Don’t wait for perfection

Just a little reminder to us all to stop all those delaying tactics to publishing that blog post or making that video, it’s time to get your message out there!

Making a start is the first step to overcoming procrastination. We are all well acquainted with Procrastination – the little devil on our shoulder whispering ‘its not ready’ ‘it’s not good enough’, ‘it just needs these few tweaks’. Those whispers which we are all guilty of succumbing to, thinking that we’re not ready, we’re not good enough and we put things off under the guise of waiting until it’s perfect.

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My first day at Conquer Camp

Conquer Camp is a 2 week virtual digital camp for entrepreneurs wanting to take action and acts as an implementation incubator for your business. So if you feel stuck in your business, or have been procrastinating over something lately join Natalie MacNeil and the She Takes on the World team for this free training camp.

The first task at Conquer Camp was to discover our conquer archetype based on our business personality and personal traits. Unsurprisingly as a Marketing Specialist I am The Messenger as I love to share and promote other people’s ventures. This blog here is proof as I promote not just this camp programme but Winning Women, Ladies Who…Network and the lovely business owners in those group! I am so busy helping others get their message out there that sometimes I forget to share my vision with the world.

Sign up here and tune into the first session and see if you hear yourself being described – I recognised The Revolutionist and The Creator archetypes in my network – without naming any names!

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Ladies Who Network September Round Up

‘Twas the third Thursday of the month and the Ladies Who…Network gathered in the sumptuous Grand Hotel in York. The first lesson of the evening was that no matter how grand the surroundings it’s the service that counts. And after being let down three months in a row with double bookings and last minute room changes, and a service that’s gone from waiter service with nibbles to go get your own. It may be time for Ladies Who…Network to find a new home.

I don’t think any of the ladies that were there that night will be rushing to book their future events at the Grand, which is such a shame as it really it is a beautiful hotel. It just goes to show how one poor customer experience can have an impact on future sales.

We also shared our stories of recent issues in our lives, like issues with technology and computers playing up, having ‘one of those weeks’ where everything goes wrong but on repeat. And it turns out we aren’t all slowly going crazy thinking that the world is against us, the world is actually with us, preparing us for a shift in the Earth’s vibrations to a higher frequency. Change is a necessary part of evolution and September has been a huge month for change for those who are open to it or sensitive to astrological events. What with the blood moon, the Autumn Equinox and Mercury being in retrograde -the planetary aspects are preparing us for the change to come, so don’t panic if your September hasn’t gone to plan.

Stories and storytelling is a big buzz word in marketing at the moment, but it’s not a fad, storytelling has been around for centuries and influences many people in their daily lives, even the bible is a book of stories, when it comes to storytelling and your business how can stories help you generate sales?

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Winning Women Tips from the September Meetup

Winning Women is a community of entrepreneurial women who come together to connect with like minded women to collaborate, celebrate and support each other. At the September meet up in York we took the time to get to know a little more about each other and our businesses. Some of these lovely women shared their top tips, so I thought I’d just do a quick round up of tips that I took away from the night.

Consistent Cupcakes

Cupcakes baked by O'Crumbs

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One for the ladies

Think scooters are just for skinheads? Think again, look at this beauty I spotted at the Lincoln custom show, resplendent in shiny pink, a Vespa complete with champagne hamper – now that’s my kind of scooter! Shame the champers is empty though.

Lincoln 10th Anniversary Scooter Rally, July 10-12th 2015, Lambretta Club of Great Britain


10 things I learnt writing my first travel blog

10 things I learnt writing my first travel blog (Sunsets & Volcanoes: The Best Beer) and why I want to win the travel writing scholarship with World Nomads.

1. It’s harder than I thought.

Whenever I come home from a trip I regale my friends and family with your tales of my adventures – and there are usually adventures to tell because I’m one of those people who has that type of luck – you know where something goes wrong and is terrifying at the time, but makes for a hilarious conversation around the dinner table a couple of months later. So how hard can it be to write an entertaining, descriptive travel discovery in 500 words? Turns out very hard, and time consuming.

2. It takes longer than I expected

Whilst I can replay a memory in my head in five minutes flat it takes much long to turn that visual memory into a written story, especially into a story that you want someone you never met to engage with, to get them to smile when you smiled and cry when you cried – or at least feel like crying with you instead of laughing at you. It takes some honing and re-writing to get this across, in fact…

3. It takes skill to evoke emotions

It easy to say I felt happy at the top of the volcano and I felt like crying whilst clinging to the donkey for dear life. But it’s harder to describe how I felt without stating it as a fact. It’s even harder to get someone else to feel that for you – remember that high definition video replay of memory you run in your head and the parts that make you smile, well on paper that can come across a bit flat.

This is one of the reasons I want, no…need to win this writing scholarship with World Nomads so I can master the art of evocative writing and write better stories for you to read. Continue reading


Sunsets and Volcanoes: The Best Beer


Here we are enjoying the best beer I’ve ever tasted in my life, sipping a cold bottle of San Miguel as we watch the sun set over Main Crater Lake on the summit of Taal Volcano in the Philippines. Whilst it might not actually be the best beer in the world it was at this moment in time after the journey!

Read more in my travel writing scholarship entry with World Nomads and let me know what you think of my first attempt at writing a travel blog post!

World and Volcanoes Journal: The Best Beer


My First Travel Trove

It’s fitting that my first Trove is one of my favourite views in the world (so far).

I love this spot just outside Coraralejo on the Island of Fuerteventura in the Canaries. This shot was taken from the ‘Sahara Desert’ style sand dunes Las Dunas de Corralejo (sand actually blows in from the Sahara to form these dunes over time) looking out over the turquoise waters towards the Island of Lobos and its volcano.

Fuerteventura is my favourite island in the Canary archipelago with its white sandy beaches rather than the black volcanic sands found on some of the other islands. The Canary Islands are known for their windy climates and Fuerteventura is no exception (Fuerte=strong, Ventura=Wind) here you can just about see the colourful kite surfing in action, you can also see Lanzarote in the background behind the volcanic peak of Lobos.

A Trove is a travel discovery on Trover – the photo sharing community for travellers.

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Happy New Year 2015

2014 is drawing to a close, for some people it has been an awesome year with marriages, proposals, new baby arrivals, new jobs and amazing opportunities. For others it has been the worst year blighted with tragedy, heartbreak and loss. Last year I wished my family and friends love and laughs, health, and happiness for the upcoming year.

But we never know what is round the corner or what the new year will bring.

So this year I am wishing for strength for all my loved ones, the strength to face whatever curve balls 2015 throws at us. The strength to overcome adversity and get through the tough times. But also the strength to enjoy the good times and make the most of time with friends and family.

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