Entrepreneur Spotlight: Helen Rebello

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

This week we have the magical, mindful mentor, Helen Rebello.

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

My business is in evolution – I created The Tranquil Path to empower soulful women to find their path to living & working in a way that feeds their soul, expresses who they came here to be, and impacts positively upon the world. I brought the different elements of my work together under my own name in March 2018, so that I can serve more women than I’ve been able to before.

I’ve worked 1-to-1 with hundreds of lovely souls over the last 15 years and over time I realised they all had similar issues underlying their stress. Essentially they weren’t fully honouring who they were or living in alignment with that – instead they were over-giving, pushing, striving and breaking themselves to try and fit into a box that didn’t suit them.

I’ve developed my own signature M.A.G.I.C.A.L process, which takes them on a guided journey to discover who they are, what they’re here for, and then discover how they can create small daily steps towards the life they came here to live.

I like sharing spiritual concepts and self-optimisation solutions in a grounded, realistic, applicable and achievable way. The M.A.G.I.C.A.L process blends my eastern and western wellness training with movement, mindfulness, meditation & mindset tools. There might also be a little extra sprinkling of magic 😉

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

I used to be a quiet, stressed-out, unfulfilled perfectionist and people-pleaser and as a result I followed my head and ‘shoulds’ into a career I hated almost instantly. As a result of not honouring what I really wanted to do, I got to the point where I was so depressed and anxious, I couldn’t face another Sunday night dreading Monday morning – so I created an escape plan.

That escape plan somehow magically evolved into my business. I call myself an ‘accidental entrepreneur’, because I didn’t consciously decide to start a business. I simply started following my heart by first training in Shiatsu… and then further training followed, which helped unlock my inherent gift of seeing other people’s unique light. The business side came much later, once I realised I was missing a few fundamental foundations!

I’ve lost two people in my life that died too young. This taught me that life is too short to spend it living in overwhelm, heading unaware to a destination you didn’t consciously set – and this started my mission to help 100,000 women live a fulfilling life they love.

What lights you up about your business? 

I love giving people lightbulb moments – it makes my heart smile I also love creating a calm, safe space that enables women to explore, find deep connection, inspiration, and clarity within themselves. I love being a catalyst to help people see how awesome they are – helping them see their unique brilliance by holding up a virtual mirror to them that projects their potential right back at them.

I love the transformation that occurs when you work with someone that knows they’re destined for more, but have no idea where to start accessing it, and they suddenly see the potential and possibility within them. Once the light has been switched back on, they can’t go back – and then you simply sit and watch as their whole world opens up for them. It’s an incredibly rewarding thing to be able to do.

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

I get simple pleasure from things like having my hair however I want it (in the NHS my hair had to be ‘sensible’!), wearing yoga clothes all day, drinking coffee when I want and being able to make a fresh smoothie at lunchtime. I get to go out walking in the hills whenever my day allows, write, indulge my creativity, use my intuition when I work with clients, say yes and no to things as I choose, and construct my day as I want to.  I surround myself with positive, uplifting people and rarely have to deal with angry or aggressive people!

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

Meditation is my number one positive daily habit. I’ve also been doing morning pages since November 2016 and I cannot recommend this highly enough, especially for creatives. It really keeps your mind focussed and it also ignites inspiration and ideas for posts, videos and courses.

I also do daily EFT and positive affirmations. I try to move my body daily – but if I’m honest, this is still a work in progress (even though I’m a trained yoga teacher!).

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

I would – and having spent years working shifts and on-calls, I am hugely grateful for it. It took us a while to get here; both my husband and I are workaholics because we’re passionate about what we do, and not being able to have kids means we have no limits on our working days if we’re not careful. Consequently, we’ve now redesigned our work around what we want from life, after we both boxed ourselves in with too much work in the past. A year ago, we sold our house, his business, and relocated away from my 1:1 practice to live in an area that we both love.

