The Big Reveal–and a GIVEAWAY!

Hello lovely friends, I am so excited to be finally able to write this post! If you’ve been reading for a while you will know that I’ve been talking a little bit about some of my personal business plans. After what feels like a loooong time, I can reveal all!

Last year I blogged about how I had taken an online Diet and Nutrition Advisors course. I passed that course at the start of the year and then in July I decided to take the plunge and do the full certified Holistic Health Coaching programme with IIN.

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I love my job working with charities and community groups, but since I started this blog my passion for inspiring and helping others to make healthy lifestyle changes has grown and grown. As some of you that have lost weight will know, there is something about achieving things in that area of life that gives you the confidence to make changes in other areas of your life and go after your dreams.

My dream is to be a health coach that works with not only individuals, but also community groups and organisations that work with children and young people and other sections of the community in need. I knew as soon as I started the course with IIN that I had made the right decision, and although it’s very scary ‘putting yourself out there’ it’s also very exciting! In August, the day before my 30th Birthday, I set up my new company Uniquely Healthy.

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I’ve been working away these last few months developing Uniquely Healthy as my health coaching business. All the work I do as part of Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish also comes within Uniquely Healthy now too. I won’t rabbit on about Uniquely Healthy here – please check out the website which will tell you all you all about it, including the Uniquely Healthy Approach and my health coaching services, plus how I can help if you are interested in becoming a health coach too. I’ll be blogging over there weekly on topics around nutrition, fitness, mind and spirit and inspiration. Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish will continue as normal :-)

If you are interested in finding out more about Health Coaching with me please check it out. As I’m still studying with IIN I am working with a few clients at a very highly discounted rate so get in touch if you want to make some big changes in 2013!

I’ve also set up another business – a Community Interest Company with a work colleague that is called the Feel Good Factory North East.

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This is where I’ll be developing my work with communities, charities and schools. The aim of the Feel Good Factory is all about supporting people’s physical and emotional wellbeing, how awesome is that! It’s still in the early development stages but we have some exciting plans for next year.

To celebrate the launch of the Uniquely Healthy site I’ve put together a special hamper giveaway prize:

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Up for grabs within the hamper is:

  • A SONY Cyber-shot Digital Camera!
  • 2 packets of chocolate and pecan popcorn
  • A big bag of original Popchips
  • St Dalfour Naturally Sweetened Black Cherry Jam
  • Dorset Cereal Fruity Muesli
  • Rude Health Honey Nut Granola
  • Pack of Original 9 Bars
  • Pack of Cocoa Mint Nakd Bars
  • Jar of Meridian Almond Butter
  • Raw Brownie
  • Lindt Caramel Chocolate with Sea Salt
  • Lindt Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt
  • Unpictured box of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea
  • A batch of freshly baked cookies from a KHGS recipe of your choice!

To enter (each counts as a separate entry so make sure you leave separate comments for each one for more chances to win!)

  • Hop on over to Uniquely Healthy and sign up for the Newsletter (sign up box is top of the right side bar) and leave a comment below stating you have done so.
  • Like Uniquely Healthy on Facebook and leave a comment below stating you have done so.
  • Tweet this – ‘Check out @lauraagarwilson GIVEAWAY for new health coaching site Uniquely Healthy http://ow.ly/fYN6g for a chance to win a hamper of goodies’- and leave a comment below stating that you have done so.
  • Blog about this giveaway with a link to the Uniquely Healthy site and leave a comment below stating you have done so.

Giveaway open to UK residents only (so sorry international readers – I’ve got an international giveaway lined up soon!) and ends Saturday 15th December at 12am GMT.

Good Luck! Thank you everyone for all of your support since I started this blog. I can’t believe that something which started out as a little online food diary helped point me down the path which has led to this. Dreams can come true if you believe in them and work hard for them!

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  • How exciting for you – well done! I’ve liked your page on Facebook and look forward to reading more.

    Yay for competitions!

  • pam

    Hi Laura,

    I was just having a look at your new website-looks fab! Ive signed up for the newsletter and also enquired about your health coaching. Congratulations on following your dreams. Ive been a reader of your blog for about 2 years now and your journey is amazing. All the best for the future plans and have a lovely Christmas

    xx

  • Joanne

    Ooh good luck with ur new venture and a great giveaway!

    Ive signed up for the newsletter – joannemaguire55@hotmail.co.uk

  • Joanne

    Also liked Uniquely Healthy on Facebook – Joanne Maguire :)

  • Joanne

    I’ve also tweeted about your giveaway – @maguire_joanne

  • kirsty

    congrats — must be a great feeling! have signed up to your newsletter :).

