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We're all a lot of different things, to a lot of different people

Hi, I'm Louise

 

I'm an occupational therapist, writer, speaker, and business owner. 

 

Wait...

 

...And mother, wife, daughter, sister, supportive friend, children's taxi driver, adventurer, creative, advocate, [insert life role here]

I've been a qualified Occupational Therapist (OT) for 17 years, and a business owner for 8 years. 

 

But we're all so much more than our titles, our accomplishments or our dreams. 

 

About 8 years ago, my husband and I began craving more meaning, autonomy, creativity, freedom, flexibility and scalability in our work than our traditional employment roles offered. Self-employment wasn't enough on it's own, we wanted even more than our original business model offered. 

 

We started our business with little more than a half-formed idea, and the audacity to move forward despite what we didn't know. 

 

The occupational therapist in me needed to turn that shit show into a framework that would help others navigate the rocky path towards their own version of success. 

 

As an Occupational Therapist I help people do what is meaningful to them, not just by breaking down the exact steps needed to complete a task, but by looking at the whole person. What are the physical, psychological, emotional, social, cultural, medical, and environmental factors that impact upon a person’s ability to do the things that they want to do, need to do, or are expected to do in their life?

 

I have worked for a lot of my career in rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury. Drawing on occupational therapy models of practice as well as guidance and evidence from areas such as neuroscience, psychology, social science, and more. I helped people with complex and catastrophic injuries engage in the activities that were important to them as they rebuilt their life from the ground up. I understand how our brains work and what motivates our desires, actions, and behaviours. I understand the importance of the wider context behind what we do and why. 

 

So isn’t it interesting that when it came to building the online component of my business, all I needed to ignore my self-doubt, perfectionism, fear of public speaking and other personal barriers, was the inspiring voice of a marketing 'expert' to convince me that to build a successful online business, I just needed to be given the exact right steps, in the exact right order? 

 

Some of the most intelligent people, who are outstanding at what they do, struggle with apparently simple tasks. By apparently simple tasks I mean tasks that are easy to advise someone else to do, or easy to put in a list of seven simple steps to success. 

 

But tasks that we understand cognitively can be very hard to implement consistently! The barriers to our success can be invisible to us. We’re too close to our own situation and too self-conscious to talk openly about our struggles with things that other people seem to find easy.

 

However, if we ignore our personal barriers, no matter how many times we come up with a new job, a new idea or a new product or service to offer, those barriers will keep coming up at the most unexpected (an inopportune) times! This means that even though we change the circumstances or our lives, nothing really changes. 

 

Working through the personal side of launching your undeniably good work into the world is the part I'm most inspired to help with!

If you have a suspicion that you're capable of something more

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