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Learning to listen to my intuition

How often do you listen to your intuition? Mine’s been telling me something’s missing for a while now. There’s been a nagging feeling at the back of my mind. Something I’m not doing. I recently came across Zig Ziglar’s Wheel Of Life. As followers of this blog will know, I’ve been attempting to improve my … Read more

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Hit your goals with the Small Business Marketing Bootcamp

I’m very excited to announce I have joined the team for the Small Business Marketing Bootcamp. This is a great course for people who don’t want to learn theory, walk out of the door and find they don’t ever look at the notes again, despite best intentions. We’re not going to let you do that. … Read more

A photo of mug with 'begin' written on it. I love this mug! What a great message to have while you're drinking your coffee. Photo: Danielle Macinnes

Setting my goals for a 4 week sprint

It’s time to nail some actions. I’m lucky to be very busy at the moment but I’m aware freelance life has its ups and downs so I’m taking the time to plan some next steps – and complete them. One of the things I need to get back into is going out and meeting people … Read more

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Hitting the reset button

I’m starting my year again. There’ll be no re-watch of Jools Holland but I am resetting the clock on 2018. I started the year (originally) with good intentions and some ambitious targets, not least blogging every day for 12 months. But just as things seemed to be slotting into place, I got one of those … Read more

Me and my phone. It feels surgically attached at times. Photo by Jemima Willcox.

I’m falling out of love with my smartphone

It’s true. It’s time to admit I am falling out of love with my smartphone. We’re not getting divorced but we are on a break. It’s become an unequal relationship. I give it my time and all it does is take. I’ve had a smartphone for 9 years now. It was an aspirational purchase. I … Read more

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Moscow rules: prioritising what’s important

I confess I have found myself in the Quadrant of Waste a few too many times this week. It’s partly because I’m sleep-deprived. Family illness and toddlerdom have taken their toll, seeing me awake and downstairs in the early hours of the morning a lot more than I would have liked. It’s not that I … Read more

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Take three: a winning formula for getting things done

How do you plan your day? Do you get to the end and feel you’ve done everything you wanted to achieve? I have been focusing on productivity and time management this week. There’s a big difference between the things you need to get done and the tasks you want to get done. I have an … Read more

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Having the confidence to follow through

I didn’t blog yesterday. Actually, that’s not quite true. I did write a blog yesterday but I didn’t post it. Why? Because I didn’t think it was good enough. Something was missing. I worried people would read it and think: “So?” But then I felt bad. I felt I had let myself down. I made … Read more

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A thought on appreciating the good times

My son came home from school with a sticker on his jumper in the shape of a gold star with a green nose and a smiley face today. “What did you get a sticker for?” I asked. “Having a lovely day.” He replied.

A photo of my running shoes. They haven't been taken for a jog yet.

Survival, goals and the unexpected

I did my first workout in five years today. One of my 12 Week Goals is to get in shape so I have hard landscaped ‘exercise’ into my diary. I didn’t think about how long it had been since I last did anything more than walking until after I had finished doing squats, shadow boxing … Read more