What’s your career background?

Broadcast Journalism; I cut my journalistic teeth in newsrooms throughout the BBC then went into making social documentaries. A media mogul headhunted me to help him grow his empire and lured by cash and fast cars I moved away from what I loved into a more strategic position. I was great at my job, well paid and miserable, desperately so for a long time, but from that misery I began a journey of change. When I finally left the media I felt a huge wave of grief, everything I’d ever trained for given up on, all of that hard work lost. But that’s how I really found my true purpose, and the ‘wrong road’ I’d taken was actually the right road for the life lessons I needed to be a really great teacher.

How did your career change after having children?

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child I’d just got a big promotion which involved constant world-wide travel. I had to forgo the role and take a step back, for someone used to running very fast in a forward direction this was a disorientating experience. Having to slow my pace and not being out burning the candle at both ends gave me time to breathe, something, I came to realise, I had barely done in years. And that’s when the meditation teacher in me began to emerge from the new quiet. It was such a relief to just be where I was and recognise that life was not a race. Like a tightly coiled spring it still took quite some time for me to fully slow down – I was back freelancing when Grace (now 7) was just 3 months and giving myself a terrible time for being ‘not good enough’ at either role of mother or media me. I suffered terribly with post-natal depression. I attempted to act my way through the depression as if I was some domestic goddess/supermum taking conference calls at 6.30am whilst breastfeeding. It was a hard act to keep up and eventually I crumbled, totally broken.

Where did the idea for your venture come from?


I fell in love, completely and totally with mindfulness. I was besotted, it was my saviour from myself. At the time it wasn’t that widely known in the UK, most people that I tried to talk to about it thought I had totally lost the plot and joined some cult so I had no choice but to train to teach it. I felt compelled to share what I had gained from it in a no-nonsense kind of way.

How did you move from idea to actual business?

Having booked a hall I sneaked out in the dark and pinned up posters around my neighbourhood. I felt a bit silly and slightly nervous, both of using a industrial stable gun and that I might be arrested for sticking posters in the wrong places. Then the enquires started to come in, few at first then many many more and courses filled and then the referrals started and the reviews came and before I knew it I had a thriving business.

What’s your USP?

Mindfulness is brilliant so it’s not like I need to sell anything. My teaching style however is unique, just as we all are. I am just me totally and completely (I’ve tried and I’m not very good at pretending to be anyone else). That means that there may be swearing and I won’t be wearing socks with my sandles.

Who’s your target audience?

On my last course the age range of participants was 17 to 70’s. The initial session of a group class is always so exciting, such a variety of people from all walks of life, backgrounds and professions coming in through the door.  It is a marketer’s nightmare but my dream come true. Mindfulness is for everyone, it is certainly never too late to change your mind and it makes my job so wonderful to have a diverse range of students. I love a challenge, so often those clients who are quite resistant at first are the biggest cheerleaders by the end of the course.

How do you spread the word about what you do?


To date it has mostly been word of mouth, I have been so fortunate that things have grown so beautifully and organically that I have never (yet) had to spend any money on advertising. I am only just entering the world of social media following many requests from clients to share hints, tips and inspirations. I am passionate about adding a bit of the magic of mindfulness to people’s lives however I can so hope to use these platforms to spread this far and wide.

What’s been your most successful marketing strategy?


By mid-way through a course my students are walking talking adverts! They smile and people everywhere they go ask them what on earth has happened to cause this. 

What’s been the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?

Having faith in myself. Despite all my media training and experience I was still so nervous delivering my first courses, I felt vulnerable and exposed, I feared being questioned and judged. But ultimately my passion and knowledge shone through, I got over myself enough to just be there and be really honest. I had to accept that you can’t be everyone’s cup of tea and you don’t need to be either. I now have complete faith that I know my stuff, I know what works and I know how to help people be less stressed and enjoy life more.

And your proudest moment so far?


There are so many moments! Seeing people go back to work after months off with stress or depression. Having clients say they have totally turned their lives around and that they genuinely feel empowered to be calm, happy, relaxed. I never tire of hearing ‘this has changed my life’ and feel incredibly grateful to have the best job in the world.

Who inspires you?

I am a believer that you should work with people that inspire you, I continually invest in my own learning and choose to do so with people that really resonate with me. I am lucky enough to have trained with some of the greatest teachers in the world and through this have met many like-minded souls who form a network of inspiration and friendship.

How do you balance your business/venture/career with your family?

It is important for me to walk-the-talk, being mindful with and of my family is at the foundation of everything I do. That’s not to say I always get it right, balance is a continually evolving practice on the road of life. Plus I am notoriously terrible at admin. One of my greatest anchors of balance is my husband, he too runs his own business from a little office at the bottom of the garden where I can wave to him from my laptop at the kitchen table between meetings. We share school runs and club drop-offs and we just make it up as we go along, there is rarely a plan but it seems to work for us.

Can you share your top three pieces of advice please about starting up your own business?


1. Do what you love, or at the very least love what you do, because success cannot be measured in earnings alone.
2. Have faith in yourself and just be yourself (the best and boldest version you can muster).
3. JFDI

 

Interview with Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Frances Trussell by Talented Ladies Club

LATEST NEWS

JUNE 2017

Frances was a speaker at the Mindful Living Show. The incredibly successful show show was set up by two Mindfully Happy Graduates.


JANUARY 2017

Frances appeared as Mindfulness Coach on ITV1's Sugar Free Farm. 

