Changing careers from city girl to farmer – Girl About The Farm – Small & Supercharged Podcast

Today we’re talking to the very very lovely Laura aka @girlaboutthefarm on Instagram. Laura gave up a job in the city to become a farmer two years ago. Not only is she now a sheep farmer, she also has a farming and lifestyle blog, and was a silver winner at The British Farming Awards in 2018. In this podcast, we learn more about Laura, how her life has changed, why, her awards and more. It’s a really good one. And I’m now an even bigger Laura fan than I was before! Over to Laura – city girl to farmer.

Let’s talk about changing careers from city girl to farmer

Show notes for the Small & Supercharged Podcast – Episode 13 – changing careers from city girl to farmer. In this episode we have a really good chat with Laura Hodgkins on going from a career in the city to farming, how she’s adapted to life in the country, winning awards and lots more. In this episode you’ll hear…

  • How Laura found her way into farming, from helping out at her partner’s parents’ farm to running her own farm with her now husband.
  • Telling her boss she was changing careers and the timeline of events.
  • The different values that farming has taught her, and how she wouldn’t go back to the city despite the challenges of farming.
  • How a different lifestyle has changed her view on things more than she expected.
  • The scale of the farm that Laura, her husband, and one person run (it’s HUGE!).
  • The importance of picking the right breeds of animal when you don’t have a lot of manpower!
  • How to cope with working with your partner day in, day out… and how not to kill each other!
  • Winning a silver award for digital innovation at The British Farming Awards, and why Laura decided to start blogging and documenting her journey on social media.
  • The learning curve that Laura has been on over the past two years.
  • We talk about the Digital Innovator Award and how this is such an exciting thing for farming. As well as what it meant to Laura to be awarded the silver.
  • How Laura has used the award as a springboard to move on to other things, and opportunities for the future, such as speaking at schools.
  • We talk about diversification, taking the business forward, and taking the blog forward too.
  • Becoming and influencer, working with brands, and being cautious about who you work with and why.
  • Being a people pleaser and it being so important to say no to projects that don’t align with you.

There’s also a fair bit of chatter about very patient partners!

If you want to follow Laura

Instagram @girlaboutthefarm

Website www.girlaboutthefarm.co.uk

Twitter @girlaboutfarm

Facebook – Girl About The Farm

 

Sporting Hares – Windermere Gilet – Christmas Giveaway

Sporting hares windermere giletHave I got a treat for you today?! The week two bundle is an absolute corker as you’ll know if you’ve visited my Facebook page and entered. And today I’m talking at the Windermere Gilet from Sporting Hares. Oh my. It is STUNNING!

What’s a Sporting Hares Windermere Gilet?

I think I first saw a Sporting Hares Windermere Gilet in real life on my lovely friend and amazing photographer Rachel Bragg aka Sweet Images. It’s no normal gilet. And in the next few paragraphs you’ll find out why.

Now, I love a gilet, but this is a gilet and then some. It’s made from suede. Yes, actual suede. It feels lovely and it’s light in weight too, so don’t think it’s heavy, it isn’t. The suede has a special treatment called DWR that makes it repellent to precipitation, so fine if you get caught in a light shower too. The lining is a stunning purpley/pink, the same as the Beauchamp Blazer. This provides a lovely contrast to the tan tones of this one. It’s finished with a teddy bear soft fleece collar lining, on brand white and navy striped velvet collar, and has brass hardware to complete the look. If you’re looking for a gilet with a difference then I urge you to go and find out more about Sporting Hares Windermere Gilet. The tan is really lovely, but it’s also available in a navy. So smart!

The Sporting Hares Windermere Gilet joins the Fleetwood & Foxgrove Field Scarf  and Super X Country Timeless Gloves in the bundle, along with products from Tom Lane and Apt Cavalier. The video and blog all about Super X Country and Fleetwood & Foxgrove is already up – the rest will follow this week. Keep your eyes peeled.

How do you win?

The winner will be picked at random, but you do need to enter, or else you definitely won’t win!

For week two, the Sporting Hares Windermere Gilet joins products from Tom Lane, Fleetwood & Foxgrove, Super X Country, Apt Cavalier and Sporting Hares.

As per the rest of the days, I’ve added a video to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page. This shows this gilet. It’s a stunner!

