I wanted to drop in to apologise for being missing in action for a little while.

It’s been a rollercoaster of a few months. You may know my dear Dad lost his fight with pancreatic cancer in May and I’ve been coming to terms with it since.

But when you run your own business, it’s not really an option to be totally invisible. And believe it or not, It was actually very good timing that my annual conference Entrepreneurial Leaders Live 2019 took place just a week after Dad’s funeral.

At one point I was going to cancel the whole thing, but with the support of my amazing event manager Liz Wilkins, we made a few tweaks and soldiered on!

And I am SO glad that we did. EL Live was a huge success and fueled me with so much buzz and inspiration, it really propelled me forward. There is nothing quite like being in a room of successful, hungry and rising entrepreneurs to give you a feel-good vibe like no other. Connections were made, business was won, and life long friendships solidified.

Shortly after I had lots of messages from some awesome people telling me it was ok to take time off, to grieve. To sit in my feelings and not distract away from them.

One thing I have learned about grief is it works differently for everyone and is a moving beast. For me, I did a lot of grieving before my Dad died, due to the nature of his illness. After he died I felt incredibly sad for a period of time and cried a lot. As time has gone on I have noticed it manifesting itself in different ways, but have found that certain things are really helping me to heal and deal with day to day life.

So I wanted to share this with you, as it may help you if you are losing focus, are going through a hard time, or just need to course correct.

The Right Path Plan.

I’ve come up with my Right Path Plan, which is helping me stay focused on what is important right now, to be able to move towards the things that help me grow and nourish me, and move away from distractions and bad habits that may have an impact on my mood and wellbeing.

It’s very simple and involves doing a few things every day in order to stay on the right path. As an added incentive, I am doing this alongside my buddy Kathryn so we can hold each other accountable.

So here is how it works. I am going to complete one action from each item on the plan for every day for the rest of July and the whole of August.

1. One self-care activity
This could be reading, exercise, yoga, meditation, a bath, a treat, a massage, a walk on the beach, a swim in the sea, a walk on the downs etc.

2. Connect with family and friends
Check-in with those nearest and dearest to you to see how they are via call, text, email etc. Spend time with family, have fun with your kids. Have a laugh with friends.

3. Show up
For your clients, on a social platform, with colleagues, with collaborators, with decision makers, to your list. Take a step forward every day to let the world know about what you do. Applying for speaking gigs, contacting businesses, making the ask. Whatever it is take positive, visible action.

4. Self nourish
Healthy snacks and meals, tons of water, lots of sleep, exercise.

5. Journal
Take a few minutes every day to let the conscious thoughts just flow onto paper

I record this every day on my phone and check in with my buddy to see if she has recorded hers.

If you are up for doing this too hit reply or post in The Courageous Leaders Club, where I’ll be sharing this too!

Much love
Helen x

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