Month: November 2018

The One Thing You Need to Start Your Own Business

I quit my full-time, permanent job in mid-August to set up my own business. By the time I had my last day at the end of September (after working my notice period), I had been itching to leave for about 6 months. So, needless to say, when the time came that I could actually begin to tell people ‘I’m setting up my own business’, I was raring to go. I had been sitting on something that I was so passionate about for what felt like forever; I was making plans and scribbling so many notes and ideas that I was filling up notebooks faster than I could buy them. The great part of all this is that I have a really clear vision of where I want my business to go and how I am going to get there. The downside? I have run out of patience. I should say that I am not the most patient person by nature anyway. During my PhD studies I was constantly thinking about other things: what I wanted …

7 of the Cosiest Jumpers to See You Through Winter

Winter is coming…and so you definitely need at least one extremely cosy jumper to throw on when the temperature really starts to drop. Here are 7 of the cosiest jumpers available now. [top left to right] Gap Crewneck Pullover Sweater in Cashmere, £119.95. Available here (in lots of colours!). H&M Conscious* Fine-knit Jumper in Burgundy, £17.99. Available here (also in beige & black). M&S Animal Print Round Neck Jumper, £35. Available here. Reformation* Cashmere Crew, £115. Available here. Next Neutral Pearl Sequin Sweater, £35. Available here. New Look Cream Button Shoulder Jumper, £24.99. Available here. Weekday Roll Neck Jumper in Yellow, £45. Available here. *these brands use sustainable methods/materials for producing clothing, yippee!

What Julie Andrews taught me about confidence

Recently I’ve been making full use of my Spotify daily mixes, one of which features songs from various musicals (it really is the best kind of music). A few weeks ago, I was listening to the playlist on my way to work and one song in particular, which I hadn’t heard in ages, struck a chord with me – ‘I have confidence’, sung by Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music. The reason this song was probably so spine-tinglingly appropriate for me at this particular point in my life is that I have made some pretty big changes lately. First of all,  I left my job to start my own business  – I keep having to correct myself to say I ‘left’ my job instead of I ‘quit’ my job because the latter conjures up images of a Bridget Jones-style showdown and it definitely wasn’t that dramatic and there definitely wasn’t any Aretha playing in the background as I left. This was a pretty big decision that took almost all of my guts because who …