passed his first anniversary as Darren Lawrence Coaching & Consulting. He has made the smart move of continuing to develop his niche in sport and has undertaken a number of projects this year (data analysis, strategy development, research, facility development, and event management) working with clients that include Governing Bodies of Sport (such as England Squash and The FA), Sport England and County Sports Partnerships (including Living Sport who cover Cambridgeshire and Peterborough). All so, without having to do crazy amounts of marketing, because he could draw upon his network. A big fan of learning and development, Darren is also close to completing his Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching, a qualification through The Coaching Academy, which will be another skill to add to his toolkit, and is already utilising it in working with individuals and organisations. So when I asked Darren to reflect on the three words that best describe his entrepreneurial journey over the past 12 months, he said: Brave, Exploratory, and Proud. What you’ll learn by listening to this episode: The first few months of self-employment were difficult in terms of not knowing how and when it would 'happen', and how trusting in his skills and experience played a key part in this (just six months later, he would have too much work on!); The constant 'balancing act' of doing the work and also generating new work has been a learning curve; To take advantage of the quieter times in business, to rest and replenish energy levels up again, before getting ready for the next push, because unexpectedly work comes in and then you're busy again; Three things that keep Darren 'sane' are listening to music, running every other day helps with keeping a clear head, and staying connected to the 'outside world'; Being self-employed means you have to be proactive in building your network, and being available to support and help others so that it comes back to you; How the self-limiting belief "I'm not good with change" has been proven wrong during the first year of self-employment through all the things he's been able to achieve and accomplish; Things can't be perfect all the time 'progress, not perfection' it's about moving forward one step at a time. Recommendations and Resources: The Coaching Academy - https://www.the-coaching-academy.com/ Busy by Tony Crabbe Stop Talking, Start Doing by Shaa Wasmund Where you can learn more about Darren Lawrence Website: https://www.darren-lawrence.com/ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darren-lawrence-9b92a87/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/dlcc2016/ Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/dlcc2016 Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/darrenlawrencecoaching/
45:20
October 31, 2017
There is ALWAYS a way! In Conversation with Wendy Capewell
"There's always a way. Nothing's impossible! I don't give up easily. I know I can do it, and it's the coaches that keep me on track.” (Wendy Capewell, Relationship Coach ) Wendy Capewell is this week's guest on The Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Podcast, and she is a Relationship Coach, specifically working with couples who know that they love each other, they’ve just lost some of their spark, and are really invested in getting it back again and ultimately having a happy, healthy relationship with one another. Wendy is also a regular contributor to magazines and is the author of a book called 'From Surviving to Thriving in a Romantic Relationship' Now, like many business owners who set up on their own, Wendy did have another career before re-training as a Relationship Specialist. She worked in finance and admin, and was also a Housing Officer for 5 years in a Local Authority, so, this has been a complete change for her, not only in starting her own business but also in a very different type of business. So when I asked Wendy to reflect on the three words that best describe her entrepreneurial journey so far she said: Exciting. Frustrating. Freedom. What you’ll learn by listening to this episode: How Wendy really makes the flexibility of working for herself, work for her. How she spent 5 weeks visiting friends in Australia and New Zealand, because she could!; How when you start up in business, you have to wear every single 'hat' in the early days, and the sheer frustration of getting everything done, and the shock of qualifying as a therapist, but not having the business or marketing skills to attract clients; How she wishes she brought on VA support systems in place, earlier on in her self-employment journey; How people in the self-employment community are so helpful, supportive and full of advice if you just ask; Self-care comes first. Being able to recognise when to ask the question "What do I need to take care of myself, today?"; The power of online community, and friendships that have developed from the social media world, and helped with overcoming self-employment isolation. Recommendations and Resources: Oprah Winfrey Nick Vujicic www.lifewithoutlimbs.org www.catherinewatkin.com of Selling From The Heart Angela Harkness www.high-heelers.com Where you can learn more about Wendy Capewell Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Copewelltherapies Linked in - https://uk.linkedin.com/in/wendycapewell Twitter Account - @CapewellTherapy www.yourrelationshipspecialist.co.uk
41:24
October 17, 2017
Stop Pushing Happiness Into The Future - in conversation with Karen Bromley
