Entrepreneur Spotlight: Victoria Lofthouse

Entrepreneur Spotlight focuses on amazing ladies who are rocking their online businesses.

This week we have the delightful virtual assistant, Victoria Lofthouse, who helps busy, small business owners to save time and money, and turn their ideas into reality faster.

Hi Victoria, What’s your business name and what’s your business all about?

Hi there, I’m Victoria the proud owner and founder of No Drama Delegation.

I am a virtual assistant and I specialise in all things tech! Helping and supporting creative entrepreneurs and business owners get more of their wonderful content out into the world via their website, blogs, eMarketing newsletters and online courses. I am super passionate about the fact that no one should ever have to change their hopes, goals, dreams and business visions based on a fear of tech!

What was your “Big Why” that drove you to start your business?

I was made redundant back in 2009 from a corporate job that I absolutely loved; I was totally devastated! I never ever expected to be in that position and it really knocked the stuffing out of me. Both personally and professionally, I felt completely overwhelmed with what my next steps should be.

I realised I no longer wanted to be at the mercy of someone else’s decisions. Having been self-employed before, I decided to dip my toe into the entrepreneurial waters once more.

My Big Why is two things really:

  1. I always want to be in control of my own destiny
  2. I want to be flexible to allow me to spend more time with my lovely family and do all those things that seemed impossible when I had a corporate job.

What lights you up about your business? 

Definitely, my clients. I get to work with amazing female creative entrepreneurs, ranging from business coaches, photographers, graphic designers, website designers, holistic therapists, and many more!

And they all have two things in common – they fear tech or they know how to do the techy stuff, but it just doesn’t light them up in the same way as it does for me.

To see them create and achieve their business goals with my support, and watch them fly and earn more money, just makes my heart sing. It could be an idea that has sat in a notebook for months, sometimes even years, because they didn’t know how to bring it all together or was scared! 

What do you get to do in your business that was not possible in your 9-5? 

I get to do so many things that weren’t possible in my 9-5 job, such as the school run, school holidays, or if one of my little ones is poorly. I know it doesn’t seem like much to some but just not having that feeling of guilt around taking that time to be a mum is amazing for me.

What daily habits do you without fail, that make a positive impact on your business day?

I have implemented a few things to my daily routine over the last year or two, some to make me more productive and others to just allow me to stay sane whilst working from home.

Using meditation is a big thing for me now, and I do this daily. Mainly in the morning and again in the evening. I am a busy mum with four children, a wife, chair of governors at my local primary school, and obviously a business owner too, so life can get pretty hectic at times.

It felt strange at first, I thought that meditation was all about sitting cross-legged and chanting. How silly do I feel now about that assumption!

It helps me focus and therefore means I get more done in the long run. I use a fabulous app called Calm that has all sorts of guided meditations. It has had a very positive impact on all areas of my life including my biz!

Would you say you’re living the “freedom lifestyle” and how does it look and feel to you?

I would say I feel well on the way to living the freedom lifestyle. For me it’s all about creating a life full of ease and flow. My business gives me the freedom to work when I want and from where I want.

I work a weekend or the odd evening if I want to, but not because I have to. For me, that is what the freedom lifestyle is all about – being able to do things on your terms.

Where do you see your business in two years’ time?

Wow, that is a difficult question and one that I have been giving lots of thought to recently. My goals for my business for the next two years are:

  1. To have launched an online member’s club to help those terrified of tech
  2. To continue to collaborate with some awesome businesswomen to help and support more women to get over their fear of tech
  3. To grow my business to the point where I need to take on an employee or two

What’s the one piece of advice you’d like to give to a woman who’s considering starting a business, or who’s finding the initial set up of her business longer or a little trickier than expected?

Ooh, there are so many pieces of advice I would give but I suppose the main ones are:

  • Surround yourself with lots of lovely people who will cheer you on and help you through the tough times. Being in business can be tough and isn’t all about pixies and rainbows. Find your lady goddesses and hang on to them!

 

  • Ditch the perfection, is another big one. We spend so much time saying really mean stuff to ourselves in our heads that we would never dare to say to someone else out loud – in the beginning, this was the biggest thing that held me back without a doubt.

