This Week - Networking with designer labels

Networking with designer labels...?

Helloooo my Coco Lovelies. This week I was invited to a networking event 
at the House of Fraser City, a popular department store in London. 
Where Will Excell and LMA hooked me up with free makeovers and 10% - 30% 
discounts on all items in the store.

There was a DJ in the house (literally) and if that was not enough to wow me, 
they gave me a fantastic massive House of Fraser goody bag stuffed with all 
kinds of top notch beauty products including Urban Decay, Lancome, Laura 
Mercier, Benefit and my now favourite parfume Flower Bomb by Viktor Rolf . 

The best bunch of freebies that I have had in a while. 
It didn't end there, there were waiters topping up my glass with cocktails and 
Presseco; and we know that alchohol + department store = splurge 😧.  

So as much as I wanted to hang around 'til 9pm for their Mulberry bag prize draw
that I traded my business card in for - I had to leave before I became a retail therapy 
patient. Here are a few snip bits from the evening.

I ended up networking with designer labels rather than people...
...Nevertheless, it was worth leaving my warm home to attend in the frosty weather. 


Hey, I have decided to publish details about my successful diet so far.
I have devised a meal plan based on a realistic diet for me which covers my
health and emotional needs. I hope sharing my daily feasts and nibbles will
help someone with their journey to a healthy or healthier ever after too.
Side note: I eat home grown salad and buy organic foods whenever possible.


So it's raining right now and I was going to play some tennis but now it seems
like painting will be appropriate - what they call wet play in school and wet
play it is.

Also, there is eclectic art home made by my brother "Artist"

Ideas and styles that are different influences from growing up in the suburbs
of South London and travels around Europe.

Now selling encased in a beautiful frame (black or white) 27cm x 42cm. Inquire:

This Week: My Paycation Journey

My Paycation Journey...

My journey so far; started off being interested in what my friend was doing as a Paycation on-line travel consultant.
I checked out the opportunity myself
(with my trained legal eye).

I've always had an entrepreneur mind set but didn't want to jump in to
investing £60k for a business like a franchise. I saw that this business
matched my idea of a low investment for a share of the license and obtaining
credentials. The X factor for me was getting paid the equivalent of a day job
by simply booking travel with a click of a button on my laptop.

My brother asked me "why would people need your service?" I immediately 
explained that there are many people who do not have the time to plan, 
shop around for best deals and book travel - I will provide the personal and 
convenience service. Indeed, customers including friends and relatives were
waiting for my service. I fired up and was in the pursuit of joyful work. 


I liked the value in a business so I paid the £99 to kick start my career/
new business which was the equivalent of a 3 course meal. I was immediately
provided with excellent marketing tools, products galore, a professional website,
(human) support and training to provide a professional service to my customers.

I read the technical booklet on what to expect and do as a travel agent
and even passed the CTA test in no time, through Paycation's partnership
with CLIA. I was able to apply to be in the cruise industry - now I'm an approved
CLIA member and able to book big earners from group cruise trips and have
enjoyed booking many great escapes for friends, family and others.
Since then other opportunities have come my way. 

Getting Paid To Travel

Booking my own travel was something I did anyway but I wanted my travel agent
perks including earned bonuses and commission to pay for my travels and why not?
So I tried out the perks only for TAs!

I phoned my chosen hotel and gave them my credentials.They were
sweet and happy to accommodate myself and son on a generous travel
agent my first experience felt great and my holiday seemed even
more fabulous. 

Now people see my business/lifestyle and have joined. 
More income for me as I get paid a bonus for each person signing up
whilst helping to grow Paycation globally; smiles all round for customers
and myself. I even received a cool gift from a customer who bought it
whilst on her 5* cheap Greek holiday. I hit the ground running within months of 
joining, I have a FB fan page 'mysuitcase.paycation' to be more visible, a
website www.mysuitcase.paycation.comblog and business cards. 
I've learnt so much in a short space of time, learning the art of leadership,
marketing, communicating, managing my business and even my young
teen son has learnt some business skills! 

Check out this lovely home-made video put together by Marcia 

Sophia Satchell


Have you ever felt that you've somehow neglected your hobby/hobbies?

I did for a while. Oh but finally this week I have reunited with my babies;
my hobbies which meant having some "me time"!  My shame of not writing
the final pages of my fiction and non fiction novels seems likely to soon
disappear - mission almost complete?

I had kept my love for writing novels to myself for a while because I was
conscious of being that "writer" who is writing the never ending story.

It's so encouraging to have the support to complete the finishing touches.
For my first non fiction novel I'm looking at my funding and publishing options
whether to self publish or find a publisher that will accept my trail of
thoughts...take a cheeky peek at my e-book cover below. What do you think?

Book release date coming soon 

A moving story called Balcony Child...

© 2016 Sophia Wilson

Another project that I'm polishing is my children's story 
for my  5-7 year old critics, such an empowering story with  some
humour and not forgetting the amazing illustrations.
The Left Handed Champ is a true story that means so much
to my family. I hope this story will be inspiring  for
children who may lack confidence of being left handed or
experience feeling awkward and alone.

© 2016 Sophia Wilson

The next stage would be to share it with the world of book lovers but
I need to get funding for this project to be given a chance to make a
difference. I'm hoping to send positive messages throughout schools and

I would love to share  snippets of my writer's journey during this
project with raw notes, ideas, extracts of the story and more of the vivid
illustrations with you as a thank you for your support to keep this fire



Just was thinking out loud when I said flexible working hours is
so ideal for me as a mother needing time to engage with my child.

I do not miss the heavy traffic on the roads or the embarrassing close
body contact with strangers on train journeys to and from work.

I saw the POWWOWNOW poster below which made me giggle and I
guess that is what triggered my random thought about flexible work.
I think it illustrates the meaning of flexible work which is getting the
ideal work life balance.


Camera, lights and action for me this month.

So lucky to be a part of a fab campaign for Paycation - making a
difference to lives and providing tips on lifestyle wealth.

Please look out for my debut which I will provide an update once
the filming is published.

As a treat I got some goodies handy for a vacay (hopefully soon)

So excited. Look Loook...   

Goodies: A Jetsetter's comforts; a tablet case, vanity case, Lifestyle cap and Tee.

I'm ready to have the experience of a life time.