"You need to be happy now, not tagging happiness on to 'when X happens, I'll be happy', just be happy now” (Karen Bromley, Maya Wellbeing) Karen Bromley, Founder of www.MayaWellbeing.co.uk is this week's guest on the Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Podcast. Karen is a Hypnothera, ist, Wellness Coach and Inner Child Therapist. She’s also a speaker and number 1 best-selling author of 'Free Your Mind: Change Your Life! Her book tells the story of how she transformed her life from years of crippling M.E and feeling overwhelmed by dark, negative thoughts to feeling well, happy, and inspired to change her career path and start a new life in Norfolk. The book also introduces us to Karen’s 6 step 'Maya Method' that transports people from feeling 'stuck' to living an Abundant Life! Karen previously worked as a social worker in mental health and stroke rehabilitation and is passionate about empowering people to change any self-limiting beliefs or fears so that they can go on and live their true authentic life. When I asked Karen to think about the 3 words that really sum up what her entrepreneurial journey has been like so far, she said: Freedom. Rollercoaster. Expansion. What you’ll learn by listening to this episode: How discovering hypnotherapy and having this as a business, allows her to continue learning and developing, not only for her clients but also for herself and her own personal development journey; Karen's biggest challenge early on, was self-belief particularly when she developed The Maya Method with thoughts of "I'm not good enough" and "what I have to say is not important", and how shifting that using hypnotherapy made a big difference; Karen enjoys being herself now, wearing the clothes she wants to wear, her branding, her videos, public speaking - it all feels very authentic now that she has developed self-belief and confidence; She talks about being there "in the raw" when she stands up and speaks at networking events about her experience of ME and ill health, and how one gentleman came up and threw his arms around her; Walking in nature with her dog, yoga, pilates, tai-chi, and listening to hypnosis recordings all help to keep her sane as a business owner; How Karen sees challenges and problems as opportunities to learn and grow and uses this on herself as well as the clients she works with. Recommendations and Resources: www.MarisaPeer.com www.mindvalley.com www.judithmorgan.com Where you can learn more about Karen Bromley Website: www.mayawellbeing.co.uk Facebook Biz Page: https://www.facebook.com/mayawellbeing/
41:51
September 26, 2017
Just Do It Anyway, Don't Wait To Be Confident - In Conversation With Dionne Wilson
"Just get it started, don't get it perfect, just do it!” Dionne Wilson is this week's guest on the Happy Healthy Entrepreneur podcast. I first met Dionne about 2 or so years ago when she joined the masterminding group that I’m a part of, and I knew I liked her immediately. She’s one of these people you just love being around, with an infectious laugh, and great energy, and I’m not sure if she says this during our conversation today, but two of her highest values in life is freedom and independence, and you can really hear that coming through in the way she approaches being in business for herself. Dionne first went self-employed in October 2016 and so she is just coming up to her first year in business; when I asked her what it's been like so far, she said: “Exciting. Scary. Lonely” What you’ll learn by listening to this episode: How Dionne was motivated to become self-employed after feeling disillusioned with the corporate world, and how she discovered the work she does now through trusting; How 80% of her business comes from referrals and word of mouth, and not Facebook or Social Media; Dionne designs her day around when she is most productive, energised and what fits for her; Dionne talks about being a business owner and being single, (without being married or with children) and the advantages and disadvantages of this; What it's like to have friends who are not business owners or entrepreneurs and how she approaches the (well meant) question "why don't you get a proper job"; You don't have to have it all worked out, you just need to be a couple of steps ahead of the people you are helping. Where you can learn more about Dionne Wilson https://www.facebook.com/DionnesHolisticTherapies/
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September 19, 2017
Relax! :-) Stop Being SO Serious - In Conversation With Lynn Hord
"I still have much bigger visions for my business, but in this moment, right now, I know I have so much in my life, right now, that's joyful and lovely - and I created that!” (Lynn Hord, The Joy Coach) Think of this episode as a lovely little 'pick me up', that if for some reason, you've lost sight of "why am I doing this working for myself lark again?" allow this episode to put you right back in that place of gratitude and appreciating all that is good about being an entrepreneur. So, Lynn Hord is this week's guest on the podcast. Lynn is The Joy Coach and Founder of Joy School and a leading light in the field of Joy Creation. As a certified coach and facilitator, she helps people harness the power of joy, to feel more motivated, more fulfilled, and much happier about their lives right now. Lynn has been in business for herself for the last 5 years, and as she reflects on that time herself "it's not always been easy, but even when things are not going well I’ve still found so much to enjoy within my business" When I asked Lynn to reflect on the three words that sum up her entrepreneurial journey so far, she said: “Challenge. Growth. Bliss” What you’ll learn by listening to this episode: We reflect on the wonder of being able to create something out of 'thin air' and then selling that to someone who really wants/needs it; We talk 'mind monkeys' (oh yes!) and how we manage to (for the most part) peacefully cohabit with these little fellas; How business buddies has been a fundamental ingredient for Lynn in starting