Home Again!

Here we are, another Sunday is upon us!

Gosh the weeks roll around fast.

Can you believe tomorrow is Episode 5 & the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones! That all happened fast didn’t it?!

Plus I am finally back after 5 weeks on the road!

Borneo, Kathmandu, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi, Madurai, Kochi, Maldives!

Big, fun & amazing trip!

But my adventures continue! (Never a dull moment).

I now have 2 weeks to train like crazy for my 700km Ride 4 Kids bike ride.

Please sponsor me! Just $10 will make such a difference to a child’s life & believe me I’ll work for it! – https://gogetfunding.com/ride-4-kids/

Then when I get back from the ride, only 3 weeks to pack up the house as we’re having to move due to our landlord selling the house we’re in. 🤨

Then we head off to Hawaii for a month! 😃

In the meantime I want to focus in on my FB group & start Recording my new ‘Your Lifestyle Business’ course!

It’s all go! 😯

So what’s keeping you busy? Are you on track with your goals?

Are you reviewing each week & making the main thing the main thing?

Just take an hour today to plan the next 2 weeks.

What are 1 or 2 key things you would like to get done in the next 2 weeks?

Let me know in the comments below & in the meantime stay focused my friend.

Have an amazing Sunday! 😁

Totally Lashed Up

As is always the way, you meet the most interesting people just as you’re about to leave a place! 🙁

Yesterday we met Jess & Stuart, a lovely couple from Wales in the UK.

Other than having the most beautiful sing songy Welsh accent they were a bundle of fun.

Stuart is a wedding singer! Never met one of those before and Jess is a make up artist and has recently started her own ecommerce business selling eyelashes!

Her brand name – ‘Totally Lashed Up’!

You can imagine her surprise & excitement when I explained what I did! 😁

So naturally we spent a long time discussing her business, what she was doing now, where she wanted to take it etc.

Clearly a talented and committed young woman her tech confusion, fears of marketing, lack of understanding of sales funnels, email marketing etc are the same concerns and fears so many of my community have had over the years.

The same concerns & fears I had when I started out in 2010.

So we set about taking some immediate action.

She said she had wanted to make a video of her new soon to be launched eyelash product while in the Maldives, but fear of looking crap in front of the camera has held her back.

Within an hour I’d sent her marching back to her room to get her products and we were sat on a beautiful beach sofa videoing her demonstrating her new product with a backdrop of a white sandy beach & crystal clear waters.

Is it the best video in the world? No.

Is it good enough to start getting her message out? Yes.

Will people love her slight shyness! Yes.

Did we get it done? Hell Yes! 😁

Here’s a clip.

So impressed was I with her attitude & enthusiasm and after meeting Geetika in Jaipur who wanted to take her husbands cooking business online I found myself with no other choice.

I am going to launch a new, updated & comprehensive training course on how to build a lifestyle business.

It will be a nuts & bolts course including selling digital products, services & physical products.

Best news? It’s going to be FREE! 😁

Watch this space!

In the meantime head over to Instagram & check out what Jess is doing in her business. It’s fab! https://www.instagram.com/totally.lashed.up/

Manta Rays & Venomous Lion Fish!

I talked on Wednesday about the ‘inevitable scuba dive I would do’ and sure enough yesterday was the day!

At 11am I headed down to the jetty to meet ‘D’ my Japanese dive instructor.

Within an hour we were exploring the reef which was teeming with life! 🐠🐟🐡🦈🐢

I felt like I was in a live version of ‘Shark Tale’!

I swam alongside sharks, a huge turtle, my favourite Bat Fish & a multitude of marine life. It was fabulous. 😁

Later that day after the sun had set over the pristine horizon, I once again ventured down the jetty to meet D.

This time I was a little apprehensive as we were off to explore a dark reef and see if we could spot Manta Rays.

The only downside? At nighttime the reef is full of dangerous fish! 😳

Lion fish, stone fish, trigger fish.

D informed me that if I did not keep perfect buoyancy and happened to make contact with one of these venomous animals, ‘make big problem’ he said.

