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Celebrating the middle of the year

I love reaching yearly milestones. They remind me to reflect on how far I’ve come and make adjustments to those things that are no longer working. They also encourage me to be grateful – for where I am, what I’ve achieved and what I can learn from things that haven’t gone so well. It’s maybe because I take this time to reflect that I’m no longer afraid of failure, because it always precedes growth.

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Simple digital habits

I find it difficult to recall a time before the internet, social media and smartphones. It’s hard to believe that they’ve only been around for a quarter of my life – that’s over three whole decades that I survived without them!

Before I share how I manage my technology, I’d like to say that I think the online world is pretty awesome. It has enabled me to meet new people, reconnect with old friends and create, build and market my coaching business.

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Getting organised and creating space

I love the freshness and energy that spring brings with it. There’s something about the lighter and brighter days that motivates me to get organised, letting go of what I no longer need while creating space for the things that matter to me the most.

If you’re a regular visitor, then you’ll know that I’m passionate about living with less. I love to live and work in a calm and clutter-free space, and I gratefully welcome the extra time it brings with it.

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Mindful moments of calm

Simple everyday rituals are a lovely way to introduce moments of calm into the day. They can support us when our creative work gets busy, giving us a break and helping us to reset and refocus. When we take a step back, we can gain insight and clarity, reminding us of our motivations and keeping us on track. I see these moments as tiny touchstones supporting me and my work throughout the day – especially when I get stuck and I start to procrastinate!

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Happy New Year!

I hope this blog post finds you well and you had a truly magical holiday. As always, I felt the festive season went too quickly, which is why I approach January with an extra dose of care and compassion. This means taking things slowly while continuing to graze on my Christmas chocolates!

Last week I enjoyed reconnecting with my routine. It was a joy to get into the swing of things and to meet with a few of my clients.

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Uncover your dreams and aspirations

December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that is passing. This can bring about a sense of gratitude and help us to pinpoint what we would like from the shiny new year ahead. When we silence the noise and distraction and let our minds wander, we can begin to uncover the things that are calling us.

Personal reflection doesn’t need to look like sitting down and journaling, it could be something you consider as you go about your daily life.

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Why, hello there!

I hope this shiny new blog post finds you well and you’re having a magical season!

A few months have passed since I last posted. So, before I get started, I’d like to share how I’ll be publishing my new content moving forward. My goal is to share two pieces of content a month: my monthly letter and a blog post. I will also be posting regularly on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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10 joyful years of content creation

On 19 June 2008, I created an account on Flickr called Candy Pop, and I posted a few photographs of my home. At the time I was living in a 1930s house which I had just finished renovating, and I was slowly filling it with eclectic vintage collectables. My Flickr account was a fun and slightly bonkers escape from my day job of Head of Operations and Visitor Services at Modern Art Oxford.

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Creative business owners

Stepping into the world of self-employment is exciting and challenging in equal measure. And when you’re a one man/woman band it’s your job to oversee everything, from the business accounts to the marketing strategy. There can be a lot to juggle and for many of us, it’s a steep learning curve.

Today I’m sharing 12 tips and words of wisdom from some creative business owners including friends, local entrepreneurs plus a few former colleagues and clients.

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Let yourself bloom

Today I wanted to create some space to explore a few simple and effective ways to help you to avoid distraction and remain focused, particularly if you’re striving for personal or professional success – in whatever form that may take!

‘Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules and build a life you’re proud to live.’ – Anne Sweeney

This is a subject I often review with my clients and having spent the last six months enrolled on a coaching and mentoring course, I’ve certainly had to make a few changes to support myself on my own journey.

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