her business and continues to be to this day "shoot the breeze" as she calls it; We muse on the difference between "inspired ideas" and bossy 'should' ideas and how to know one from the other; How sales and marketing and business related skills are really only 30% - the rest is all about the 'inner work'; If you only take ONE thing from this episode, do listen to what Lynn has to say about the need to lighten up when it comes to being in business, it's very funny, but an incredibly important message. Recommendations and Resources: www.catherinewatkin.com Where you can learn more about Lynn Hord Website: www.lynnhord.com Lynn's Joy School starts end of September 2017 ==> http://www.lynnhord.com/joy-school Facebook Biz Page: https://www.facebook.com/lynnhordjoy/ Everyday Joy Seekers (FB Group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/102644070086027/ Twitter: @LynnHord Instagram: @thejoycoach LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/lynnhord Free e-course: Five Secrets to a Wildly Joyful Life: http://www.lynnhord.com/free-ecourse
45:40
September 12, 2017
Redefining Failure - In Conversation With Catherine Watkin
"People get into business and they look at the people who've been doing it for years, who've got very successful established businesses, and think that's where they should be, and if they haven't achieved that within 3-6 months, they feel like they're failing. And they give up. But the thing is, there's a journey here, and you can't force yourself to grow faster than is actually possible, and so it's that understanding that makes the difference” (Catherine Watkin, www.sellingfromtheheart.com) As business owners, if you've ever had the experience of wanting to pack it all in because it's not happening quickly enough, or you haven't quite nailed your 'thing' yet - then you're going to get a huge amount from this episode. Catherine Watkin, founder of Selling From The Heart is this week's guest on the podcast. Catherine works with heart-centred business owners, who want a great business but don’t want to compromise their integrity. She helps them get more clients saying "Yes Please!" in a way that feels authentic, comfortable and is always in alignment with their values. You'll hear Catherine talk about how she always knew she wanted to have her own business, she just couldn't find what that business was meant to be (and not through want of trying either) She talks about how at the age of 41, she finally found the 'thing' she was meant to be doing, and since that moment (and it was a defining moment) she's not wanted to waste another moment since. "It's like finding the partner of your dreams and now I have it, why would I deny myself!" When I asked Catherine to reflect on the three words that sum up her entrepreneurial journey so far, she said: “Personal Growth. Hard Work. Happiness” What you’ll learn by listening to this episode: The journey Catherine went on to find her 'thing' she was meant to be doing in business, and how it finally happened 6 years ago (and has been unwavering since); The challenges of finding the right VA support team, and what Catherine has had to do to overcome that, and create what she now describes as her "dream team"; How, after putting up with years of chronic fatigue and depression, that is all behind her now, and being an entrepreneur plays a huge role in keeping her happy, grounded and stable; What self-care looks like for Catherine, and no, it's not getting out to a yoga class every day; The fear and anxiety she feels leading up to a new launch or live event, and how she responds to that; How learning to have difficult conversations and make brave decisions has really moved her forward in her business. Recommendations and Resources: Nick Bolton - Animas Centre For Coaching https://www.animascoaching.com/ Joanna Martin https://joannamartin.com/ Where you can learn more about Catherine Watkin www.catherinewatkin.com Catherine's Selling From The Heart Community Facebook Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1407711392681248/
45:32
September 5, 2017
Don't Be Afraid To Ask - In Conversation With Matt Long
"Don't be afraid to ask. If you know someone who's making a success of it, ask them what's really worked for them and follow that same plan, and also ask them about any mistakes they've made, and then try not to make the same mistakes!” If you're someone who could do with strengthening your ASK muscle, then you're going to get a lot from this episode! So Matthew Long is this week's guest on the podcast, and his business is Matt Long Massage based in the market town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. As business owners, I wonder whether we ask enough sometimes, and I think Matt is a great example of someone who does ask, and what opens up when you do. A former RAF serviceman of 22 years, this is Matt's second career which he became interested in after receiving some fantastic treatment himself, so much so, that he asked his massage therapist exactly what qualifications he had, and enrolled at the very same training school! Matt first went self-employed in January 2016, and then moved to Bury St Edmunds in December 2016. Since then, he's created a busy practice, attracting on average 5 new clients a week, and you'll notice Matt is really generous about sharing exactly how he has done that. He demonstrates there is no mystery behind marketing, just a commitment to regular consistent action most days, no matter how busy you are! Three words that sum up what the entrepreneurial journey has been for Matt so far are: “Scary. Exciting. Challenging” What you’ll learn by listening to this episode: How part of what it takes to build a business is about trial and error and that's OK because it's part of the journey. How gently raising his prices, actually attracted more clients for Matt and what that taught him. Having a fearlessness about asking clients for feedback and their opinions have been key to developing his business. The boundaries that Matt puts around his weekends, and valued time with his family. How having a regular coffee meet up with other therapist friends and health practitioners, is an essential part of recharging the batteries. Through being in the habit of regularly asking for help, advice, referrals, and testimonials has served him incredibly well and contributed to building a business quickly, and efficiently. Recommendations and Resources: The London School of Sports and Remedial Massage http://www.lssm.com/ Dave Green http://www.dgmassagesolutions.co.uk/ Where you can learn more about Matt Long http://www.mlmassage.