‘Hospital in Sri Lanka’ he said with a huge smile on his face which did nothing to calm my churning tummy! 🥴

I remembered a conversation I’d had with my extreme sporting friend, 8 years my senior, Nikki when we were skiing.

‘You don’t get old & stop doing these things Jo’ she said. ‘You stop doing them & so get old.’

Not wanting to age prematurely I heeded Nikki’s words & ventures into the dark waters knowing somewhere down there unaffected by venomous fish were also sharks. 🦈

Good god what was I doing! 😯

As it turned out I kept perfect buoyancy, even as the Mantas swooped and played through our torch lights.

We saw a beautiful turtle swim above us, all sorts of brightly coloured fish including the beautiful but dangerous Lion fish.

Then we turned off our torches to watch the neon plankton dance through the water. It was magical!

I’ve had a few magical moments on this trip & I do feel truly blessed (and also very brave!) 😂😂😂

Do What You Love 💗

Yesterday I talked about my ‘why’ being travel.

Why just have one why though?

I have many and they’re all wrapped up in my passions & doing what I love!

* I love entrepreneurship & am a huge advocate of the future being about micro brands and a more equal distribution of wealth. Hence I love to teach how to build your own lifestyle business and am also starting our own travel ecommerce business next year with my hubby!

* I love my daughter & want her to grow up with a deep sense of self belief & a strong work ethic therefore I love to demonstrate to her empowerment & being a strong woman.

* I love writing & spreading my message to the world, hence I want to become a published author, build my audience & spread awareness of empowerment, self belief & contribution.

* I love to travel to see the world, open my mind, explore new cultures & along the way within my writing, my influence, connections & community hope to spread awareness of those in need and be a catalyst for change.

It’s all interlinked – travel, travel brand, ecommerce, microbrand, teaching others, writing, strong female entrepreneurs, empowerment, women in developing countries, contribution.

Every day I get to wake up doing what I love!

This didn’t happen overnight.

I found my passions & my loves by getting out there and ‘taking action’ everyday.

I had an inkling of what I enjoyed, but to discover your passion you have to be ‘doing’, not thinking.

Follow your heart, it will guide you in the direction you need to take, but most importantly ‘act’, and your passions will reveal themselves. ❤️

Make it your life’s mission to wake up everyday loving what you do because happiness is the ultimate success. 😁

Altogether Too Beautiful!

Well what can I say about the Maldives!?

It’s truly everything you think it’s going to be and more!

White sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, blue skies, palm trees, sharks, turtles, Manta rays, fish of all descriptions.

Quite simply paradise.

We’re staying at a place called Olhuveli Resort & Spa and 3 nights in a Jacuzzi Water Villa cost us £555 (approx $720).

Bearing in mind we just travelled across India for 12 nights for no more than £1000 ($1300) accommodation cost, this place is a little on the high end!

Add in the 45min boat transfer from & to the airport, food, drinks, snorkelling gear, the scuba dive I will inevitably do & you find yourself a pretty penny or two out of pocket!

But this is why Rhett & I work so hard. This is our ‘Why’.

So we have the freedom & the resources to explore the world, sometimes on a budget & sometimes on the luxury end.

For some it’s houses, cars, clothes, shoes etc. For us, it’s travel. ✈️🗺

So here we are, my Sister & I, at the final destination of our ‘Sisters on Tour – No 4’ annual trip & we are finishing off in style.

Enough talk, here’s some pics! 😁

Sisters on Tour in The Maldives!!!

Ever ones for a good photo opportunity, we’ve arrived!

Hee hee! 😁

Altogether Too Beautiful!

Well what can I say about the Maldives!?

It’s truly everything you think it’s going to be and more!

White sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, blue skies, palm trees, sharks, turtles, Manta rays, fish of all descriptions.

Quite simply paradise.

We’re staying at a place called Olhuveli Resort & Spa and 3 nights in a Jacuzzi Water Villa cost us £555 (approx $720).

Bearing in mind we just travelled across India for 12 nights for no more than £1000 ($1300) accommodation cost, this place is a little on the high end!

Add in the 45min boat transfer from & to the airport, food, drinks, snorkelling gear, the scuba dive I will inevitably do & you find yourself a pretty penny or two out of pocket!

