I’ve been reading Gretchen Rubin for years. Her work on building a happier life is brilliant and I love how practical she makes her advice. Her blog is full of tools and tips on living a happier life, and now, since and her latest book release, practical strategies on how to foster good habits too. I’ve become a bit obsessed with habits lately. I’ve always loved New Year’s resolutions (or in my case usually monthly resolutions!) and what are New Year’s resolutions if not a chance to refresh your habits? “Better than Before” is basically a book on New Year’s…

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If you know me well, you know that free weekends are rare. My ‘Confessions of an overcommitter’  post is testament to the busyness that consumes mine, and many of my friends’ lives. How often do you get a 48 hour slot with NOTHING planned? It’s so uncommon in your thirties (and beyond, when children and bigger family commitments take hold) that when it happens, it’s something to behold. Or if you have a tendency to write, something to pay tribute to… Oh free weekend, where have you been all my life? That chance weekend where nothing is planned in, no…

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Whatever you get up to these days a photograph is usually involved. From snapping your on point work outfit while you wait for the bus (guilty) to an afternoon in the pub, barely a moment goes by when a camera or more likely a smartphone is pulled out to capture something, no matter how mundane. When you do something really special, like going on holiday or finally getting your friends together at a wedding it feels like this pressure to capture the moment steps up a notch. Last month I went to South Africa for two weeks, staying in eight…

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As I write this I’m on a train from London to Brighton having started my day at 5am to make a client workshop in London at 8.30am which lasted until 6pm, followed by a quick catch up with my best friend who lives in London (so it’s the perfect opportunity to see her), followed by work emails on the train, followed by reviewing a document for another big client meeting tomorrow morning, with a quick phone call to my boyfriend to let him know I’m on my way and can walk the dog, followed by a quick rub of my…

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Last Thursday I went up to Twitter HQ in London for the first ever #IRLPanel. Set up by two brilliant writers Emma Gannon (@girllostincity) and Laura Jane Williams (@superlativelyLJ), these ladies are truly bossing the internet. I have followed their writing careers for a long time and have known Emma since we both worked together a few years ago. Their latest project is to gather women who have forged brilliant careers online and have a meeting IN REAL LIFE (IRL). Such a simple idea, and so effective. With such a huge pool of women (and men) creating amazing content online,…

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