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/MattLongMassage https://twitter.com/@mattlongmassage
48:11
August 22, 2017
Believing In My Own Resilience - In Conversation With Louise Moles
"You have strengths and you have emotional resilience, and you have unique skill sets that you can use within your business, so put those to use, and don't move the goal posts along the way.” (Louise Moles, Thrive with Louise) If you're in need of a pep talk this week, then this is it!  This week on the podcast, I'm in conversation with Louise Moles of Thrive With Louise. Louise teaches people how to thrive, with a psychological training course, called The Thrive Programme, created by Rob Kelly. Louise has established a speciality in working with Emetophobia clients, helping them to Thrive and overcome their extreme fear of vomiting.  Louise has been running her therapy practice since 2015, so still relatively new to self-employment, she was able to draw on a lot of early days experiences which you'll realise are useful to remember at any stage of your business. We talked about self-belief, resilience, and the most effective way for taking action.  Three words that sum up what the entrepreneurial journey has meant to Louise so far are: “Empowering, Self Discovery, and PACE” What you’ll learn by listening to this episode: "Being on this entrepreneurial journey - I never considered it an option" how a simple recommendation from a friend to seek help for anxiety led her on a journey that has literally changed her life on all levels.  How important it has been for Louise to pace herself right from the start with consistent and continuous effort, and how this has served her extremely well since then.  That the entrepreneurial journey has not been without challenges, but her approach to that is to believe in her own resilience.  How Louise is able to take time out from her business, and not think about work, and the beliefs she has around this, that allow her to do that.  How procrastination and putting things off just doesn't get a look in now, and the advice she has around tackling that.  Recommendations and Resources: Rob Kelly and The Thrive Programme Twitter chat that Louise runs, Wed fortnightly using the #ThiveChat and #CambridgeThrive Where you can learn more about Louise Moles: http://www.thrivewithlouise.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/CambridgeThrive/ https://twitter.com/CambridgeThrive https://www.youtube.com/user/ThriveProgramme Enjoy! Sarah www.sarahswanton.com
42:27
August 15, 2017
This 'New Paradigm Of Business' - In Conversation with Linda Anderson
"I love being part of this growing movement of support, collaboration and co-operation. I call it the 'new paradigm of business' where it's not about competition, it's about championing each other, and celebrating that. That's what works best for the planet, not just me as an individual, that's what works best for all of us." (Linda Anderson, Tap Into Your Success) This week on the podcast, I go into conversation with Linda Anderson of www.TapIntoYourSuccess.co.uk Linda is an EFT Tapping Coach, and very often is referred to by her clients as a Mindset Magician. She teaches heart-centred business owners how to get over: self doubt, the fear of being seen, and the fear of charging their full worth, which means they can then go on to market themselves so much more boldly, create more clients, and make an even bigger difference in the world doing what they love, rather than just getting a job to pay the bills. Linda has been running TIYS for 14 years, so like Melanie Mackie's interview last week, it was great to hear her wisdom and insights when it comes to her experiences of being an entrepreneur during that time. We talked about overcoming inner resistance, self-confidence, and doing the work you really (really) want to be doing. Three words that sum up what the entrepreneurial journey has meant to Linda so far are: "Procrastination, Fear and Growth" What you'll learn by listening to this episode: - What a transformational impact it had on Linda and her business, when she went from 'people pleasing' to listening to her own voice, and deciding to act on that instead. - The huge lightbulb moment she had, when asked one simple question by her coach.  - How Linda went from being stuck in a feast & famine cycle to being in a place where now, she is generally booked up for two months in advance. - What self-care looks like for Linda, and how fresh air and getting on her bike is key to recharging her batteries every day. - The importance of finding the right networking communities that connect you to your tribe of people. - How thinking that just being very good at what you do is a bit like trying to fly with one wing, and how learning the sales and marketing piece changed everything. Recommendations and Resources: During our conversation, Linda refers to two business coaches who each helped her make incredible progress in her business, they are: www.CatherineWatkin.com Corrina Gordon Barnes (n/b Corrina has since moved her focus from teaching business and marketing, towards the work that she does now which is relationship coaching. However her website www.YouInspireMe.co.uk is still available, and on there you'll find a treasure trove of information when it comes to learning all about authentic marketing. Julie Hall of The School Of Marketing Winning Women Essex & London Where you can learn more about Linda Anderson What's Your Biggest Secret Block To Money & Success? Take the quiz ==> https://tapintoyoursuccess.co.uk/op/money-blocks-quiz/ https://www.TapIntoYourSuccess.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/TapIntoYourSuccess https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaGV6AJWnIYWRo4QIx7sgmQ
