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The 5 ‘B’s of Creating a Business with Soul

If you work for yourself, or want to, a huge part of creating a business that you love is to make sure that it mirrors how you feel on the inside, instead of being a copy of what is already ‘out there’ being done by others. Here are my five steps to creating and running a business with soul:

1. Find your BUZZ

THE fundamental part of running a business that you are passionate about is finding your buzz – that thing that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. Something that makes you excited and often doesn’t feel like work. If you have no idea what this is, then you can start by thinking about any recurring themes throughout your working life, or that you are drawn to in hobbies. You can also ask your family and friends to tell you what they think your best qualities are – this really does work and may give you an insight into your talents that you hadn’t even thought about before.  You could also try some online tests like those available at Strength Finder and 16 Personalities. Whatever you do, take note of your buzz and create your business to incorporate it.


You are going to have to wear your big girl or big boy pants for this one! Being brave about what YOU want to do in your business can actually be pretty tough, especially if you want to do things differently. Everyone will have an opinion about what you ‘should’ do, why your new business may fail or why you should do it their way – being brave is important if you are going to stand up and follow through on your own plans even when family and friends think it unwise. Surrounding yourself with people who inspire you is a great way to help you stay strong in the face of skepticism.

3. BE Yourself

According to Marie Forleo, everyone has a UAP – “Unique Awesomeness Potential”! No matter what industry you work in, there are bound to be other people doing something similar to you, but as there is only one you, your business will take on your individual personality and flavour and be something unique. Use your awesomeness to create a business that really feels right for you and brings you the success you want. People buy from people and if they like you then they will stay and you will start to build a loyal customer base.

4. BELIEVE in it

Believe in your business and in yourself and others will start to believe in you too. How much you love what you are doing comes across when you talk about your business. If you hate what you do your customers will see right through you, and likewise you will almost shine if you love it. Everything is energy and believing in your business is the only way to send out positive vibes about what you are doing and also to keep your motivation going when things are less than ideal.

5. Nurture your BUBBLE

Image from The F**k It Way: https://www.facebook.com/thefkitlife

Image from The F**k It Way: https://www.facebook.com/thefkitlife

Although you are now well on the way, protecting your business (and you) from those who would wish you to fail is probably the most important part of creating a business with soul. You’ve done all the hard work setting up your business but are seldom taught how to energetically protect it or yourself. The simplest and easiest way to do this is to start every day by visualising a huge bubble of light surrounding you (and your business too if you like). Its purpose is to act as a filter to stop negative energy getting to you whilst still allowing the positive energy of well-meant advice and inspiration to reach you.

This post was inspired by my recent WiRE Network talk “Creating a Business with Soul” and is an introduction to the work I offer my clients through workshops and 1:1 mentoring sessions to find their soul purpose and create a business that nurtures them.


Weekly Words – Believe in Yourself

You are important.
You are incredible.
You are loved.
Your presence is needed here.
You are worthy of your desires.
~ Danielle LaPorte – The Desire Map

You are worthy of your desires.

I have this quotation stuck on the wall above my computer and it is fitting that I should share it with you today as I am preparing for my very first Desire Map Workshop this weekend. Sometimes I look at it and fully believe in myself and other times when I am not so sure this reminds me to.

We all have times when we feel unimportant, unloved or even just unsupported in our lives. Having suffered with depression myself in the past this is an all too common feeling for me, and one that I constantly battle against returning. At the moment I am winning (and have been for a good few years now) and it is quotations like this one that help remind me that I am important, incredible, loved and worthy of my desires. It doesn’t mean that I don’t have a wobble every now and again, but on the whole I look at myself and know that I am worth my space here on Earth.

The thing is, the more you believe in yourself and act in ways that reinforces that belief, the more your confidence improves and the more it becomes part of your everyday reality.

Like Attracts Like

In fact, the more I do this work, the more good comes to me. But I couldn’t do it alone. The single best thing you can do to attract more positivity and support into your life is to surround yourself with people who truly believe in you – not those who bring you down. It can be hard to begin with, but getting yourself out and meeting people who share your interests or passions is one of the best ways I know to improve your own self-belief, self-confidence and self-esteem. The more you talk to people, the more you will realise that they all have their own fears and wobbles about whether they are ‘good enough’.

So this week I am challenging you to do one thing that helps you attract more positivity into your life. It could be making a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, following a passion that you have put off for some reason or even catching up with a friend who makes you feel amazing. Whatever it is, don’t just do it once – make the effort to schedule it in regularly and you will soon see the difference it makes to your own self-belief.

