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Dying for business? Lessons from My Trip to A & E

company culture employee wellbeing founder wellbeing mental fitness Jan 07, 2024

2022 was a year of relentless pursuit, and it took a toll.

As a team, we delivered over 1,000 hours of 1:1 mentoring alongside weekly delivery of one or all of our programmes for nine consecutive months.

On top of that: TEDx, two kids, a husband, a podcast and Happy Startups School Summercamp.



As the Founder of the community, mentor and creative guide I take my responsibilities seriously - leave no one behind.

Yet, there was and IS a dynamic team of inspiring folks working alongside me.

I just wasn't fully tapping into their genius or asking for more help.


Actual footage of me 🙋🏾‍♀️



New Year, New Me?


My burnout was obvious to everyone...but me.

I was put on extended leave for Christmas by the team and our board.

As the holidays came to an end my energy was up. I felt normal(ish).

Then, one fateful morning, in early January, I thought I had met my end.

I woke up and reached for my phone after taking a break from social media.

Within ten minutes, my heart raced, and dizziness overcame me.

I hoped a shower would help, but it only led to hyperventilation.


With help from my husband, we headed to hospital.

During an eerie eight-minute drive, my arm tensed, and a thought raced through my mind: "I'm having a heart attack."


A Clear Diagnosis


After undergoing a battery of tests, the diagnosis was clear – a panic attack.

The trigger? A cocktail of people-pleasing, hyper-achievement, avoidance and an insidious fear of rejection.

It was a sobering moment. I couldn't help but feel the irony.

As the Inspirer-in-Chief who champions confidence and sustainability, I was dying for business. Sounds dramatic - it didn't feel far off.



Free Your Mind - The Rest will Follow

Fortunately, I had an invaluable support network – partners, mentors, and a vibrant community – who helped me peel back the layers, much like an onion.

And so, I found myself returning to the starting point, which led me to Positive Intelligence®️. You see, your mind is your best friend - and also your enemy. That's why, most New Year resolutions crumble and bad habits feel impossible to shift.

Through a breakthrough process called PQ Reps, you boost your Self-Command muscle and develop greater mastery over your mind and activate the positive region of your brain. Scientifically backed and trusted by top companies, PQ® is the ONLY proven solution for enhanced performance and wellbeing. The best part? All it takes is 15-minutes a day!

When you are physically fit, you can climb a steep hill with little physical stress. The same is true for mental fitness. When you’re mentally fit, you can navigate life’s challenges with less stress and conflict.



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