  • Oh my gosh, how awesome. I am sure you will be very successful, with your passion and knowledge there is nothing stopping you. Well done and all the best xx
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  • Done done and done numbers 1 to 3. Can’t blog right now but will mention it later because it is a bloody fantastic achievement. Well done so much Laura I am so proud… Much like my blog post said a while ago the smaller I get the bigger my balls are…. Really delighted for you

  • Oh and I’ve signed up for your news letter :-)
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  • I’m a liker of your new FB page, of course!
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  • tweeted-tewooted about the giveaway
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  • Kate

    How exciting!! :D

    I have signed up for the newsletter- really looking forward to reading it!

  • Super duper happy for you, it all sounds perfect for you, what a dream job! I have subscribed to the newsletter!
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  • I’ve liked you on Facebook, and retweeted. Signed up for the newsletter. Will blog about it tomorrow. Good luck with the business, I’m definitely interested in being a client, such a worthwhile thing to do, I think.
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  • Rebecca Sheehy

    Wow, very exciting! And a great giveaway :)

  • Rebecca Sheehy

    I’ve signed up to the uniquely healthy newsletter :)

  • I’ve just sign up to http://uniquelyhealthy.com and i’m rather looking forward to recieving monthly updates :)
    I must say its a lovely site, the graphics and the design is amazing and so cute.
    All the best for your future plans, hoping that 2013 will be good year for you.

  • Rebecca Sheehy

    I’ve liked uniquely healthy on facebook

  • I’ve also liked Uniquely healthy on facebook too- Lucy Skelton
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    I’ve tweeted

  • I’ve just posted about your giveaway and Uniquely Healthy on my blog :)
    This is such an amazing giveaway, the winner will be very lucky indeed!
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  • Oh wow this is so awesome! I’m so proud of you Laura- you have proved that when you put the hard work in good things will come your way!! I liked your new FB page :) xx
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  • I also tweeted!
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  • Oh Laura, I’m so so happy for you!! How exciting!!! All that hard work has definitely paid off, the site looks beautiful and I know that you will be successful because you are very dedicated and knowledgeable aswell as seem to really enjoy this kind of stuff! A perfect mix :) And I’m really quite jealous hehe!! I have signed up to your newsletter of course :)
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  • I like Uniquely Healthy on Facebook :)
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  • Wow, congratulations! I wish you all the best with the new business. You’re such a source of inspiration and great advice for so many just through this blog that I always thought you should go pro!
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  • Have subscribed to mailing list :-)

  • The site looks really good. It’s very you! I’ve signed up to the newsletter
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  • Andddd I tweeted :) Oh and I just wanted to say I LOVE the name and the ‘helping you find your version of healthy’ is just perfect because of course everyone is different and this really shows the story behind finding your healthy from being overweight to being too slim and now you’ve found the right balance of healthy with treats to keep your soul happy. Amazing :)
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  • I ‘like’ Uniquely Healthy on Facebook.

    So exciting to see you following your dreams :)

    xxx

  • Have liked UH page :-)
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  • I liked the “uniquely healthy” facebook page.
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  • How exciting Laura, this is amazing news! I’ve subscribed to your newsletter!
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  • I also tweeted!
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  • Charlie

    Have signed up for the newsletter. :)

  • I’ve also signed up for the Newsletter…

  • …and Tweeted the Giveaway!

  • Congratulations Laura, so chuffed for you! The new site looks fabulous, looking forward to seeing you go from strength to strength. I’ve tweeted it, given your page a like on Facebook and subscribed to your newsletter. I’ll give you a little shout out on G+ too :)

  • Susanna

    Congratulations on this exciting new venture! The website looks fab and I’m sure your new business will be thriving in no time. I’m really interested that you’re drawing on your experience to offer advice in setting up coaching businesses too, I’m sure there will be lots of demand there.

    I’ve signed up to the Uniquely Healthy newsletter, very much looking forward to reading it. :)
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  • Oh my Laura. You are one amazing lady! I really wish you all the success in the world with this! You and the business deserve it.

    I’m really looking forward to seeing how it all goes.

