New Year – now to get organised!

What do you start the New Year with? For me buying a new diary is almost cleansing…as a bit of a stationery freak I love the choice and believe me it does take a while to choose the right one, with the right amount of space and also one that I will take pride in so that it isn’t left to the side of the desk unloved.   Here are my top picks for 2012 The Dodo Family Organiser  Priced and £7.90 I found this diary great for organising family life. I particulary like that each of us can doodle on a page so it can also be kept as a memory book too!  Simple and Chic This paperchase diary is a little bit plain but also very chic and business like in grey. A little more expensive at £11.75 Breast Cancer Campaign Diary  I love the vibrant pink of this diary and also it’s for a good cause. The price of £9.99 sees a donation of £1 going to the Breast Cancer Campaign.  And finally….the Moleskin diary is hugely popular and we love the extra pages they include for additional organisation  adn is around...

Support for Women in Business

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about support for women, and mumpreneurs, and what support is needed to help women in business. Having just had 2 weekends of supporting other women in business, I felt I’d share my thoughts, then stand back and listen to the discussion! Last weekend was fantastic. I held the first Bra Lady Conference. This was a mixture of training and support for the Bra Lady team to help them develop their businesses. The feedback was very positive, with by far the most important part of the session, being, “I really valued being able to meet the other Bra Ladies and spend time getting to know them.” On Sunday, the group attended the Mumpreneur Conference, and all got a lot out of the event. The motivational speaker Miriam Staley talked about “Belief is Everything”, and “Walk in a positive way”. Just the things the Bra Lady team, a group of newly self-employed women, needed to hear. The group have never run their own businesses before, and need support from each other, and their wider networks to help them through when times are slow, and they lose their self-confidence. The 2 conferences they attended certainly boosted their motivation levels and gave them some tools to help them grow their businesses with a new vigour. Yesterday I had a stand at the Business and Baby Show, an exhibition designed to support parents who want to start their own business. The seminars were run by fabulously successful business people, and the people who attended the show were serious about starting their own businesses. Some of the ladies...

Mums in Business – Have you been inspired?

Well, I certainly have! What a busy month we’ve had here, with 25 posts on our theme. Thank you to all those who took part and shared their story, tips, or just simply an insight into what it’s like to be a Mum and run your own business. I don’t know about you, but I need time to reflect and go back over them all again – I’m sure I can pick up some more tips about juggling, priorities, and keeping focused, even when the going gets tough. I’m also delighted with all the support for the Business Mums Blog Carnival – a regular monthly roundup of posts, hosted on various Business Mum’s blogs. This month we had an eclectic mix of personal and business stories, but it all tied in very well with our very own theme. I’m exhausted by all the activity we’ve had, but I guess that’s one of the themes that has come through isn’t it? We’re all very busy women, but very determind in our own ways to get what we want for our families and our businesses. I’ve certainly been motivated by the stories of others, and been humbled by some of the open tales told during the month. What’s motivated, inspired, touched a nerve with you? I’d like to know. I’d also welcome your feedback on whether we had too many guests this month, or was it great to see so many stories in one place that you could compare, contrast and relate to with your own story? I’m at the end of the first week of the school holidays – a...

Business Mums Blog Carnival

I’m delighted to host this month’s Carnival. An eclectic mix of posts from a wide group of Business Mums across a   range of sectors. The only thing we have in common is that we’re Mums, and we run our own business. Some of these are large, some are quite small. It’s my first time hosting the carnival, so I’d welcome your feedback. My main question is “How was it for you?”, and “How can I improve?”, which I guess are key questions in our family and business lives too.   With no theme to the carnival, I think you’ll be delighted, challenged and motivated by the posts that have been entered. Let’s start with the challenge shall we? Libby Hill, from SmartTalkers asks us “Are young offenders really born bad?“. Having spent 9 years with The Prince’s Trust I know my answer to this question. But read the text. Is there anything you can do in your area or work to support people (not just young people), who may struggle with life? Joanne Dewberry who runs Charlie Moos has an interesting post. It’s titled “Coming to a High Street near you“, but challenges us as buyers of goods. Where do you shop & why? Are you prepared to pay for the service you get? I’m very interested in your comments on this one as I work in retail myself! Some more personal challenges are talked about by Helen Royle. She tells us about her daugther’s first hangover, and how she dealt with it. Whilst Donna Pinnell, Little Lilypad, talks about her SPD (Symphysis pubis dysfunction) and how she’s coping...

Be Inspired by anything – it’ll help

I’ve had a tough time on all sorts of fronts recently, which regular readers will be aware of. But, I feel like this darkness has also brought a disproportianate amount of lightness into my life. So, overall I, now, feel up on the deal. FANTASTIC! But where has all this inspiration come from? Can I convert it into personal motivation? These are my top places/people who have inspired me over the last few weeks, and how it’s affected my motivation: the Bra Lady team – their enthusiasm and motivation to get started and develop their own businesses with my support has encouraged and inspired me to deliver new ideas and resources to supporting them a new team I’m involved with who support people running their own businesses. They’ve helped me discover new CDs and books to help me develop personally. A particular site I’ve found helpful is Knowledge is King My cheerleaders, including my Action Learning Set colleagues, my informal and formal cheerleaders, including @Cambridgemummy, @Fired4u, @Lifftslings. Some of you won’t even know what you’ve done, but just by being there, at the end of an email or text is sometimes all that’s needed My sons. They’ve both made me very proud with their school reports this term. Their sporting achievements amaze me. And the love they give me, and their cuddles are second to none. I’m working hard so we can do wonderful things, and at the end of the day they inspire me with their love of life and thirst for knowledge My husband. I may give out about him, but overall he supports my whims, my...