What’s your favourite motivational phrase/quote/mantra?

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” ~ Jimmy Dean

I love this quote; it reminds us all that whilst we cannot control things, we can control how we react. Businesses are always changing, evolving and sometimes will go down a path you never even expected. But, as long as we keep our eyes on the end goal, whatever that maybe, that’s what matters. It doesn’t pay to get too hung up on your route to getting there.

Where can we see more about you and your delightful offerings? 

It was wonderful hearing about you and your business on the Entrepreneur Spotlight, Victoria. Thank you for sharing with us, and my very best wishes to you for the future, Sharon xox

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Anita Marshall

Entrepreneur Spotlight focuses on amazing ladies who are rocking their online businesses.

This week we have the lovely Anita Marshall, who helps people to (re)-connect with soul and the natural inner wisdom 

Hi Anita, What’s your business name and what’s your business all about?

My business focuses on Natural Soul Awakening to help people to (re)-connect with soul and their natural inner wisdom through meditation, chakras, Earth and Moon Cycles. I also help people to discover their soul life purpose, and transform their blocks and challenges, through understanding and aligning with their soul plan/calling so that they can live an abundant fulfilled life.

What was your “Big Why” that drove you to start your business?

 

After suffering a TIA (Transient Ischaemic Attack) at the age of only 32, my doctor recommended for me to drastically reduce my stress levels because this meant I was at risk of a stroke.

The truth is, I had been burning out for a while. I began to hate my work, not that I would admit it. I worked long hours, and felt a lot of stress. Something inside me had changed – I no longer found designing IT systems satisfying, and started to try to reconnect with the passions of my younger self. So, on top of working long hours, I began studying for an art diploma, while also having to deal with a family bereavement, which brought up so many feelings. Something had to give, and it was me.

My doctor signed me off from work for eight weeks, which gave me space to re-evaluate my life. During this time, divine guidance intervened when I walked into a book shop, and a book about coaching yourself to make essential life changes actually fell off the shelf in front of me. I read it from cover to cover. Each and every exercise revealed more and more of my suppressed desires, and the blocks and excuses I had built to following my dreams.

How could I leave my well paid corporate job when I had a mortgage to go travelling? But how could I not! My health was on the line, and I knew I couldn’t continue as I had been. Unravelling the fears took time, but the seed for travel grew bigger and stronger. A voluntary role, to work with orangutans in Borneo, arrived in my inbox. This made my desire to travel blossom. I applied and was accepted as a volunteer to start in seven months’ time.

I formulated a six-month exit plan to leave my job, and after returning to work I told my boss I was resigning. They offered a sabbatical but I declined the offer. I cried in the meeting – I was not a hard-nosed corporate type, I was a sensitive soul who needed heart connection, who needed to connect with something that helped, and would make a difference to people’s lives. The tears provided relief and release. I no longer had to pretend to be something I was not. I was no longer going to have to do something which sucked the life out of me. I was going to be living, not existing.

Just six months after finding myself on the ground in the park where I had suffered my TIA, I handed over my pass and didn’t look back at the place I had worked at for the previous seven years. Three weeks later, I sat in the airport with my journal, writing the first page of a new chapter in my life, the one where I listened to my inner guidance and followed my dreams. Sixteen months of wonderful travelling adventures around Asia and India opened me up to a new world of spirituality, and the calmness and peace that I felt infused me deeply.

During those months, I learned as much as I could. I met so many lovely people, all struggling with finding purpose, and I discovered I had a natural ability to bring clarity to their lives. Often, as we went our separate ways, they would thank me for the insights I had given them and the clarity. Another seed was being sown and was growing.

After returning to the UK, I studied spiritual-based life coaching and counselling, and trained to become a soul plan teacher to help me to be able to offer a professional service using the gifts I had discovered. A Journey Into Soul was born eight years ago in a vision during a shamanic moon circle in the Hertfordshire Countryside. Everything felt so right, and there has not been a day since where I’ve had to motivate myself to work, because I adore what I do.

What lights you up about your business? 

