What’s Small About My Business?

When Barbara Winter shared this Seth Godin quote on Facebook, I knew my clients would love it. I also knew which of my clients would love it especially and I wasn’t disappointed. I thought “Oh, I’ll share that in my newsletter this week”. And here it is. What’s Small About My business? Headcount Overheads Outside influence Ambition (long since satisfied) Stresses and Strains Procrastination Perfectionism Comparisonitis What’s small and beautiful about your business? What’s Big About My Business? Creativity Thinking Heart Love Humour Dreams Duty of care to my clients Vision Variety Inspiration Time off Efficiency Planning ahead Self-care Respect […]

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Doing What You Love or Wasting Your Time

My clients are my greatest teachers. Here are some of the invaluable lessons they have taught me this week and all before Wednesday coffee break. One of my mentors once taught me the expression “delay is increasingly expensive” and he was right. But expressions like that can just as easily be countered by other circumstances. I spoke to a woman I’ve known for four years who is starting to create a business she’s had in her heart for far longer. And although you could apply that phrase to these circumstances, I am not. I am just delighted that now seems […]

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The Story of An Ideal Client

Take one woman who I have known for a while, perhaps as long as a decade. We already like and respect one another. I’ve met her in the flesh, ditto her other half. I follow her on social media and she me and we say lovely things to each other and about each other and we mean them. We enjoy each other’s content. We’ve wished each other a Happy Birthday for years now. She books a PWYW consultation, asking if I think I can help her with something off what she considers to be my normal beat. It isn’t but […]

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Leave the Pieces on the Floor

The theme of the week on my Facebook Page has been moving on because that was what I was obliged to do – ready or not – recently. And I wasn’t ready. But what choice did I have? None that I could see. So I looked for some wisdom I could share which would help me and others work out how to handle our worlds when things appear (briefly) to be happening to us rather than for us. Even as I went to write this, a client was PMing me saying that was precisely what happened to her yesterday and […]

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My Readers Are My Cheerleaders

Most weeks after I send out a newsletter you bring me wonderful gifts, little replies and snippets of thought from lovely loyal diligent readers. More critical people (I need those too) let me know when I’ve done a good one, much appreciated. Last week I rattled the stars and you replied to me in useful and generous droves. Here’s what you all sent me. R is a bit of a useful ex IT techie geek and much more besides, and she sent useful reminders about my intended app and even offered a handy appy chappy she has up her sleeve. M wrote about my […]

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Rattling the Stars

The theme of this week on my Facebook page is daring. Before I go and pick some quotes and images I want to share I often choose a theme to hang them all on, sometimes for a full week if it’s a rich seam. It’s not just thrown together around here you know! And one of my fave choices for this week of daring is: “You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”  ― Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass Thanks […]

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Up All Night to Get Lucky

I’ve had a couple of sleepless nights this week. One was planned to be that way, I was up all night on Sunday until 0500 Monday in order to watch the Oscars. Since film is one of my specialist subjects and right up there in my top five hobbies, possibly in my top two, I always prioritise this day every year and plan to take at least the Monday morning off, just like Jack Reacher Day (5th November 2018 – fireworks!). My Oscars were very satisfactory in as much as those I really wanted to win did get their hands […]

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Becoming an Impossibilist

Wednesday was Day 31 of 2018 and Day 31 of the project I am doing following Michael Neill’s book called Creating the Impossible, which is intended to take 90 days. Here’s my first significant update although I did write a bit about this on my blog earlier in January when I first got going. I decided I would make the broad context of my 90 days, my impossible project, about becoming A Proper Writer. This arose because at the beginning of January I was still rather high about the recent publication of what I regard as my first Proper Book: Your […]

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The Wilderness of Your Intuition

This week, inspired by Alan Alda, I have been blundering about in the wilderness of my intuition and I am thrilled to report that I wrote a whole list of things I could tell you about in this context and I was deeply chuffed about that because it was going to make writing today’s newsletter so easy. Can I find that list now? Can I ‘eck as like! And that’s just perfect exactly as it is. I know I’ve been following my intuition. I’ve been doing what felt right and trying to avoid most of the other sort of “opportunity”. […]

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Let’s Have a Chat during December?

December. Wow! You feel me? December may be the best of times or the worst of times for you to have a chat. Let’s see. So often we are frantically busy. As it happens, I am not. Singleton, no kids, the entire month off. And while I am looking forward to lots of R&R, I have plenty of time for you too if you can magic up the time for us to have a chat? Let’s do that. We can talk about anything you like – your biz or your life, whatever’s uppermost on your mind or in your heart. […]

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