Have an amazing week,

H x

Stop Complaining, Start Creating

If you have been a reader of my blog for any length of time, you will know that I am most definitely a ‘glass is always full’ (coz there’s air in there too) type of person. Except when it’s wine and I always like a bit more of that! Even when I don’t have all of my shit together, I still prefer to focus on the good stuff rather than wasting energy on the bad stuff.

Over the past few weeks I have been trying to decide whether I should sign up for Marie Forleo’s B-School this year. I have looked at it for the past 2 years and it just didn’t feel like the right time but this year, as I am also a Licensee of The Desire Map program by Danielle LaPorte and her bonuses are ENORMOUS it just seems ludicrous for me NOT to. Don’t get me wrong here – I don’t just have the money sitting around so this decision is BIG and means I will have to make some important choices to make this happen.

My gut instinct and intuition are telling me to go for it, but I have been doing a bit of research to back those feelings up. Whoa! Talk about opening a can of worms! Those who have done B-School and seen their businesses grow are glowing in their reports of the programme and are happy to share how they enjoyed it and the real advantages of doing the work. However, those who have signed up and either not done the work or not seen their business take off are really, really bitter and their complaints are extremely personal. They also seem to be joined by other people, who as far as I can tell haven’t even done the programme but are still happy to dig and complain about the cost, lack of content, Marie’s personality and even her wardrobe choices.

Now I’m not going to share where I found all the negative stuff (you can Google it easily enough) but what I am going to do is say this: STOP COMPLAINING & START CREATING!

stop comparing start creating

Time for my rant…

Maybe we won’t all be the next big thing online, but you sure as hell can’t be if all you do is post negative comments and moan about how crap everything is and how the world is against you. Try using some of that energy on developing yourself instead of hurling abuse at someone else just because they are making it happen.

Me? I prefer to think of my investment as an investment in my future. I’ve already learnt a HEAP of new stuff just watching Marie’s free videos so I know I am going to get something out of the programme. And hey, if I don’t then it will be MY problem and not hers. Seriously, if you want to go after your dreams you have to stop comparing yourself to others and seeing yourself as a victim. That is easier said than done sometimes and takes a shift in your own way of thinking and a realisation that the only person responsible for your life is YOU.

Is life always going to be easy? No. Are things always going to go your way? Maybe not. Can you be positive even when you’re being tested to your limits? YES!

Rant over!

Now, I want to leave you with something positive in my usual upbeat fashion…

Just remember that at the most fundamental level we are all just energy, and as my amazing crystal teacher always used to tell us “where thought goes, energy goes”. If you make a daily effort to be grateful for what you already have and focus on the positives in your life (no matter how small), you will attract more of the same – you really are the creator of your own reality!

Oh, and am I doing B-School this year? Hell yeah – I can’t wait!

H x

It’s not too late to set your 2015 goals!

It’s only the last week of January and already I have heard people writing off the whole of 2015 because they either haven’t stuck to their New Year Resolutions, or haven’t created a plan.

Seriously?? We’re 29 days in to a year of 365 (that’s less than 8%) and more than likely even less of the way in to the rest of your life!

So, how can you make the most of the rest of the year?

Take some time out and make a plan. Plan from the start of February or even from the start of March and the coming of Spring. It is never too late to start!

How do I do it?

Well, as you know, I am a Desire Map devotee and got in early with a review of my core desired feelings. This process helped me confirm how I wanted to feel in my life and business this year and beyond and is a great start to the planning process. Then I needed to create some “Goals with Soul” as Danielle LaPorte would say and this lead me to the website of the wonderful Leonie Dawson.  Not only is she a soul sister from my native Australia, but she swears like a trooper and takes no prisoners – I liked her style immediately!  And it was her yearly “Create your Shining Year” workbook that looked amazing.  I wanted it immediately and was drawn to it like a moth to a flame!

WorkbookEnsconsed in my warm kitchen with green tea in a favourite mug, my angel candle holder and some ‘feel good’ crystals, I got to work.  I reviewed 2014 and gave thanks for all that I have learned and achieved, and I made a plan for 2015 for both my personal and professional lives (this blog being one of the goals for my business).  The whole process took me almost 2 weeks giving time to it when I could and letting thoughts and questions process when I had other things to do.

OK, so I did this over the Christmas break, but there is nothing stopping you making February your planning month! Getting clear on how you want to feel and then planning what you want to achieve based on that is the best way of making the most of the rest of the year.

And, if you finish by the end of February you will still have 84% of the year left to implement it all! Bonus!

H x

P.S. Here are some of the resources that I use and recommend:
– The Desire Map, Danielle LaPorte
– 2015 Workbook, Leonie Dawson
– The Tip-Off Global Energy Forecast, Elizabeth Peru

What a Week!!


