Helen’s book tour

August 2023

This month, I went ‘on tour’ in the Scottish Highlands to promote my recently-published book, AudaciousNess.

The photo above was taken at The Highland Weigh, an eco-friendly shop and café in the seaside town of Nairn on the Moray Firth. I also held talks at a yoga centre in Elgin and the local community hall in Grantown-on-Spey.

The events were highly interactive, as I encouraged attendees to think about their own audacious stories, as well as drawing on examples from the AudaciousNess podcast and book.

The aim was to inspire others to embrace their own audaciousness and start living a truly bold and authentic life, and the feedback I received indicated that this was indeed the case!

If you would like me to come and give a talk in your location, feel free to drop me a line!

While I was on my trip, I took the opportunity to call on Anne Cholawo, who I met in 2021 when I contacted her for an interview for the AudaciousNess podcast (Ep. 22: Island on the Edge).

Anne’s story (which she published as a book in 2018) had a strong impact on me when I was making the audacious decision to move to the Outer Hebrides.

In the 1980s, Anne decided to swap her hectic London lifestyle for one of rural isolation and self-sufficiency on the Isle of Soay, a tiny Scottish island off the coast of Skye.

The trigger for Anne’s audacious move was seeing an advert in an estate agent’s window. She immediately fell in love with the house and within a few months had sold up and embarked on her adventurous new life.

There were 17 people living on the island when she moved there; today Anne and her husband Robert are the only full-time residents remaining.

This is the third time I’ve visited Anne and, whenever I go (by catching a ride with a local tour boat company), I momentarily increase the island population by 50%.

The photo above was taken in front of Anne’s dream house, where I was honoured to be able to present Anne with her own personal, signed copy of the book (Lachie the sheepdog obviously had to be included in the ‘official handover’ too).

And the photo below shows Anne’s house in all its glory. It’s certainly clear to see why someone would fall in love with it!

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