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How to aim high as a blogger and let the world see your content

on Nov 29, 2016 |

Being a blogger can be a very lonely endeavour. You write on your own, publish on your own and, once you’ve sent your lovingly-crafted work out into the big, wide world, you wave it goodbye, only to realise that it too is alone. I know this, because I’ve published an awful lot of blog content in the past that has disappeared into the ether, never to be seen again (or, at least, not to be seen by anyone else’s eyes but my own). Thankfully, I’ve lived a little since then and have learned how to ensure as many people as possible have access to and, more importantly, want to read my writing. I was reminded recently of a fabulous quote by an English writer, John Bunyan, who neatly summed up the desire we have as humans to overcome giant tasks. “The hill, though high, I covet to ascend,” he once said. “The difficulty will not me offend, for I perceive the way to life lies here.”...

Places I’d love to visit this winter

on Nov 11, 2016 |

I love the winter. Longer nights, freezing temperatures and the inevitable formation of ice on the car windscreen every morning may leave many counting down the days until the summer, but for me, it’s a very special time of the year. Long, wintery walks on crisp grass, cosy nights in with the heating turned up to eleven and the odd trip to a log fire-equipped pub are just some of the things I look forward to when the temperature drops and the nights draw in. This year, I have my sights set on a winter break and, rather than simply choose a run-of-the-mill hotel in some nondescript location, I’m thinking about a trip that will feature stunning natural beauty and unforgettable experiences. In my mind, there’s nothing more romantic than travelling at this time of year. You may be thinking about doing the same, and in this post, I’d like to give you some inspiration by letting you in on my...

Time is Money – the relationship between time and productivity

on Jul 15, 2016 |

If you’ve ever reached the end of a long working day only to look back and wonder exactly what you’ve achieved, you’ll know how surprisingly difficult it can be to count the number of achievements on one hand. That isn’t because you’ll run out of fingers – far from it. You’ll more likely struggle to count one or two things you completed successfully or pinpoint any significant progress made on specific projects. Don’t worry – you’re not alone. There’s a reason for this and it is a trap we all fall into: overlooking the importance of time tracking and its relationship with productivity. You see, productivity and time tracking are intrinsically linked. One can’t exist without the other and, in business, this relationship is the very reason the phrase ‘time is money’ is so often uttered in meetings and by finance teams. On the face of it, the process of tracking time may seem...

Planning this year’s holiday

on May 31, 2016 |

I love this time of year. With spring finally taking hold and warmer air making a welcome appearance, thoughts inevitably turn to the holidays. It’s nearly vacation time! And, on that note, I’ve been thinking recently about how best to spend my holidays this year. My boyfriend and I always begin planning our annual holiday activity as early as possible, but we’re a little late this year. So, with that in mind, it’s time to get cracking. In this post, I’m hoping to give you some holiday inspiration to aid your own plans. Without further ado, here are 5 things we’re thinking of doing for some much needed R&R. 1. Escape to the country We love the outdoors and there’s no better time to sample the best Mother Nature has to offer than during the summer. With that in mind, a secluded cottage surrounded by country walks and the odd pub or two sounds rather tempting. It may well be time to...

Mind Mapping for Bloggers

on May 20, 2016 |

A blogger’s mind is often a tangled weave of post ideas, half-formed intros and thoughts on how to further engage their audience. Getting all of that stuff out of the brain and onto digital paper, however, is rather tricky. Unfortunately, the inability to untangle all of the thoughts and ideas in our heads means that some of our inspiration never sees the light of day. What could be a fabulous, visitor-grabbing blog post is simply lost forever. If you’re a wordsmith and this all sounds rather familiar, I’m about to help you make a fantastic discovery. It’s called the ‘mind map’ and it could transform your blogging productivity. Mind mapping is a technique for visualising thoughts. You may have seen them before; think numerous circles with interconnecting branches and colour coded notes, and you’re on the right track. Mind maps are used for all manner of purposes, but in this post I’m...

How to become successful businessman/woman

on Apr 28, 2016 |

When it comes to being successful in business there are no strict guidelines and there is no specific career path you needed to have trodden, in fact you could start your career in something completely different from business, like in football or as a plumber.  Don’t believe me ? Have a look at this article, about three football stars, who made it to business world. Though there is no one route that is guaranteed success in the business world, there are plenty of tips of things to do and things to avoid in business to be thought of as successful.  Here we will go through some of the most important ones: Take chances: to be successful you have to be fearless, take chances and opportunities as they arise even though there is an element of risk involved.  If you have started your career in another industry or field and want to change to business one of the biggest chances you have...

15 apps that make my life easier

on Apr 26, 2016 |

When I compare life now, to how it was a decade ago, I realise just how easy we have it. Back then there were no phone apps to help you organise and live your day, no Facebook app to remind you that its someone’s birthday today or to use as an invitation service for your parties, even taking photos and having them printed is now instantaneous through an app instead of the three day printing process we used to endure. This is all great but it is making me heavily reliant on my phone, in fact there are some apps that I simply cannot be without, they make my life so much simpler that I’d now be lost without them. Here are my favourite fifteen apps: Apple Pay: this came out in 2015 and is probably the best of all the apps I have, setting it up was quick and simple and now so is paying for things in a shop. Now more places are starting to accept Apple Pay I find myself using it more and...

Give your home a quick spring makeover

on Mar 24, 2016 |

With spring fast approaching, you might be looking forward to boxing up those winter clothes and bringing out the lighter, cheerier spring clothes.  If you enjoy welcoming spring into your home by giving your wardrobe a spring makeover, why not see how it feels to do the same with your home.  Giving your house a spring makeover is the perfect way to really enjoy this exciting spring season and also inject some freshness and excitement into a house that may have looked the same for some years. The good news is that giving your home a spring makeover doesn’t have to cost or take too much time, in fact you can create the perfect look quickly and for next to no money at all. Of course, the more elaborate you go the more you are likely to spend, for example, a stunning spring garden wall mural is an ideal way to introduce spring into your home before the flowers have even grown and garden...