Being vague delays progress

C L A R I T Y

Do you remember that moment when you finally saved up enough pocket money to buy that thing you’d had your eye on for yonks? The extra bouncy trainers? The strong selection of fluorescent scrunchies (perfect for stacking!) or the strong smelling bubble bath from the Body Shop that made everyone in your house smell of tangerines. 

I remember saving up for some crimpers. Yes it was the 80s. The brand was Babyliss. The girl with the crimped hair in the advert looks liked she was having so much fun as she met her pals down the street. I was sold. 

Crimpers

I clutched my money and headed to Boots in Meadowhall in Sheffield and made a beeline for them. I didn’t get distracted, I knew the exact ones. They were there waiting for me. I crimped/ singed my hair as soon as I got home. Before long, everyone I met was a guinea pig and they left my sights with slightly frazzled hair. The return customers (non paying) even got to borrow one of the aforementioned fluorescent stacking scrunchies. 




So often I hear a lack of clarity…’I don’t mind’ ‘You choose’ ‘We’ll just have to see what happens’ ‘I’ll just cross my fingers’. ‘Whatever you think” That sense of limbo of waiting on someone’s decision can take up a lot of energy. 




What would it feel like to put all that energy into clarity, direction and focus. 




I would love what is important to you right now. If you could state your preferred outcome now, what would it look like? Where are you being vague? 


PODCAST: 'Making, handling, optimising money and why it isn't all about creativity' Mini Episode Twenty

Mini episode 20 is now live and I’m talking about money. I am not a financial advisor or accountant, however I am very passionate about talking about money. Mainly because I feel we are not educated about it. How to make it, grow it and sustain it. I know you may not want to listen to this one as money is such an emotive topic but it will help you set your year up going forward.

Listen to the full episode here:

Podcast: Mini Episode Nineteen

Running your own gig is brilliant when it is fun, exciting, flexible, invigorating and gives you that sense that you are doing exactly what you should be doing in the world. 
But what about the other times. The tricky bits. The times where you were caught out? The moments when you didn’t what to do for the best as all options were pretty rubbish. Or the sleepless nights anxious about money? Or consumed by your own self doubt. 
I wanted to talk about it today and give you some tools to support those less Instagrammable bits. Don’t worry we all have them. You are never alone.

Listen below:

I'm a big geek and a big rebel

I’m a big geek and a big rebel all at the same time. 

I am ace at the Countdown numbers. Even when the big number is 75

I have a weird and extensive knowledge of the TFL network…if you are ever drunk and lost at 2am, call me- I will direct you onto the right bus. 

I love ironing. 

I have folders for everything. 

I rub out unnecessary apostrophes on pub chalk boards. 

I have been known to borrow a pen to add one in if required. 


I don’t subscribe to age requirements…by the time I am x…I have to be y. I will be that poem, the old woman who wears purple…

I have invented my own job as I knew I wasn’t suited to one that already existed.

I can get deep really quickly. There are so many people I have met at weddings, airports, in waiting rooms and at conferences that I know waaay too much stuff about but have no idea where they live or which motorway they came on. 

I think about my green Doc Martens a lot. 

And as for Blue Monday or other social calendar date that puts an odd societal pressure on things, I’m not into. Rarely has the ‘best night ever’ been on New Year’s Eve. I really like Mondays. Sometimes I want to have a bath, read a book and get an early night on a Friday night. Sometimes I want to get really drunk on a Wednesday date night. 

January is a time of limbo. We are all desperate for some light and warmth on our faces- even I am saying that as a ginger, pale person. We know we are supposed to be working on our big, bold 2019 goals but the cold weather is suggesting otherwise. ‘Come my sweet friend, it is warm under here in this cloud like duvet’. 


I know I am in a small percentage of people who don’t get the appeal of pancakes. Nor Yorkshire puddings. Too spongy. Too rubbery. On Shrove Tuesday, I will probably be having a lasagna. 

Basically it is all about what works for you…if you are springy in January, spring. If now is your hibernation time, use it wisely and set some deadlines. 


If setting yearly goals is too overwhelming, set 6 monthly goals. Or monthly or weekly or daily. Just get clear on what feels good. Most of our bills are paid at the end of the month and sometimes that is a great time for me to set the next round of goals for the following month. It makes it real. 



My one year podcast anniversary

Yes indeed. Today is the one year anniversary of my podcast.

I wanted to start five years ago. I was spending a lot of time in the car on the motorway listening to other podcasts. At that time, it hasn’t occurred to me that I could start one. Surely the technology would be too complicated to master? What would I say? Who would listen? Isn’t it just people who have 7 figure businesses living in California who can do this?

The idea popped into my head again 3 years ago. I was marching (more like dragging!) myself and my baba around my local streets hoping for a nap in the buggy situation whilst I gained some much needed career clarity and direction with the help of a podcast.

However most of the time, I just felt disheartened. The vibe was very bold with messages of hustling hard, ‘killin it’, doing the grid or being a rockstar. None of that resonated me. Success was/is never going to be working 18 hours a day and not seeing my family.

I knew there must be other people who felt like I did. Those who wanted to explore a different way. I was intrigued to find out how other people defined success.

So I decided. I set a date.

I learnt the technology I needed.

I asked my lovely man for editing and moral support.

I asked people I knew and didn’t know to be guests.

I thought about what I wanted to talk about. I set a schedule.

I booked in the interviews. Nine months later I started to do solo episodes. I remained consistent.

In a nut shell that is what has happened. I have made the content, people like/love it and they share it. The number of plays grow day on day. No tricks or skipping the work. In true, it has never felt hard work.

We have made 110 episodes. It is listened to worldwide. It often charts in the top 100 business podcasts. I love making it and will continue to do so.

Now over to you? What do you want to create or begin this year? Big or small? What has been on your mind? What reoccurring idea excites/infuriates you at 4am? I would love to know.