I started off the year of 2016 with lots of targets, but my one focus was balance. This year I wanted to focus on not only my business, but getting more of the work/life balance right. "Work Hard, Play Hard" has always been one of my mottos since I got my first job at 16, but it seems to have been drawn to me this year.
So here's an overview of the fab things I've done this year, and a few photos to represent each of the months. Happy reflection time!
You'd be forgiven for thinking the biggest month for celebrations around women and women’s rights and issues, would be March. The month that sees lots of activities around International Womens Day, a UNECSO event setup to celebrate, empower and more.
But October, amongst it's amazing colours, textures and of course, Halloween, there is a trend setting around celebrating women in technology and business.
London, Manchester, Lancashire, Scotland and South Africa were among the locations, here's the overview of the events and topics.
As you may already have gathered, I am a Horror Film Nerd! I use Nerd rather than Geek, as I think I'm a tad over-obsessed, if there is such a thing.
I've been thinking for a good few years about publishing my top 5, or 10, horror films, but it's proven very hard! So instead, for this Halloween, I thought I'd just focus on new watches.
It worked out I had the night off this year, and it was time to re-fresh a personal tradition of mine from my youth - horror film binging!
I'm so chuffed to have been listed in this 111 women in the UK who could speak at your tech event list in August, but the real story is why is this list even needed.
I was talking to a journalist who knew that I "did Women in Tech stuff" and remembered our Social Media for Women Conference back in 2013, here's an overview of my journey so far, and what we need to do to effect change.
A big thanks first of all must goto my lovely networking friend Anne-Marie Alger, who runs her own Psychotherapy & Counselling practice in the North West, UK, for letting our group know about this challenge!
The idea is every day, for the 30 days of September, you make sure you do something for YOU, and if possible share that with the world with the hashtag #SelfCareSeptember
The month of August has been super busy so it was great to close it off in a smart, organised, classy fashion, with a fantastic evening speaking to the brilliant people at Flock Global in London. I shared some of my history, past expeirnces of everything "getting a bit too much" and how to boost our Productivity with the right tools and processes, to get a great work/life balance.
I'm one of the Founding50 members at FlockGlobal and LOVE the network and what it represents. The three founding beliefs are Collaboration, Knowledge and Action, and aligns with what we at DigiEnable believe too! So it was super exciting to be invited to speak to the group.
We looked at different types of productivity processes like Pomodoro, Get Things Done and Eat That Frog, alongside what apps would help you achieve these processes and goals.
With a star studded line up and a famous direction from Francis Ford Coppola, and 8 awards including 3 Oscars, you'd be forgiven for thinking the focus would be on them, but this is an amazing film you must watch!
This is by far then, and still is now my favourite ever film. I am a total horror film buff, but this goes so much deeper than just the awesome story. The stylistic nature, attention to detail and quality of production, makes the film a timeless classic that I would highly recommend.
When women get together, they can take on pretty much anything, all they need is some organising.
This can be said for anyone to be honest, especially my fellow union activists, however this blog is particularly focused in eliminating all-male panels, conferences and events. If you've read any of my previous posts around the Social Media for Women Conference I organised back in 2013, you'll know this is one topic very dear to my heart. We've had many a healthy debate upon the reasons why but we could do that all day (and some of us do) and get nothing achieved. That's why I made a big point and setup a conference that had all women speakers and workshop leaders, but that was still inclusive of all to delegates.
I didn't pick these women just because they had boobs, but because they were sh*t hot at their jobs and were my go-to people in their sectors. The event was a massive success and hopefully set the mark for others. Here's my list of useful directory listings to help you find the right female speaker for your event.
Want to be a "badass" business woman? Whether you run your own business, or are just wanting more from your worklife, #GIRLBOSS is an addictive, supportive and at times funny read. Here's my review of this birthday gift book.
What's a girlboss? "A #Girlboss is someone who's in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it."
Some of you may already know, I've been struggling for a while with my personal professional fashion style. Even those words seem a bit alien to me.
Since a young age, I haven't cared what people look like, and it's like I've always had blinkers on for what people wear. So from years of working in a black pants and branded polo shirt, to jeans and a t-shirt, I've always rebelled from "uniforms". So when I started my own business, I was still naive in thinking people thought like me, and only focused on how good you were at your job and what you said, not what you look like, but sadly I've learnt this still isn't the case in our modern world.
So over the past 6 months I've been on a personal learning curve of fashion and style. I've asked loads of questions, to lots of ladies - and some men with honest opinions - what to do to not only be smart enough to play with the big boys, but still have my personality come across.