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Is being grateful holding you back in your career?

This is the year of being grateful. If you managed to survive the storm of the recent year and come out healthy and solvent then we should be thanking our lucky stars. There are so many people who haven’t. We should absolutely be grateful. In fact I see it daily on social media, I practice it in my morning routine and I constantly tell it to my kids.  Be grateful.  But where is the line between the benefits that gratitude brings to our our well-being and our ability to be present and appreciate all the important things in life, with...

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Do something! How to move yourself forward when you’re feeling stuck

It’s so easy right now to feel like giving up and resign yourself to the fact that life is out of your control. As a result there's a lot of women right now feeling stuck. Stuck at home. Stuck doing homeschooling. Stuck in a situation they frankly don’t want to be in. And it’s not surprising really given what's going on. So when you're feeling stuck and powerless to make a change that you really want to make, what do you do? First thing - do something. When you start taking action, even in the tiniest of ways, it enables you to...

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Ditch the job search and create a career around you

Are you tired of trawling job posts and not finding anything that's of interest? Or when you do it's in the wrong place, or it's the wrong hours, or it's too low level?  You're looking for something which is high level enough to interest you but not so high level that it's going to demand so much of you, because as much as you love working you also want to be around your family. So something ideally with hours between nine and two so you can make the school run? Sound familiar?Let's be honest. There aren't many of these jobs out...

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Get career clear in lockdown and one step ahead

  After the year we had in 2020, it was easy to think that as we entered 2021, all that world-wide pandemic thing would be over and we'd be back to getting on with our lives. Er, no. Instead, as we start 2021, it seems like it's just more of the same, and the same feelings of feeling restricted and stopped in our tracks seem to have re-surfaced. So where does this leave you, if you'd been thinking 2021 was the year you were going to finally take action and sort out your career? Well it leaves you where it left you last year. If...

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Is 2021 actually the year to tackle your career?

As we enter a new year in 2021, we also enter another lockdown here in the UK. After all the optimism that the end of 2020 started to bring us, and after what has quite frankly been one of the most tumultuous years in history, it feels like we've been slapped in the face and brought abruptly  back to ground zero. Really? We're going there again? Well I guess that's the choice we now face. When the first lockdown happened back in March last year I remember clearly thinking, this is it, bye bye business, no one will want to even think...

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Why you need to look back before you move forward

It's getting to the end of the year. A year like no other. We've really been through the mill and now we're coming out the other side, ready to face a new year. But before you get ready to throw this year away and discard it from your memory bank for good, take some time to reflect on it, in all its glory or ugliness and see what you've learnt. There's likely some learning gems in amongst it all that you may want to keep hold of.  At this this time of year, I, like a lot of people, like to start looking to the new year, with...

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The art of planning to stay balanced

I must admit since all this Covid stuff kicked off my planning has taken a bit of a hit. I’ve actually spent most of my time reflecting and consolidating which are also a really important part of any planning process and with so much uncertainty around just managing to get through the day has been about all I could do. Things are starting to change though and as we come out of the cloud, it could be time to really start to think about how to start to tackle all those things that have been put on the back burner. When it comes to...

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Make space for the Big Rocks

  What do you focus on first, the little things or the big things? My advice - go for the big stuff first. Often when we're trying to get to the bigger things in life the career goals, the big dreams, the vision of our future, we get bogged down in the day to day which stops us taking the time to focus on what's really important to us. This can be especially true for women. This means we tend to focus on the small things, the feeding, the washing, the shopping, the pay cheque - it all has to get done right? But where does that...

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Asking for what you need without burning out

What do you do if you’re living through unprecedented times, dealing with increased demands, policies from work that seem to require that you work at an impossible rate and pressure at home from your little ones pulling on your emotions and requiring your constant attention? How do you make it stop and get the changes you need before you start to head for burnout?  You’re not super human and you can only do so much. You can try to do it all but at some point you will more likely find yourself feeling like it’s too much and you will...

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Should I stay or should I go?

When things become difficult at work or we’re not enjoying it anymore the first question we often ask ourselves is, “Should I carry on doing this?”. Wouldn’t it just be easier to leave this challenging place and do something completely different, something that’s more me?  Wouldn’t it just be easier to get a job that fits around the children more easily and take this crazy pressure off me, trying to build a career and raise a family? At the moment many women, especially those who are career-focused parents, are asking themselves...

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Keeping hold of your vision

At the start of the year I wrote an article about how to form your vision for your career or business and then work out a plan of how you’re going to get there. Simple, right? Well it seemed that way only a few short weeks ago. But what none of us foresaw was how this year was going to shape up, and the unprecedented situation we now find ourselves in, living through a global pandemic that not only puts our immediate health at risk, but our livelihoods and our future. So what do we do? For now many of us are focusing on the day to...

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How to work around your family in a crisis

As a career coach who helps women to build family-friendly careers and supports women to create good work-life balance, I feel like now should be my time to step up and advise on the way forward as the government yesterday announced that from Monday schools and nurseries will close for most children and their continuing education will be in the home. But I’m no expert in home schooling and from the little I do know about it a good chunk of home schooling actually takes place outside the home within a supportive and dedicated...

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