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Building a business – the early days

Building a business – the early days

You know by now that I'm a multipod - someone who thrives on doing lots of different things, having lots of varying interests, and pursuing more than one thing at once. My latest venture is a mermaid business, which combines some of my greatest passions with one of my...

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What to do when you’re frustrated with your day job

What to do when you’re frustrated with your day job

Most of us will have had a day job at one point or another - lots of us still do. They mostly don't light us up, but they tick along nicely, pay the bills, give us some social contact, enable us to experiment and get going with the businesses we dream of, and...

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What a stock take really looks like…

What a stock take really looks like…

We all run, or dream of running, our businesses from home. No more commuting, office hours, small talk with people we have nothing in common with. Some dream of running their business from anywhere - though sandy beaches play havoc with your laptop's keyboard, and...

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It doesn’t have to be all or nothing

It doesn’t have to be all or nothing

So many conversations I've had recently about Being In Business. "I don't feel like a proper businesswoman." "I don't feel like the word entrepreneur describes me." "My day job is ok." "I don't want to give up my job entirely." "I want to do lots of things." "I like...

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Dreaming of decluttering

Dreaming of decluttering

Where do you run your business from? No, my desk never actually looks this pretty...  I used to have an office in my spare room (I rather grandly called it a studio, but really it was a big desk with a jewellery workbench on one end, big screens for editing, and wall...

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Filling your creative well

Filling your creative well

Recently, my body and brain and heart have all told me in no uncertain terms that enough is enough. (This fluffy cat of mine also regularly gets in my way enough to give me a hint that I should be cuddling her, not working...) They are tired and they need to stop. I...

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Even your snapshots are worth printing

Even your snapshots are worth printing

There have been a few posts like this surfacing recently, and at first I didn't think much of them. Photos are photos, whether they're digital or printed, right? And you always get the important ones printed, don't you? The weddings, the graduation photos, the...

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Be the one who people talk about

Be the one who people talk about

In my youth, I was often the subject of whispers and giggling. In one memorable-for-all-the-wrong-reasons occasion when I was fourteen, I was also the subject of a secret bet – how long would the boy I was dating put up with me before he dumped me? (Answer,...

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Why a day job isn’t always a bad thing

Why a day job isn’t always a bad thing

It can be really easy, when you're looking for advice about your beloved business, to get bogged down in other people's opinions rather than finding the advice you needed in the first place. I've noticed, among some of the mentors/teachers/gurus out there, a tendency...

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When the muse deserts you

When the muse deserts you

Some days, you just don't want to blog. Or, more accurately, you want to blog, but the words are just not coming.  And yes, I fully appreciate the irony of this being a blog post. The endless sea of gurus telling you "you should blog" "blog all the time" "make sure...

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Kitten interlude

Kitten interlude

I've been testing out my new camera body on the most easily-available subjects - my two cats, Luna and Clover! And the extra hour of daylight today made SUCH a difference... even if it is making it impossible for me to go to bed at a sensible time. I know you're doing...

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Business Soloist Sessions: Janine, In Love With Colour

Business Soloist Sessions: Janine, In Love With Colour

This session was ridiculously fun! The lovely Janine runs In Love With Colour, where she does colour analysis - finding the best colours for each person, to make them look their best. (And I do mean at their best - the blusher she recommended to me makes me look like...

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On Purpose

On Purpose

A few days ago, I saw a link to an article on living life on purpose. I loved the phrasing... on purpose is exactly how I try to live and design my life, and why I get so frustrated (and I know you do too) when people look at what you've created, and say, "oh, you're...

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How to DIY a business retreat

How to DIY a business retreat

You see those amazing retreats for business, in gorgeous places, with experts on hand, and cocktails in the evening, full of likeminded people, and you think to yourself how wonderful it would be to have three whole days to work on your business, uninterrupted. Then...

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#inspirenovember favourites

#inspirenovember favourites

Quite a few people joined us for the #inspirenovember challenge Louise and I issued. Ironically, the days I posted least were the days she and I spent together, immersed in planning our businesses for the next twelve months. Oops! Here are some of my favourites from...

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Breaking blocks

Breaking blocks

It's taken me almost a decade to embrace the fact that photography is, like writing, as natural to me as breathing. Some bad experiences with negativity online, when I was still very young and took everything to heart, have kept me from pursuing something that makes...

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Stepping into the wider world…

Stepping into the wider world…

So I joined Instagram. Again. I bloody love Instagram, it's the best way I've ever found for sharing snippets of my life, behind the scenes and generally making a photo journal of the World of Carla. It's brilliant. But with a very personal account (@duckingfabulous)...

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All my selves

All my selves

Unconvinced about the title of this one. Taken at the very end of my best friend's wedding, just before we all retired to bed. It's one of my most favourite self portraits to date because of all it represents - Lotta and Nell and me, all bringing our best sides to the...

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First Flight

First Flight

A precursor of the Emerging Fae series, and a happy accident from a Red Riding Hood shoot. Wickham Bishops, August 2014

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Waiting for Wonderland

Waiting for Wonderland

Reading, searching, waiting for her door to Wonderland. And so absorbed in the book, she doesn't notice her very own white rabbit tortoiseshell cat leading her to the rabbit hole... Wivenhoe, July 2015

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