  • Maddy

    Big Congratulations Laura!
    Signed up to the Newsletter – it all looks great :) I may get in contact soon, maybe be one of Uniquely Healthys first clients! x

  • I was smiling while reading this – I’m so pleased that you’ve started a business that sounds like such a good fit for you. I’m going to check out the site now. Congratulations!
    I’ve subscribed to your newsletter.
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  • I’ve like your facebook page
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  • I’ve tweeted too :-)
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  • Congratulations! I am so happy for you!! It is so inspiring! Good luck :)
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  • Hi Laura,

    Congrats, the site looks bootiful! Well done on all the hard work to get there! I look forward to hearing more.

    Oh and I liked the FB page :)

    xx
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  • Oh and I tweeted :) xx
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  • Hi I’ve just signed up to your email list :)
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  • And now I’ve just liked your facebook page :)

  • And now I’ve just tweeted it, cheers!! :)

  • Ooh good luck with it all Laura! I’ve subscribed to the newsletter :)
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  • Michelle O’Loughlin

    Congrats Laura! Signed up for you UH newsletter- looking forward to the first one! :) x

  • Michelle O’Loughlin

    Liked you new UH page on FB :) x

  • AnnaA

    Well done! You must have worked so hard. I’m sure it will be worth it to be able to do what you love. That’s so inspiring. I just subscribed to the newsletter.

  • Michelle O’Loughlin

    Giveaway shout out tweeted too ;)

  • Cryssy

    Wow!!! Well done for acheiving your dreams I have told you before that you are so inspiring! I love your blog so much!

    I subscribed to the Uniquely Healthy newsletter!
    xxxxx

  • tori

    Good luck! I’ve signed up for your newsletter :)

  • Sarah H

    Congratulations, the new website looks fantastic. I have signed up for the newsletter – I’m looking forward to receiving my first one!

  • Sarah H

    I have liked the facebook page too. I love the branding, it all looks great x

  • tori

    I also liked you on facebook :)

  • Congratulations! The website looks great! I have signed up for the newsletter :) x
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  • sarah

    Ooft! I admire your ambition Laura, good luck with everything:).
    I signed up to the news letter, and this giveaway is FANTASTIC. I hope I win!!
    Xxx

  • Mel Briscoe

    I’ve signed up to the newsletter

  • Mel Briscoe

    I’ve liked Uniquely Healthy on Facebook

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  • Hannah Imam

    Very inspiring! I’ve signed up for the newsletter – can’t wait to read more

  • Melanie Wiltshire

    Hiya,

    Congrats have just signed up – the website looks great really excited to see how it develops.

    Melanie

  • Melanie Wiltshire

    The Facebook page looks great as well – have liked and will definitely be following!

  • Leigh

    Hi Laura, I must admit I sneakily saw your website a week ish ago after your profile popped up on linkedin. I’m so pleased for you, after reading your blog for a couple of years it’s been great to see the changes in you and your relationship with food and it really makes me happy that people will be able to get proper advice off you. (have spent a lot of time eye rolling recently doing some research for a ‘bad science’ uni essay). I have signed up to your newsletter and look forward to seeing more from you in the nutrition world! Leigh x x x

  • Debs

    Great news! Congrats to you! :) Have checked it out and subscribed to your newsletter xx

  • Debs

    Have also liked your fb page! xoxo

  • Bronagh

    Hi Laura! I’m de-lurking just to say a big congratulations on launching the new business venture! It’s very inspiring to see someone achieve a goal they’ve worked hard for and I really hope it’s successful for you. It’s been awesome to read this blog from the beginning and see the amazing progress you’ve made, long may it continue :) I’m off to have a nose around the new site! xx

  • Bronagh

    I’ve signed up to the newsletter x

  • Bronagh

    I’ve also liked the new facebook page x

  • Bronagh

    And I’ve just tweeted about the giveaway too :)

  • Em

    Hi Laura

    How exciting for you, the site looks fab & what a generous giveaway. I’ve signed up for the newsletter, can’t wait to read them as they come through.

    All the best for Chirstmas & 2013 :)

  • how excitiing for you! and for us :)

    I’ve liked your page on FB and like everyone else am looking forward to future posts x
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  • Congrats on your website! It looks amazing. You should be very proud of yourself :) I wish you all the best with it.

    I have signed up for the newsletter!
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  • And I have liked the Facebook page!
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  • And I have tweeted.