To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is…

  • Go to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page
  • Find the pinned post at the top of the page
  • Like and comment on the pinned post, and make sure you like my page too
  • Do this all before midnight on Sunday 9th December 2018!

And if you would like to share the competition or the videos then please do – I’d be really grateful.

To enter the competition, you can find my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page here.

Thank you Sporting Hares

A ginormous thank you to Sporting Hares for this amazing gilet. The winner of the bundle is going to be blown away by this!

I first found Sporting Hares in connection to… wait for it… packaging! The MD, Marc, reached out following a blog I’d written about packaging and I was keen to learn more about the design process involved. I was so, so impressed with the level of detail and thought that went in to Sporting Hares’ packaging, I knew I was in for a treat with the products. And I have been. I own one of their caps and a pair of the beautiful pink and gun metal striped socks. And I adore them both. If you’re looking for a stocking filler for Christmas, then do go and have a look. I know it sounds crazy but when I don my Sporting Socks, I know I’m in for a good day. Now I just need to decide which colour to buy next – they now have three!

Find out more about Sporting Hares here.

Visit my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook Page to enter

Content – what is content? What’s content marketing? – Small & Supercharged Podcast

Today we’re talking all about content – content marketing, what content is, what it means to you… and how to make this work. We use the word ‘content’ a lot – I do – but I don’t use it as a buzzword. I use it because it covers so, so much. So, without further ado, should we have a little chat about content? It’s a solo one with me… so thank you so much for joining me.

Let’s talk about content, shall we?

Show notes for the Small & Supercharged Podcast – Episode 12 – content. What content is, how to make it work for you, the different types, and how to make sure everything you create has the best chance of delivering a good return on investment.

In this episode we talk about…

  • Different types of content and how it’s important to make it it work for you.
  • Blogging and how written content works – not just in terms of what you’re trying to do and the message you’re trying to convey, but also from an SEO point of view.
  • What to do if you’re not good at writing (or you don’t think you are) . We talk through different hacks to help you here.
  • Transcription and dictation software and how this can help.
  • How podcasts can make really good content as they get to people in a different way. We also talk about how the podcasts can be made into blog posts. And what the show notes can add too.
  • The value of video. We chat about Facebook lives, Youtube, and more. We also talk about what video does and how it allows people to connect with you on a different level, and how it allows people to find out more about products too.
  • How there are lots of side benefits to videos that you might not realise.
  • Why being authentic is really important, and how it’s scary to put yourself out there… but the benefits it has too.
  • Podcasts and videos – can you do them at the same time? I talk about why I don’t at the moment.
  • Videos and where you can post this content.
  • Photography – and why I count photography as content. And how it can actually be pillar content depending on which platform you spend the most time on/where your customers are.
  • Professional photography, but also the benefit of getting better at your own photography and how this can really help you.
  • The value of quotes, testimonials and so much more. And how this can work as part of your content plan. We also talk about how these allow you to create your own content from nothing.
  • How we need to play to our strengths but how we can work with people who can help fill in the gaps. You only need to be good at one way to produce content… and then you build from there.
  • Human connection in content and why it’s important to put it out there.
  • Perfect and how you won’t be perfect when it comes to content, but how you can just do your best. And also how you can edit.
  • The value of just having a go. Because the value that content brings over any of the negatives outweighs it by a HUGE amount.
  • If you need any egging on – I’m @rheafreemanpr on Instagram and Facebook, and I’m @rheafreeman on Twitter.

 

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Fleetwood & Foxgrove Field Scarf – Christmas Giveaway

Fleetwood and foxgrove field scarfDay two of the second week’s giveaway… and I have to say it’s another amazing prize! This is the Fleetwood & Foxgrove Field Scarf. In black with a gorgeous fawn trim.

What’s a Fleetwood & Foxgrove Field Scarf

I first ‘met’ Fleetwood & Foxgrove before my second TEDx talk, which I gave at TEDxTelford. I was working on my outfit and there was one piece of the puzzle missing. A scarf. I wanted something with a little colour due to the rest of my outfit. And that’s how I found them.

Kirsty, the lady behind Fleetwood & Foxgrove, said the Field Scarf would be perfect. And she was right. She even came to TEDx to watch me (and the other speakers, obviously!) which was lovely.

