If you could ask me what one of my biggest struggles is it's learning how to strike a balance between my personal and work life. Being ambitious and entrepreneurial often means your brain never stops ticking and whilst you come up with a plethora of amazing ideas and have the drive to execute them there is also the risk of burning out. The past year I've worked hard to not only build a business i'm proud of but also to apply some self-love and attention to my wellbeing. Which explains why Nat and I also jetted away on our amazing trip to Mexico together!
Hence why I was so excited when Louise, a co-founder of Work Well Being agreed to fill out our Q&A. I'm hugely impressed by her business which was set-up to bring health & happiness to the heart of workplaces by curating & delivering employee wellbeing programmes & events. Every time I see their Instagram feed i'm often filled with envy that I can't take part in their awesome looking programmes that look so fresh, innovative and fun. If you're reading this and think your business/organisation could do with some Work Well Being love then DEFINITELY get in touch via their website here.
How long have you been freelance/working for yourself #goingsolo?
I left the world of full time work almost 3 years ago. I took a few months out, with no real plan, pondering my next move. The idea for Work Well Being came to me during this time. I knew I needed a partner to make it happen, and Abby was the perfect person – we’d worked together previously and she shares my passion for promoting health, happiness and wellbeing. I maintained some (ever decreasing) level of freelance work within my old world of media and music up until the end of last year.
Describe what you do in five words… GO!
Health, Happiness, Feel Well , Work Well, Live Well (sorry, I know that is technically 8 words!)
Would you say you always had entrepreneurial characteristics even when working for someone else?
Yes, I imagine I wasn’t the easiest person to manage, as I was always full of my own ideas! I was lucky enough to work for some very empowering people though, who gave me a long leash.
What made you decide to take the plunge?
I didn’t realise I was taking a plunge as such at the time. I just knew I didn’t want to continue what I was doing, and felt there was a way to live life better. I had no clue what I was going to do though. So I guess my ‘plunge’ was born out of the instinct that there must be a better way to work and live, not just for myself, but for others too.
How do you find being close friends AND business partners?
Being friends and having worked together previously meant that we had a really good understanding of what makes each other tick, and we knew that our skills and approach complemented each other well. Because we approach things from very different angles, that means that we don’t always agree, but we both thrive off the debate and discussion that that brings, and ultimately we feel it makes our business stronger by not having just a single perspective on things!
What’s the grand plan/big idea?
We remain driven by the idea that there is a better way to live and work, and that you can find balance and make time for your wellbeing, whilst having a full on career. You don’t have to sacrifice one to have the other. Our grand plan is simply to bring that message and opportunity for people to invest in their wellbeing to more people at more workplaces across the UK.
What’s your proudest moment so far?
I guess making it this far! We are 2.5 years into the Work Well Being journey and it is easy to forget about how far we have come. I am proud of how determined and committed we have both been in keeping believing in what we are doing and continuously striving to evolve and take things further. That certainly isn’t always easy!
Where do you get your inspiration from? (person, place, action)
A lot of the time it is from personal experiences of trying to juggle work with life, and how that can make you feel. None of us are immune to ever feeling stressed, anxious, overworked, or out of balance - we’re certainly not, even though we are in the business of promoting working and living well! So our own challenges and the practices and experiences that support us to achieve a greater sense of wellbeing, is what continues to inspire us.
If we could give you one thing right now (not a wad of cash) that would help your business out the most, what would it be?
Time! As the business continues to grow it is increasingly challenging to maintain the pace and momentum, whilst at the same time not sacrificing my own wellbeing & happiness (as that would be pretty ironic!). We are addressing this though as we are currently looking to recruit someone to support and work with us on more of an ongoing basis to free up some of our time.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing - discuss.
Indeed it is! But no point in dwelling on it too much, it’s all part of the journey and the trick is to keep on moving forwards.
What’s your favourite quote to live/work by?
Oh gosh, I love a good inspirational quote so this is a tricky one! I think one of my favourites has to be: Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life