I’m Jacquie Budd, a Yorkshire (UK) based, tea guzzling, outdoor nut.
I’ve been freelancing since 2014 and before that worked as a project manager helping people to start new businesses, as an HR professional for global manufacturing companies, as a temping administrator and, back when I was a teenager, as a cleaner for the village pub/hotel.
You may wonder how that set me up for a life of words?
“Words make me come alive”
It might be my business, but I also write for the sheer love of creating something which people love to read. I’ve written blog posts for years and my current blog is outdoor related because, why not combine your passions.
So how does that help you?
Aside from knowing that I’ve walked the blogging walk and built my own websites, you might find it useful to know that back in the corporate world I shared messages to hundreds of employees via emails and newsletters, wrote press releases, developed web content and crafted promotional literature to encourage people to make use of our services.
I love putting myself in the mind of the reader (that means your customers) and figuring out what it is they will want to know.
Interestingly through developing my own blogs, I discovered that I really enjoy the bits behind a website which most people find a bit ‘meh’.
It might seem an odd combination, but crafting words, creating beautiful websites and helping other people to achieve their goals….those are the (work) things which make me come alive.
Why health, nutrition, well-being, yoga and the outdoors?
To put it simply, they’re all things I love!
Over the years, I’ve devoured books and magazines covering these subject areas and also put myself through training courses to increase my knowledge: 200 hours of yoga teacher training, NLP Master Practitioner training, courses in hypnosis and personal coaching and an NVQ qualification in Nutrition and Health.
It’s also something I live and breathe. For 18 years, my passion was climbing - training, nutrition, holidays and weekends away. Add walking, mountain biking, yoga and the gym into that mix and you can see why these sectors are a perfect fit.
Isn’t it frustrating when you don’t really learn much about a person on their ‘About’ page? Here are a few fun facts so that you can get to know me better:
Tea or coffee? Tea (I’m renowned for my love of the stuff).
Beach or mountains? Mountains. I love getting up high and soaking in the views.
5 star hotel or tent? Tent. Even better if it’s a wild camp away from everywhere.
Winter or summer? Spring! It’s my all-time favourite season, when everything comes alive again.
Cake or pie? Cake, umm pie, no cake….
Armchair sports or player? Player (mountain biking, hiking and climbing), although I recently discovered a love for watching ice hockey.
© Jacquie Budd: words and photographs (unless otherwise referenced)