This scarf is available in a range of colours, and it’s made from polyester, meaning it’s really easy to care for, but it is SO soft! It’s finished with a satin bias trim in a fawn colour which as a lovely golden sheen. And to complete the scarf, there’s a little leather tag too, which has the company’s logo.

The scarf that is in the giveaway is big square, measuring 90cm x 90cm. This means that it’s the perfect scarf, but can also double as a shawl if you fold it from corner to corner. Add a brooch and it’ll take you to posh nights out and balls too. Then it’ll help you to stay snug and stylish when you’re stood in a field!

The Fleetwood & Foxgrove Field Scarf will join the Super X Country Timeless Gloves in the bundle, along with products from Tom Lane, Sporting Hares and Apt Cavalier. The video and blog all about Super X Country are already up, and the rest will follow this week. Keep your eyes peeled.

How do you win?

The winner will be picked at random, but you do need to enter, or else you definitely won’t win!

For week two, the Fleetwood & Foxgrove Field Scarf will joining products from Tom Lane, Super X Country, Apt Cavalier and Sporting Hares.

As per the rest of the days, I’ve added a video to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page. This shows the scarf that you could win.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is…

  • Go to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page
  • Find the pinned post at the top of the page
  • Like and comment on the pinned post, and make sure you like my page too
  • Do this all before midnight on Sunday 9th December 2018!

And if you would like to share the competition or the videos then please do – I’d be really grateful.

To enter the competition, you can find my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page here.

Thank you Fleetwood & Foxgrove

A big thank you to Kirsty from Fleetwood & Foxgrove for donating this lovely scarf. It’s the perfect gift for any lady this festive season. And the black would look SO good with smarter outfits too.

In addition to the lovely products made by the company, the packaging is something really special too; always good if you’re buying as a gift! The range has also got pretty impressive British credentials, so if you’d like to support a small business who manufactures in the UK, you might want to check them out! Find out more about Fleetwood & Foxgrove on their website.

Visit my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook Page to enter

Super X Country’s Timeless Gloves – Christmas Giveaway

Well what a welcome to week 2’s Christmas Giveaway! After a brilliant week one, we have another amazing bundle for week two too. You’re a very lucky bunch! The first product we’re going to chat about is this one, Super X Country’s Timeless Gloves.

Super X Country's Timeless GlovesWhat are Super X Country’s Timeless Gloves?

Super X Country’s Timeless Gloves have only just been launched… and they are stunning! I was lucky enough to see them in person and get a pair at Your Horse Live. So when Becci very kindly said I could have a pair for this giveaway, well, I was pretty delighted!

These lovely leather gloves have been designed for riding, but they’re SO good for any time you want to keep your hands snug! They’re made from soft leather with SXC embossed detail, feature quilting around the cuffs studded with diamante crystals, have SXC trim, and benefit from Thinsulate insulation. The brushed lining adds another level of snugness and, on top of all the above, they look lovely too. They have reinforced areas where reins are held, and have a long cuff length to help keep your wrists warm. Could you want for anything else? No, I don’t think so either!

I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with Becci and Super X Country for a little while now and continue to be amazed at the products she releases. All are well thought through, beautifully designed, and really well priced too. She’s also so, SO hardworking, she deserves all her success and a lot more too. I’m sure you know all about Super X Country, but if you don’t, you absolutely have to go and check out the Super X Country website (now if not sooner really!)

The Timeless Gloves from Super X Country join products from Tom Lane, Sporting Hares, Fleetwood & Foxgrove, and Apt Cavalier. As ever, there will be more information about all of these in the following days. You can enter the competition to win the whole bundle on my Rhea Freeman Facebook page.

How do you win?

The winner will be picked at random, but you do need to enter, or else you definitely won’t win!

This year’s second festive giveaway runs for the whole of this week (week commencing 3/12/18) and the competition closes at midnight on Sunday this week. Super X Country’s Timeless Gloves join products from Sporting Hares, Tom Lane, Fleetwood & Foxgrove, and Apt Cavalier.

I’ve added a video to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page to show these lovely gloves in a lot more detail.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is…

  • Go to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page
  • Find the pinned post at the top of the page
  • Like and comment on the pinned post, and make sure you like my page too
  • Do this all before midnight on Sunday 9th December 2018!

And if you would like to share the competition or the videos then please do – I’d be really grateful.

To enter the competition, you can find my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page here.