We still work hard so that we can take big chunks of time off to travel each winter, and we also try to take short breaks throughout the year. We keep our lives as minimal as we can, so that we can go away when we want to, and we endeavour to design our working day around things that nourish us and keep us productive.

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

I’d like to create a body of work, books and an online sanctuary space that helps women worldwide to live their lives wholeheartedly, with lightness, self-compassion, awareness, presence and joy, and do work that lights them up. My business will be location-independent and all being well, I’ll be co-teaching workshops and retreats alongside my lovely husband, as well as sharing my voice and messages as a speaker.

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, what would it be?

Firstly, make sure that they are building the right business – one that makes their heart smile – because if they are, they can trust that they’ll find the energy, patience and resources they need to succeed. They will also attract more clients when they’re working congruently.

They can test this by closing their eyes, placing their hand on their heart and asking themselves: ‘Am I on the right path?’ Our energy system knows what is right for us, so there’s no need to overthink this. If the answer is yes, they will feel a sense of expansion – if no, they will feel tightening or compression.

The right foundations are crucial – and they start with being true to yourself and what you want, before listening to external advice. Once you know you’re building the right thing, then you start getting the other pieces in place… but give yourself time and patience because it doesn’t happen overnight!

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

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.”

~ Marianne Williamson

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

You can find out all about me on my website or through my social media links:

Facebook and Instagram are my favourites and I love connecting with other heart-centered women!

YouTube

Twitter

Thank you Sharon for all that you do

Thank you so much for taking part in the  Entrepreneur Spotlight, Helen. Can’t wait to read your forthcoming book, which I’m sure will be a great success, My very best wishes to you for the future, Sharon xoxo

If you want to grow your business, check out this blog post: How to get the mix right for your winning business recipe

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Nikole Stephenson

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

This week we have the awesome content creation & online marketing specialist for solopreneurs, Nikole Stephenson.

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

My business is Computer Blue Media. I do content creation and online marketing for solopreneurs in the “helping” and “healing” fields–think therapists, health and wellness experts, coaches… that kind of thing.  

My business name is sort of funny….I knew from the get-go that I didn’t want to use my name, although I can’t really articulate why. I had this huge list of possible names, but they all sounded like I was trying way too hard to sound clever and I was also afraid of pigeon-holing myself. My partner was like, “Why don’t you just use something simple like “Computer Love”? I didn’t love that name so much, but I definitely took his point to heart. It made me immediately think of a Prince song I’ve always loved–Computer Blue. I also happen to live in Prince’s hometown so it felt appropriate in that way.

And, because I’m obsessive about the meanings of things, I googled the meaning of the phrase, which first referred to that blue screen you get when your computer crashes, and then, in the ‘80s, became slang for when someone is moving onward and upward from something that wasn’t working for them. I kind of loved that, plus I’m a total child of the ‘80s so it works for me.

 

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

OK, confession time: I completely fell into this entrepreneurial life by accident. I had recently quit my previous job to stay home with my daughter full-time, when a dear friend of mine (also an entrepreneur) asked me if I’d be willing to help her optimize her YouTube videos. It sounded fun and I really needed some mental stimulation outside of motherhood, so I said yes. Then, she told a few colleagues about my work and those colleagues told other colleagues and the next thing I knew, I was filing for an LLC and paying our rent from this accidental business I had grown.

But now that I have my business, I really love to see my clients helping their clients to improve their own lives, and to help them reach more people and make a bigger difference in the world. Ultimately, that’s an important goal of mine–making the world better. I also love the freedom and flexibility it affords my family as well.

 

What lights you up about your business? 

When a client tells me things like they’re suddenly booked up with clients, or that I nailed their copy or design, it’s the best feeling in the world.

I genuinely love each of my clients. I see their passions and am so inspired by what they do. So, to be able to use my creativity (something I really have to be able to do on the daily regardless) and to use it to further their message, and watch them succeed as a result…it’s really incredible. I feel lucky.

