At the moment, with the news of ill-health and suffering economies, it could be that you are feeling as if you don’t know what’s next or where to go. Perhaps you feel as if you are jumping hurdles to simply get through life at the moment.

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If you feel like you have no energy to care anymore and that doors are closed to you or will be if things ever get back to some semblance of normal, then this is the podcast episode for you!

My chat with Andrea Rainsford, CEO of SEO Angel, will make you remember why you started on this journey in the first place.

About My Guest 

I met Andrea at the Woman Who Achieves Solopreneur awards in October 2019. We were both winners in our respective categories, Andrea in the Overcoming Adversity Category and me in Services Category. 

Andrea Rainsford cut her Business Development teeth within large corporates for 17 years. She worked in big legal and commercial organisations heading-up business transformation. She was a high flying career-woman jetting around the world.

However, her traditional business career was cut short in 2003, when she fell ill. She was initially diagnosed with ME/CFS, a diagnosis that wasn’t true and she carried on working a full pace.

She then collapsed and was taken to the hospital, where whilst in hospital, she experienced a stroke. It took Andrea 15 years to rebuild her life, along with a successful business. Andrea shares how she became an expert at jumping hurdles over mental and physical health challenges. 

Her story is one of sadness, illness, mental illness, followed by strength, grit and determination. I am delighted to have Andrea join me on the show today. She shares the story of her business passion in a corporate environment, recovery and setting up her own business to help others.

In today’s show, Jumping Hurdles we talk about:

  • Andrea’s previous career and what she used to do. [02:45]
  • The big moment that turned her life around and changed everything. [03:50]
  • What made her start SEO Angel. [10:57]
  • What winning a Woman Who award meant to her. [15:28]
  • Her top three tips for anyone who has been through health challenges about rebuilding their life and starting a business. [23:05]
  • What workplaces can do to start the conversation about supporting people with health conditions or disabilities. [28:37]

Connect with my guest:

Quotes

  • It’s okay to sit down and cry and despair. Whatever it is that you need to feel. But I think the key thing that you’ve got to get that out.
  • I don’t think that you can attempt to rebuild your life to start a business or to overcome any challenge unless you actually believe that you have the ability to do so.
  • I think that due to issues in my childhood, I’ve carried around these feelings of lack of competence, insecurity, and complete lack of self-belief.
  • My job became my identity and without it, I felt like a nobody.
  • My work was my world. It was my whole life, and I felt as though it gave me a purpose. And so without it, I thought I was completely lost. 

Work with me

Feeling overwhelmed at the moment? Then why not book a one hour power hour video call with me?

I can help you:

  • Focus on your priorities to manage your work-life balance in the way you want to.
  • Learn to plug your “time leaks”
  • Think about ways to stay connected during this period of social isolation.
  • Communicate with your wider team more effectively whilst working at a distance.
  • Reflect on your own wellbeing and what could work for you right now.

You can book a time that works for you using my Calendly: https://calendly.com/leylao/60min

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Remember to tune in to next week’s episode, where I’ll bring you more insights into mental health and inclusion.