10 Tips To Lift You Up

So today is, apparently the bluest day of the year, aptly named blue Monday.

It’s my birthday tomorrow and this day fell on my actual birthday last year and it always falls pretty close, so I’ve never been a fan of this term!

What is Blue Monday?

Scientists have put together various factors to come up with this- the most depressing day of the year. It’s a mixture of over-indulging at Christmas, both in terms of health and finances, the bad weather and the feeling of a ‘come-down’ after the Christmas chaos. Many people at this time of year are struggling with debt and not knowing how they’ll manage to pay it, failing our New Years Resolutions, feeling a general lack of motivation and overall a little bit rubbish!

A friend of mine messaged today to say she was feeling particularly rubbish and had spent some time crying – now we all get down from time to time, and that’s absolutely fine. But it’s about being able to have tools in our kit to be able to deal with these little lows that get us back up again!

Among, other things, I’ve managed to help put a smile on my friends face, so thought I’d share some tips and try to help you all when you are having a blugghhhh day too!

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Tips to overcome feeling down

  1. Smile

This has been scientifically proven, that just the act of smiling can lift our mood. It changes brain chemistry which sends good feelings and can help turn that frown upside down!

2. Have a dance

Try being down whilst having a good boogie, it’s really hard to do! Pull out your all-time favourite songs (something upbeat of course!) and feel your mood lifting!

3. Go for a walk

This works for a lot of people. Just the act of getting outside in nature can help clear your head and make us feel happier.

4. Exercise

I know loads of people that swear by exercise to help lift their moods. There is a change in chemicals in the brain to support this theory when endorphins are released.

5. Gratitude

Make a list of all the things that you have in your life that you are grateful for. Do you have a roof over your head, water, electricity, gas central heating, clothes, food etc? By making a list, it makes you put things in perspective.

6. Watch a funny film

Laughter relieves stress, helps to heal and exercises parts of our body.

7. Journal

You make think this isn’t for you, but try it. The power of mindset work is amazing. If you haven’t tried it, now is as good a time as ever to start!

Write down’ I love myself because…….’ write down 20 things

Then write down ‘I am proud of myself because….. ‘ again 20 things

Then consider writing an affirmation out 20 times such as ‘I completely believe in my ability to succeed’ or say it out loud to yourself or whilst looking in a mirror.

Or watch a happy or motivational video on Youtube- works wonders!

8. Speak to someone

As the old saying goes, a problem halved is a problem shared. Speak to your other half, a close friend, family member or someone else you trust. Often they can put a different spin on things and add a different perspective for you.

9. Get some sun

Ok, so this one isn’t always available, but if it is- absorb as much sunshine as you can get- it’s a huge mood lifter and for me something that is so important to me. It’s one of my favourite things in life and why you’ll often catch me looking at (and booking!) holidays!

10. Get help

If your mood isn’t just a funk you’re in for a day or two, but for a much longer period of time, then you may need help. This can start with looking at exercise, drinking more water, eating better foods or speaking to someone such as a doctor. Never be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

 

I hope these tips have helped a little. What do you do when you are feeling a little low?

 

 

 

Female Entrepreneur Video Series- Rebecca Ahern- Coach

This week I caught up with the lovely Rebecca Ahern.

Rebecca Ahern works with professional women who want to build successful careers and fulfilled lives with less stress and more balance.

About Rebecca Ahern

For ten years I worked as a senior exec and leader in one of the largest and most diverse sales and marketing businesses in the UK. I experienced personally and witnessed first-hand, the pressures that face ambitious individuals today.  We know we can have it all but we’re just not quite sure how we’re going to do it all.

Well, that’s where I went a bit wrong.  I thought to have it all, I had to do it all.  My life became increasingly complex and stressful, all in pursuit of the dream.  Then when I achieved the dream and wasn’t happy, I realised I must have got the formula wrong somewhere along the way.

As a result, and after much trial and error, I developed an approach that saw me flourish in my career and my life and eventually set up my own business.  My approach is based on a radical self-discovery and ongoing self-awareness that banishes insecurity and allows us to live with a feeling of control, balance and with authenticity.

You won’t find any ‘fluff’ here. No dancing around the point. We’ll laugh and we’ll work hard. Together, we will set you on a path to success, fulfilment, health and happiness so you can get on with living the best version of your life.

You can find Rebecca here

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Instagram Hashtag Update

Hi ladies,

If you love Insta and haven’t seen the latest update (they are always making updates), then have a watch of my short video below. Screenshots are also below, showing you what I’m talking about!

As you probably know, hashtags are hugely important to reach your ideal clients and audience. Every day people will go and search for the type of content they are looking for via searching for that hashtag. So by using the hashtags that you think your audience are looking for, you increase your chances of being found.

