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GUEST BLOG: TOXIC PERFECTIONISM

GUEST BLOG: TOXIC PERFECTIONISM

THE TRAP OF PERFECTIONISM Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be perfect, to have the perfect life? Or is it actually making us sick?

FIVE TIPS & TRENDS FOR 2021

FIVE TIPS & TRENDS FOR 2021

HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT 2021?
Nervous? Worried about economic chaos? Concerned about the level of uncertainty?

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

BUSINESS PLANNING Here are three important facts about small, entrepreneurial businesses that you should know… they will help you to grow your business, grow your impact and create change…

FIVE BIRTHDAY LESSONS

FIVE BIRTHDAY LESSONS

CELEBRATE If you’ve been on Mars this week you may not have noticed that it’s my birthday! As the years whizz past I sometimes wonder about the alleged link between age and wisdom.

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

TAKE ACTION I haven’t always had the greatest relationship with my Mum. That’s an understatement. I won’t rehash the details. We don’t have that long and besides, it isn’t just my story to tell. Suffice to say that years would go by when we didn’t speak…

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

WHAT IF? LIVE YOUR LIFE WITHOUT REGRETS Twenty years ago, I got married. But it’s not the thing about this story that will most surprise you. Or even shock you. That comes later. Twenty years ago I stood in a town hall in Tunis and married a man I had known for less than a year…

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

CHOOSE JOY I’ve been talking a lot about joy recently. Why? Well mainly because when I talk to my clients at the moment what I’m hearing is the absence of joy. Life is a slog. Filled with hard work. I’m so busy. I’m so exhausted. I am barely holding it together. I can’t spend another moment in this house…

ARE WE ALL GENERATION Z NOW?

ARE WE ALL GENERATION Z NOW?

If your first reaction to that question is “the who, what?” then read on, because Generation Z (‘Gen Z’) are now your customers, your employees and also some of the most exciting entrepreneurs and changemakers around. Think Greta Thunberg, Billie Eilish…

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT SALES

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT SALES

Since the lockdown began. I have been offering free 30 minute clarity and connection calls to members of the Actually community. One of the key themes that has emerged in these conversations is a reluctance to sell during this crisis…a resistance to having a sales...

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT FINANCE

FIVE LESSONS ABOUT FINANCE

Since the lockdown began. I have been running a series of FREE Masterclasses on a Thursday: Thriving in a Time of Chaos. Last week, the subject was business finances and I invited one of the Actually Partners, Nicola Deverson, to join me to talk about what…

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

For those of you who don’t know her (where have you been for the past five years?), Gina Miller is a successful business owner, campaigner and activist. She initiated the court case against the British government in 2016 over its authority to implement Brexit…

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

Next week is February. And it’s one of my two annual ‘care and curiosity’ months. It means I won’t be working. Instead I will be focussing on self-care. Letting my system completely relax and replenishing my energy. And once…

FIVE LESSONS I LEARNT FROM CANCER

FIVE LESSONS I LEARNT FROM CANCER

Sometimes life will throw curveballs at you. You’re happily beavering away at a job you love and you’re made redundant. You marry the man of your dreams only to discover that he has somewhat different ideas about fidelity to you. You’re filled with joy, travelling...

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

Imagine a world in which we do more than turn up once every four or five year and mark a cross on a piece of paper and then sit in the pub with our mates and whinge about politics. Imagine a world in which the electorate feels informed, engaged and empowered. Imagine…

FIVE INTENTIONS FOR 2020

FIVE INTENTIONS FOR 2020

It’s almost a new year. Time for celebrating the year that’s past and setting intentions for the year ahead. I have never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions – at least not those that involved giving things up. Given the statistics on how many people actually stick...

FIVE LESSONS FROM 2019

FIVE LESSONS FROM 2019

I was chatting to some friends earlier this week, talking about the highlights of 2019 and our respective plans for 2020. It has been an extraordinary year. From the creation of Actually to the delivery of my first ever online training course; from my stay…

FIVE LESSONS FROM BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR

FIVE LESSONS FROM BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR

Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy. It can challenge you in ways you can’t even imagine when you start out on the journey full of excitement about your ‘big idea’. And sometimes what started out as a passion can feel like purgatory. And yet…I find it hard…

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

In this ad hoc series of blogs, I offer some thoughts on the people, campaigns and sometimes poems that inspire me. This week – in honour of the International Day of the Girl Child coming up on Friday (11th October) – I’d like to share with you three campaigns or...

