So Just Shop: empowering vulnerable communities

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So Just Shop is a new website selling beautiful hand-made products from women artisans in developing countries. The company works directly with women to help them gain financial independence, both by providing training and support for their businesses and by giving them access to an international … [read more]

A lesson in un-spoiling the kids

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This is one of my rare guest posts, written by my friend, fellow 40-something working mum Karen Finn. Like so many of us, Karen is concerned that we’re raising our children in a protective bubble. Obviously we want our children to be happy and that means … [read more]

The truth about being pregnant at work

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A report by the Equality & Human Rights Commission has found that 11% of new mothers interviewed reported having been dismissed, made redundant, or treated so poorly that they had to leave their jobs. In addition, one in five new mothers experienced harassment or negative … [read more]

The rise of the skill barter

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It’s funny how I, who hate exercising so much, ends up writing about exercising so much. I spent yesterday afternoon at Kentish Town Pilates Studio, not my usual choice of weekend hangout – although preferable to watching The Minions movie again followed by another funfair, … [read more]

7 MORE ways to improve your personal impact

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I had a great response from my recent post about how to improve your personal impact. It seems that I can intersperse beauty reviews with posts about professional development. So here are more great ways to improve your personal impact and leave an impression – whether … [read more]

Happy days

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The last week has been filled with fun and interesting events. I want to express my gratitude to the people who made them happen. Last Saturday I took the train up to Birmingham to attend BlogCamp UK, an event for parenting bloggers organised by Tots100. This was the first bloggers’ … [read more]

Living in the ‘Now’

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This guest post was written by Sylvia Baldock, a Personal Presence and Team Dynamics specialist and trainer. We met at a networking group called The Athena Network, where like-minded professional women meet over a delicious lunch once a month to share business ideas and see … [read more]

A week of firsts

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It’s been a week of new experiences and I wanted to get them down on the blog, so that I can start to reflect on just how far I’ve travelled on my self-employment journey. The most exciting news is that I’ve just received my first blogging … [read more]