You have always been able to click through from a # that you or someone else uses to see other IG users using that hashtag, or you’ve been able to go to the search and explore section and look up a particular hashtag that way. Either way, you’ll be able to find the particular content that you are interested in.

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The explore section is usually a little random to say the least, with some content that is suited to you, some that is not something you’d go looking for, but you find yourself being engrossed in and other posts are just not suited to you at all.

IG update

However, the latest update allows you to tailor the type of content that you are looking to follow and your feed becomes much more specific to you. You can even train the tool to fine-tune the content that you like.

To show how much you like the content- give it a like or a comment and IG will show you even more of that type of post. They will select a collection from that # and show you in your main feed.

If you don’t like a post, click on the 3 dots on the top right-hand corner and you can choose to let IG know that you don’t like it. It’ll learn to not show you that type of post again. Clever- aye!

The more you help Insta learn about what you do and don’t like, the more it’ll learn what to show you more of.

Let me know how you get on with this and the screenshots are below!

Watch my video of the new # feature

Insta Screenshots

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Here is the new feature. When you first click on a hashtag, you’ll see this message pop up.

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Click got it and you’ll see a blue ‘follow’ button for your selected hashtag. Click follow to follow that hashtag.

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You’ll start seeing more posts in your feed with the # that you have chosen to follow. This can still be varied even without that #, so you can fine-tune the tool to learn what you’d like to see more or less of. If you decide you’d like to see less of a certain type of post, click on the menu button of a post- the 3 dots in the right-hand corner.

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Then simply click on ‘See fewer posts like this’.

If you like what you see- send the post some love, either double clicking to send it a red heart or even better, leaving a comment. Insta will then know you like what you are seeing!

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Do you ever check if you are in the top 9 for a certain hashtag? All you need to do is click on a particular hashtag that you use and you’ll be taken through to the page above. The top 9 are the top posts using that hashtag, then the ones below are the most recent uses.

The top 2 posts on this screenshot above are both mine, so I know that two posts are in the top 9 posts for that hashtag of over 34,000 posts. Take a look at yours, you’ll often see your posts in the top 9 that you didn’t even know existed!

The top posts are now hugely important to this new rollout. When people go over to follow a hashtag, what is the first thing they’ll see? Yes, the top 9 and you want to be in that section. You’ll increase your exposure and increase your following!

Have fun and let me know how you get on.

Female Entrepreneur- Video Series With Angèle Cristina

Hey ladies, this week I chat to the fantastic Angèle. Watch the video to listen in to us talking about her journey and how she found her ‘happy’.  Angèle was so fun to talk to. She is a huge fan of Facebook Live and spoke about how she uses it to speak to her audience.
Watch this space for a future collaboration with Angèle sharing some FB live tips with us.
My name is Angèle and I’m an Online Visibility Strategist, Transformational coach and Motivator. I make women realise that the true power lies within each and every one of us and that the time to hide is over.
What does that mean?
When the online visibility strategies, intuition and superpowers are in alignment one can create magic and achieve greatness to grow their businesses, make the money they deserve and have more time with their loved ones.
Find Angèle via the links below:
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Female Entrepreneurs- Marie Teevan- Success Coach

This week’s female entrepreneur ‘interview’ is with the fabulous Marie Teevan.

Marie is a success coach for the middle-aged woman. What I love about Marie is how inspiring she is, especially for women who find themselves at a certain age and wonder when life slipped them by. If you know that you have more to give, but wonder if it’s too late, then this week’s video is for you!

It’s never too late to start. Marie is a wonderful testament to this and shares her story of when she left her coaching role to start her own business at 52. She now works with amazing women who are at that same place in their own life.

What Marie says

I’m a skilled Success Coach with over 20 years experience. Up until 18 months ago, I was employed as a Performance & Personal Development Coach with one of the UK’s leading communications company but I’m now fully self-employed & run 2 successful businesses.

Being 54 I have personal experience of the many challenges women face in their mid life years & I now coach women, between the ages of 40-60, from all over the world.

My Programmes are designed to show women that Mid Life is a time for new beginnings, an opportunity to go after their goals, dreams & plans that they may have pushed aside while raising their families.

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You can find Marie on Facebook here 

 Email
marie@marieteevan.com
You can read my story here
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Female Entrepreneurs- Leona Burton & Estelle Keeber- Founders Of MIBA

Great chat with the founders of MIBA-

Leona Burton & Estelle Keeber.

 

This is the first in a series of video calls with some amazing female entrepreneurs, who have agreed to have a chat with me and share their fantastic stories, of how they have got to this stage of their journey. Grab a cuppa, press play and get ready to feel inspired!

