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How to keep going when life turns to shit.

You’ve been going great guns in your business. Sales are growing, social media numbers are up, you’ve found your flow, and your mojo has never been better. And then… Something happens that you have no control over. Perhaps you get sick, or you have a family emergency, or your anxiety flares up and you just want to sit on the chair, in your jimjams, watching Netflix. What do you do? It’s so hard, because for the majority of small business owners, WE are our business. If we’ve been lucky, or super organised, then perhaps we have contingency plans in place for when this happens, but most of us don’t have a team of people behind us, who can take over the reins when disaster strikes. Don't panic! Firstly, don’t panic. Okay, allow yourself 5 minutes of panicking, then stop and take a breath. Make a list. Write down all

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How to (not) win friends and influence people.

Struggling to bring new clients on board? Not sure where you’re going wrong when it comes to impressing the right people? This article has all the answers. It’s very important when running your own business, to maximise the potential of gaining clients from anywhere, everywhere and anywhere. This can be done in a number of ways and the methods to win friends I’m going to share with you here should be used at least at every opportunity, if not more often. Networking 1. When attending a networking event, make sure you have enough business cards and brochures to hand out to every attendee. To be on the safe side, I would also recommend handing them out to the staff at the venue and passers-by on your way to the event. 2. Introduce yourself to everyone. Don’t worry if they are in the middle of a conversation with someone else

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Foundations

What is the year of me? I've known for quite some time, that I need to make some changes in my life. Some are big changes, some are small, but together they will make a big difference. Sick of being tired, lethargic, sick, miserable, unmotivated and overweight, I had a realisation back in November, whilst in Sydney with my son's school excursion, that NOW is the time. I'm 47, and if I don't make some serious changes now, my health, my physical, mental and emotional well-being, my relationships, my business, everything, will continue to deteriorate, perhaps to the point of no return. I had no real direction at this point, in terms of the changes I wanted to make, but returned home from Sydney determined to make it happen. Resistance When I came home from Sydney, I got sick; swollen glands, exhaustion, headaches, and pharyngitis. I felt

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It’s okay to be not okay!

Sounds like a contradictory statement doesn’t it? For those of us in the mental health space, this is a common theme of discussion. I live with bipolar disorder amongst other things, and I’m used to dealing with the ups and downs, but even I still struggle with life’s uncertainties from time to time. But for those who are just doing life, not necessarily diagnosed with mental health issues, it can be incredibly scary to find yourself feeling not okay. IT IS OKAY TO BE NOT OKAY! Everything is fine, business is doing well, life is good… until it’s not. All of a sudden you feel stressed, anxious, overwhelmed or even just plain lost. You might find you are not sleeping very well, or are sleeping too much. You might start to isolate yourself from family and friends, not feeling like socialising or pursuing the hobbies you once enjoye

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How to deal with overwhelm!

Being overwhelmed sucks doesn't it? Being overwhelmed sucks, doesn’t it? It never ends; there is ALWAYS something to be done, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed at times. We get up, make a drink, do some washing, load the dishwasher, get dressed, and finally have our breakfast. We then get the kids up, fed, dressed, ready for school, and off to the bus (if we have them of course). Then the “real work” begins (because of course, looking after a home and/or family is just a hobby)… [caption id="attachment_1089" align="aligncenter" width="300"] It is easy to sink into overwhelm when you run a business AND a family![/caption]   We send emails, pay some bills, do some invoicing, social media marketing, and attempt to do some accounting without going mad. We stress about where our next customer is coming from

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