Name: Tyler Lowe
Studied: Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention 2013 Graduate
I really enjoyed my time at MDX. I played for the football team in my second year. I'm so glad I did it as it helped me to stay fit and it was a great team atmosphere. I also worked for the university running 5 a side football, drove the minibus for some of the sports teams, taking them to their sports matches, which was fun. I managed to stay accident free, getting everyone to their matches safely!
I'm an entrepreneur and the founder of Loving Life which is a Health & Wellbeing company. I have many titles but I feel entrepreneur is most fitting because I'm always looking for new opportunities. However, If I had to choose a title, I would say Health & Wellbeing specialist.
There were lots of things I loved about my time at MDX but one of the best things about my time was the amazing friendships I made.
I still have really strong friendships with my MDX classmates. I'm even the best man at one of my friend's weddings and I'm forever grateful for that. I'm also still really close friends with the guy who hit himself with his own cap in the picture. (A classic picture, one I still tease him about to this day).
It's been a long time since graduating so I'll just give you a few highlights.
I lived and worked in Australia for a year. Travelled to numerous countries including, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Bali, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Denmark, Hungary, America, Holland, Trinidad. I'm so grateful for all of these trips. I LOVE to travel and I mainly do short 3-4 day trips depending on location, however the pandemic has put a pause on this. I hope to be back on a plane visiting another lovely country soon. Set up my own company Loving Life. Loving Life was founded in 2015 and actually became a business in 2017. I've grown from strength to strength being nominated for the best Hammersmith business and best customer service awards in London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in 2019. I've also started a small entrepreneur group of like-minded individuals. This group really helps us all achieve our goals and I'm grateful for the community I've managed to build.
This has changed over the last few years. I now wake up at 6:30am and have been doing so for the last year. It's helped me fit more into my days and encourage me to be super productive.
I would now almost consider myself a morning person, which I would never have said a year ago! I feel it has been important to gain a routine over the pandemic as the easy option would be to just give up.
Being an entrepreneur, I'm responsible for my own income. If I don't work, I don't get paid! So I'm constantly working on projects to improve the health and wellbeing of others, but also bring me an income.
The lockdowns have had a massive impact on my business but I've been able to adapt by delivering wellbeing webinars to companies who are putting their employees first and ensuring they are looking after their employees' health and wellbeing.
Personally, the lockdowns have helped me to focus more on the business without the previous social distractions (Partying, events, holidays etc). Although I still look forward to doing some of these things soon, the pandemic has given me more time to focus on the business goals.
My business approach has changed to a more digital world. It's also been nice getting back into running as the gyms have been closed. Although there are still those winter days where I lack motivation to get it done.
The simple answer is, I've had no choice. If I wasn't productive over lockdown my business would have fallen to the ground. Thankfully I've been able to survive during the pandemic due to my online services and creative thinking.
I also like to consider myself a positive person. Why focus on the negatives when you can focus on the positives?
Practising gratitude is one of the best ways I stay positive and motivated. Focusing on what's good rather than what's bad. I'm healthy, I'm alive, my family are okay and I have a roof over my head.
Being productive is all about creating healthy habits. We all get stuff done when we're motivated, but what about when we're not?
Having positive habits and using accountability partners is a great way to stay productive. I've actually got a video on accountability on my YouTube channel. Check it out here!
Yes, I'm actually an expert on this topic. I have a short YouTube video explaining how to set up your working from home work station. Check it out here!
It's also super important not to sit for too long, aim to get up every hour to get your blood flowing and loosen up your limbs. Set a timer if you need to!
Delivering wellbeing workshops in person is completely different to delivering it over zoom. My wellbeing workshops are interactive and initially, I thought it might be difficult to get the interaction over zoom. However, I've actually found there to be more interaction as people are unable to be seen so may feel more comfortable typing something as opposed to saying something in a room full of people.
The other services we run at Loving Life had to be postponed as they're all in person. On-site chair massage for companies probably won't come back until 2022 but therapy and massage is still available at our treatment room when we're not in lockdown.
Find a routine that works for you. It's so easy to get in a rut, but having a routine is a great way to help you stay consistent and productive. Do your best to put systems in place that encourage you to create positive habits and get things done. E.g My alarm clock is on the other side of the room. This means I have to get out of bed to turn it off. Then I'm up and ready to tackle my day. (After a cup of tea!)
I find that exercise is the best thing for me to relax and de-stress. It sounds backwards doing something intense to relax, but exercise really helps to get any stress out and ease my mind. I'm constantly thinking about work and going for a run or going to my boxing gym is what works for me!
I go to bed around 10:30pm and aim to be asleep by 11pm. Over the last year I've been waking up earlier so yes, my bedtime has changed. I used to go to bed around midnight, awake watching mind numbing tv shows or YouTube videos and I still do this from time to time, but I aim to be in my bed by 10:30pm.
The best thing is the ability to help others. I love that my job has a positive impact on people's lives and this fills me with joy and satisfaction. The gift of giving is so rewarding and I think more people should do it.
Being an entrepreneur has many challenges. Sales, loneliness, cash flow, motivation, and more!
I talk about three of my challenges as an entrepreneur here!
This is a hard question because I'm constantly thinking about work in one way or another. There are a few things I like to do to relax. When I have time, I love to cook. Over the last lockdown, I taught myself to make Jamaican patties and salt fish fritters which I'm very happy to have learnt. I also like to go for a jog or be in the sun.
It's hard to stay connected with everyone but I do this with calls to close family and friends as well as WhatsApp groups. I'm fortunate enough to have kind and understanding people around me so we catch up when we can.
The most exciting project was keeping Loving Life alive. At the start of the pandemic, business income was at a standstill. Although this was scary, it was a great opportunity to learn how to make income other ways and this was my exciting project. One of the business projects I worked on was to project manage a wellbeing/relaxing video for an organisation I was able to work with.
The video was a great success and something I'm proud to have put together.
Never stop learning! This took me a while to get to grips with when I left Uni, I never wanted to read a book again, study or revise ever again! However, things are always changing and to keep up with the times we can continue to keep growing. It doesn't necessarily have to be textbook learning, but we should be trying to improve our skills one way or another. Whether you are looking for a job or hoping to be self-employed, you can never stop learning new things!
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