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Estelle & Leona’s  group is for ambitious and motivated Mums in Business that want to create a profitable business and live life on their terms.
It is a supportive and welcoming group for all things Entrepreneurial. Estelle & Leona share tips, strategies and advice on a whole range of topics from sales to social media, list building, planning, launching and everything else in between!

Whether you are just starting out or looking to grow your existing business, or just want to learn a few new things then pop over to join them!

 

Follow MIBA on IG

Join the MIBA FB group 

Take a look at the MIBA website

 

Read My Story Here

My Story

Hello ladies.

This week’s blog post wasn’t a planned one. It happened a little by accident.

I am taking part in a visibility challenge this week with a coach that I follow. I’m part of her group that the challenge is taking place in and today’s challenge- day 1, is to write down ‘your story’ then share part of that in the group and on your FB page.

As I started writing my post in her group, I couldn’t stop and it turned into a blog post – so here we go, I thought I’d share here too, so you guys can get to know me a little better. It’s quite a vulnerable post for me and really got me thinking about where I am in my journey.

My Story

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I started my entrepreneurial journey young- my first business was at aged 18. I think I had always known this was the route for me and I loved it. I sold the business after 3 years and went into employment but toyed with coming back to self-employment constantly.

After a holiday, my now husband and I started another business- a guest house. After 5 years, 2 difficult pregnancies and 100’s of guests, the guest house life became too much and we sold up.

At this stage, we knew I would continue to run my own business, but didn’t know what. After much research, I decided that I’d start a Shabby Chic & Vintage Home & Gift online business and my ‘3rd baby’ was born.

This was started from our kitchen worktop, where I did everything by myself and grew the business using social media. The stock was small at first and was stored in my children’s wardrobe. Each day, I’d have 2 1/4 hours whilst the little ones were at pre-school to pack and post any orders that I’d received and work on growing the business.

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I had a phenomenal first Christmas thanks to a product that sold like hot-cakes and not many people were selling at the time and the business was really taking off. We moved to a bigger house- predominantly so I had more room to house the now growing stock and I had a large office and a stock room followed by staff. I moved twice more to a business unit, then another, double the size as the business continued to grow at a fast rate.

I started another side to the business- literally, overnight- a monthly box subscription that took off in month 1 and was going amazingly well. I won a ‘Mumpreneur’ business award and went on a business trip to China to start importing products direct, rather than through UK wholesalers and had an office in China, where they represented me and dealt directly with the manufacturers on my behalf.

So what happened?

So, it looked like the business was going great guns. But I wasn’t. Something had changed in me. To this day, I don’t know exactly what, but I felt like I’d ‘lost my mojo’.
This had been my baby for almost 5 years, that I’d literally ‘ate, breathed and slept’ and all of a sudden I wasn’t in love with it anymore.

This was a difficult thing to accept as I have always had that fear of failure niggling at the back of my head. I kept quiet for a while but could feel the stress building. The business started getting a little bit quieter- and that also made me feel extremely stressed. Looking back, I can see that it was predominantly my mindset that was affecting the business, but at the time I couldn’t see the wood for the trees. It was a downward spiral. I was completely overwhelmed, trying to do it all myself and not spending enough time On my business, but too much in the business. I wasn’t growing.

When I (finally) opened up to my husband – he was amazing. I had so many fears that he wouldn’t understand and would feel that I’d not involved him sooner in the way I was feeling. But he literally told me ‘just walk if it’s making you feel like this, it’s not good for you and we’ll deal with the consequences together’. I think it was knowing that I had that support that fired up something in me that hadn’t shown up for a while (the fighting spirit) and I decided that, hold on, I had a bloody viable business that I could sell- not walk away from! This was turning over multi six-figures and had an amazing following and good profit- I wasn’t walking anywhere!

The next step

So, I listed it on a business for sale site (still among feelings of failure, that nobody would be interested etc) and had around 40 enquiries in total. Those first few days I had 2 people come down and both wanted to make an offer. The first offer came the next day, I accepted and I pushed for a sale within a month!

It was one of the hardest months of my life but we did it. The business was all in my head, I didn’t have processes and systems written down, so all that had to be done, but after the month, I’d moved out of my premises and the new owner had hers. I worked closely with her for months making sure the handover went smoothly and spent the six weeks holidays just being ‘mum’!

Failure?

It took me the best part of a year to realise that actually, I hadn’t failed. I had started and sold a business for a profit.

Being in that position made me think that I couldn’t be the only woman struggling with it all- the kids, the house, the business. I couldn’t be the only women trying to be the best at it all, but not actually believing in herself enough and what skills she could offer. I decided I wanted to help other women who were feeling that overwhelm, the pressure, the doubt, the lack of skills. So, I started another business as a VA.

