With Love on Valentine’s Day: Podcast Ep 215

Today our show is about love because we recorded it on Valentine’s Day. Who and What do Nicola and I Love? We created some categories in advance and compared our answers on the day. Something we love: Nicola is in love with her MacBook Pro and me with words (no surprise there, surely?) Someone we love: I love myself, as a singleton it all must start there, and Nicola loves her children, Phoebe and Nelson Books we love: Nicola loves Iain M. Banks and Diana Cooper, I love memoirs, Bill Bryson and Barbara Kingsolver Work we love; We both picked coaching, […]

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Making a Living in Your Dream Business: Podcast Ep 213

Today we take as the topic for our radio show What to Do When the Product is you, or how to make a living in your dream business. This came about when a client said to me (as they so often do) “Of course, what I really want to do is X…” after he’d spent a long time trying to persuade me of three more “sensible and realistic” ideas, none of which were lighting my candle or his. Why do we doubt ourselves when the product is us? Whether a chef, a coach, a writer, an artist or a musician, […]

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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 BigThink.com which explains that being busy is killing our […]

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Q6: How Do I Decide What’s “Real” Work?

“Procrastination tasks that almost look like real work – the “I’ll just create some art for that calendar” detour instead of the harder, more linear tasks that would move me further forward.” When I wrote to my Small Business Big Magic group about why weren’t they blogging more, my Feedly feed being void of their creative output and me missing it, K replied: “I do a bit, but I seem to go through bursts. Right now it’s a “write articles and blog to avoid real work” phase that I need to break free from.” K’s distinction is very interesting to […]

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Stop Creating Start Improving: Podcast Ep 153

There was no readily available client challenge for today’s podcast so we made that in itself the challenge. What do you do when you dry up and your brain goes blank, when you run out of inspiration for your content? We talked about creativity and kaizen (continuous improvement), about constantly asking ourselves “What else?” in the typical Creator style. We talked about the lust for new and how exhausting it is too, and we reached a conclusion that one option might be to improve what we have already created rather than necessarily continuing to feed the addiction by creating, creating, […]

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Podcast Ep 117: Your First Online Product for Sale

They say you never forget your first, the income from your first online sale that is, and I always tell my clients that and indeed it is very exciting. The irony today is that I have forgotten my first ROFL! But I do still get a thrill from the PayPal notifications and it is no suprise to me that we are known as a nation of shopkeepers, because it feels like the tills ringing to me. I don’t know why people are apologetic about that? Ka-ching! In today’s episode #117 of Own It! the Podcast, Nicola leads a discussion about […]

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Julia Elmore: Be Creative Daily

Today’s blog guest is beloved Julia Elmore, artist and creator, who has made my gorgeous Abundance videos and is the genie on the 30 Day Challenge. Here she is in her own words. My name is Julia Elmore. I am drawn to all things colourful, unusual and uplifting. As an artist, mentor, mother and seeker, I help women of school aged children live more joyful lives through creativity and gratitude. I find inspiration everywhere and I am often to be found, where I am in my element, making beach art with whatever the tide has left behind. I launched my […]

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Creativity: 31 Days of Abundance, Day Fourteen

I have an abundance of creativity. That isn’t something I always knew about myself. Correction, it IS something I always knew about myself but it was somewhat buried until I gave myself permission to be creative. Typically accountants aren’t thought of creative, not in a way which is well connoted at least. Creativity in accounting is often taken to mean cooking the books! What helped? After I sold my accounting business and my travel agency, and started to create other business opportunities, I realised I was a starter, not a manager. And reading the E-Myth helped me understand how to […]

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Monetizing Your Creativity for Entrepreneurs and Stars

I am a lucky business coach indeed that I am surrounded by so many creative people with so much quirky talent. It is a normal everyday occurrence that I meet people who have heads full of brilliant ideas but no idea how to monetize them, no plan, no strategy and a lot of confusion. Why is this lucky for me? Because they are lovely people to spend time with and I do know how to make money out of their ideas. Let give you an example of the typical conversations I have with clients. These are the sorts of good things […]

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Creative Napping

I’m about ten days into experimenting with creative napping. Here’s how it works. I get up whenever I feel like it in the morning and I motor through my list of intentions for the day until lunchtime or just beyond. At some point I force myself to stop working and go for a lie down. I might read or stroke the cat or have a little sleep or meditate, or all of the above. Whatever. I take a break in my day. Rather a long one. Up to four hours usually between 2 and 6 p.m. Very Mediterranean, me. Then […]

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