An Arty Stretch

When it comes to art I am a self-confessed heathen. I blame my art teacher, but don’t lets go there; it was all a very long time ago. So it comes as a surprise and delight to me that so many of my clients are arty and artistic and even artists. Because what I know about art I learned on BBC’s The Big Painting Challenge and, to me, that was as much about art as Bakeoff is about cake. I’m a journey-aholic, you see. I enjoy people doing their utmost. I like to watch them strive and develop and for […]

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Soul Chat: Teaching What I Most Need To Learn

A couple of summers back, a book called 29 Gifts inspired me to offer myself as a listener to 29 people in a series of 29 soul chats over 29 days. The people who volunteered to talk to me each had something to teach me or a message for me. I was reminded of how inter-connected we all are by dint of our humanity. Some of these people’s life circumstances either exactly mirrored my own or matched those of another of the volunteers they had never met and would never know, in a sort of virtual relay race. Amazing too how […]

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Waking Up: The Soul Whispers Calling My Name

Until very recently, my soul came in for very little TLC from me, losing the race to other power-hungry parts of my being such as my heart, my ambition, my desires, my brain and my ego. Perhaps I even thought my heart and my soul were approximately the same thing; certainly they are close cousins. In choosing to strengthen my relationship with soul and then deliberately making it part of my mission, my life has taken off in a completely new direction, one that I have been led to as if it had been signposted by flashing neon. Reading a […]

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10 Things We Entrepreneurs Might Give Up For Lent

I’m on my way round to take coffee with a very devout Roman Catholic friend and I know she’ll tell me what she’s given up for Lent. Here’s a post I wrote a year ago about what we entrepreneurs might profitably give up for forty days or so, or for life. Sorry, I’m a little bit late in posting this in 2014, should have shared this two weeks ago, which means you’ll have fewer than the forty days to make your own changes… but still plenty of time. There’s always plenty of time. If yesterday was Pancake Day, then today […]

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Making a Business Out of Who You Are…Ready or Not

I am drawing to my coaching business a lot of clients who, whether they realise it or not, want to make a business out of who they are. OK, a lot of them are Stars. But not exclusively so. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are fed up with the division between their personal life and their professional life, they want to merge the two. Two clients alone (out of three so far today) have talked about this and they are not alone. This is a conversation I am having all the time. Not to worry, I enjoy it and it […]

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The Land Of Smiles: Soul Days – Unplugged

I haven’t “worked” since 30th November 2010. I took a gap year in 2011 and then it extended a bit because I had no idea how I wanted – or even if I wanted – to return to the world of work again – ever. Recently I confided in those who would listen that if I ever again had to work for a living, I had absolutely no idea what I would do. And that was true only a couple of weeks ago. My definition of working for a living, by the way, is exchanging time for money. As an […]

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How To Build Your Business And Boost Your Income By Blogging

Earlier this year, Marion Ryan and I road-tested a little theory we had. We believed we could take a dozen willing wannabe bloggers and turn them into more confident writers who could improve their web presence and their business results within the 29 days of February.   The pilot completed successfully and we’ve the testimonials to prove it. Better Bloggers enjoyed the community, the encouragement, the “kick and the cuddle”. They were amazed at how much content they could create with the accountability and a deadline and just how much knowledge and expertise we could share about how their websites worked and how […]

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I’m Moving! I’m Going To Blog (Almost) Exclusively At Entrepreneur Soul

Gentle Reader, I hesitate to do this and I reserve the right to change my Creator’s mind, but I’m off. I’m off to blog exclusively at my new baby, Entrepreneur Soul. An Entrepreneur working alone at home cannot split her focus across two projects, so I’m going to nail my colours to the mast of my new baby and move my energies over there for a while. You’ve been good to me here at JM.com over the last few years and I’ve had a ball learning how to blog. And I will keep this site as my personal blog, a […]

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Being Lou Grant: Will Editing Make Me A Better Writer?

I knew absolutely nothing about editing until ten days ago when we opened our doors at Entrepreneur Soul.   Since then I’ve uploaded nearly 40 posts from guest contributors and some say my learning curve is faster than The Stig.   A bit like art, I know nothing about editing either but I know what I like as a reader and so it is falling to me right now to create our in-house style. What I am hoping is that reading and editing and uploading others’ material and making them look good in print will make me a better writer. […]

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The 5 Best Things About Working for Myself

Taking up Marion’s theme, which also just happens to be the topic of an end-of-term challenge we have set the Better Bloggers, here are my Five Best Things About Working for Myself. This is a BlogTag and if you would like to play, just let me know and I’ll send you an invitation to participate early next week. We are giving the Better Bloggers a head start until Saturday. My self-employed career is now some thirty-five (35!) years young. And over that time my Five Best Things would definitely have changed and changed again, and again. This is the 2012 […]

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