As the year progressed I started thinking that maybe I could mentor women, but the doubt stopped me from doing too much about that. I love working as a VA and as I became more confident in the skills I could offer (and put my pricing up), I started to really attract my tribe. I changed my website to be a reflection of me- I’m girlie and wanted it to show that. I started being really strict with who I was working with. Female entrepreneurs only. As time went on, I started to naturally attract a few coaches. This is such a positive place to be – full of inspiration and motivation- I spend much of my days being surrounded by amazing, like-minded, kicking-ass women!

This made me realise that I can do this, I have plenty of experience and skills that women could learn from. I know I’m now on the right path, I feel it deeply and am so looking forward to the coming months and years. Continuing to grow as a person and continuing to help many women reach that same satisfied place.

Interested in working with me? Find out more here >>>

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Success?

I know success means different things to different people.

Let’s be clear, I am money driven.

But it’s more than that. This past year I have run a viable business that I love, doing something that makes me happy, helping female entrepreneurs, all whilst taking my kids to school every day, picking them up every day, never missing a school concert or event. I’ve travelled 6 times these past 8 months and managed my work around that. I’ve certainly drank more wine than I should have and eaten amazing food (hence the additional stone I’m carrying ;)).

I’m happy and loving life. And to me that is being successful and I know I have so much more to give. If you’d like to get clarity on your business, learn how to use certain tools and systems to grow your business and feel amazing about yourself, take a look at my package here >>>

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I hope you enjoyed reading a bit more about me. I know I love reading other people’s stories, so hopefully, mine can inspire one or two of you too.

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Thank you for reading! Katie x

 

8 Instagram Updates

Hey beautiful ladies.

Have you noticed the latest Instagram updates? Keeping true to form for 2017, they have continued with the regular updates of late.

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I haven’t done an IG updates post for a while. Read the last one here >>>

 

 Here are the latest IG updates:

  1. IG Poll

I love this feature. To access it go to your IG stories and add/take a pic as normal, then go to stickers. If you aren’t sure, this is the square smiley face in the top right hand corner when you have taken or added a photo.

Once you’ve clicked on stickers, you’ll see the option of POLL. Click here and you can add a space for a question and a choice of 2 answers, such as yes and no. Then click done. As your followers answer your question, you’ll receive the answers to your poll. So when you look, you’ll see the current score and who has answered.

2. New IG Stickers

We all know IG stories always have a good selection of stickers- such as location, temperature, day, time etc, but have you seen the new Halloween and Autumn selection? We’ve got pumpkins, eyeballs, devil horns and hands to name a few. The autumn selection include a cup of tea, leaves, acorns, a bobble hat and logs.

3. IG Stories Filters

Love the new Halloween style face filters. We have a blood dripping zombie, beat-up zombie, pitch black with light up face, alien style and foggy. As always my description of these face filters no doubt are completely wrong, but you get my drift!

4. Shared Lives on Instagram Stories

This is a biggy. You now have the ability to add someone to your live video- great for chatting and interviewing others. It gives you a split screen for you and a freind to love stream! I don’t have this feature just yet, but it’s being rolled out.

The ability to access IG Stories on your desktop too is also being rolled out!

Looking for help with Instagram? Take a look here >>>

 

5. Creative Tools for Stories

Insta have launched a new alignment tool so you can line up your elements. When you add stickers, text etc you’ll see some blue lines pop up. They are there to help you centre text and other elements and let you know if any of the elements will be covered when people are watching your stories.

 

6. Improved Comment Controls

IG launched this a few months ago, but have improved the tools when people comment on your posts. For instance if they comment using bad language you have the ability to block them. You can choose which comments to allow.

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7. Shopify Integration

This is by far the biggest update and is huge for those using Shopify. It allows Shopify users to basically use Ig as another selling platform. It currently uses Facebook shopping items and pulls them over to IG (easily set up with a few clicks). Then you can tag any items in IG with a product contained in your catalogue. This allows people to click on the picture and purchase immediately. You’ll be able to tell if a picture is ‘shoppable’ by a small white shopping bag icon in the top right hand corner of the screen. Tap to see ‘tap to view products’ then they’ll see the information. Click again to be able to purchase. All from Instagram! That is amazing and a really big deal.

8. Threaded Comments

This feature has been out for a little while now, but I thought I’d include it as it’s pretty cool!

Previously, IG would show all comments in a linear format. Now however, if you reply to somebody, it’ll show directly under their comment, (like FB) allowing an easier and more streamlined conversation to encourage engagement from your followers!

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