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August 8, 2017
"Do Things Before You Think You're Ready" In Conversation With Melanie Mackie
Melanie Mackie is the Social Stylist and Founder at Scarletta Media; she works with female entrepreneurs and petite businesses to support and encourage them to powerfully show up online, speak their authentic truth, share their wisdom and expertise - to create and establish their unique social style and living brands. Melanie has been self-employed for 8 years, so it was great to hear her wisdom and insights when it comes to her experiences of being an entrepreneur during that time. Three words Melanie uses to describe her entrepreneurial journey so far are: Life changing, transformational, and enlightening. What you'll learn by listening to this episode: - How Melanie took a huge leap of faith by leaving the corporate world to explore working for herself, and how “let’s just see how this goes” has served her very well. - Having a 100% virtual online business, for her, was not what it was cracked up to be, and the realization of how much she enjoyed 1:1 interaction, inspired her to change that. - Being in a mastermind is one of the best business decisions she has ever made, and why. - How trusting her intuition in making business and marketing decisions has been really helpful in getting her to where she is today. - The importance of self-compassion, and stopping to celebrate those successes along the way. - Finally, we discuss the topic of social media and self-validation, and where our feelings of validation actually come from. Here's where you can learn more about Melanie: Website www.scarlettamedia.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/melaniemackie Twitter: twitter.com/ScarlettaMedia Facebook: facebook.com/scarlettamedia Instagram: melmackie
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August 1, 2017
Bitesize: When Fear Gets In The Way Of Marketing Your Business
Let’s face it, working for yourself and becoming your own boss can be one rollercoaster ride of a journey. The highs, the lows, and the incredible learning curves. Many entrepreneurs describe self-employment as a journey of personal development. The best therapy you can get! One topic that comes up regularly with small business owners is fear. Fear and anxiety. Whether you’re in your first twelve months or been in business for several years, it doesn’t seem to make any difference. Sometimes it seems like you overcome one fear, and oops here comes another one! If you have the sense that there are opportunities you’ve turned down in the past, because of fear then this episode is for you. Settle into this one, and you may even find this episode gives you a different way of looking at fear and anxiety. For more on Happy Healthy Entrepreneur go to www.sarahswanton.com
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July 20, 2017
Debunking The Myths Of Networking: In Conversation With Lucy Payne
It's here....! The first ever episode of the Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Podcast. Woo hoo! My very first podcast guest this week is...Lucy Payne, who went self-employed pretty much 12 months ago at the time of recording, so it was great to reflect on her first year in business. My goodness, we talked about all sorts of topics including self-confidence, networking, imposter syndrome, business buddies, and being an introvert entrepreneur. The three words Lucy uses to describe her entrepreneurial journey so far are: enlightening, isolating, and exciting. What you'll learn by listening to this episode - Why Lucy values rewarding herself with a day off so highly, and how she is able to do so without feeling guilty. - How she responds when she is 'shoulding' all over herself. - We muse on Imposter Syndrome and just how common it is for both employed and self-employed folk. - How networking has turned out to be one of the best things Lucy has done, despite bursting into tears at her very first networking event (and how that didn't stop her from returning). - How business buddies have been the perfect antidote to self-employment isolation. - Finally, we talk about what it means to be an introvert entrepreneur, and how recognising that within herself has helped her to manage her energy levels. Where you can learn more about Lucy Payne Social media: Facebook: www.facebook.com/ValeQMS Twitter: @ValeQMS Website: valeqms.co.uk About Sarah Swanton & Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Website www.sarahswanton.com Facebook Page: HappyHealthyEntrepreneur Twitter: Sarah_Swanton Would you like to be a guest on the Happy Healthy Entrepreneur podcast? Wonderful! Please email sarah@sarahswanton with a brief intro about you and the work that you do, and a couple of sentences about what your biggest learning has been so far on your own entrepreneurial journey. Happy listening! Sarah x
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July 18, 2017