After working as a Project Manager for ten years, in manufacturing and later IT, I was approached by the owner of the scuba diving centre where I was one of the scuba instructors on the dive team. He had seen me working on the stand at the Dive Show and liked how well I seemed to get on with everybody I spoke to, and asked if I would manage one of his dive shops for him. Obviously I agreed, and with that and teaching people to dive had two of the best working years of my life, even if it did seem to take up every single waking minute.
However, this wasn’t to be and it all closed in 2014, leaving a gaping hole in my life that I didn’t know how to fix.
I set up a dog walking business and worked part-time in a pub, even surprising myself and completing the C&G 2365 Level 2 course in Electrical Installations to train towards becoming an electrician. But no matter what I did nothing came close to providing the drive that I needed in my life. By this time I also had a dog which meant that I needed a career where I could work from home.
Time crept on, and I still wasn’t any nearer to sorting out what I really wanted to do. I was lost, with no direction, floating on a cloud of despair. And then a chance encounter that would change my life…
Granted, it wasn’t a good encounter as it ended up ruining a snowboarding holiday and leaving me in the hotel injured while everyone else went out on the slopes for the day. But it was while sitting in the hotel in agony that I stumbled across the Virtual Assistant industry. This was totally my thing! It suited my personality and drive to learn new things and the thought that I could help and support people and their businesses was exactly what I needed…but where on earth did I go from here?
Since that day I have had focus – researching the Virtual Assistant, learning the skills and tools so that I can offer the best remote business support to my clients and help them achieve their business goals. And as a Triathlon Coach, and a Leader in Running Fitness, it also made sense to offer my support to Sports, Fitness and Health and Wellness Coaches, working in nutrition, fitness and wellbeing. Finally I had found my way!
Not being one to shy away from a challenge, I face them head on and find out how best to meet them. A few things spring to mind… I hated water, I overcame my fear and became a scuba instructor; I thought I would never be able to do a triathlon but I completed my first 70.3 Ironman in 2017, and am now addicted to the sport; I didn’t like heights, so I learnt to climb; I didn’t think I could complete an ultramarathon, so I went and ran Race to the Stones (69 miles). And so it goes on… I didn’t think I would become a Virtual Assistant… now here I am looking forward to supporting you and your business.