You don't need anyone's permission to find your dream career

So two years ago I would have been getting ready for my working week around this time on a Sunday evening. 

I would have been going online to purchase an overpriced weekly rail ticket, laying out a ‘professional’ work outfit (which wasn’t what I would choose to wear, but which fitted in with the corporate ‘look’ at the office), and getting an early night because I knew the week ahead would be utterly exhausting.

Does that sound familiar?

I remember the train journey up to London, where I would longingly stare out of the window at the passing countryside (if I got a seat that is) and wish that I could choose how I started my day and feel excited about what was to come, instead of tolerating the knot of dread, anxiety and stress that I carried around in my stomach.

I hated that I was just working for the weekend and dreaded Monday mornings. I wanted to have freedom and flexibility, and choose to do work I loved, instead of having a schedule and workload imposed on me. But I realised that I had to give myself the permission to pursue it...

Well these days, things are a bit different. I get to choose my own hours, and work from wherever I like. On Mondays I can ease into the day with a coffee and the newspaper, and look forward to working on my own business which I feel genuinely excited about. Or I can just decide to take the day off and go for a play on the beach. The main thing is, I have the choice.

What will you do to create that flexibility and freedom in your life?

I don’t want you to have to dread your Monday mornings anymore. I want you to know that there is another way to shape your career, work for yourself, and design a lifestyle of your choosing.

It all comes down to giving yourself permission to after your dreams.  

You can choose to say goodbye to that old way of working and create a business and lifestyle that you’re madly in love with. You don't have to seek validation from others. It's your life, not theirs.

So if you’ve decided to no longer tolerate that Monday morning dread, and take back control of your life and career, then give yourself permission to begin. Your new work week is out there waiting for you, claim it!

I’ll speak to you soon,

Juliette xx

The best gift you can give yourself

Hey there, I hope your Christmas was filled with fun, family, food and festive gifts!

With New Year around the corner, I’ve been reflecting on how things have changed this year. Starting the business has been a lot of fun and also a lot of work, and it has been hard sometimes to switch off.

I was scared that if I stopped working, my business would suffer.

However leaving my 9 to 5 to start a business was all about being able to live more authentically, and create more balance. So if I carried all the stress of my old life into my new one, what kind of example would that be setting for my clients? How could I coach people on creating a freedom-based business, if I then tied myself to my desk day and night?

So I gave myself the gift of time this Christmas

I’ve cut right back on social media. And checking emails. And writing newsletters (apart from this one!), and focused on seeing family, friends, and just being. 

Running your business should feel good. 

When you show up with enthusiasm, energy and genuine love for what you do, then your clients and potential clients will feel that instantly. But if you show up burned out, exhausted and resentful, they will feel that too.

Being your own boss means that you get to choose how and when you work. 

If you need a rest, then rest. And when you feel that fire in your belly again, then go for it! 

Wishing you a wonderful festive period,

Juliette xx

p.s If you’ve decided that this is the year you want to make some changes then my career coaching sessions could be for you. Click here to find out more