What really lights me up is seeing the transformation people have in their lives after our sessions. The light bulb moments as they first discover why their life has been like it has… this is the soul plan perspective, and also helping them become empowered to transform the blocks and make changes in their lives, to create a life that resonates with their true essence and gives them a sense of purpose.

What do you get to do in your business that was not possible in your 9-5? 

Freedom to be who I am, freedom to do what’s aligned with my soul and not determined by someone else, and freedom to fit my work around my family so I can be with my two lovely boys. For that last part, I consider myself particularly blessed as I don’t miss out on those precious moments which pass so quickly. It was such a long and difficult journey to have children, but that is a separate story and, needless to say, I do not want to miss a moment.

What daily habits do you without fail, that make a positive impact on your business day?

Draw an Oracle Card for guidance for the day, count my blessings (gratitude) for all the abundance I have in my life (although with two young children this can be very hard….), and meditate – I try to at least start the day with ten meditative breaths, extending this if the youngest allows before the whole household is awoken!

Would you say you’re living the “freedom lifestyle” and how does it look and feel to you?

Yes – being able to work around my family is freedom, and the freedom to choose my own work schedule that suits my more ‘Night Owl’ tendencies.

Where do you see your business in two years’ time?

Supporting more people with soul awareness and alignment through a series of online training programs, using all the knowledge I’ve gained through my travels and training, and bringing it together to benefit others.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d like to give to a woman who’s considering starting a business, or who’s finding the initial set up of her business longer or a little trickier than expected?

Firstly, make sure it’s something you feel connected with and passionate about – a key indicator that it’s a soul-aligned business. Then use your uniqueness to bring the special sparkle to your business. It’s too easy to fall into the trap of trying to be like others or doing something because of someone else’s expectations of you, or because everyone else is doing it/done it that way, then that has to be the right way. We all have soul-given gifts, and it’s part of your soul plan to use them. That’s what creates a flow of abundance in life. Find and use your special gifts.

What’s your favourite motivational phrase/quote/mantra?

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust

Where can we see more about you and your delightful offerings? 

My Website – Natural Soul Awakening to blossom your radiant soul and abundant life

My Facebook page.

And there’s lots of support and guidance in my free soulful community group Radiant Soul Seekers.

It was wonderful hearing about you and your business on the Entrepreneur Spotlight, Anita. Thank you for sharing with us, and my very best wishes to you for the future, Sharon xox

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Gabriella Feingold

Entrepreneur Spotlight focuses on amazing ladies who are rocking their online businesses.

This week we have the fabulous coach, Gabriella Feingold, who helps people live an intentional, guilt-free life.

Hi Gabriella, What’s your business name and what’s your business all about?

I created Coaching with Gabriella to help people, who spend most of their time and energy on others, to take better care of themselves.

What was your “Big Why” that drove you to start your business?

I believe in a world where we have permission to pay attention to our own needs, even as we nourish those around us and work to make the world a better place. I want to see a future where the guilt, perfectionism, and urgency, that drive so many of us, fall away so that everyone can figure out what’s important to them and create lifestyles that are more joyful and sustainable. This is the reality I try to embody in my personal life and in my business – it is possible! And I love showing people how they can get there.

What lights you up about your business? 

My clients! I love watching them transform over our time together. Whether it’s through a one-time Breakthrough Session, a workshop, or a longer one-on-one coaching program, I see such powerful moments of change – both in mindset and in action. I know that the programs I offer are a big part of this transformation, but it couldn’t happen without the willingness and curiosity of my clients. 

What do you get to do in your business that was not possible in your 9-5? 

I get to use all of the parts of my brain. I get to use my creative powers to make content, my math brain for the business side of things, and my empathetic and analytical skills in the coaching itself. Being a one-woman show is not always easy, but I love how much it stretches me.

What daily habits do you without fail, that make a positive impact on your business day?

I practice non-judgment with people every day. By giving others the benefit of the doubt (as long as I set the boundaries I need to), I walk through the world with an extra dose of compassion, which translates itself into my approach to myself and my business. Non-judgment of others really helps increase self-compassion too!

Would you say you’re living the “freedom lifestyle” and how does it look and feel to you?

