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…

What are you currently learning?

Travel back in time for a second and imagine yourself as a baby – you can’t talk, you can’t walk and you can’t feed yourself. Yet, over time you learn all those skills because you have to – it’s how you are going to survive. So, why is it that we don’t put that level of self…

We’re biologically different…

A few months ago, I read a report from the Centre for Entrepreneurs called ‘Shattering Stereotypes: Women in Entrepreneurship’ – it was a really interesting read and it got me thinking. The report stated that women need a different level of service to men when in business. I’m not waving my feminist wand here but…

The Entrepreneurial Rollercoaster

Starting a business is hard. In fact it’s really hard and it’s certainly not for the faint hearted. Within my role at Entrepreneurial Spark I Enable a large number of Entrepreneurs on a monthly basis and one of the common themes I see crop up time and time again is trying to cope with the emotional…

Allowing Yourself to ‘Just be’

Yesterday I experienced my first Reiki session. For those of you who don’t know what it is…like me a few days ago… it’s a Japanese technique used to help with stress relief and relaxation. One of my Entrepreneurs told me how amazing it is so I decided to give it a whirl. I’m known amongst…

#BeBoldForChange

It’s International Women’s Day on 8th March and at the Entrepreneurial Spark Accelerator Hub I run in Milton Keynes we are holding a #BeBoldForChange event. Women in Business is a topic that I am really interested in but I recently got challenged on it. Someone told me to be careful not to paint myself with…

It takes 5 seconds to become de-motivated

I want to be healthier and do more fitness. It’s something most of us say on a regular basis yet we don’t do it. We then worry about it all day – we feel guilty for not going to the gym in the morning or for deciding at lunchtime that we can’t be bothered to…

5 steps to becoming a pro at managing your time

Sometimes there just isn’t enough hours in the day to get everything we want done right? You want to upskill but you can’t because you are always in meetings. Or you just can’t take that weekend off because the business will crash and burn if you do. Stop now! You can do it but you…

We can all be visionaries

Visioning is my favourite topic to teach Entrepreneurs here in the Milton Keynes Entrepreneurial Spark Accelerator Hub. Why? Because it gives clarity, focus and ultimately a final destination to aim for. Visioning is a snapshot of the success of a project at a particular time in the future. It’s essentially the destination you are aiming…