“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” ~ Kung Fu Panda   Want to use this as your desktop wallpaper? Feel free: Full screen: 1024 x 768 | Widescreen: 1366 x 768 | Mac: 1280 x 800   What are you doing with your gift today? How are you using or enjoying it? Continue reading »

What’s the point of networking?


Each month at my local business mums networking event in Stafford we open up a topic of business to learn, share and sometimes hear from guest speakers too. This month we talked about our experiences of networking, what’s worked well and what hasn’t, and I shared my 3 C’s of Networking. What’s the point of networking? Tell you what it isn’t. It isn’t about Cards. Sorry but there’s no prize for the person who collects the most cards or dishes them out like confetti. If you want to use networking as an effective strategy to grow your business, here are […] Continue reading »

What to do when you want to do everything

What do you do when you want to do everything, and choosing just one thing feels like a compromise? Here are some great tips from unconventional career coach Marianne Cantwell of Free Range Humans. Enter password – escape – and Enjoy!   For more details about Marianne and How to become a Free Range Human, click here Continue reading »

Do you hate selling?

So many of us have an aversion to selling, not because we don't want people to buy from us, but because we don't want to come across as a pushy or sleazy salesperson. We don't want to trick or bully someone into buying from us. We want them to buy because they want what we have to offer, and we want them to be genuinely happy with the value we provide! Which is why I love this new ebook from Amy Harrison: "How to Get Your Sales Page DONE!" A step-by-step, easy-to-use guide (with templates) to help you FINALLY get […] Continue reading »

Four ways to be more productive with less stress and less guilt this half term


It’s the last day before the school half-term holidays here in the UK. Are you winding things down next week, or will it be business as usual? Personally I do a bit of both. I like to slow down and lighten up a little on the work front so I can enjoy some lazy mornings, trips out and play dates with my kids, especially my 5 year old as I don’t get to do that so much now that he’s at school. I don’t stop completely though. And this can be tricky and chaotic, when you’re trying to juggle the […] Continue reading »

Next time you think you’ve done nothing


Everyone knows, mums are busy. And yet we are the first to say “not much” when someone asks “what have you been doing”, or “I feel like I’ve got nothing done today”. First things first, just because you haven’t identified it as a job doesn’t mean you’re not doing it, but it does mean you’re not benefiting from the knowledge, satisfaction and boost that comes with recognizing what you’re achieving. This article in the Washington Post has been round for a few years now, and it’s just as relevant today as it was when it was first published. I highly […] Continue reading »

Procrastination: A is for Aaa don’t wanna


In one of my recent teleseminars I talked about Procrastination and Productivity and shared three main reasons why we procrastinate, one of which is down to desire – we simply don’t want to do it. Lack of desire can be a good prompt to review why something is on our list in the first place. On the other hand, it’s not always logical or that simple, so here are some thoughts on how to dig into that desire. Desire comes from Passion. When we’re doing what we love, what we’re passionate about, motivation comes very naturally, and that’s why I […] Continue reading »

How to Create Your Perfect Career When No One Job Ticks the Boxes

(especially that box that says "energizing and fulfilling” "flexible" or "work from home" aka "I'd like to still see my children but I don’t particularly want to become a teacher or childminder") Have you considered countless career options and been disappointed that no one thing seems to tick all your boxes? Do you feel like you can't do what you REALLY want to do, because you have children (love them as we do) Or do you have lots of ideas, and simply don't know how to choose and get started? If you answered 'yes' to any of those statements, then […] Continue reading »

When Life Gets Crazy – How to Connect with Your Lists When you Don’t Have Time To


If you read my post last week on Balancing Work & Family: How the Heck do you Do It? you’ll already have met Nicole Dean, a mum (mom) of two children who runs several online businesses and describes herself as a mostly-sane marketer. I really enjoyed her blog about balancing work and family, so I’m delighted to be sharing her tips here on how she grows her business when life gets crazy. * * * When Life Gets Crazy – How to Connect with Your Lists When you Don’t Have Time To by Nicole Dean Life is madness. At least […] Continue reading »

Don’t forget to breathe


“Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone…” Joni Mitchell Isn’t it funny how we take things for granted until we don’t have it, then we notice how important they are? No, this isn’t a blog post about lost loves or making the most of your children because they grow up so fast. I’m thinking of much more basic things. Like sleep. Like waking up in the morning to your own thoughts. Or having complete privacy when you go to the toilet. Like breathing. I love being productive. Getting more done in […] Continue reading »