I would say that I am living an intentional lifestyle. I don’t do whatever I want, whenever I want – even the self-employed have to do things we don’t want to do sometimes. But everything I do is done with intentionality. I do my best to run my business and my life in alignment with my values, the life I want to live, and the world I want to see. Last week I wrote in my journal, “The limits I choose, free me.” I believe that to be true, and in that way I am definitely free.

Where do you see your business in two years’ time?

I am so proud of my coaching offerings and in two years’ time, I hope I’m continuing to put them out into the world, facilitating my workshops and webinars to the broader community, and always finding new people to connect with and learn from. I have a vivid dream of developing and running in-person self-care retreats in the coming years, so hopefully that will be in progress as well.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d like to give to a woman who’s considering starting a business, or who’s finding the initial set up of her business longer or a little trickier than expected?

The trifecta of values that I call upon in all times of transition (especially extended ones like building a business) are gratitude, patience, and curiosity.

Gratitude allows me to see what I’ve accomplished, appreciate what’s in my life and the path I am going down. Patience reminds me that there’s enough time to do everything I want to do. Many of us have this ever-present sense of urgency, but the truth is, most of us have a lot of time to live, and create, and build. So let things take time to unfold. And curiosity is the most magical of all. For everything you feel uncertain about – which I’m sure is a lot – see if you can give yourself room to be curious about what will happen. You have the skills to deal with whatever ups and downs come your way. Instead of spending your energy freaking out about what will happen, see the whole thing as one big science experiment. Make hypotheses, note your observations and learnings as you experiment, and always try again.

What’s your favourite motivational phrase/quote/mantra?

The quote that inspired my logo is by Dita Von Teese, known as the queen of the burlesque revival of the 90s. She said, ‘You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.’

As a recovering perfectionist, this sentiment is so liberating! You truly can’t please everyone. All you can do is be yourself. It’s okay to let go of the pressure.

Where can we see more about you and your delightful offerings? 

Join my email list to get monthly blog posts with tips and tricks for a more balanced and intentional life!

You can also find me on my websiteFacebook, and Instagram.

It was wonderful hearing about you and your business on the Entrepreneur Spotlight, Gabriella. Thank you for sharing with us, and my very best wishes to you for the future, Sharon xox

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Amy Hardie

Entrepreneur Spotlight focuses on amazing ladies who are rocking their online businesses.

This week we have the freedom-lifestyle aficionado, and Pinterest expert, Amy Hardie.

Hi Amy, What’s your business name and what’s your business all about?

I’m Amy Hardie from Freedom Mamas. I help coaches, educators and freelancers to market their business and grow their email list using Pinterest.

What was your “Big Why” that drove you to start your business?

The drive to start my own business first struck me once I had my son six years ago. I wanted to have the freedom to be able to look after him and be around for him, but still do something for myself. Pretty soon afterwards, I decided that I wanted my business to be a vehicle to help other mums to have the same freedom I desired. At the time I didn’t know what that would look like. Pinterest has always come naturally to me, ever since I started planning my wedding in 2010 / 2011. It took me a long time to realise that Pinterest is my zone of genius, and how I could help other entrepreneurs use it more effectively.

What lights you up about your business? 

I love it when clients, who don’t know anything about Pinterest, have a light bulb moment and see what an amazing tool it can be, and the positive impact it can have on their business. It’s such a time-efficient tool compared to other social media platforms, and much more effective at driving your ideal people to your website. I don’t think there’s any better gift than the gift of time, and I love being able to share that gift with people.

What do you get to do in your business that was not possible in your 9-5? 

I get to make decisions based on my own values and vision which is a really empowering feeling. I am responsible for my future, so if I want it to be amazing, I have to be brave and take action.

What daily habits do you without fail, that make a positive impact on your business day?

If I’m honest, I don’t have any daily habits. I used to meditate but I have been really terrible at keeping that up recently. The reason I love Pinterest so much is that I schedule my content once a week and it goes out over the course of the week. So, that’s a weekly habit. I am trying to be more consistent on social media platforms, particularly Instagram stories, so that my followers can get to know me better.

Would you say you’re living the “freedom lifestyle” and how does it look and feel to you?

Yes I would. To me it has always been about spending time with my family, and that’s exactly what I get to do. I work when my son is at school and I plan and schedule my content in advance for the school holidays. We always spend our weekends out exploring the local countryside. I have a lot of gratitude for that.

