What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?
I had a successful career in radio, television after gaining an MA and BMus at Glasgow University. I worked for Decca Records in London and then BBC Radio as a Producer. In television, I led the launch teams for Disney TV and Channel Five. In the build-up to the 2012 London Olympics I successfully led the legacy partnership that delivered a long term future for the multi-million pound Olympic Broadcast Centre. I founded my own company, Belle Media and launched Belle Kids in 2015 producing multi-platform conservation-focused content for children.
I am the author of My Life in 37 Therapies (published by Red Door) and narrated the audiobook which is released this year.
What message do you promote?
It’s possible to have it all (successful career, beautiful home, loving husband) and still feel something’s not right. I started again and began to search for what was missing through experiencing 37 different therapies in my quest for self-discovery: homeopathy, astrology, silent retreats and reiki, past-life regression, sonic therapy, shamanic retreats, and other alternative modalities.
Being open about my experiences in the book has connected me with many other women - it has resonated with many because of the childhood experiences, growing up within a patriarchal culture, and my path to burnout.
The book has been described as the antidote to the Eat Pray Love ideal. It’s funny but it’s certainly not all laughs.
In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?
Mainly through the book and the interviews (many with the BBC) and articles, I write (eg Good Housekeeping) I recommend self-help in dealing with stressful times in life.
In business and/or in life, share a struggle you overcame that other women can relate to
Dealing with the cancer of my mother, her death, followed shortly afterward by the discovery of my husband’s cancer - just keeping going, rushing around - led to a breakdown of sorts. Often, as women, we just keep going, ignoring our own health and wellbeing. Eventually, you just shut down. Only by looking after yourself (as well as others) can you balance the ups and downs of life. You’re not a machine.
What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
Hearing from women who relate to the issues highlighted in the book, hearing their stories and thinking about ways in which I can help.
How do you SHOW UP?
Sharing the story, listening to other’s stories - in the media, at events, and in preparing the next book about the post-mid-life phase. Women are multi-talented, beautiful souls but there’s a long way still to go to be fully recognized as such.
If you could give one piece of advice for women who are entering the workforce or launching their own business what would that be?
Take your time, you can’t do it all immediately. With each step, make sure you look after yourself, listen to how you feel, balance the needs of the business with your own.
How to connect with Kay Hutchison:
Twitter: @37Therapies / @BelleMediaCoUk
Belle Media: https://www.facebook.com/kay.hutchison.39
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