I’m a business and lifestyle coach, based in Worthing, West Sussex. I support quietly courageous women like you who’ve decided that there’s life outside London. I’m passionate about helping people leave behind the obligations and the busy-ness of London life and create a nourishing and creative simpler life in the countryside or on the coast.
I’ve worked remotely (working from home) in a permanent role that was based in London while I was living in the beautiful countryside, I’ve become a freelancer, and I’ve also set up my own business. I’ve also lived in London, in the countryside and on the coast. If you’re considering a move outside London and you’re worried about how your job can and lifestyle will work in your new location, I can help. Or maybe you’ve already made the leap out of London and would like some support creating a new life and business you don’t need to escape from – get in touch to find out how we could work together.
Moving to the countryside and working from home in a permanent role
I grew up in London and went to uni in London, so it was a given that I would work in London too – I had never even considered that there were any alternatives. When it came to buying a house, we decided to give country life a try and moved to a village in Bedforshire. I commuted to London for 3 years before persuading my employer that I could be more productive if I worked from home 3 days a week instead. It was a learning curve for me and for my colleagues, but it worked – I gradually realised that I didn’t have to be in London to do my job.
A couple of years later I went freelance and realised that I could work from anywhere. I had always known I wanted to live by the sea “one day”. We spent Christmas 2015 in a beautiful house in Dorset overlooking the beach – 2 weeks later we’d decided to move to the coast and our house was on the market. My partner had recently recovered from a paragliding accident so we were keen to embrace new adventures together. Freelancing has been a huge learning curve – at first (for at least 2 years!) I worked long hours and was constantly exhausted. I believed I had to say yes to all work because I couldn’t be sure where the next bit of work would come from. I also (wrongly) believed I had to be at my desk and respond to all emails immediately during normal office hours – this took away the flexibility I wanted from freelancing. It’s taken a lot of re-learning to realise that I can make the rules now that I’m my own boss. These days you’ll often find me at the gym or out for coffee in the afternoon when my energy levels at my desk would be dipping, and then I’ll head back to work later in the day when my night owl tendencies kick in enjoy a productive evening working.
Moving to the coast and setting up my own business
When I moved to Worthing, I felt like I had come home. I work mostly from my home office – popping to the beach most days for a revitalising lungful of fresh, salty air. I continued to work freelancing, and I also trained as a coach and set up my own business.
Now, I’m passionate about helping other women live and work outside London. I spent years reaching for success on other peoples’ terms… having a “proper” job in London, beating myself up about not being as career-minded as my friends, and traipsing around London going to trendy places that are the antithesis of my ideal night out (because actually my ideal evening is a night in!). It was a monumental relief when I started defining my own success and making my own rules in my business. I love helping other people work out what success means to them, and enjoy a life and work that really works for them rather than a life that they fell into by default.
Life is simpler when you do what works for you instead of following the crowd. CHOOSE your life, don't just let life happen by default- Julia Davies, aka The Simplicity Strategist
– I have lots of little quirks, for example I can’t stand the feel of velvet. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it!
– I love to travel and have a constant tug of war in my head about whether to sell everything and buy a campervan
– I’ve played the clarinet for nearly 30 years
– Wherever I go, I’m always taking photos. There are photos all over the house as reminders of our adventures