By March 26, 2014 Read More →

My transition from corporate to natural wellbeing mumpreneur

Jo Tocher shares her transition journey…

Jo Tocher imageMy background is in travel and marketing and I worked in a corporate organisation in the City for many years – loving it in the beginning and getting more despondent with the politics, the meetings about having meetings, until I finally began to think that there was something else I could be doing…. but what was it?

Corporate life is safe, you get a pension, private health insurance and are usually guaranteed a yearly pay-rise.  To move out of that arena to doing something totally on your own is a big step but I got to the point that I couldn’t bear it any longer.

I think the key to leaving is that it must be bad enough to make that move.  Most of us trundle along thinking “it’s ok, I’m not happy but I’m not unbearably un-happy”.

I left and began temporary work until I figured out what I wanted to do and then one day picked up a magazine and read an article about a woman who had become an Aromatherapist and was loving it.  It ticked all my boxes and it was as if the article had been about me, it resonated so deeply.

I was in a fortunate position, my partner encouraged me to do it and was happy to take all our financial commitments on.  I enrolled, did my years diploma full-time and once I qualified I got a position at The Sanctuary in Covent Garden….3 months later I fell pregnant.  The great thing about being self-employed was that I was able to work around having a small baby and work a part-time job.  I then went onto have my second baby and continued working part-time within the Physiotherapy Dept. at The Portland Hospital.

I continued in this way until my children were both at school and then started to develop my business and train in other therapies, such as Hypnotherapy, Reiki, Wellbeing Coaching, and Heart Screening.

The Heart Screening came about through a personal circumstance…. I wasn’t feeling well and passed out.  I went to see someone who could check the pressure of my heart and the stiffness of my arteries.  My results gave me a shock – I had very stiff arteries, that of someone twice my age and the pressure in my heart was very low.   I felt fortunate to have this information and was able to look at how I lived my life and make some changes by improving my diet, frequently exercising, and drinking more water – I was quite chronically dehydrated!   This made me think that if someone like me who was generally healthy had this problem, other people out there needed to know the same information.  If I’d carried on the way I was going, I would have undoubtedly had a stroke.

Now I’m developing my business to incorporate heart screenings and stress management.  Too many of us are chasing our tails, rushing from one thing to another, being all things to all people; husbands, wives, parents, employers/employees and feeling a bit like a hamster on a wheel never drawing breath.

I’m so pleased I took the step to become self-employed and I can’t ever imagine going back now.  It was a phase in my life that served me for a while but I out-grew it and I would encourage anyone who is feeling the same way I did to go for it, but be mindful of how you’re going to achieve your dreams.  Have your strategy in place and be prepared to make some changes to your lifestyle.

Corporate life is safe, you get a pension, private health insurance and are usually guaranteed a yearly pay-rise.  To move out of that arena to doing something totally on your own is a big step but I got to the point that I couldn’t bear it any longer.

I think the key to leaving is that it must be bad enough to make that move.  Most of us trundle along thinking “it’s ok, I’m not happy but I’m not unbearably un-happy”.

I left and began temporary work until I figured out what I wanted to do and then one day picked up a magazine and read an article about a woman who had become an Aromatherapist and was loving it.  It ticked all my boxes and it was as if the article had been about me, it resonated so deeply.

I was in a fortunate position, my partner encouraged me to do it and was happy to take all our financial commitments on.  I enrolled, did my years diploma full-time and once I qualified I got a position at The Sanctuary in Covent Garden….3 months later I fell pregnant.  The great thing about being self-employed was that I was able to work around having a small baby and work a part-time job.  I then went onto have my second baby and continued working part-time within the Physiotherapy Dept. at The Portland Hospital.

I continued in this way until my children were both at school and then started to develop my business and train in other therapies, such as Hypnotherapy, Reiki, Wellbeing Coaching, and Heart Screening.

The Heart Screening came about through a personal circumstance…. I wasn’t feeling well and passed out.  I went to see someone who could check the pressure of my heart and the stiffness of my arteries.  My results gave me a shock – I had very stiff arteries, that of someone twice my age and the pressure in my heart was very low.   I felt fortunate to have this information and was able to look at how I lived my life and make some changes by improving my diet, frequently exercising, and drinking more water – I was quite chronically dehydrated!   This made me think that if someone like me who was generally healthy had this problem, other people out there needed to know the same information.  If I’d carried on the way I was going, I would have undoubtedly had a stroke.

Now I’m developing my business to incorporate heart screenings and stress management.  Too many of us are chasing our tails, rushing from one thing to another, being all things to all people; husbands, wives, parents, employers/employees and feeling a bit like a hamster on a wheel never drawing breath.

I’m so pleased I took the step to become self-employed and I can’t ever imagine going back now.  It was a phase in my life that served me for a while but I out-grew it and I would encourage anyone who is feeling the same way I did to go for it, but be mindful of how you’re going to achieve your dreams.  Have your strategy in place and be prepared to make some changes to your lifestyle.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jo Tocher is passionate about helping people find their natural flow in life so they can glow from the inside out.  She has worked as a Natural Health practitioner since 1997, supporting people with her skills in Heart Screening, Aromatherapy Massage, Indian Head Massage, Healing and Hypnosis.  More recently Jo also trained as a Chrysalis Effect Practitioner and specialises in supporting people with M.E, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.

Visit: www.yourhealthyheart.co.uk

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