Let us introduce ourselves…
The best way to describe me is a Creative Consultant and Minimalist Adventurer.
I own betternotstop and help people, brands and businesses grow as well as sharing our events, services and products online. We champion the importance of independence, travel, and adventure! I run this business with Alex and Frances full time from our office in Manchester.
In 2019 I was shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year at the Made in Manchester Awards for my work creating Creative Business Events and encouraging people to create a life they love with the foundations of independence and social wellbeing.
I believe we should all enjoy everyday life through our work, friendships, travel, and adventure. There are solutions for making our lives better; we just have to be willing to seek the answer and work hard! Through betternotstop, you will find a community of like-minded people and practical help and advice on making a life you love. If you want to meet in real life, check out my latest events.
I have travelled and worked all over the world, extensively in South East Asia and Europe, as well as Africa. In March 2017 I left the UK with Phil to travel overland through eighteen countries to reach Bhutan on an Expedition we called ‘Road To Happiness’. I want to discover and document how to make a happier world. You can read about that adventure here. I am currently writing a book about the experience and hope to submit my research to the Royal Geographical Society.
I write and talk about adventures, work, and wellbeing online. I have also been interviewed and contributed to topics as varied as tattoos, travel, happiness and business management. You can see these on my press page.
We have a full calendar of events through betternotstop planned for 2019. These include a UK film + book tour, two large-scale events in Manchester, several overseas trips as well as monthly networking meetings, supper clubs, workshops, and talks. Check out the events section of the website for the latest betternotstop event information
I suffer from Chronic pain due to scoliosis, and now wear a permanent back brace, but I haven’t let that stop me travel all around the world. For me, experiencing different countries and culture is a way to discover more about myself and how to make the world a better place.
Frances: Project Assistant
Frances joined betternotstop in 2019 to work across all projects as Project Assistant.
Frances’s background in e-commerce, SEO support, and market research builds the foundation for all our planning and business ideas.
As a working Mum, Frances works remotely from home to allow her to create the right work/life balance for her lifestyle.
One of our business aims is to create more opportunities like this.
We want to show businesses can be built creating solutions for those with different lifestyles.
And lastly a bit on my partner Phil, who blogged and travelled with me around the world last year…
Phil: I have wanted to see the world for a long long time. In primary school I wrote that I wanted to be a truck driver so I could travel, and as an adult I now work in a way that lets me explore the world as I like to best – working around the globe with people from all walks of life, of different cultures and different communities.
For me, the Road to Happiness is another case of the world falling into place around me. I never wanted to go ‘travelling’ as I imagine others do. I have no interest in setting up on The Beach or living the Club 18-30 life in South-East Asia. While I love beautiful architecture, and landscapes and mountains and beaches, my real interest lies in people. So, when Hannah first told me she wanted to do this trip, I instantly saw another opportunity to see the world the way I want to see it: through the people who inhabit it. It was already a journey that I was ready to make, and Hannah proved the ideal partner.
My job on the trip was to document our journey, giving voice to the people we meet, and conveying a sense of how they live. You can read my blog updates under the ‘Weekly Trip Updates’ section of the website.
The ‘Road to Happiness’ holds an obvious double meaning: we set out to discover and document what happiness means for different people around the world, and how we can share this knowledge; while at the same time this adventure will become a part of our road, our journey together, and hopefully one which will form a significant and positive part of our lives.
The name of this website is due to one of the last conversations Hannah had with her Dad in 2011. He told her not to get stuck in situations that made her unhappy – most of all to always keep remembering She deserved the best and to never settle.
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