Developing A Strategic Vision For Your Business

Creating a compelling vision of the future is something that leaders of business strive to achieve. Many end up with lengthy statements which are hard to comprehend and even harder to implement. An effective strategic vision will act as a trigger for focused effort that leads to achieving measurable goals that are clearly articulated. A great strategic vision has impact and will be authentic as well as capable of communication with conviction and passion in any medium, orally or in writing. 

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Business SupportHope Marshall
How To Change The World In 12 Weeks

Changing the world? Sounds a bit trite, a sweeping generalisation and definitely impossible? Some days I think that too, some days the weight of the vast task of making anything better seems too great. But more often, I believe in the small things that we do every day for the better. I hope to show you a tiny glimmer of hope if you are currently under a big fat doom blanket.

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ParentingHope Marshall
Mindfulness Myths: You have definitely been doing it right (even if it feels wrong!) 

You’ve heard the buzz about mindfulness - Improved chronic pain, reduced blood pressure, lower stress levels, improved mood, reduced anxiety, reduced conflict in families, and more. You’ve heard that apps like Headspace and Calm are growing increasingly popular, and you’ve even heard that incredibly successful companies like Nike, Google and Apple all actively encourage their staff to practice mindfulness, to improve their productivity.

So you’ve decided to give it a go. You’ve maybe even felt excited about the potential of this seemingly magical technique to rectify your various ailments. You downloaded the Headspace app, or one of the many YouTube clips on mindfulness, you settled yourself into your seated position, and you began … 

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4 Mistakes You Can Avoid When You Have A Baby 

I want to talk to you about how to avoid making some mistakes that can lead to a more stressful or negative experience during birth for many people. Mother nature and just pure human error or accident mean that we cannot ensure that we or someone else has a perfect birth, and I would suggest that you exercise some scepticism towards anyone that tells you that you can have a good birth if you just do x, y and z. 

That story really upsets me because it leads to the parents who tried hard, who did everything they thought they had to do, being let down by their experience and feeling that they are to blame. When you are sleep deprived and uncertain of the new landscape ahead of you, feeling that you did something fundamentally wrong or failed can have a huge effect and should not be minimalised. 

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ParentingHope Marshall
Making The Most Of Mat Leave With Busy Lizzy

When I was pregnant I found the concept of ‘maternity leave’ really daunting. Being used to my daily over-an-hour commute to London, fast-paced job and social life with non-mum friends, I just couldn’t imagine what ‘staying at home’ would have been like. Having moved to a new area not long before and having no friends with children, what was I actually going to do all day every day? 

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ParentingHope Marshall
“Do I need a doula if…?” 

I’m going to start by saying, you don’t need a doula. You don’t need a birth pool or a TENS machine. You don’t need gas and air or an epidural. You don’t even need a hospital or a midwife. All these things are options that you can choose or not choose. Yes really! Some of us want to prepare before giving birth by having these things available close by if we want them during labour. Some of us feel that we only need to call these tools into action as labour progresses and don’t want any prophylactic intervention. These choices are personal and should always be treated as such. 

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ParentingHope Marshall
Tips For Parents With Anxious Children: Unleashing Your Hidden Parenting Superpowers. 

One question that parents often ask child therapists is this: “How can I stop my child feeling so anxious?” And this is, of course, a very understandable question - it can be heartbreaking to watch your child experience anxiety. Anxiety is characterised by so many uncomfortable experiences - Their minds can swim with thousands of negative thoughts, about all the potential bad things that might happen, and they might start to ask a lot of questions about these possibilities.

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How Specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapy Can Help You Recover From Birth

Women’s bodies are amazing! Growing and giving birth to a baby however astonishing can put significant stress and strain on a woman’s musculoskeletal system. Statistics show that after having a baby half of women have a weakness in their abdominal or pelvic floor muscles. Up to 60% have a separation of their abdominal muscle (Diastasis Recti) at 6 weeks post birth. 45% may experience some urinary incontinence which can remain present for years following the birth. 25% of women giving birth experience ongoing pelvic pain which may become chronic.

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Managing Yourself: How To Get Things Done & Still Have A Life

Do you sometimes despair at how few tasks you complete despite being so busy? Are people getting frustrated with you about jobs you have promised to do but have yet to start? Do you wonder how some people can achieve so much with their time? Comparing yourself unfavourably to others can leave you miserable and demotivated. Soon you are wondering exactly when you transformed from a human being into a human doing. If this sounds familiar, you need to look at how you manage yourself.

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Spotlight on The Floral Emporium

The Floral Emporium launched earlier this year after over 10 years of owner Claire day-dreaming about it.  Having always loved anything with a floral pattern – from hippy gerberas to Cath Kidston ditsy prints and everything in between. Claire  wanted to give other people a place where they could buy all things floral for them and their home – from Kentish Lavender soaps to British made floral cushions, rose printed reusable travel cups and vintage petal broaches

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Making Your Business More Money

We caught up with Jack Sales to find out how an accountant can save you money and help you make more money. Accountants are trained professionals who frequently advise businesses growing from new enterprises to established companies. In much the same way, tax advisers offer advice to both individuals and businesses, and there is a significant cross-over between accountancy and tax advice. So what exactly can an accountant/tax adviser do to save you money and help you make more money? 

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Flourish With These Simple Self-Care Practices 

Health and wellbeing are vital for living a full and happy life. Incorporating self-care into our daily lives means we can enjoy the good times, and be better equipped to deal with life’s challenges. Taking steps to feel fit, healthy and happy seems obvious, but it is another thing to make it happen. Life gets busy, and there is always another priority. Often self-care activities are the first things to go when juggling family and work commitments. Here are some common issues that I encounter with clients in my wellbeing coaching practice, together with some positive steps to help address them:  

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