#GEW2018

Just like Christmas, Global Entrepreneurship Week comes around ever so quickly every year! I usually find myself, on the Monday of GEW, quickly trying to book myself into events so I don’t miss out. It’s the first year that I have managed to get a good balance of hosting events and attending. GEW really is…

Removing the fog

I wanted to write this during #WorldMentalHealthDay but ironically didn’t have the time and certainly wasn’t in the right headspace. It had been a couple of really tough weeks at work. I suffer with anxiety, like most of us, and my usual symptoms of completely over thinking a situation, grinding my teeth because of that…

Gratitude

Before I go to bed every night I thank the universe for all the great things that happened that day. I also thank the universe for tomorrow – if I have a presentation I always say thank you for it going well – it works (I’m not talking about higher spirits here either!) I wouldn’t…

Adventures

Have you ever thought about turning challenges into adventures? I didn’t until this week – it’s #UpSkill month at work and I tuned into an awesome inspirational speaker Alastair Humphreys – one of many sessions held to help us #UpSkill at NatWest. The presentation wasn’t necessarily about upskilling but more turning challenges into adventures and…

Positivity

One of the Entrepreneurs I work with told me that in her investment exit plan it involves her and the hubbie moving back to the USA – she’s starting to get tired of the UK. I asked why – not because I took it personally but because I was genuinely interested as to why someone…

Change and uncertainty

As human beings we often find change challenging – it might be because our lizard brain goes into fight, flight or freeze mode when there’s an inkling of uncertainty, or maybe it’s because our security might be at risk which according to Maslow will impact the rest of our needs or it might just be…

I woke up this morning…

I burnt out in 2017 and it was last night, whilst having a drink with my colleague, that I realised this. I was so exhausted (even after a week off work for Christmas) and started to tear up. I was unhappy because I couldn’t change the things people wanted me to change. I was trying…

Take time to celebrate

I enable a large number of Entrepreneurs in my role at Entrepreneurial Spark and time and time again I have to remind them to celebrate even the smallest of milestones. When you run your own company you are pulled in a number of directions – you have to make key decisions everyday whilst being thrown…

Let your chimp make friends

My Chimp is called Emma and she can be a right pain in the bum sometimes. She always speaks out of turn and reacts far too emotionally in situations that need an element of level headedness. No I haven’t lost the plot, I simply read The Chimp Paradox and it’s been life changing. The Chimp…

Consider swapping a Master’s for a Start-Up

When telling my Entrepreneurial journey, or my experience of it so far, I always compare my first two companies like doing a Master’s because I learnt so much and they cost me as much. I’m absolutely not advising you not to do a Master’s but do consider other options out there where you could learn…