From Dream to Done: 3 Essential Ingredients

What are you choosing?

Have you ever had a dream? One that you keep somewhere in the back of your mind as something you’d love to do ‘someday’? Someday is a safe place to hide dreams. Safe from the scrutiny of whether it’s doable, if you have what it takes, whether it would work. Safe from the pressures of having to justify or validate your dream, answering to questions of ‘how’, ‘when’, ‘where’ or even ‘why’. Someday is where dreams are safe. Where everything is possible, but nothing ever gets done. Writing a book was one of my ‘someday’ dreams. It’s a huge achievement […] Continue reading »

Due Date – and a BIG thank you

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Yesterday, after 40 days of writing and nearly 6 months of waiting, I finally launched my book, 21 Ways to Manage the Stuff That Sucks Up Your Time. Something that started out as a fleeting, pie-in-the-sky, ‘what the heck’ moment suddenly became very real and very public. Like any proud mama, I announced it far and wide, be it with butterflies in my stomach. What I was completely bowled over by, was the support and shout outs that came from so many wonderful friends and colleagues on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, local networks and beyond. It was a good thing that […] Continue reading »

What makes you laugh?

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I was chatting with a client recently about networking situations, and how laughter really helps to break the ice, engage an audience and build connections. It got me thinking, what does make people laugh? Do you have to be a comedian? I don’t think so. The times I’ve made people laugh I haven’t necessarily intended to. I didn’t tell a joke (thank goodness – my jokes are rubbish!). Actually, I think it’s humility. Having a sense of humour, taking yourself lightly, sharing situations, mistakes, being real, honest and open, that others can relate to. That’s when I find people chuckling […] Continue reading »

What’s your definition of success?

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I often hear business goals talked of in terms of numbers – of customers, followers, subscribers, turnover, profit, sales, income… But when I ask the question, “What’s your definition of success?” the answers that come back are as varied as they are personal. For some it’s to make a massive impact and change the world they live in. For others it’s to do the weekly grocery shop without worrying about how much the bill comes to. For some it’s about where they live. For others, how they live. I love this definition of success that was read out at a funeral […] Continue reading »

Coming soon…21 Ways to Manage the Stuff that Sucks Up Your Time

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It’s here! But don’t buy it yet! Mark your diary for Wednesday 12th September where you’ll find a bumper goody bag here for everyone who buys the book on launch day. Or pop your details in here and I’ll email you on launch day: Interview with BBC Radio Stoke Listen to it here PRESS RELEASE: Stafford woman gains book deal Stafford life and business coach, Grace Marshall, has been commissioned to write a book entitled ‘21 Ways to Manage the Stuff that Sucks Up Your Time’. Mother of two Grace, age 31, from Wildwood, is the first UK author to gain […] Continue reading »

It’s here – the Business Mums Blog Carnival!

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It’s an absolute privilege to host the Business Mums Blog Carnival this month. So many mums in business sharing their thoughts, wisdom and stories across a range of experiences. Big thanks to Helen Lindop at Business Plus Baby, who created this carnival. What a great way to connect, learn and grow with other mums in business! Grab yourself a cuppa, and take a look. Do drop a line and comment. It’s great to get feedback and I know I for one really appreciate hearing from you! On business life and growth Karen at Bizzy Mum shares some sound advice in […] Continue reading »

Mindset and Motivation: The things you notice…

Noticing what you notice

It’s 1am. I can’t sleep. Correction. I was sleeping well, until I leapt out of bed to the sound of my 3 year old crying “Wet!” After sorting out the child, and the bed, I found I couldn’t get back to sleep. So after some futile tossing and turning I decided get up and write this instead. Like you do. It’s funny the things you notice when you’re thinking “I can’t sleep.” Like my decongestant wearing off and my sinuses getting heavier with each breath. Like all the things I have on tomorrow that I need to be awake and […] Continue reading »