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Telephone Fear

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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I hate speaking on the phone. My phone rings and I tend to just stare at it, weighing up the potential of the possible conversation; how urgent is it? How long will it last? If I don’t know the number, this internal dialogue seems never ending. It wasn’t always like this. As a teen, my parents had to wrench the cordless phone from my limp, sleepy hands on more than one occasion when I’d literally talked myself into a slumber. Clearly, now that I’m grown, this phone fear isn’t he most practical when you’re self employed and trying to present yourself as a professional. I know I’m not the only one. So how did it get this way and what can we do about it?

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Ask For What You Want

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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Back in May, after years of freelancing and building my blogs, I took a full time job as a Head of Marketing. I was brimming with excitement. So excited was I that I was at my desk by 7:30am every day. I didn’t have any traditional marketing experience, so this company really took a chance on me and I wanted to show them their risk would pay off. New experiences have a tendency to throw life lessons at you at lightening speed, and this was definitely no exception.

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Sometimes You Need to Cry

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

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A few weeks ago, I had a cry that felt like it was years in the making. I felt the waves rising in me at various points through the day. I’d lean a little closer to my computer screen, refocus on work and push it down. I wasn’t sure why I was feeling it and I didn’t want to give it the head space. As I walked down my street that night, a lump formed in my throat, my vision got misty as tears welled in my eyes. I put my key in the door, closed it behind me and as soon I did, the tears fell.

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Lazy Sunday Reads

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Boston Terrier

Sunday! *high five* YEAH! A day of rest, a day of nothingness, a day to catch up on some reading. So, being the kind soul I am, I have compiled a little list of good stuff I’ve read around the web recently. Enjoy!

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End Female Genital Mutilation

Friday, July 25th, 2014

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I’m sure I’m not the only one whose heart gets heavier by the day at the moment. World events are just depressing the bejesus outta me. Whether it’s the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Nigerian girls taken by Boko Haram or any number of other generally crappy things that seem to be happening in the world at the moment. It’s hard to not wish we could just hit a giant ‘RESET’ button on the universe and have all this just work itself out, have everyone join hands, sing Kumbaya and live happily ever after. While I’m aware that a great deal of my sadness about it comes from a feeling of utter helplessness, I also know that I’m feeling this as an observer – so imagine what it must be like to actually be living it.

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Nick Knight : #mysecretcity

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Trellick Tower

So remember last week, I told you I was part of a project with American Express to find some hidden gems in London ’cause most of us walk around our cities on ‘urban autopilot’? And then American Express took all these places recommended by some pretty hip bloggers (myself included) and made an awesome map so you can check these places out for yourself? Yeah, well here comes the third and final piece of the puzzle. To bring all this to life, American Express brought on badass photographer extraordinaire, Nick Knight, to snap shots off all the recommended places. Over the course of the day, he captured images of hidden inspiration he sees in the places he passes every day. These were then shared in real time on Twitter via @AmexUK and the #mysecretcity hashtag.

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Half Way Check Point

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Half Way Check Point

Hi five y’all! We made it to mid-July. This year’s been rolling along all cool. This summer of actual sunshine and heat in the UK has thrown us all for a bit of a loop, but we’re coping. And everyone got all swept up in Wimbledon and World Cup fever. But my question to you is this: how is your life going? Remember back at the beginning of the year, you may have made some resolutions about what you wanted to achieve in your life this year or changes you wanted to make (or if you’re like me, you set yourself some themes). So where are you at with that? Let’s take a look!

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Are You on Urban Autopilot?

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Hyde Park London

One great thing about having a dog and recently moving to be closer to work, is that I walk more. I walk a lot. I’m now on my feet an average of 6-8 miles a day (according to my fancy fitness tracker, the Misfit Shine). I am seeing more of the beauty that is London and it’s been quite the eye opener. It’s really made me realise how much I wasn’t paying attention to before. It turns out, I’m not alone. According to research recently done by American Express, tons of us are operating on ‘urban autopilot’

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How to Allow Friends Room to Grow

Monday, June 30th, 2014

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Watching those around you grow, learn, explore and win at life can be awesome or hard, depending on your mental state at the time. I guess everyone has their own rules or boundaries when it comes to inviting people into their life. One that has become increasingly important to me as the years go on is allowing your friends the room to grow – being accepting and supportive of whatever their chosen path. This is often easier said than done, so how can you achieve it?

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The Power of Pacing

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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At the weekend, I paced a couple of the girls I mentor through the Hackney Half Marathon. It became about so much more than pacing. What’s funny about being a mentor is that you often learn more from those you mentor than you could ever teach them. Once again, running turns into a metaphor for life! Check out my post about what I learned in the race over on my Spikes & Heels site.

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