Where do you see your business in two years’ time?

Right now I offer 1:1 Pinterest strategy sessions, but I would like to create an online course to help clients who can’t invest in 1:1. Other than that I’m going to keep my eyes open to what opportunities come my way. 

What’s the one piece of advice you’d like to give to a woman who’s considering starting a business, or who’s finding the initial set up of her business longer or a little trickier than expected?

That was me – it took me years to figure out what my niche was because I had a serious case of imposter syndrome. If there’s something that you feel you’re good at, start small and build up. Take a course or two if you need to. I took a Pinterest course because I didn’t have confidence in myself. It turns out I knew pretty much everything in the course already, but I needed that validation before I felt comfortable invoicing clients.

What’s your favourite motivational phrase/quote/mantra?

A quote by Albert Einstein, “You never fail until you stop trying.”

Where can we see more about you and your delightful offerings? 

You can find lots of blog posts and a freebie to help you get started with growing your email list using Pinterest on my website Freedom Mamas.

I have a free Facebook group dedicated to email list building called the Email List Building Lounge.

My Facebook page: Freedom Mamas and Instagram

And of course Pinterest.

It was wonderful hearing about you and your business on the Entrepreneur Spotlight, Amy. Thank you for sharing with us, and my very best wishes to you for the future, Sharon xox

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Brenda J. King

Entrepreneur Spotlight focuses on amazing ladies who are rocking their online businesses.

This week we have the wonderful, soul-driven, transformation coach and mentor, Brenda J. King.

Hi Brenda, What’s your business name and what’s your business all about?

I’m Brenda J King, PhD. I work with women who have a deep hunger to free themselves to do the important work they know they’re meant to be doing. Women who want to make a difference and be uniquely themselves. Women who sometimes get so focused on others, or caught up the the success they have created, that they get lost along the way. I help them get unstuck and expand their capacity to be fully and uniquely them selves. My clients know there’s more and are ready to make it happen.

Through my years of study and practice, I’ve developed a methodology to combine the science of psychology with the soul-based practices of shamanism and energy work. I call it Core Code™ and lemme tell you – it can shift everything when someone is ready to stop sitting on their purpose and are ready to embrace their full capacity to live a rich life.

What was your “Big Why” that drove you to start your business?

I love my work as clinical psychologist and have been highly successful, but I knew that coaching would allow me to bring in energy, intuition and shamanic practices and support change and growth in a much more powerful way. Their is a paradigm change happening and helping women heal and claim their magic supports healing the world as a whole.

What lights you up about your business? 

My husband always tells me I sparkle after a coaching session. I love seeing a client’s world explode into new possibilities, as they recognize their worth and discover their gifts in new ways.

What do you get to do in your business that was not possible in your 9-5? 

Play with energy…  Really, I get to do the very thing I want for others.  I get to use all my gifts and abilities, continue growing in my own journey, and bring some amazing women along with me.

What daily habits do you without fail, that make a positive impact on your business day?

Meditation, journaling, and tracking my actions towards my goals.

Would you say you’re living the “freedom lifestyle” and how does it look and feel to you?

I am living my version of a freedom lifestyle– I’m my own boss and am able to do the things I love doing on a daily basis!

Where do you see your business in two years’ time?

I’ll continue to grow my membership program ‘Power of Being”, celebrate wins with my 1:1 clients, and have a book published. My business will be supporting a lifestyle that allows me to give even more of my time and money to life changing projects.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d like to give to a woman who’s considering starting a business, or who’s finding the initial set up of her business longer or a little trickier than expected?

Stay focused on your own path and invest in yourself. 1:1 coaching and mentoring has been my most powerful resource to accomplish the things I desire.

What’s your favourite motivational phrase/quote/mantra?

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” ~ H.S. Thompson

Where can we see more about you and your delightful offerings? 

You can find out more about me and my services on my website

You can also find me over on Facebook and Instagram.

It was wonderful hearing about you and your business on the Entrepreneur Spotlight, Brenda. Thank you for sharing with us, and my very best wishes to you for the future, Sharon xox

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