  • And blogged about it :)

  • Ana

    You are such an inspiration!!! I have liked your new page on facebook and I cant wait to receive facebook updates :)

  • Fantastic news! And a fab giveaway too!
    I have signed up to the newsletter (well I think I have- I did click submit but it stayed on that page?)- good luck with it.
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    • Laura

      For the newsletter sign up it should open another window and then email you to confirm, I just checked and it should be working :-)

  • snenny

    Hey Laura! I attempted to sign up to the newsletter but I don’t think it worked, so I’ll check back later. I don’t want to miss out on updates. I also tweeted your message under “dicksnensian” :) Congratulations on following your dreams. You deserve every success – may your dreams continue to grow!

    • Laura

      For the newsletter sign up it should open another window and then email you to confirm, I just checked and it should be working :-) Thanks for such a lovely comment!

  • Fran

    I have signed up to the newsletter! What a great competition, thanks for the chance to enter.

  • Fran

    Have also liked your FB page!

  • Hi darling – so exciting ! Amazing hamper give away!

    I have tweeted about it, and signed up for the news letter and enquired about the coaching for myself – you have made me excited about 2013 :)

    love Grace xxx
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  • I just tweeted about the new site :)
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  • Justin

    I liked Uniquely Healthy on FB

  • Justin

    I subscribed to the newsletter

  • I have subscribed to uniquely healthy :)
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  • I like Uniquely Healthy on FB :)
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  • I tweeted about your giveaway :)
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  • Keri

    Have signed up for the newsletter, excited to see how coaching progresses for you!

  • Ali Thorpe

    Wow, what a fab bundle of goodies!

    I have signed up to the Uniquely Healthy newsletter.

  • Ali Thorpe

    I like the Uniquely Healthy Facebook page too.

  • Ali Thorpe

    I have tweeted the giveaway as @alicomps too :)

  • This is so awesome Laura! I’m so excited for you and wish you all the best with it! I signed up to the newsletter :)
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  • I tweeted about the giveaway too!
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  • Ellen

    Big congratulations, Laura (long-time lurker, first-time poster!) I’ve signed up to your newsletter, and I really hope it works out for you.

  • Sam

    Absolutely LOVE the sound of your new adventures..a huge well done on ‘taking the plunge’ and I wish you the very best of success! <3

    ..just subscribed to your 'Uniquely Healthy' newsletter! (can't wait! :-D)

  • Sam

    Liked your Uniquely Healthy Facebook page too! :-)

  • Sam

    ….aaaand, I’ve tweeted! :-D
    (..but, alas, no bloggie post..as I don’t have a blog..yet! ;-) haha..maaaaybe one day! ^_^)
    xx

  • Hi Laura – Congratulations on the new venture hun!!! You will be amazing at it as you have always been fantastic in your responses whenever i have asked you a query about anything.

    I have just liked your new facebook page [amy alcock] (not because of the competition but because i am genuinely interested in all things health!)

    Good luck, i hope it all goes well xxx
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  • I’ve just tweeted hun [@AmyEWS]
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  • Wow you have been busy this year! I wish you all the best for your new ventures. They sound very exciting indeed :) I took the plunge back in 2005 to set up my own business and it was the best career move that I ever made. It’s such a wonderful feeling to be your own boss. I’m sure you’re going to get lots out of it! xx
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  • Wow what a giveaway Laura! You’re so generous! I’ve hopped over to Uniquely Healthy and signed up for the newsletter. The new website looks fab!
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  • I’ve liked Uniquely Healthy on FB :)
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  • I’ve tweeted the giveaway :)
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  • Talisa

    Congratulations Laura :-) I’ve subscribed to the newsletter.xxx

  • Emily

    I love the Feel Good Factory idea – exactly what this country needs. Are you aware of a fantastic charity called Magic Breakfast? They have breakfast clubs for kids – not what you’re setting up but still could be an interesting collaboration in there perhaps. Good luck!

  • Caitlin T

    Hi Laura! I’ve been a long time blog reader and am SOOOO happy for you (: I’ve liked uniquely healthy on facebook!

  • Caitlin T

    I’ve also subscribed to the newsletter (:

  • Donovan Chan

    I’ve subscribed to the newsletter!

  • Donovan Chan

    I’ve also liked the facebook page:)

  • Julia Forrest

    Hi Laura, well done on the launch of your venture! Very exciting. I’ve signed up for the newsletter and liked you on facebook :)
    x

  • Laura you are such a HUGE inspiration to me. Well done on a fantastic achievement!
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  • I’ve signed up to the mailing list
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  • and liked you on facebook :)
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  • and tweeted! I’ll blog too soon, so proud of you mate!
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  • Hazel Owen

    I’ve signed up for your newsletter. Good luck with your new venture xx

  • Emma Green

    I signed up for the newsletter! Love the website!