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The 12 business blogs of Christmas

business Dec 14, 2017

Twelve brilliant business blogs for mums in business

  • Are you a mum starting or building a business?
  • Would you like 2018 the year it all really starts to come together?
  • Feel like you could do with some bite-size business inspiration to kickstart the New Year?

Then this one is definitely for you!

Towards the end of 2017, I set myself a personal goal of writing 12 brilliant business blogs for mums in business

Now this might sound like a pretty simple goal, but writing blog articles hasn't always come easy to me.  In fact, writing in general wasn't something I found easy or enjoyed, until I spent a year writing my book. 

The title of my book, The Invisible Revolution, was well chosen, as writing it took me through my very own Invisible Revolution! I had to draw on every single one of the14 Pillars of empowered success I talk about in the book throughout my journey to becoming a successful, published author (wow, never ever thought I'd be saying that one day!).

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OMG...WHAT A BOOK LAUNCH!

mpower news Oct 20, 2017

Where do I begin?

It's the morning-after-the-day-before and my head and heart are still in a spin after yesterday's whirlwind VIP book launch party in London, where Graham and I launched our new books together!

They say a picture speaks a thousands words, so here's our day told in pictures, taken by the talented London-based photographer Morgana Secco, who specialises in family photography. 

You can see all of the pictures taken that day (and there are loads) in our Book launch gallery.    Can't wait to share the book launch film, once the amazing Kai Zammit has worked his magic!

So here is our day in pictures...

Arriving early at the venue, before the doors opened to receive our first guests, the day started with Graham being able to go and have a breakfast meeting with clients and my Event Manager, the lovely Amanda Flanders founder of Butterflies Business Events , here she is...

 

... inviting me to go and sit down and put my feet up, eat my toast and drink...

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My Golden Ribbon Moment

inspiration Oct 02, 2017

The story that changed my life forever

In 2002, at the age of 29, I heard a simple story about a piece of ribbon that would change my life forever.

Before I share this life-changing story, let me take you back, ten years earlier, where, as a university student, I’d already met the first love of my life - business! I was far from a rolemodel student - too many parties, drinking too much cheap beer, dancing the night away and, as a result, missing lectures.

But this said, I knew what I wanted, or rather I knew what I didn’t want.

I didn’t want to get married.

I didn’t want children.

I wanted a career.

‘Children? No! There’s no way I can have the sort of career I want and have children’. I was so convinced, I bet my university girlfriends dinner at the Ritz -the most extravagant thing I could imagine then as a poor student!

When we graduated, all my friends took a year out travelling.

But not me - I had a wonderful job all lined up and I dived...

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Why self-care matters for successful Mumpreneurs

business Sep 04, 2017

“If you are travelling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person.” 

This example of the ‘oxygen mask’ is often bandied around when encouraging women to think of themselves (I’ve used it myself once or twice!) But it recently occurred to me that it’s not the best analogy to use when talking about self-care. Being in a life and death situation and doing the right thing to give your child and yourself the best chance of survival is a far cry from the lack of self care that I see most mums adopting on a day to day basis.

Let’s face it on a day-to-day basis we are not making dramatic choices, we are making choices based on ease or expedition.

·         How can I get the kids to school on time? I’ll skip breakfast.

·         How can I get these emails done today? I’ll stay...

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#mumsmakeithappen by Nicky Lloyd Greame

interviews May 11, 2017

1.Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

From Assistant Manager in a pub to fitness instructor, then CEO PA, Project Manager, Events Manager & Corporate Trainer (with a bit of Salsa teacher on the side) and my last ‘proper’ job was as an Operations Manager for a Sales Management Consultancy

 2.  What changed within you when you had children?

I always wanted to be the one to bring up my child rather than put her into childcare – and so was determined to find a way to do that.  I pursued the Salsa Teaching route when she was born as – particularly at the beginning – I worked mainly evenings, whilst she slept.  This worked great until she got older and started school etc, late nights and early mornings didn’t mix so I decided to go back into the corporate world and began working for a management consultancy as their operations manager.

3.What inspired your business...

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#mumsmakeithappen by Fiona Moonan

interviews May 08, 2017

1.Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

I worked for 20+ years in the stockbroking world having various roles from editing and production, supporting analysts with their travel arrangements and being the go between for the London and New York office which meant lots of flying back and forth.

2.What changed within you when you had children? 

I didn’t want to spend all of my time commuting, to only get home when it was time to put the children to bed. I wanted weekends to be full of us doing things together, but as time went on I was trying to recover from long working hours and the commute, catching up on all the housework and washing etc, doing things with the children and then getting ready for the next week and paying somebody else to look after my children. I did try 3 days per week, but I just ended up squeezing 5 days work into 3!.  I realised this is not the life I wanted – I had been told I...

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#mumsmakeithappen by Amanda Flanders

interviews May 08, 2017

1.Tell us a little bit about your background and what you did for a career before you made the change?

 I’ve had a variety of different jobs, in my career. From school, I followed my passion & worked with horses. I left this after, 15 or so years & started working in retail. I worked in a jewellery store for 8 years, where I worked my way up from a sales assistant, to assistant manager of a £4.5 million turn over store within 2 years. I loved the jewellery trade & learnt as much as I could about jewellery, diamonds & watches. In 2017 I moved to Greece, where I ended up working in bars & restaurants, which was so much fun. I spent lot of the time planning parties & events to attract tourists in the summer & ex pats in the winter.  When I returned from Greece, 2.5yrs ago I went back to the jewellery store I had worked in before.

2.What changed within you when you had children?

My priorities changed & the way I saw everything in...

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Self-care challenge for Mums with no time or money

business Apr 28, 2017

In 2004 I was on the brink of burnout...

no, let's be honest...

I was well and truly burned out.  The only reason I was still functionning was thanks to the five different types of medication my doctor had prescribed to help me make it through the busy season. 

This was my first 'family business' on leaving the corporate world and since taking three months sick leave was not an option, the pills would enable me to keep getting out of bed in the morning - even if lifting my 12 month old son, or even a knife and fork to eat come to think of it, still felt like a major challenge.

Ironically, on paper, this was one of the most successful businesses I ever owned - we made a lot of money.  Living above our semi-gastronomic restaurant in the South of France next to the locks of the canal du midi, life seemed like we had a lot of 'together time' and it all appeared idyllic from the outside.

The reality however, was very different - what the business cost me personally,...

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The Power of Masterminding

business Apr 28, 2017

The word ‘Masterminding’ was coined in 1925 by author Napoleon Hill and described in more detail in his 1937 book, Think and Grow Rich. The basic concept being - two or more people coming together in harmony to solve problems.

Masterminding has been used over the years by some of the most successful individuals, from the giants of the past like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison to today’s entrepreneurial megastars like Bill Gates, to help grow their business and work on their personal development.

In essence a mastermind is a peer-mentoring group of individuals who meet on a regular basis (in-person or virtually) to support each other to work to their highest potential and hold each other accountable. They tackle challenges and problems together. They lean on each other, give advice, share connections and even do business with each other.

Mpower is unique in that it’s a masterminding group specifically for mums in business, which means that in addition to all the...

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