The more healthy i am, the more healthy my business is.

The more healthy i am, the more healthy my business is.

The more healthy i am, the more healthy my business is.

The more healthy i am, the more healthy my business is.

Last week i met with my accountant and we looked at the numbers for june (and July so far). 

It was notable the increase in sales (and related profitability) of the business for the past few months. Specifically the last 14 weeks. 

For those of you who have been following my journey on instagram, that 14 weeks might ring a bell. You might realise that’s how long I’ve been making a concerted effort to focus on my health. (I almost typed out the phrase “health and safety” automatically there, and now that i think about it, that’s not wrong. I’ve been focusing on my personal health and safety!) 

I’ve lost 22 pounds over that period of time, by: 

  • Walking every day 
  • Counting calories
  • Having no sugar

That’s it. Those are the only requirements. I don’t go to a gym, I don’t work out (that may come, but for now I’m keeping it simple). I take at least one day off walking each week (sometimes two). I use the MyFitnessPal app to count calories, and I use the “I Am Sober” app to keep me motivated against my sugar addiction. 

You can read all the detail on Insta (just go to the ‘health’ section of my profile), but it really is that simple. 

At first I did it just to lose weight. I knew I needed to, was sort of horrified by what the scale told me on the 1st of April (no fooling), and knew I could be a healthier person all round. 

I had a vague sense that I would probably feel better and have more energy too, but it was all about losing weight at the start. People said “it’s not about losing weight it’s about how you feel”, and I laughed and said “no, it’s about losing weight”. 

And it was. At first. 

The weight loss is nice. I like being able to just grab something from my closet and put it on and head out the door (not spend 30 minutes trying on sixteen different outfits and leave having selected the least-awful looking one, still feeling terrible about myself). I like being able to “shop my own closet” – I’ll wear a dress I haven’t worn for years and people say “is that new?”. No, but I am.

But after about the 12 week mark I started realising people were right. It isn’t, primarily, anymore about losing weight: because WOW, do I feel a lot better. I’ve got more energy. I’m walking over an hour a day when it was 20 minutes at the start. I’m happier. I feel lighter (in every possible way). I’ve got more brain power and emotional energy to work through the tough things. 

I even realised this week that I watch less Netflix now. I used to watch a lot of it – almost an escape from the hard things in my life. I wouldn’t say my life has changed in terms of hard or not hard things – it’s my attitude that’s different. I don’t mind going to bed at 10 or 11pm when I’m tired, rather than staying up past midnight and then getting up late and vicious cycle. (That’s probably because I’m eating less, so I’m not adding false energy by overeating late at night.) 

So even on its own, for those reasons alone, it’s been amazing. 

And then I met with my accountant and realised that as a direct result of my decisions and actions relating to my physical health, my business has a better financial health. 

The correlation is almost spooky. You can literally start tracking the improvements almost instantly – or at least within a few weeks of my starting this journey. 

I started thinking about why that is. After all, I’ve got an auto immune disease (called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or M.E.) and it means my immune system is pretty poor generally, and tends to get everything coming down the pipeline. I’ll have low energy days and be really worn out from traveling or other high-effort things. So it was fairly normal for me to have to take a day here or there, or if I got sick it would affect me worse than most people and it would take me several days or a week to be truly better. I’d have to miss a few appointments, shift things around. My attention was a little fuzzy and I’d need to put things off. 

None of that has been the case over the last 14 weeks. I’ve had a few low energy days, but it was just that – a day. And I still managed to keep my appointments or run my webinars or whatever I needed to do. I got a cold, and hay fever, and I had some weird virus thing for a few days – but it didn’t floor me the way it used to. 

I’m spending more time with the team, and responding to small issues quicker. I’m thinking deeper about where this business is going and how we can be world-class, not just good. I’m facing up to some hard things but not feeling burdened by them. I’m saying no, from time to time – to myself or to my team, if need be – so we can get better. I’m saying yes, to the right things, so we can get better. 

We’re focusing more on sales. We’re having trainings and evaluating our activities and talking about why this quote got accepted and that one didn’t. I’m having real honest conversations with prospects who said no, and finding out why they really didn’t choose us – and whether there was anything we could do about it, or whether they weren’t a fit. 

As a specific example, there was a day a week or two ago in which I had a lot of meetings, and I was pretty worn out. I was tempted to see if the person I was meeting could move our call to Friday (three days further out). But I thought no, I’m not unwell, I’m just kind of low energy. I’ll go ahead. 

The call was really encouraging (for me and, i trust, for them), and they ended up signing up for a triple workshop (to go through brand, website, and marketing plan). That’s a £1495 project with a deposit which was paid that day. 

And I suddenly saw why the last 14 weeks were so much more profitable. It’s not that we’re “selling more” or we’ve added so many new products (although we have added the new Do-It-Yourself Onboarding kit which is selling really well) – but it’s more that because I’m feeling physically better, there are fewer delays. I act faster, so the team acts faster, so our clients and prospects can act faster, and everyone wins. 

