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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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#mumsmakeithappen by Tracey Wall

interviews Apr 21, 2017

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

 My background spans 23 years in financial services fulfilling a multitude of roles and excelling within service, sales and business leadership. In both business and sales management roles, I Ied top ranked high performance teams of multi-million pound businesses. Latterly of those years I flourished as an Area Retail Sales and Service Coach, coaching and mentoring up and down the hierarchy nurturing the personal development, promotional successes and top performances of the area team.

Being so career driven and miscarrying my first baby, I had my first child, my daughter in my 30’s, a bit later than most at the time. She was greatly longed for and I was eternally grateful when she arrived in October of 2003. That day I just knew deep within my core my life was to positively change forever with a promise I made to myself there and then in the moment! Having not enjoyed...

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How your T.E.A.R.s help you create the life you want

Uncategorized Apr 19, 2017

I totally believe that your outer world is a reflection of your inner world - I don’t think I really understood the truth and significance of this statement until much later in my business journey. I know from personal experience that having the life you desire, all starts in your head.

Put simply in my T.E.A.R. model…

Your thoughts create your emotions
Your emotions drive your actions
Your actions lead to your results

Thoughts - Emotions - Actions - Results (TEAR)

Just as you can cry tears of happiness or tears of sadness - if we boil it right down, the flow of what emanates from your thoughts can be either negative or positive - be based on either love or fear.

Your thoughts have an unimaginable power to both create and transform, they are the seeds you plant in the garden of your life.

by Nicola Huelin

(exert from The Invisible Revolution - available 19th October 2017)

© 2017 #theinvisiblerevolution

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#mumsmakeithappen by Jude Hill

interviews Apr 11, 2017

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

My Business journey started nearly 20 years ago, I was working for BT and was on maternity leave with my second son, working as a Marketing Manager; my post was made redundant so I took redundancy and started my driving school Business with the funds, this worked well initially I was able to work flexibly take time off for long weekends and nativity plays etc..  I did have dreams of recruiting other driving instructors to do the teaching element & I was going to focus on the marketing & finding clients, but I never found the time to teach, build the business and look after 2 small children.

2.  What changed within you when you had children?

  Rolling on some years and many life experiences later including injuring my back in a severe car accident in 2009 and the break up of my marriage in 2011, I was winding down the Driving school business and moved across...

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