Monday, September 15th, 2014
What if you made today a day of firsts? What if you tackled a fear head on, stopped making excuses, stopped looking for the easy way out? What if you stopped caring what other people would think? What if you smiled at some strangers, did a random act of kindness, gave someone a few moments of your time?
What if you chose to love yourself today? What if you stood in front of the mirror, naked, and told your body you loved it? What if you stopped pouring over gossip mag criticisms of celebrity bodies to make you feel better about your own? What if you complimented someone else? What if you honoured your body by being active rather than telling yourself you ‘can’t’ workout?
What if today you had the balls to stand up for someone you saw wasn’t being treated right? What if you stood up for yourself? What if you stopped yourself before tweeting that passive aggressive, pointless comment aimed purely at making someone feel bad?
Monday, September 8th, 2014
I can’t remember a time I wasn’t an early bird. Those teenage years, where stereotypically you should be getting out of bed at two in the afternoon? Yeah, not me. If I slept past 8am, that was a lie in. But why fight my body clock? I embraced it and as time goes on, I’m more and more appreciative of my early bird ways. I make the absolute most out of each 24 hours and most importantly, I never get off to a rushed start, so I set the tone and intention of my day right from the get go. People often ask me ‘how I do it’ when they see I went for a run at 5:30am or I’ve gotten so much work done by 8am. I promise you, it’s not hard and your body clock is probably trying to tell you to do the same. So, why get up early? What are some of the benefits of early bird life?
Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
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?
Monday, August 11th, 2014
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.
Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
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.
Sunday, July 27th, 2014
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!
Friday, July 25th, 2014
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.
Monday, July 14th, 2014
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.
Monday, July 14th, 2014
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!
Monday, July 7th, 2014
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’