Caroline Strawson is a Divorce and Breakup Coach, helping people navigate the emotional and practicalities of the rollercoaster of divorce. Using her own experiences, Caroline shares her expertise in positive psychology and coaching. Having attended the UK’s very first divorce and breakup coaching accreditation progamme, Caroline is also a McKenzie Friend which means she empowers people to take control of their own divorce legally, help with the paperwork and attend the court which can save her clients thousands of pounds.
Starting her business at the start of 2018, Caroline already has a community group on Facebook with over 2600 women. Coaching on a 1-2-1 basis, one of Caroline’s most popular services is the Paramedic Divorce Coaching where her clients have unlimited access to Caroline, so her clients don’t feel alone.
With a particular interest in abusive and narcissistic personality disorders, Caroline’s clients end each session with an Action Plan to go away and implement and her goal is not not just help her clients bounce back but bounce forward. Caroline genuinely wants to make a difference.With plans for holding retreats both in the UK and abroad over the next 12 months, Caroline hopes to combine practical strategies, socialising and relaxation to create an amazingly helpful and therapeutic getaway. Plans are also in the pipeline for local meetups and workshops.
Female Entrepreneur Q & A
What made you decide to start your business and become a female entrepreneur?
In 2013, I had my family home repossessed after my divorce where I lost everything due to debts over £70k. I was left suffering with anxiety, depression and self harm and was diagnosed with PTSD. Whilst I had a “job” and profession as a podiatrist, this did not enable me to make ends meet and be the mum I wanted to be, so I needed to take control of my own destiny and to do this, starting my own business seemed the only option.
What was the process of turning your idea into reality?
I initially started a home based business which became one of the top businesses in the UK within my industry and along the way, I spent thousands on personal development and learnt so much about business. I realized was that many women were stuck in the aftermath of a divorce like I had been and I wanted to make a difference. So I started my Masters in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology and attended the UK’s very first divorce and breakup accreditation coaching programme to become one of the UK’s few accredited divorce coaches.
What ways have you marketed your business and which has worked the best for you?
Facebook has been my best friend when it comes to business as when I first started my business, I did not want to go out due to my anxiety so I became an expert in how to use Facebook to grow my business from home. I have a Divorce & Breakup Support Group For Women on Facebook with over 2600 members and I share lots of free tips, motivation and live videos in there. I can connect all around the world then. Once my confidence grew, I also started to network locally and have built up amazing friendships and a reputation within my community.
What’s the one thing you wished you knew at the beginning of your journey?
I wish I knew that the more successful you get, you will be faced with negativity as unfortunately as some people see your success, they feel there is less to go round and this used to really affect me and slowed me down as didn’t like conflict but now I focus on making a difference and my mission to help others and this keeps me on track
What’s your daily workday like?
I get up early and do my 3 gratitude’s every single day as this is a huge part of my love for positive psychology. I check my social media and pop some posts out. It is then mum mode for me and kids breakfast and school run. Then its focus work load with coaching sessions, networking and learning. I try and fit the gym in 3 times a week too. School pick up is all about being with my kids and doing tea and homework. Then once kids are in bed, its work time again and social media time.
How do you fit being a female entrepreneur around being a mother?
You have to be very regimented with your time because my number one priority are my two kids BUT I am also fiercely ambitious. Being an entrepreneur allows me to satisfy both of those needs in me and I am in control then
Have you got a favourite quote or mantra that keeps you going?
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
If you could offer one piece of advice to the ladies out there thinking of starting or just starting their entrepreneurial journey what would it be?
Find your passion and purpose and turn it into a business because if you do what you love, you are always coming from a place of service and you will always come across as real and genuine
If you could have the help of anyone who would it be?
I always like having a business coach as keeps me accountable and focused
What’s the ultimate goal for yourself and your business?
I want to help women all over the world realise that they are not alone going through divorce and that they are not a failure. That divorce can be their superpower as it was mine and can be a catalyst for a real life transformation to a happier, thriving and more flourishing life
Thank you so much Caroline for taking the time to do this interview with Anne Louise Magazine. Do you have an additional questions for Caroline? Let us know in the comments below!
Want to find out more or get in touch with Caroline?
To get in touch or find out more about the amazing services Caroline offers, pop along to her website www.carolinestrawson.com
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