Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Podcast: Sarah Swanton chats to Melanie Mackie of Scarletta Media

Do things before you think you’re ready – In conversation with Melanie Mackie

“Do things before you think you’re ready…none of us know how things are going to play out – none of us do. You don’t know, until you do it”

This week’s podcast interview is with Melanie Mackie who 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. Read more

When fear gets in the way of marketing your business

When Fear Gets In The Way Of Marketing Your Business

Today, I’m talking about fear and when it stops you moving forward in business.

Maybe your fear is around networking?  Or perhaps you get it when thinking about delivering a talk to a group of people at an event? Maybe it’s fear about recording videos for your Facebook page or website? Or even just getting started with launching your business?

Whatever the fear relates to, for you, firstly I want you to know, that you’re normal. Read more

Podcast Episode 1: In conversation with Lucy Payne

It’s here….!

The first ever episode of the Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Podcast. Woo hoo!

August 2015, was the first moment I realised I wanted to launch a podcast (before I’d even started this business!), so after two years of ‘someday’, it’s time to take action. You’ll hear me talk in the intro part of this episode about how I went from procrastination to taking action, and when I did, it really was quite effortless, or perhaps I’ll call it ‘joyful effort’ (yes, even the techie bits!). Read more

Here’s Me Walking My Talk

I have a bit of a confession to make, would you like to hear it?

For a while now, I’ve wanted to create and launch an online course. You know, one of those courses where you record videos, and provide lots of useful resources, and create a lovely community of like-minded people, and then give them lots and lots of support and encouragement to get the results they are looking for?

Oh is that it, Sarah? So er, what’s the big deal? Read more

Anticipatory Anxiety

Anxiety Is An Incomplete Equation

In the work that I do as a hypnotherapist and coach, I very often talk to clients about the idea that when change happens, it happens within them, not outside of them. In other words, the world doesn’t necessarily change, but they will feel pleasantly different. It may be very subtle, and it may not even occur to them until they reflect on it. So they may have a new perspective on something, or see a problem in a very different way, to the point that it just doesn’t bother them anymore.

Anxiety is a bit like that. Very often people link anxiety to events, circumstances, people or situations. The first option they’ll try is to change those things first, or even move away from them. “when this isn’t in my life, I will feel better”. I’ve been there too, believe me!  Read more

Juggling School Holidays and running a business

Juggling School Holidays + Running A Business!

I don’t know about you, but as a self-employed business owner and parent, I do enjoy the change of pace that the School holidays seem to bring; a step away from the everyday routine is nice to do, and usually welcomed by the time it comes around! In fact, a previous coach of mine, who doesn’t have kids works in flow with the school terms anyway, and I don’t recall it being just because most of her clients are parents either.

As I write this post here in the UK, we’re approaching the longest holidays of the School year; anywhere between six and nine weeks depending on the School. If you’re a solopreneur and you have school age children, that can feel pretty tough to get your head around. On the one hand, it’s lovely to go on days out, take a more carefree approach to routines, and enjoy the company of family and friends, maybe even a holiday somewhere, but on the other hand there’s that worry of “but what about my business?” and “how am I ever going to have a successful business when I’m not working all Summer?” Read more

When Self-Care Feels Like A Chore!

Much is said of the need for business owners and entrepreneurs to practise regular self-care. In fact, in some entrepreneur circles, a popular topic of conversation tends to be “so what’s your current morning practice then?” Many of the key thought leaders from the world of personal development and entrepreneurship will tell you how essential it is to have a self-care routine in order to be successful in business and in life, and of course many of us take that on board, the good students of life that we are, and go off and plan out a whole programme of activities that we vow to do regularly so that we too can have a successful business and life. Read more

Overcoming Self Employment Isolation & Loneliness

Being your boss. Freedom and flexibility. Following your passions. No more commuting.

Some of the many, many benefits of working for yourself.

But of course, the world of self-employment can also have its downsides – one of which is experiencing isolation as a small business owner. Many people who start their own businesses do so after having had a previous career. It’s a common theme that many of us ‘escape’ the corporate world of high targets and expectations, burnout and stress to retrain in something that ignites our passion. But as well as leaving all that behind, we also say goodbye to some really good stuff as well. Read more

What To Do When You’re Struggling To Make A Decision

Making a decision should be easy. That choice or this one. That’s it. Yet, why does it feel so hard to make a decision sometimes?

Some people talk about the feeling of ‘analysis paralysis’ and it really can feel like that at times. The anxiety of not being able to make a decision for fear of getting it wrong.   Read more

Grass Is Greener Syndrome In Business

Is Grass Really Greener On The Other Side?

Grass Is Greener Syndrome. I made it up. Well, at least I thought I did until I consulted Google and realised I didn’t make it up at all! Apparently – it’s a ‘thing’.

Grass Is Greener, Shiny Object Syndrome – call it what you like, what we’re really talking about here is a feeling of dissatisfaction with what one currently has, and so looking outside of that to fix it.

Being aware of doing it is one thing, knowing what to do about it is another.  Read more