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16 April 2022
Meet Harry

As I decided it would be a good idea to go on holiday over the Easter holidays it meant that I really had to think hard about all the things I had to do. For the first time as a business owner, I went away away, no laptop, nothing. I told clients I would be […]

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16 March 2022
How Do I Communicate?

A recent conversation with a client inspired this blog – thinking about how I communicate. Now, I love a good chin wag, putting the world to right with friends over a mug of coffee or a glass of wine. But with client, it can be a little different. I don’t mean that I don’t still […]

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21 February 2022
The Month of Love

I love my job! I feel in a very fortunate position to be able to say that, but it wasn’t always this way. In February, the month of love, I find myself reflecting on both a business and personal level, and writing a lot about love in some form or another. Now, personally, I’m not […]

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30 January 2022
A Little Accountability

I had this month’s blog all planned and prepped, and then something happened and I knew that I needed to re-think it. Why am I telling you this? Because I’m going to talk about planning (again) but I wanted to make sure that you know that just because you have a plan, it doesn’t mean […]

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25 November 2021
Be Inspired. Be Kind.

The inspiration for this month’s blog has come from the wonderful Nahla Summers; speaker, author and expert in all things kindness. In fact, it wasn’t just inspiration for the blog, but inspiration for how to live my life and make a concerted effort throughout the month of November. It’s been all about Kindness. I think […]

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25 October 2021
Keep Your Productivity Up and Distractions Down

I’ve worked from home since I started my own business in 2015, but things were very different then. You went out and met people for 121s, sat and worked in coffee shops and networking was always in person. It was much easier to separate work time and non-work time even though I was working from […]

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27 September 2021
Have you ever wondered what a VA does?

I’m going to share with you a little of what I do. Falling under the Virtual Assistant umbrella, I offer virtual executive assistant and business support services. A nice title, but what does that actually mean? If you were to interview me, this is what it might look like: What Is Your Area of Expertise? […]

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22 August 2021
Let’s Talk Learning!

Let's talk learning - but first, l can’t start this without mentioning helping. As an executive assistant I want to help people! It’s in my nature; I help and I’m fortunate enough that helping people is at the very core of my working day. There are 2 key ways in which I help my clients, […]

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25 July 2021
The Summer Holiday Juggle

I did think about writing a blog about getting organised to go on holiday but you all know that I’m going to say it’s all in the planning and the lists. And of course, this is true, but you know that already 😉 Instead, I’m looking at how we can stay on top of our […]

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23 June 2021
The Tale of the Two Rachels

I changed my mind about my blog this month. Instead of talking about all things planning, I’m going to talk about 2 small businesses that I have had the pleasure to work with this month, and tell you how they have adapted during lockdown. At the beginning of the year, Silver Lining Services had a […]

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20 May 2021
What Makes Me Uniquely Me?

As it’s #NationalTellAStoryMonth I have been sharing my snippets of story on social media, and some of my key learnings. I don’t consider myself to have a particularly unique or interesting story as such, but with the benefit of experience and hindsight I can pinpoint some key things that make me uniquely me. I am […]

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18 April 2021
How Do You De-Stress?

Life can be stressful, right? Particularly over the last year or so when the world has been in turmoil with Covid-19 and lockdown. Life as a small business owner is hectic, busy, time-consuming, challenging, satisfying… to name a few… and yes, it can be a little stressful at times. When you’re in business on your […]

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23 March 2021
Spring Cleaning - It's Good for the Soul

It’s Spring! Whether you fall into the meteorological camp that believes it’s on the 1st March, or the 20th March as being the official first day, we are there! It’s Spring – my favourite season. There are signs of spring coming through in nature – the daffodils bursting through, trees laden with blossom; the longer […]

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22 February 2021
Planning My Christmas

In many ways Christmas day is no different for us, but the festive season in general is and, like many others, we are missing seeing our family this year, and missing the usual gatherings and traditions. We’re at home, just our family of 4 (6 if you count the furries), on Christmas day, and you’ll […]

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22 February 2021
The In-Person Personal Palm Pilot.

My first proper job was at Carphone Warehouse. This was many years ago now, worryingly I can now say that it was decades ago, and it was well and truly before smart-phones existed – can anyone else remember that?  I feel lucky to have experienced this technological evolution, I was selling the first iPhone on […]

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22 February 2021
I’ve been talking Silver Linings this month...

Apt for both the situation and my general outlook on life, and the reason for my business name. We’re not out of the woods yet, but there’s enough of a return to normality to look back and really be able to see that silver lining of lockdown.  A big shift, business-wise, for me has been […]

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22 February 2021
PA or VA?

I’ve been inspired to write this blog by the wonderful Lesley Jones. It has become part of my business development, defining the identity of my business and its services. I was intending to discuss the differences between a VA and PA, but my research has thrown another possibility into the equation, and even whilst working […]

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