FIVE LESSONS FROM KERN PRISON

FIVE LESSONS FROM KERN PRISON

Last week I learnt a new acronym: LWoP. Life Without Parole. That’s the sentence that 32 year old Mike* has been serving since he was 15. Mike is incarcerated at Kern maximum security prison in California and I had the privilege of meeting him there whilst…

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

A little while ago, I published the Actually Manifesto on my Facebook page. This is what I wrote: “We live in interesting times. Our dominant culture is often cynical and negative and at a time of significant global uncertainty, pessimism is an understandable...

ACTUALLY INTERVIEWS ROBIN GORNA

ACTUALLY INTERVIEWS ROBIN GORNA

Robin Gorna, CAMPAIGNER & ACTIVIST I recently conducted the second of my changemaker interviews. The first was with Kate Levine of The Body Shop. This time, I interviewed Robin Gorna. Robin’s incredible career spans over 30 years, campaigning in the…

FIVE LESSONS FROM FOREVER AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING

FIVE LESSONS FROM FOREVER AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING

Recently I interviewed Kate Levine, Director of Global Activism and Communications at The Body Shop for an ad hoc series of interviews with changemakers. One of the things I asked her was which of the many campaigns she has been…

ACTUALLY INTERVIEWS KATE LEVINE

ACTUALLY INTERVIEWS KATE LEVINE

Kate Levine, Global Director of Activism & Communications at The Body Shop In this series of ad hoc interviews, I’ll be talking to campaigners, changemakers and visionaries and asking them to share their wisdom, lessons and inspiration with the Actually…

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

In this ad hoc blog, I share with you some of the things that I find inspiring. Last week I attended an event run by the How to Academy – an evening with Elizabeth Gilbert. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past decade or so, Elizabeth Gilbert...

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

I’ve been reflecting recently on inspiration. I’ve been fortunate to attend some truly inspiring events and gatherings so far this year including a one day event with Roger Hamilton and a 5 day leadership event on Necker Island with Virgin Unite. But I believe…

FIVE LESSONS FROM REPEAL THE 8TH

FIVE LESSONS FROM REPEAL THE 8TH

There’s a lot of chat about referendums in the UK at the moment: the one we already had; whether we should have another one; what the question should be if we do…yes, I’m talking about Brexit. I don’t know about you but I have found the conduct of both sides…

FIVE LESSONS FROM NECKER ISLAND

FIVE LESSONS FROM NECKER ISLAND

Picture the scene: it’s a balmy 26 degrees, the sky is blue, the sun is shining and sending shimmers of light fracturing across the surface of the ocean. At the front of a beautiful room furnished simply but luxuriously with wood, bamboo and linen, a man is speaking...

FIVE LESSONS FROM ROGER HAMILTON

FIVE LESSONS FROM ROGER HAMILTON

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend a Roger Hamilton event in London: Entrepreneur 5.0. Roger is the creator of Wealth Dynamics, Founder of the Entrepreneurs Institute, GeniusU, Entrepreneur Resorts and a multitude of other businesses all designed to support...

FIVE LESSONS FROM FREE PERIODS

FIVE LESSONS FROM FREE PERIODS

“If you see something that makes you angry or resonates with you, don’t wait for someone else to do something about it. “ (Amika George) As a seventeen year old in the midst of her A’ levels, Amika started a campaign #freeperiods to persuade Government to do…

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

SNIPPETS OF INSPIRATION

In these days of ‘constantly on’ – when we are endlessly pouring over our social media, when our phones are constantly pinging with the latest message and our email never seems to go silent – it can be difficult to find true inspiration. From time to time, I’d like...

FIVE LESSONS FROM EXTINCTION REBELLION

FIVE LESSONS FROM EXTINCTION REBELLION

"So come and join us. Rebel for life. For the planet. For our children’s children’s futures. There is so much work to be done.”  Extinction Rebellion If you’ve not heard of Extinction Rebellion (XR) then I can only assume you’ve been in a coma for the past few weeks!...

FIVE LESSONS FROM NO MORE PAGE 3

FIVE LESSONS FROM NO MORE PAGE 3

“If I can start a movement, anyone can.’ Lucy-Anne Holmes In 2012 a young woman asked herself why a ‘family’ newspaper would publish images of topless women and what that said about the place of women within our society. That woman was Lucy-Anne Holmes and by 2015,...

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