Thank you Super X Country

A huge thank you to Becci at Super X Country for donating such a gorgeous product for the giveaway. I know that whoever wins the week two bundle will love their Timeless Gloves as much as I love mine.

As I said above, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Becci for quite a while now, and I can tell everyone reading this that every ounce of success this lady has is SO deserved. Super X Country has grown as a brand in such a huge way over the last year, and I couldn’t be happier. Seeing the lovely reviews, the tags on social media, and the orders roll in, makes me smile. I can’t imagine how Becci feels! Hard work really does pay off. Becci is a great example of this. Just see her Super X Country brand to see how.

Visit my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook Page to enter

Honest Riders’ No Scope Sweatshirt – Christmas Giveaway

And, just like that, we’re at the final product that makes up the first week of my 2018 Christmas Giveaway! If the term ‘last but not least’ was ever more apt, well, I’m not sure when! So, without further ado, here’s the fifth prize in this week’s bundle – Honest Riders’ No Scope Sweatshirt.

Honest Riders SweatshirtWhat’s a Honest Riders’ No Scope Sweatshirt?

Actually, it’s pretty blummin special!

Honest Riders sells a range of lovely slogan sweatshirts, t-shirts and vests, all with fun equestrian themed sayings. This one has ‘No Scope No Hope’ on it, but you might have seen others like the popular ‘Drop It Like It’s Trot’ – which always makes me smile!

In addition to the fun slogans, in a variety of finishes, on beautiful coloured garments, there’s a bit more to Honest Riders than meets the eye. Yes, the quality is exceptional and the products really are lovely, but there’s an ethical element too. The products are all made with the environment in mind and also use organic cotton, are fair wear certified, and sweatshop free. And if that wasn’t enough, a charitable donation is made to different charities when certain slogan garments are purchase, good hey?

There’s also another side to Honest Riders, and that focuses on products for horses. There are LOTS of equine lotions and potions out there, but Honest Riders offer something a bit different. All products selected are cruelty free, use natural ingredients wherever possible, and have been tested by founder Zoe.

Today, I’m adding a ‘No Scope’ sweatshirt to the bundle. It’s called a ‘thoroughbred’ fit and I can confirm it has a closer fit than many sweatshirts but it’s hugely flattering. I think the close fit makes it smarter somehow, so you can style it up quite easily, but also wear it on the yard, when walking the dog, or dashing around after the children. This colour is called mulberry and has white lettering. For each one sold, Honest Riders donates £5 to Pablos Horse Sanctuary. And how can you win one? Well…

The sweatshirt is going into the week one bundle, along with the Horseshoe Hearts & Gifts Horseshoe HookMackenzie & George Personalised Keyring, the Fairfax & Favor Chatham Purse, and the Hiho Silver Fob Bracelet with Equestrian Charms. You can enter the competition to win the whole bundle on my Rhea Freeman Facebook page.

How do you win?

The winner will be picked at random, but you do need to enter, or else you definitely won’t win!

This year’s festive giveaways have been grouped, meaning that five products make up the prize for week one. This stunner joins the Horseshoe Hearts & Gifts Hook, Mackenzie & George Keyring, Hiho Silver Fob Bracelet and the Fairfax & Favor Purse.

As per the rest of the days, I’ve added a video to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page. This shows the sweatshirt that you’ll win, the colour, the fit, and lots more.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is…

  • Go to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page
  • Find the pinned post at the top of the page
  • Like and comment on the pinned post, and make sure you like my page too
  • Do this all before midnight on Sunday 2nd December 2018!

And if you would like to share the competition or the videos then please do – I’d be really grateful.

To enter the competition, you can find my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page here.

Thank you Honest Riders

A massive thank you to Zoe at Honest Riders for giving this sweatshirt to the week one bundle.

Zoe set up Honest Riders just a few months ago and has worked so hard to establish the brand quickly and correctly. The slogans are fun and thoroughly equestrian, but the ‘good’ that’s behind these sweatshirts is great too. From the way the sweatshirts are made to the charitable donation. They look good and do good. A win, win, win then!

If you haven’t ‘met’ Honest Riders yet, do go over to the Honest Riders website and look. I am sure you’ll find some products you need in your life!

A big thank you to Honest Riders. The winner of the week one bundle is going to be thrilled!

Visit my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook Page to enter