A Whole New World

You know how they say on Mock the Week and The News Quiz that they are recording the show before the outcome of the Big News is known? Well, that’s where I am today, writing this on Thursday 8th June, the day of our General Election here in the UK. I just spent an hour or so having fun on Facebook instead of writing this, as it is a funny limbo place in which to find oneself today, writing to be read tomorrow. By the time we wake up, it could be a whole new world. Well, it could be. But […]

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Solitude and the Self-Employed

I found an article on The Guardian called Home Alone? Dealing with the Solitude of Self-Employment. Although I have never felt alone when working at home, I know many do. And although I relish solitude and appreciate it more and more, I know many are yet to learn how to do that and many never choose my way. We are all so different. But I have always been aware that working alone at home is not easy for the majority of people especially if you loved the social bit of being in a job which is why most people do […]

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My Secrets for a Happy and Peaceful Life

I found myself last week awash in the emotions of my clients. You’ve all turned up with the full gamut between you – confusion, frustration, overwhelm, exhaustion, sadness, disappointment, anger, fear and flux. I’ve even been reduced to tears a couple of times myself. I like this actually. Not you being in emotional extremis, but the opportunity for me to be extra specially helpful. As you’ve heard me say and read me write many a time, business is the easy bit. Learning to handle our emotions is the work of a lifetime. And I realised as I woke up this morning that there […]

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What Did You Do on Your Easter Holidays

Sometimes I know what I am going to say in my weekly Friday newsletters a day or two or even three in advance and I write them then, feeling a little bit smug that I am ahead of this week’s game. Sometimes I don’t know what I am going to say and I trust my intuition that when I wake up on Thursday morning I will be inspired. And so it is. And sometimes I wake up on Thursday morning and I still have no idea what I am going to write. Last week was one of those. On Wednesday I […]

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The Wrong Way to Vauxhall

On Friday, when driving up to Pimlico to get my new passport, I went the wrong way to Vauxhall. Bear with. Bear with before we get into the philosophical discussions about “So what?” and “Can there ever be said to be the wrong way to anywhere?” etc. Firstly I am going to explain to you why this is remarkable. I’ve lived in London all my adult life, from 1977 to date; that’s forty years for you non-mathematicians. And before that too actually, from 1970-1973. And, before buying my own first car in 1979, I went everywhere on the bus because […]

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Oscars 2017: Stickiness Underfoot

I love cinema, so did my Mum. She transferred that love to me via Gone With the Wind (an asbolute marathon at the cinema with interval sandwiches!) to Saturday afternoon movies together (one of the few things we did share as the antidote to the interminable sport on TV at our house) to old black and white ones (still love B&W, me) to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Her favourite actors included Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, Alan Ladd, Cary Grant and many more. She had an eye for the chaps, it must be said, and in her heyday she could […]

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What I Did on My Holidays

Always the toughest day of the year for me, the first day back at work after the holidays. Because I’ve fallen out of the habit. I’ve just enjoyed 18 days of holiday and, honestly, where did they go? They passed in the blink of an eye. And I could use another 18 with ease. I could probably use an awful lot more than another 18 and I’d love the opportunity to find out. My fantasy is to not have to work at all (bear with me!) and take an indefinite amount of time for it to occur naturally to me […]

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Podcast Ep 111: Envisioning 2017

In the New Year episode of Own It! the podcast, Nicola and I talk about our hopes and dreams, goals, plans and intentions for 2017. She talks about her new signature program, coming soon, and her app, her own books she wants to publish and her travel plans. I talk about writing and speaking on bigger platforms than just my own, so finding gigs as both a columnist and a radio show phone-in host for small business owners. I do both of these things already on my own blog and Small Business Big Magic but it is still my dream, […]

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Podcast Ep 110: Celebrating and Summing Up 2016

In episode 110 of Own It! the podcast, Nicola and I record our Christmas show and document our highs and lows of 2016 which include my nearly selling my London home, and her actual move to Stoupa in Greece. We discuss what prompted that move, Daphne’s book* and our virtual summit in June, and she rattles through the places she’s been, the people she’s met, and the books, podcasts and TV shows which have inspired and entertained her. The show was recorded on 14th December and neither of us were very Christmassy yet but knew we would be by the […]

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