What would Beyoncé do? (Maybe)

Beyoncé and I have a long distance relationship... we’ve been in the same room/field twice but the love is strong. One of us maaaay not know who the other is. But that’s ok. 😉

There are always phrases of ‘What would Beyoncé do?’ like it is a quick ‘Ok cool I’ll do that too’ However as it often is I’m sure it will be combination of things... I have tried to dissect the process on why she is in a league of her own...


1. She decided... we all have those moments of ‘no more, enough is enough’ or ‘Let’s do this’ or ‘What have I got to lose?’ Every action begins with a decision. I can’t imagine any of this was a flippant thought. 


2. Got a big vision. She’s not playing any more. She has the platform, money, support, love and talent to build a wonderful vision so she does. 


3. She realised she needed to build a team as she couldn’t do it alone. We may be a company of one but the best find the best to collaborate and grow with. 


4. She charged well.. for now and for later. Get paid now for the performance but also for ownership/producing rights. Savvy. 


5. She gave herself permission to still do what she loved and be a mother. Yes it is tough and you need support to do so but all hopes and dreams don’t end as soon as you give birth. 


6. Moved the needle. I am very interested in this phrase at the moment. I don’t want to be generic and surface. Beyoncé knows the stories that need to be told, the words that perhaps have been unsaid. She says them. 


7. Gave herself more time than normal. Overnight success is not a thing. There are hours of ‘showing up’ behind the scenes. 


8. Gave clear communication. You can’t lead without sharing your vision. There is a great part on the Goop podcast with @brenebrownabout how organisations could do this effectively. 


9. Be humble. Generous, kind, open, loving... you know all those things that are at your core. 


10. Do it like you are the best in the world and show the world what you can do.



What would happen if I became a contestant on Masterchef...

Anyone else a little bit obsessed with Masterchef? I love it. It is brilliant… I am so familiar with it, I almost think I could go on…or maybe not.

In reality, here’s what would happen:

1) I would be immediately outed that I have to use every pot and pan and my knife skills are quite shabby but enthusiastic.

2) I may be so impressed with myself when I made something delicious that I may accidentally eat it all before I served it. ‘Hmmm, yes John and Greg, it WAS nice and I DID balance the flavours beautifully.

3) I may cry if I was shouted out in the kitchen. I can cope with pressure but not when someone is bellowing ‘Come on come on come on’

4) People would know that I stick my tongue out to the side when I am in mega concentration mode…you would see this too when I was placing a tiny cube of beetroot gel onto the plate with tweezers…

Perhaps entry for 2020 may be a little too eager… plus I will have had a baby by then…probably not the best combination.

But in all seriousness, it does make me cook more. I knocked up a pretty great curry yesterday and it welcomed all the smug feels.

Sometimes social media or the media in general can make us assume that all the spots are taken…every idea has been done already, the market is saturated or people have had enough of x, y and z. Or we have to be the best in our field otherwise we can’t do it at all. Not true.

It is unlikely that I am going to be a Masterchef champion but I can still enjoy cooking, eating and improving our skills.

Plus people may be waiting for your flavour.

Over the next few days, I want to set you a challenge. I want to encourage you to make small incremental steps towards improving…

What you improve or focus on is entirely up to you. But the key is not to overwhelm yourself…just start with one thing.

So if you want to improve sales, how could you do this?

If you want to become more consistent, how could you create a process to support this?

If you want to make some bold moves which are out of your comfort zone how could you set yourself up for taking action even though, it feels scary.


PODCAST: '10 Practical ways to get into creative mode without self doubt and procrastination' Mini Episode Seventeen

New podcast episode 🎧

I loved making this one. At this time of year, we can all feel a pressure to do more and be more. For me to gain clarity I need quiet time. I have never done an assault course in my life as it would be make me cry as I hate being bellowed at. For me to do my best work I have to slow down. 
There are ten practical steps. I hope you find them useful. 

How to set goals for the year ahead

Any other creatives have oodles of bits of paper, notebooks, ideas scribbled on travel cards? 
For years I would concentrate on simply getting the idea out of my head. I thought that was enough... phew I didn’t forget it. But I was missing the mark on stage two... doing something with the idea. Capturing it so I could work with it... filing it so that it was easily accessible. 


Since my birthday. I have created this dream team trio. 
The 2019 book is broken into categories and has my goal setting work. The other brown one is a creative jotter... the place to home brainstorms and writing ideas... this can be easily replaced when it gets full (@frompaperchase (£6) ) and the rainbow book is a journal. I have been trying this combo for about six weeks and it’s working. 


I have an adventure book too that I am using for fun stuff; my wish list, things that are not associated with work... just adventures I want to plan. 
How do you capture your ideas? What works for you?

PODCAST: Episode Eighty Five with Sarah Gregory

E P I S O D E E I G H T Y F I V E is live with @srosegregory@makemotherhooddiverse I promise this episode will have you nodding along. I love Sarah’s heart, mission and collaborative nature. She is collating and celebrating so many wonderful, rich, thought provoking conversations. I urge you to check out @abouttimesnews - this edition is edited by @toomuchmotheringinformation

I'm in a book - The Freelance Mum by Annie Ridout

What a lovely morning celebrating the wonderful launch of #thefreelancemum written by @annieridout I was so honoured to be featured in it (there are lots of my coaching nuggets in there) and had so many mega chats with mega women - loved it. 

Purchase the book here

'Annie Ridout’s book will be an indispensable guide for anyone juggling freelance work with childcare, or parents who want to reclaim their work/life balance by being their own boss. If only this game-changing book had been around when I was on maternity leave!' Rosamund Dean, Grazia

'So many women find their careers cut off at the elbow as soon as they become pregnant – this book sounds like it could be really helpful for navigating the disconnect between family and work' Eva Wiseman, Observer

‘This is an area that sorely needs innovation and creative solutions and Annie’s website The Early Hour shows she’s exactly the woman for the job. I’m sure her book is going to become a real bible for freelancers and anyone who’s doing the daily juggle’ Brigid Moss, Red

‘An invaluable tool for anyone considering making the leap to freelancing’ STYLIST

‘Essential reading for all working parents…Read it and take the plunge’ GUARDIAN