Planning My 2019 Intentions

What we think we need, what we really want

Every year I cast about for the perfect way of planning my 2019 Intentions. Here are the three I’ve discovered for use this year. What we “think” we need v what we really want. I find this very compelling. It’s another version of shoulds v wants. I don’t do shoulds or New Year Resolutions. Resolutions? Non merci. I do want comfort in the body I have, to fully accept and trust myself, to have self-compassion, self-care and freedom. And how fascinating to be reminded that those in the first column do not lead to those in the second. This resonates hugely […]

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My 2018 in Feels

This is the companion piece I promised when I wrote My 2018 in Numbers. I think it will be shorter* because I have already written up my biggest feel earlier in the year in a Facebook post called This Impressionable Townie which I shared in my newsletter too. My swirling emotions when I think back over my year are all about: Falling in love again with the English countryside in our best summer in recent memory Visiting what was my grandparents’ farm in Dorset, see photo Re-connecting with friends and family in Somerset and Dorset I moved from Kent to […]

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Friendship and Why It Hurts Sometimes: Podcast Ep 208

The topic for today’s podcast, our last before Christmas, was sent in by a listener with whom I had this conversation in advance of the show: Her: Something I’ve been pondering a lot this year is the nature of friendships. How they change over time, those that last, those that don’t, is it me or is it them… Lots of memes about being true to who you are but then people don’t always like that and it can be quite a lonely place, for a time at least. There have been a number of instances over the last few years, […]

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My 2018 in Numbers

My 2018 in numbers

You can take the girl out of accounting, but not vice versa. So here is my 2018 reflected in numbers. Look out for another post which I plan to call My 2018 in Feels. Numbers are only one way to measure a year and probably the last one I’d recommend for you, unless (like me) you just can’t help yourself! *** 1 Book published and 32 Amazon reviews achieved, one for Kindle UK, 25 for Amazon UK paperback and 6 for Amazon USA. 1 Creating the Impossible Michael Neill Challenge completed in the first 90 days of the year 171 […]

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Buying Anything for No Money Down: Podcast Ep 207

Nicola has a hankering to buy a business. I suggested she might consider doing that with no money down. She’s bought a property using those principles way back when she acquired her B&B The Acacia in Worthing in the early Noughties. And I sold my accountancy business on that basis in the late Nineties. We’ve both studied property lease options with Rick Otton so we are familiar with the principles but we describe them as a refresher for us and to give the listeners a lead in. Nicola asks why would any seller consider it and what should she look […]

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Podcasting from Scratch: Rhys Morgan – Podcast Ep 206

Rhys Morgan

Rhys Morgan (no relation) is our guest today on Own It! the Podcast and he talks about podcasting from scratch with his own show which is called Social Good. Rhys is an interesting man; he’s a former vicar, a recovering alcoholic with five years sober and his day job is in a treatment centre. He waxes lyrical about a love of radio from a young boy and talks about how he noticed that both his father and his son shared a love of podcasts which tipped him to the fact that there was something to this, even across three generations. […]

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Are You Addicted to Busyness? Podcast Ep 205

Show me your schedule and i'll show you your values - Robin Sharma

The focus for today’s show was first prompted by this lovely thought from Robin Sharma: “Show Me Your Schedule and I’ll Show You Your Values”. Eek! What does my schedule say about me? Nicola and I both looked at our diaries during the show and decided whether the reflection was flattering or not. Do they show the old version of how we liked to see ourselves, as efficient businesswomen, instead of our newly emerging focus on thinking (me) and creative writing (her). Our theme was further prompted by an article on which explains that being busy is killing our […]

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Is the Internet a Force for Good or Evil? Podcast Ep 204

In today’s show, Nicola and I debate whether or not the internet and social media combine to be a force for good or evil. Nicola believes the internet is what you choose it to be and votes good at 90%. I am more unusually downbeat and my percentage is closer to 50/50 or even 60/40 with evil winning out. Certainly what Mr Berners Lee had in mind when he gifted it to the world was not a profit centre for some of the most powerful companies in the world, more a way for the global village to connect in good […]

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Securing Your Financial Future as Self-Employed: Podcast Ep 203

Following on from last week’s show where I explained a pensioner wasn’t an old stranger somewhere decades off in our future, it was – in fact – a person just like me who’s had six years of her financial security stolen from her by the Government, what steps can we take to secure our own financial futures in the face of ongoing “austerity”? What can self-employed people do to provide for themselves when just treading water can sometimes feel almost impossible? We discuss savings, investments, pensions, creating and selling a real-world business, passive income and recurring income models. We review […]

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Paula Gardner on Chaos Theory: Podcast Ep 202

Paula Gardner

Today we feature one of our listener guests. It’s Paula Gardner who Nicola and I know from way back when she was a PR. Like me being an accountant, I suspect you can never get the PR out of the girl but these days she’s a Business Psychologist and she tells us the story of how a random date challenged her to pursue her childhood dream of studying to get an MA in Business Psychology, a story she told on my blog too. Paula talks to us about Chaos Theory which leads on to a discussion of Happenstance Theory too. […]

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