Advent! Day 24

Written byHelen Soutar

Helen is a strategist who specializes in Resilience. Mum to Harry and Kit who are both rapidly reaching the stage of looking down to her, she spends her days home educating and then escaping to her studio in the garden to work

24th December 2018

Merry Christmas my lovelies!

We’ve made it!  24 posts chock full of books, courses, videos, talks and more!  

So what, or who, is behind our very last door?

It’s the brilliant Sarah Appleton, my travel agent!

More than anything else, 2018 has been the year we’ve travelled!  Having not left the country for 10 years, this year we’ve had a gorgeous (3.5 week!) holiday in Mauritius and I travelled to Los Angeles to speak at Femmepyre (hoping to be able to share some of the photos / videos with you in the New Year!)

None of this would have been possible without Sarah and, as upgrades go, having a personal travel agent has been one of the best ones I’ve experienced.  Not only did Sarah get us exactly what we wanted for less than I’d been quoted by high street agents or could find by myself, she was also on hand to sort out all the online check ins, airport transfers as well as recommend places to visit.  

But why include this in a predominantly business blog series?  Well, because of all the things I’ve done, these two trips have been some of the best ways I’ve connected with my clients and followers.  I’ve discovered that I love sharing new stuff with my clients, and that they love me sharing it with them.  If you go to my facebook page, you’ll find loads of live videos – most with lots of engagement. 

Both trips have also been amazing for helping me to work out what I want to be focussing on in my life and in my business.  I loved my trip to LA – spending time with really interesting people, having some of the best conversations I’ve had this year and speaking on stage at an event with some really great women.  I know now that I want to arrange some in person events, to get together with a bunch of my gorgeous clients all in one space.  I also know that I want to go to more events as a speaker.  

Mauritius was amazing in a different way – for starters, it was a huge challenge for me personally.  The reason for the trip was so my eldest son Harry could have a holiday with his Dad (who lives in Australia).  Harry had originally been supposed to go with his Grandparents but was incredibly anxious about being away from me and Kit (and his whole support system really) so I agreed we would go too and stay somewhere else on the island.  A miscommunication (*ahem*) meant that we ended up staying in the same small village. 

The prospect of spending almost a month that close to my ex-husband and ALL of his family on an island we didn’t know without any of my own support network was pretty terrifying to be honest.  But, after a truly awful first day, things settled down, and Kit and I at least, had a wonderful wonderful time.  We swam, we basked in the sunshine and we travelled all over that gorgeous island on the brilliant buses.

I also engaged with my clients.  I did coaching calls from the beach, next to the pool and on the balcony.  I did live videos, traded photos for tasks completed (accountability!) and gave one of my clients who was born in Mauritius but not been back since she was 6 months old, the closest experience she’s yet to have with the island.

So, on this short, cold day, let me indulge myself and share with you just a handful (or 4) of photos from our travels this year.  2019 is not currently looking quite so travel-tastic but I’m keeping the faith – I was only invited to speak at Femmepyre 6 weeks before the event!  

Whatever your plans for next year, I hope they bring you as much joy as these trips have brought me.

Merry Christmas you wonderful people xx

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