It has been one amazing week! The Desire Map Workshops launched last Wednesday and my feet have hardly touched the ground since.

This stuff goes deep. It makes you reassess everything. The Universe has said a great big “YES” – this is what I am meant to be doing.

My workshops and my inbox are filling up as well as my heart as I help launch this shining work into the world.

2015 – the year of the Goddess – the year that women say “yes” to their own desires and feelings – the year that we join together and speak with our souls.

Want to join me? You can find all the details about my Desire Map workshops & my Licensee bonuses on my website or by visiting my direct Licensee Affiliate Link.

TDMDanielleH x

Weekly Words – Authenticity

This past week has been full of energy following the wonderfully cleansing full moon last Monday. The full moon urged us to clear out old stagnant energies, habits and patterns and listen to our inner voices.

As the week progressed, my inner voice repeatedly advised me to be true to myself and authentic to who I am. In the past I have found this somewhat difficult as many of my personal traits have been derided for disrupting the status quo. I am sure you have been told by others that something you do does not fit in with the norm either and that therefore it must be wrong? Am I right?

Well, I say POPPYCOCK! No more will I hide my authentic self just because it doesn’t suit everyone’s ideal. No more will I pretend to fit in with others just because it makes them uncomfortable if I do not – because it makes me uncomfortable if I do!

This week’s word is AUTHENTICITY and I urge you to think about being true to yourself every day this week.

You can start small:

  • say what you would really like, not what you think other people want you to like
  • disagree with an opinion if it doesn’t sit right with you
  • have your dessert before your main course (radical I know, but I know a lady who does just that. Why?? Because she can!!)
  • wear that top that you love but no-one else does – it’s your choice not theirs
  • go to bed earlier (or later) than normal – if it feels right just do it

The more of these little things you do to align your actions with your soul, the easier they become and the more often you will do them as everything just feels better. Others will get used to the new you – or they will move on.

All too often we are caught up in what everyone else wants from us and lose our sense of how we want to feel. Danielle LaPorte once again puts it so well:

don't lose your edge

So, this week take her advice (and mine) and be authentically you. Live this week listening to your inner voice and how you want to feel. It doesn’t mean you will disagree with everyone, but it does mean that whatever you do this week you will do for your own soul – and that leads to fewer regrets and more happiness. Well, at least it has for me!

Until next week,

H x

The Desire Map is Here – Are you Ready???

Today is finally the day!  Danielle LaPorte launches her amazing Desire Map workshops to the world – and I am so excited and ready to be a part of it. This programme has completely changed the way I live my life and has lead me to put my desires and feelings into everything that I do. I have always been great at knowing what I don’t want, but working out what I do want seemed both difficult and selfish. Now that my decisions and goals are aligned with my core desired feelings, I am truly starting to live in harmony with my soul and it feels AMAZING!!

quote_2_block The Desire Map will help you discover who you really are, what makes you unique and what makes your soul sing. So, here’s how you can get on the Desire train:

  1. Buy the book – This is a great starter and you can follow the programme in your own time. It is available cheapest via Book Depository here in the UK (and probably for Australia too) or directly via Danielle LaPorte’s website in the US & Canada.
  2. Come to a Live Workshop – With facilitators worldwide, you are bound to find a workshop near you.  We are all unique and our workshops will be too, so you will find one day workshops, two day workshops, yoga retreats, spa retreats and lots of other options too. During a workshop you will be guided through the steps to create your Core Desired Feelings and start to live your life with your desires at the hub of everything you do. You can find all the details of my workshops on my website and details of some other UK workshops here as well. Danielle’s website will also have details of worldwide workshops soon too – so if you fancy Desire Mapping in an exotic location then you’ll find it there!
  3. Book your own Workshop – Get a group of friends or colleages together and I can come to you (did I mention that I love to travel?). This work would make a great corporate day or a very different girlie weekend – the options are endless.
  4. Join a Virtual Workshop – If you work better in your own space, or just don’t have the time to commit to a full day or weekend, then this is another great option.  There are lots of us offering virtual groups and the beauty of these is you can choose to join any group around the globe!
  5. Join the Soul Revolution & Become a Licensee – All sorts of people are becoming licensees. From therapists to coaches, yogis to mums and everyone in between. You can offer workshops, retreats or one-to-one sessions and all in ways that suit your style. The support is great and the opportunities are epic.  If you sign up for your license through my affiliate link, you’ll also receive my Licensee Bonuses as a very special thank you and I will be there as an extra helper on your journey.  AND if you sign up between 7-21 January then I will also build your website FREE OF CHARGE!!

I can’t wait to share The Desire Map with you & help you create your own “Goals with Soul”. H x