You can hear more about it and learn How to Eat Mindfully in her latest blog post 


DECEMBER 2016

The Mindfully Happy Podcast has launched! Listen here: 












NOVEMBER 2016
Read my article published through Everyday Mindfulness: How to be grateful for depression 

OCTOBER 2016

Some day's I have to pinch myself because I really do have the best job in the world! The last couple of weeks I have seen such phenomenal results working with 1-1 Mindfulness-based RTT (MBRTT) clients on a range of issues from increasing confidence, overcoming worry and anxiety to freedom from weight issues and phobias. I work with many high-profile clients, but regardless of what we might do for a career we all have many of the same insecurities and issues, these hold us back from being the best versions of ourselves. We really can free ourselves much quicker and easier than you might think! 


One of my clients from three weeks ago just sent me the loveliest WhatsApp message: 'One session with you has changed my relationship with food forever, I cannot quite believe how effective it has been, I have tried everything and nothing has worked like this before, thank you so much xxx'  

SEPTEMBER 2016
I have received my full RTT (Rapid Transformational Therapist) Qualifications with Marisa Peer, certified under the National Council of Psychotherapists. I am so happy to be offering this innovative and incredibly effective form of therapy to help clients overcome fear, addictions, depression and live a more mindful and happy life.  

JULY & AUGUST 2016
I am away travelling across France & Italy and enjoying some mindful time with my children

JUNE 2016
I am off on a weeks residential retreat to complete my Advanced Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training 

APRIL 2016 BLOG POST 
How to be Mindful in Everyday Life 

Life is in the little stuff; by showing up for the small we wake up to the big picture. As we let go of story and focus our attention we transform the everyday...


MARCH 2016
I often get asked to help young people use mindfulness techniques to help them deal with the stress of tests and exams so have put together a new workshop focusing on this. I have seen first hand how some simple tools can be incredibly effective at helping create calm and clarity to enable optimum performance and am so excited to be launching the first of these on Monday 21st March. Do email me for more details


MARCH 2016
I have been finishing Mindfulness courses for this years students at Kingston Grammar School KGS and it has been a great time to reflect on all the work that has taken place during the process. It is fantastic to be associated with a wonderful school that places such importance on the welfare of it's pupils. It is brilliant that more of our young people are having access to Mindfulness. Returning to a school setting has been a personal challenge for me but one I am so grateful to have undertaken.  

JANUARY 2016
Ordinary diets don't work... unless we change our relationship to food we create a struggle within ourselves; The Mindful Life Diet starting 11th January is a whole new approach, something I have been working on for the last couple of years and am so exited to be ready to launch at last. Find out more and fill out a registration form here

DECEMBER 2015
Worry Workshop; Overcoming worry with Mindfulness. This workshop will take place on Monday 7th December 8-9pm at Vine Hall; Please email me to register for this or for further information 

DECEMBER 2015
So wonderful to work with the team at Ovarian Cancer Action and get to meet the incredible 'Voices' who so great work in raising awareness and supporting others who have Ovarian cancer or families effected by it. A wonderful evening of mindfulness, sharing and support. Find out more about Ovarian Cancer Action here.

NOVEMBER 2015
New Mindfulness for Weight-Loss Launched! Click here to find out more...

SEPTEMBER 2015
Feeling relaxed and motivated after a wonderful retreat with lovely Alexis at the Happiness Centre... contact me if you want further retreat recommendations. 

AUGUST 2015
What a fantastic week of training - all set to bring Mindfulness to teenagers...

23RD JULY 2015
Thank you to all who attended tonight's open-air meditation session in Bushy Park, what a beautiful evening! The next drop-in session is Monday 7th September at Vine Hall email me for more details

JULY 2015 BLOG POST 
This is the summer of your life... 

JUNE 2015 BLOG POST 
Building sandcastles... 

MAY 2015 BLOG POSTS
Life is short...

10 top tips for establishing a daily meditation practice...

Harnessing the power of attention plus some dating advice for electricians...

APRIL 2015 BLOG 

This blog will change your life... 


Click here to read the new blog! 

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APRIL 2015 UPDATE 
I am undertaking my 'Mindfulness in Schools' training this summer so stay tuned for details of upcoming courses for teenagers and young people.  

OCTOBER. 2014 UPDATE
I will be holding drop-in meditation meet ups for past students or those with some mindfulness meditation experience on Thursday 6th November and 8th January email me for more details.


SEPTEMBER. 2014 UPDATE 
It's great to be back after a fantastic summer. 

JULY. 2014 UPDATE
The final session together - meditating out in the beautiful gardens - what a great way to end a fantastic course with a remarkable group of people. Read feedback from course participants completing in July: read here 

JUNE. 2014 UPDATE 
Latest feedback from course participants completing in June. Thank you lovely people! read here 

MAY. 2014 UPDATE
New September course dates released see here  

APRIL. 2014 UPDATE
Thanks to all the participants on the March/April course, you have been a fantastic bunch - thank you so much for all of the wonderful feedback I've had through. For the latest testimonials see here

APRIL. 2014 UPDATE
Following courses 2&3 of this year the next group course will start September 2014 dates TBC but to pre-register please email Frances 

FEB. 2014 UPDATE
Monthly Meditation Group for past participants. 

Email Frances for more details.   

JAN.2014 UPDATE
Check out our evidence page for the latest scientific research on mindfulness and meditation. 

March 2017: 

Gemma Collins: "I met a wonderful mindfulness teacher called Frances on Sugar Free Farm and she gave me some great tips. Sometimes it's nice to zone out. Every day I try to spend some time meditating."

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