 

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

Goodness…can I say “everything”?  I feel like this is the only job I’ve ever had where I really have to apply everything I’ve learned in every previous employment experience I’ve ever had, not to mention my personal and educational experiences. I draw from it all, so I feel like I’m firing on all cylinders now.

Also, obviously, the flexibility I have now would be damn hard to find elsewhere. I can decide to take the day off and take my kiddo to the lake when I want to. As long as I have wifi, I can work from anywhere. If my partner (who is in grad school) needs me to be more present at home so he can focus on his work, I can pivot in my schedule pretty easily. Also, I’m the only one who can determine how much money I make. There really aren’t any limits, except for the limits I place on myself.

 

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

Truth be told, I’m still working on the self-discipline bit. So, my schedule and habits are almost constantly in flux. But one thing I do without fail is an evening ritual: I do a daily review with myself. I mark down all the things I accomplished, the things I didn’t accomplish, what is working, and what isn’t. I do it without judgment as much as I can. I also do weekly reviews on Sunday evenings, and monthly reviews at the end of the month. This really helps me to keep my eye on the prize, so to speak, and refining my methods. 

If I’m having one of those moments where I feel like I’m not crossing off any of the to-do’s I’ve set for myself, I make a list of all the things I actually did do while I was busy not crossing those things off, no matter how trivial it might seem. By the end of it, I’m always amazed at how much I actually accomplished. Like, maybe I didn’t nail that revenue goal this month, but holy cow, I managed to stay on task with that big client project while my daughter was sick and my partner was out of town! That actually is pretty incredible when you really think about it!

I think it’s so important to keep things in perspective. Our business lives don’t happen in a vacuum, especially when you’re a solopreneur and there’s a real blurring of the lines between work and home life.

 

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

I would say yes, but that I’m still working on mastery, if that makes sense. I have the freedom in my schedules and limitless potential to make more income, but I’m still relatively new at this. I’ve only really been in business for myself for about two years. I still make mistakes and I’ve not hit the revenue goals I’d like to reach yet.  But I’d say I’m definitely on my way and that really feels good. There are times when it’s definitely scary–the lack of structure or the ups and downs in cash flow can be panic-inducing if you’re not doing the inner work to withstand it all. But, I can safely say it would be incredibly hard for me to shut this thing down and work for someone else again. I’m in it for the long haul.

 

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

I’d love to see Computer Blue grow into an agency model. I’d like to have a virtual team working for me so I don’t have to do everything. There are so many incredibly creative and talented people out there and I really feed off of that kind of exchange. In my ideal mind, I’d love to see Computer Blue become worker-owned also, but I’m in no hurry to make that transition. Those relationships have to be forged organically I think and I really need to make sure that everyone involved really jives together.  

I’d also love to establish an online academy-style online marketing membership and establish some sort of giving-back program, be it via donating funds to organizations or establishing a mentorship for other would-be entrepreneurs, but I’m still fleshing out those ideas in my mind.

 

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, what would it be?

Leap before you feel ready and operate out of a genuine interest in helping others.  

I didn’t even have a website for my business until a couple of months ago. I did just fine with a Facebook business page and my LinkedIn profile. You don’t have to have everything figured out or all the pieces put together before you launch. Just get going and do the work. Wow your clients.

Old-fashioned word-of-mouth is by far the best marketing you can ask for even in this crazy digital age, so do right by your clients and they’ll pay it forward for sure. I think it also helps to have a certain amount of obliviousness to the possibility of failure. In the beginning, I never once thought about what would happen if this gig didn’t work out. It was going to work because it had to, plain and simple. I didn’t have time for what-ifs.

 

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

“Clarity comes from engagement, not thought.” ~ Marie Forleo

You’re never going to miraculously have an a-ha moment by stewing over it or waiting for it to tap you on the shoulder. This is equally true in business as it is in life. Not sure if that someone in your life is “the one”? You’re never going to know by just sitting with your indecision. Not sure what you want to offer in your business? Start somewhere and refine as you go.

