Welcome to my website, and thank you for visiting. My name is Donna, and I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about myself, my background and what I do.
My working background is in the fields of social media, marketing, SEO and business support to small and medium-sized enterprises, including solopreneurs seeking a little extra help, information to get them started, or assistance in getting to grips with online marketing. I also hold a Level 3 Award in Education and Training and am currently working towards my Level 5 Certificate in Education.
I love to learn new things and also help others to learn and expand their knowledge and experience. As such, gaining professional teaching qualifications has allowed me to move laterally into the field of coaching, training and mentoring for business. This is where my ultimate dream lies: applying classroom skills in the real world to help businesses and individuals to empower themselves and learn new skills, with my assistance.
For the last few years, I have worked simultaneously as a social media and marketing virtual assistant and freelance consultant as well as studying, learning and expanding my skillset and qualifications.
I recently passed Hubspot’s Inbound Methodology and Content Marketing certifications and also hold the Yoast SEO for WordPress and Google Analytics certifications. I have held several masterclass lectures on “Twitter for Educators” to trainee teachers as part of my ongoing work and study, and aim to continue to hold relevant workshops in the future for others who would like to increase their knowledge of social media!
Keeping my own business running successfully whilst also completing my teacher training (including undertaking a 200-hour placement over the course of two years) has, of course, fine-tuned my time management skills – I pride myself on never missing a deadline! Additionally, because I work with clients from across the world, I am also well-versed in the logistics of assisting people from different time zones and with different cultural expectations!
That said, it would be wrong to build up an image of me as some kind of Wonder Woman – I am really proud of how far I have come and the things that I have achieved, but it hasn’t always been easy. Like many people, I have suffered from bouts of depression all of my adult life, including undergoing hospitalisation for a short period of time when I was twenty. I continued to work and study throughout my illness, and I count myself very lucky to have been able to manage this, because I know that things don’t always work out so well for everyone.
It is important to me to be honest and open about my struggle with depression – mental health is such a commonly overlooked and even taboo subject today, despite affecting such a large number of people. Ergo, many people often struggle in silence out of fear of being seen as weak, or worse, “crazy”. My problems have never affected my ability to complete my work and study, but it has been a challenge at times; however, coming through on the other side does, I think, make you stronger, and I want to share some of this strength with the people that I assist.
If you would like to find out more about me, my services or how I can help you, just get in touch – I don’t bite! And if you’d like to get to know a little bit more about me personally, you can always visit my blog: Fragmentary Thoughts, where I blog about many things, including mental health with my “Six Cats and a Black Dog” series.
Thanks for stopping by.