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A year of morning pages

A year of morning pages

31st May marks an anniversary - a whole year of morning pages! What are morning pages? Created (in the form I'm familiar with, at least) by Julia Cameron in The Artist's Way, morning pages are three A4 pages, or approximately 750 words, of long form, handwritten...

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Why I won’t be offering virtual shoots

Why I won’t be offering virtual shoots

If you lurk or socialise in the entrepreneurial world, you’ll probably have noticed an increasing number of posts promoting or talking about the new “virtual shoots” which are taking place during lockdown. A sneaky behind the scenes snap from an actual in-person shoot...

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Support Local: Online Classes

Support Local: Online Classes

Are you missing your favourite classes? Lots of them have gone online - so now you can support local businesses and dance, stretch, yoga and a multitude of other things from the comfort of your home. Here are just a few of the wonderful local businesses now offering...

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Lockdown photography: Small Business Barbie brand shoot

Lockdown photography: Small Business Barbie brand shoot

I never did find a Small Business Barbie, even though my favourite game as a child was running a pretend business with my best friend. Seven, or is it eight, weeks into lockdown, and like you, I'm really missing my usual business life. Most of all, my clients - I love...

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Support Local: doorstep collections during Covid-19

Support Local: doorstep collections during Covid-19

As the coronavirus pandemic rolls on, it's become even more vital than usual for small businesses to somehow keep going. While tweaking the delivery policies for the stationery company I co-own, I realised there are lots of local businesses which can arrange for...

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March meet the maker: Change

March meet the maker: Change

Oof. I was going to write about moving to full time entrepreneur, about how it's taken time to recover from 12 years of working full time employed and shifting to working solely and entirely for myself. I was going to go through the pluses (loads) and minuses...

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March Meet The Maker – Story

March Meet The Maker – Story

It's March! Which means #MarchMeetTheMaker by @joannehawker, and I'm so excited to take part this year! Starting with Story, which is one of my favourite things - storytelling, story reading, hearing people's stories... Image by the amazing Anna Pumer 🙂 Once upon a...

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Press: The Design Trust, branding advice blog

Press: The Design Trust, branding advice blog

A fabulous birthday present this year was the publication of my interview on the Design Trust blog - Patricia and Anne-Marie have been instrumental in my entrepreneurial journey, and it's the best feeling to see your words on a site you admire! I was even at the top...

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Beyond the logo – what is business branding, really?

Beyond the logo – what is business branding, really?

What is business branding? Whether you're established or fairly new to business, unless you're a brand expert, the terms thrown around can be really overwhelming and confusing. If you ask three or four different people, you'll probably get five different definitions -...

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Align, ignite & soar – my 2020 words

Align, ignite & soar – my 2020 words

When it comes to planning, I can be both detailed and a bit big-pictureish. With the business I have really clear goals mapped out, and ways to get there, plus systems & content plans because that's (weirdly) part of what I find fun about running a business. For...

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Imagine having a photographer all year round…

Imagine having a photographer all year round…

The beginning of the year is always a weird combination of dull, dreary and seemingly endless... and exciting, fizzy and full of promise. Don't you think? The other thing that is often seemingly endless is the need for photos to post online and promote your business -...

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Creative soul, stuck in a rut?

Creative soul, stuck in a rut?

Your next car journey and editing session just got more fun... Some things in business take their sweet time, but are worth the wait... and Creative Reboot is one of those things! About 18 months ago, Sarah Wayte and I came up with the name & concept of a new...

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Celebrating small businesses

Celebrating small businesses

December has rolled round again and it's Small Business Saturday! If you move in similar circles to me, you'll have spotted a few posts today, probably from your friends, family or colleagues who run small businesses themselves. For my part, I thought I'd do a mini...

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