My personal health affects my business health.

We know it’s true, conceptually. But when you literally see it in the numbers – you actually see them going up in a direct correlated path to my physical health numbers – it’s truly mind blowing stuff. 

So what I’d love to hear from you today is…

How’s your physical health? 

As always, by replying you aren’t necessarily asking for an answer from me. It’s just a conversation – use me as a thought-processing-journal, for a few minutes. How’s your physical health?

It’s a question that’s really important, because the implications are massive. 


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Well. So. Small update.

Was out hiking on mull and slipped on a rock crossing a burn, and broke my ankle. (I remember hearing an audible “crack” as I went down.)

No signal on phone. Managed to climb down a ravine to get to a more open place and hopefully signal. At that point still convinced it “wasn’t that bad”. Tried to walk along the path and realised yes, it was that bad.

Phoned coast guard, who were utter legends. Sent a boat AND a helicopter. Sun was setting and they didn’t want me sitting in the dark. Oh my word it was cold. Helicoptered out to fort William hospital (nicest people ever), then down to airdrie where I got a cast.

Ankle broken in one place. Doctors pleased (as much as you can be!) it’s a clean break & lining up well. I’ll be down for 4-6 weeks.

I’ve repeated myself a lot over the last few days so here’s the short version to all the questions, with appreciation for the care.

Yes, I’m okay. I’m also utterly exhausted & have hit the “damn, this is going to be a long road” phase. Taking it one day, one hour at a time. 

I’m being looked after. Very kind friends and things being delivered. My amazing sister @secondsunrise2 flying in tomorrow from america to be with me for a few weeks. SO grateful.

What do I need? I’m good on the basics. There have been unexpected costs and more coming so if you want to PayPal monies for deliveries or getting my car & belongings back or all the taxis or whatever, feel free. I’m hardly destitute so only do that if you want to send something useful and aren’t sure what. PayPal username karenlreyburn. Amazon wishlist in bio. Random care packages also happily received!

My car & belongings are up on mull. I have people to help and we are working on timing. But if you’re on mull and want to return a car near Glasgow, let me know :)

Shout out to the Coast Guard for being so swift, & that beautiful combination of sympathy and practicality.

Download the @what3words app. Literal lifesaver.

That’s all for now. All the love. Oh - and no, I don’t hold this against mull at all. It’s still my happy place. Things happen & the mull community has been beautiful. Shout out to @treshnish who couldn’t have been kinder. ❤️
Morning walk. I stood and watched the ferry come in and the sun lighten this little edge of the world.
Been going through old photos and letters - the last of the boxes i had stored at my sister’s house in america. 

When I first moved to Scotland, I only planned to live here for a few years and then go back. Then after a few years I wasn’t ready yet…then I got my residency…still not quite ready….then started a business…then Scottish citizenship…bought a house …finally accepted this is my home and I wasn’t moving back. 

And with every visit back to the states I would go through more boxes, more photos and letters and memories. I’d keep some and throw others away; take photos out of frames and give away the frames; and as time went on I was able to distinguish between the ones I definitely wanted and needed to keep, and those which were lovely at the time but didn’t need to be saved anymore.

Over twenty years on and this past trip I went through the very last of the boxes. I joked to my sister that I’ve now officially settled into Scotland 😆 

This photo of me and my Gramps is a fave and definitely a keeper. Most of the photos and letters I’ve kept are those of family - parents, grandparents, sisters, nieces and nephews. And as much as I love taking landscape photos, I noticed that 20 years later it’s the people photos I am more likely to keep. Thankful for the traditions and patterns of seeing family every year or so since moving to Scotland. They’re small things - baking Christmas cookies and going for walks and going for road trips - but it’s the time together and the continuing family jokes and the memories which remain. And a few photos.

My grandfather (and all my grandparents) have now passed on, but I remember with fondness sitting around at their kitchen table, eating fresh vegetables from the garden, playing scrabble, laughing and talking and drinking coffee.

It’s the small things, and the rhythms of family, which last. ❤️ 
#family #memories #grandparents #oldphotos
Made fresh mince pies for the first time ever. Over twenty years in Scotland and I’d never tried to make them from scratch, so I figured…now is the time! I’m doing lots of thanksgiving baking (yes, we stretch it out here so I’m still prepping!) and decided to buy the ingredients. 

Dried fruit…mixed peel…lots of spices…and Venezuelan rum :) I made up the mincemeat last night, and then today put it in the little pastries and even cut out the wee stars to go on top!

I think I can safely say they’re the best mince pies I’ve ever had. Fresh out of the oven sprinkled with icing sugar and with a glass of said rum alongside :) 

Now we are curled up with a Harry Potter marathon, with plenty of mince pies AND a thanksgiving feast still to come. Happiness! 

#mincepies #homebaking #maryberry #maryberryrecipe #happythanksgiving #happychristmas #harrypotter #hpmarathon