The Call to Greatness

I sometimes have a debate with myself, either consciously or sub-consciously. It goes something like this…can I be bothered to be the best version of me? Will I step up? There’s both a fear that I will and a fear that I won’t. It’s a matter of balancing the two sides of me, the unstoppable entrepreneur, leader, ambitious, financially motivated me -v- the calm, peaceful, relaxed, grateful and happy, living-in-the-moment me. And sometimes I am easily both in the one woman, and other times I cannot be bothered to step up to my destiny. Life as a challenge all the time gets pretty tiring. […]

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Choices: My Strange, Ambivalent Relationship With Modern Comms

I love gadgets and I am strangely techie for a bird of my age. But it is often a love-hate relationship. Take me and my mobile phone. Yes, I’ve got one. No, I don’t know the number. Why’s that?   Well it’s main two uses are to allow my niece and nephews and my cleaning lady to text me. That’s about it really. I don’t much care for texting. I don’t do it on the phone itself but on the T-Mobile website where I can type as fast as I think, well nearly.    And I certainly don’t want my mobile telephone […]

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What Do I Have In Common With Downton Abbey’s Lady Grantham?

I don’t watch Downton Abbey; sorry to have to say this but I am slightly over all that costume drama Cranford/Lark Rise type of stuff though I know the world loves it, it exports well and it wins gongs in Hollywood which is entirely as it should be, well deserved what with all that talent involved in writing and acting and more. My entertainment needs these days are a good deal more contemporary, though my programmes also win Golden Globes, don’t miss Homeland. I still like to keep my finger on the pulse of popular culture, so I did read the story […]

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Taking A Welcome Break And Making A Profit

I drove up the M11 yesterday morning, to visit a client I’ve known and loved forever, but I’d never been to see her place of work before.  I don’t get out much these days in my peaceful gap year, and en route I passed the new Olympic Park and was totally, utterly amazed and delighted by it. It was an OMG moment as it loomed up at me, out of the fog. As I was running a bit early, I stopped at a service station to check my emails and use their loo.  When I came out of the loo, […]

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Creativity: A Reason To Do Nothing

I am indebted to Karen Gilbert, Natural Skincare and Fragrance Expert, for sending me this quote today. She knew I would  like it.   It’s from a book called The Alchemy of Scent written by Jean-Claude Ellena who has created some of the world’s best-selling perfumes. J-C lives and works in Grasses, the French capital of perfume. “I am sorry to admit I have lost the gift of boredom. I write. I read. I garden. I paint. I cook. I vacuum. And although my subsidiary activities are more or less linked to perfumes (apart from vacuuming), I wish to pay tribute […]

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An Abundance of Hidden Surprises and Delights

Yesterday I emailed just over 300 people to tell them I was back from my gap year and inviting them to join in with all sorts of things I’m up to. I received nice almost instant replies from Beryl, Sue and Sile saying yes please, good wishes from Mike & Steve, and confusion from Emma. I banged off instant invitations to B, S and S and was a little deflated that so few had noticed.   There, you see, that’s what happens if you buzz off for a year. The hole grows over. It didn’t occur to me that yesterday I […]

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The Sweetness of Doing Nothing

I come from a long line of addictive personalities. Alongside our drug of choice, we Morgans are also workaholics. It follows. So I remember being surprised at how well my father took to retirement when he stopped work at 65. Of course, he didn’t do completely nothing. Just almost nothing. But I remember too his own surprise and delight that doing nothing was so easy and so much fun. Such a shame then that he only got to enjoy it for four years, dying at 69. Then my brother decided to give up work about seven or eight years ago when he […]

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Let’s Talk About Money for Children In Need 2011

It’s coming up to that time of year again, Children in Need is on 18th November 2011 and as I am coming to the end of my gap year, I shall have plenty of time to donate this year. So, how about a Wealth Consultation for £97? I will offer up to 45 mins on Skype, and what with 10 of those = £970, I could round it up to £1,000. We might even make more! Let’s talk about your money, or lack thereof. Your debt. Your income and expenditure, Assets and Liabilities, financial goals, business plans, how you are managing in the […]

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Anything For A Peaceful Life

Today I was up before TUT, the daily message from the Universe which arrives every day at just after 8.15. During my gap year, I haven’t been up in the dark for a while, perhaps at all. So it was a delightful surprise to see the moon, my favourite thing of all time, hanging in the sky above beautiful downtown Streatham Hill, almost full it was too. So what am I doing up so early today? Waiting for Russell the handyman to fix my curtain pole which has been hanging off the living room wall and to fix the dripping […]

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