On a related note, I also love, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” ~ Pablo Picasso

 

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

You can get more info about my business on my website Computer Blue Media 

And, I love making new friends on social:

Facebook

Instagram

Thanks Nikole, for sharing your business vision and mission with us on the Entrepreneur Spotlight. All the very best for your ongoing and future success, Sharon xox

If you want to grow your business, check out this blog post: How to get the mix right for your winning business recipe

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Alexa Tewkesbury

This week sees the start of our Entrepreneur Spotlight, which focuses on amazing ladies who are rocking their online businesses.

We kick off with the delightful Alexa Tewkesbury, an award-winning screenplay writer, author of books for children and creative editorial specialist: freelance copywriter, copy editor and proofreader.

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

I trade under my own name – Alexa Tewkesbury. Sometimes I think about changing it to something more imaginative, but as clients are used to this as my business name now, it might confuse things! I’m a copy editor, proofreader and copywriter working with publishers, independent authors and businesses. Wherever words are involved, my aim is to shape and refine them so that they showcase the writer or the business in the best possible way, delivering the true heart of the message.

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

I’m a fairly solitary person, so I’ve always quite liked the idea of working on my own from home. But the main driver to actually doing something about it was the fact that my son is autistic and has epilepsy, with a few physical difficulties to go along with that, and I needed to find a way to work but be based at home so that I’m around when needed too. It’s too easy for autistic people to become isolated, and I don’t want that for him. Although it’s a bit of a juggle at times – most of my work is to deadlines so there’s not a lot of room for manoeuvre – I can’t imagine being able to ‘do’ life any other way now.

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

I love creating my own schedule, albeit a bit haphazardly sometimes. And I get a real buzz when potential new clients find me online and contact me. It’s very rewarding to know that all the digital marketing does pay off! I also love the variety of work. I can be copy editing a new writer’s novel one day, switching to some website copy the next, proofreading a regular magazine for a publisher on another, and in between, creating content for my Twitter feed and scanning relevant editorial blogs and articles to share. That’s a variety I never had in my 9-5!

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

I recently had to give up caffeine, which was a bit of a blow! I always enjoyed the routine of settling at my desk with a mug of steaming coffee, checking my email and social media accounts to see what’s happening in my work world, noting anything especially good to share, and picking up a few hints and tips from my industry in the process. I still have coffee now, but of the decaff variety, and I’ve pretty much adjusted to a caffeine-free life. So the mug-moment still stands and kickstarts my work day.

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

Because so much of my work is to deadlines, I wouldn’t exactly call my freelance life a “freedom lifestyle”. I can be flexible up to a point, but if work is due in for a certain time and date, that does take quite a lot of the freedom out of it! I suppose that’s the nature of editorial work. Having said that, on hot summer days, I can set up outside in the garden, and on cold winter ones I can snuggle with my laptop on the sofa. And if it’s all been especially manic and suddenly there’s a quiet day, I can decide to finish early and go for a walk. So, in those respects, yes, there is freedom, and I think I’d find the rigidity of 9-5 really hard to adapt to now.

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

I’d like to have grown! I have one business client who pays for my services with a retainer fee monthly, which is great because it’s regular income to rely on. I would love to be able to find more clients who would like me to work for them on that basis. I’d also like to be able to regularise my work flow more, rather than everything landing at once, as it so often does! It’s an aim, but I’m still working on how to achieve it at the moment…

If there was 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, what would it be?

Read as much as you can about how other women are building their businesses – how they’re networking (face to face and online), what digital marketing channels they’re using, where the needs are that you can fulfil in your industry. Having a marketing strategy is so important in making yourself visible to potential clients, but connecting with people doing what you’re doing also builds an amazing and vital support network for you and your business.

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

“My life – my rules” (not that I’ve by any means cracked this yet!).

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

Here’s where you can find me:

Website

Twitter

Linkedin


Please say hello sometime!

Alexa

Thank you for taking part in the Entrepreneur Spotlight, Alexa. It was fabulous to hear all about you and your business. All the very best for the future, Sharon xox

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