The sea pool at Bude in North Cornwall. I love winter swimming and this blog post explains why I believe winter swimming is good for running a business
Chasing The Sublime – Why Winter Swimming Is Good For Running A Business

Anyone that runs their own small business will agree – there is never (in reality) a moments rest. That’s why I swim – as  a way of giving myself a challenge outside of running Eternal Landscapes Mongolia as a business. And I’ve come to believe that winter swimming is good for running a business. I have always swum – I love the…

A quote from Mary Portas from her Work Like a Woman book
Work Like A Woman By Mary Portas

“Here’s to strong women: may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.” Mary Portas I recently went to a  talk by Mary Portas where she discussed her new manifesto and book – Work Like A Woman. People seem to have a similar relationship to Mary Portas as they do with marmite. They either love her or…

Swimming In Mongolia – Swimming In A Land Locked Country

When you think of Mongolia you might not automatically think of swimming in Mongolia. It’s the second largest landlocked country in the world for a start, more than 30% of its landmass is covered by the Gobi Desert – the world’s 5th largest desert and the number of swimming pools outside of the capital city of Ulaanbaatar can be counted…

Girl Power – Why We Employ Only Female Trip Assistants

Girl Power – a phrase from the 1990s and early 2000s and, as I’m always slightly off-trend, one I continue to use. I use it in relation to my trip assistants – all of whom are Mongolian women. Do I do this to provide equal opportunity and tick boxes? No. It goes deeper than that. I am lucky enough to…

The Beginning – Take Small Steps And Eventually You’ll Get There

As part of my business philosophy, I always try to meet with our guests when I am in Mongolia. True, I often look quite mad – arriving on foot or by mountain bike (when it hasn’t been stolen). Slightly red faced as I’m usually late. I guess I don’t come across as a boss or business owner so there’s often…

Making Mistakes

I work in tourism and it shocks me the power that negative TripAdvisor reviews wield over bookings – how scared companies seem to be of negative reviews and of making a mistake. Yet, I have always believed that without mistakes we cannot learn. We are human and it is human nature to make mistakes. Without mistakes we cannot learn, strengthen…

Supporting Local – Why is it important to support local businesses?

Let’s start this post with an experience I recently had. I am from the rural county of Devon in the UK – based in a small town on the on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. I return there when I’m not in Mongolia. The small town was hosting its annual local Food and Music Festival. It’s a celebration of…

Managing Menstruation in Extreme Environments Project

Menstruation. True, not something you automatically consider when you think of Mongolia. And you may wonder where this blog post is going. MMiEEP (Managing Menstruation in Extreme Environments Project) is a long-term UK based research project looking to identify and explore issues around menstruation in extreme or challenging environments. The project looks to produce not only practical information for women…