But this is why Rhett & I work so hard. This is our ‘Why’.

So we have the freedom & the resources to explore the world, sometimes on a budget & sometimes on the luxury end.

For some it’s houses, cars, clothes, shoes etc. For us, it’s travel. ✈️🗺

So here we are, my Sister & I, at the final destination of our ‘Sisters on Tour – No 4’ annual trip & we are finishing off in style.

Enough talk, here’s some pics! 😁

Manta Rays & Venomous Lion Fish!

I talked on Wednesday about the ‘inevitable scuba dive I would do’ and sure enough yesterday was the day!

At 11am I headed down to the jetty to meet ‘D’ my Japanese dive instructor.

Within an hour we were exploring the reef which was teeming with life! 🐠🐟🐡🦈🐢

I felt like I was in a live version of ‘Shark Tale’!

I swam alongside sharks, a huge turtle, my favourite Bat Fish & a multitude of marine life. It was fabulous. 😁

Later that day after the sun had set over the pristine horizon, I once again ventured down the jetty to meet D.

This time I was a little apprehensive as we were off to explore a dark reef and see if we could spot Manta Rays.

The only downside? At nighttime the reef is full of dangerous fish! 😳

Lion fish, stone fish, trigger fish.

D informed me that if I did not keep perfect buoyancy and happened to make contact with one of these venomous animals, ‘make big problem’ he said.

‘Hospital in Sri Lanka’ he said with a huge smile on his face which did nothing to calm my churning tummy! 🥴

I remembered a conversation I’d had with my extreme sporting friend, 8 years my senior, Nikki when we were skiing.

‘You don’t get old & stop doing these things Jo’ she said. ‘You stop doing them & so get old.’

Not wanting to age prematurely I heeded Nikki’s words & ventures into the dark waters knowing somewhere down there unaffected by venomous fish were also sharks. 🦈

Good god what was I doing! 😯

As it turned out I kept perfect buoyancy, even as the Mantas swooped and played through our torch lights.

We saw a beautiful turtle swim above us, all sorts of brightly coloured fish including the beautiful but dangerous Lion fish.

Then we turned off our torches to watch the neon plankton dance through the water. It was magical!

I’ve had a few magical moments on this trip & I do feel truly blessed (and also very brave!) 😂😂😂

Totally Lashed Up

As is always the way, you meet the most interesting people just as you’re about to leave a place! 🙁

Yesterday we met Jess & Stuart, a lovely couple from Wales in the UK.

Other than having the most beautiful sing songy Welsh accent they were a bundle of fun.

Stuart is a wedding singer! Never met one of those before and Jess is a make up artist and has recently started her own ecommerce business selling eyelashes!

Her brand name – ‘Totally Lashed Up’!

You can imagine her surprise & excitement when I explained what I did! 😁

So naturally we spent a long time discussing her business, what she was doing now, where she wanted to take it etc.

Clearly a talented and committed young woman her tech confusion, fears of marketing, lack of understanding of sales funnels, email marketing etc are the same concerns and fears so many of my community have had over the years.

The same concerns & fears I had when I started out in 2010.

So we set about taking some immediate action.

She said she had wanted to make a video of her new soon to be launched eyelash product while in the Maldives, but fear of looking crap in front of the camera has held her back.

Within an hour I’d sent her marching back to her room to get her products and we were sat on a beautiful beach sofa videoing her demonstrating her new product with a backdrop of a white sandy beach & crystal clear waters.

Is it the best video in the world? No.

Is it good enough to start getting her message out? Yes.

Will people love her slight shyness! Yes.

Did we get it done? Hell Yes! 😁

Here’s a clip.

So impressed was I with her attitude & enthusiasm and after meeting Geetika in Jaipur who wanted to take her husbands cooking business online I found myself with no other choice.

I am going to launch a new, updated & comprehensive training course on how to build a lifestyle business.

It will be a nuts & bolts course including selling digital products, services & physical products.

Best news? It’s going to be FREE! 😁

Watch this space!

In the meantime head over to Instagram & check out what Jess is doing in her business. It’s fab! https://www.instagram.com/totally.lashed.up/