My 20 Essential WordPress Plugins – And what they do!

20 Essential WordPress plugins and what they do

 

Greetings, fabulous Creatives!

 

You may have noticed that I’ve been AFB (away from Blogging) for the last while –

well, I can finally share the reason with you – myself and my loved one (plus our

pretty kitties) are about to go on a world class adventure – we’re moving to the UK!

 

 

In the run up to moving myself and my biz to the UK, I’m having fun creating and

releasing some free content to help other entrepreneurs get as far as I have, starting

with this uber helpful video featuring my top 20 Essential WordPress Plugins, and

most importantly, what it is they do!

 

 

So, if you need to learn about plugins, here’s the chance to have a sneaky peek at

what I use in this very website!

 

 

 

Got any questions about any of the above plugins?

 

 

Got any other questions about your WordPress Website?

 

 

Leave a comment and I’ll fix up a video to suit your needs!

 

 

Until next time! 

 

 

Grace xXx

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Create Powerful Written Content

create powerful written content heartToday I’m going to share with you what I’ve learned about creating powerful written content that lights a spark in your audience.

But before I get started, your first step in learning is watching this video below (it’s not written content, I know, but just bear with me, there’s method to my madness).

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S0 – WAS THAT POWERFUL?

Overall, how did that video make you feel?

Did you run through a series of different emotions, like I did?

The above video was created by PurpleFeather – a UK based Online Content Specialists business, consisting of a handful of freelance copywriters.

‘The Power of Words’ went viral – and you can see why. It’s genius is palpable. And when I began watching it, my instant reaction was to begin bawling like Kim Kardashian over the situation of the main character (I’m very sensitive to homeless issues, as I know you probably could be too, what with you being one of my heart centered, loving readers an’ all!).

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Homelessness makes me “Kim Mad”. – ( gif from Giphy/E!)

create powerful written content heartSo, after that little mascara ruining fiasco had run it’s course, I realized that I was blown away by this short film’s direct and simple message.

I was also blown away by the overall delivery of the concept – what I mean by that is, I was struck by how a (once) small content creation company had produced a piece of content –

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– that so clearly and deeply spoke to their audience about how what they do is so important. 

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CLEAR, EMOTIONAL, POWERFUL.

  • So – how can you create a sense of clarity and emotional attachment to your brand and content?
  • How can you achieve or illicit an emotional response from your audience, especially if you’re relying on written content more than visual content, like above?
  • How can you make sure that every bit of content you release speaks to your audience and / or translates the value of what it is you’re offering to them?

Before I share with you my little written content creation secret, first things first.

I would suggest that if having ideas is something you’re amazeballs at but in general writing is not your thing and you’ve got a bit of a budget to work with, don’t waste time faffing about, call in a professional! 

recommend Nikki Elledge Brown. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t had the pleasure of working with her, I just get crazy fairy sparkly eyes every time I see her work, and have heard fabulous, wonderful things about her.

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Click this image to zoom zoom to Nikki’s site!

However – If you don’t already have a magical copywriter like Nikki or the Purplefeather crew at your disposal, then let me suggest this exercise to you:

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ACTION!

  • Next time you’re creating important and visible written content (i.e. a blog, a sales page or a Free Opt-In), first write down exactly what it is you want to say to your audience, in plain wording.

Don’t think too long or hard about the whole issue, just get down on paper what it is you want to communicate.

  • Then, think back to the above video, and say to yourself – ‘Can I say the same thing, only differently?’
  • Next, make a list of at least 20 different ways of saying what you want to say, but in a different way, and prepared to be surprised by what you come up with!
  • Once you’ve created these 20 different takes on what you want to say, choose your favourite four, because now it’s time to bounce them off others. This is a step that a lot of entrepreneurs tend to leave out, due to often living in closed entrepreneur work bubbles. Every now and again, we need to step outside our little comfort zone bubbles and share what we’ve made.

So, jump into your favourite Facebook support and mastermind groups and seek feedback from other awesome and perky entrepreneurs.

Oh, and another little tip I have is to also look for feedback from those who aren’t especially involved in entrepreneurial activities. Why? Because they won’t be stuck in it as deep as you and your business buddies are. They’ll see it all much clearer than you. Often entrepreneurs don’t agree with me in relation to this step; but guess what, people who aren’t entrepreneurs use the English language too! Neato! 😀 

 

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And remember – if you’re wondering just what the best  way to get YOUR content into other people’s inbox is, consider  MailChimp. It’s what I use to send out my own content of  all  kinds and I love it and highly recommend it. MailChimp’s Forever Free  plan allows you to send up to 12,000 emails a month  to up  to 2000 subscribers! Smashing!

 Terrified of Tech? If you’re worried that MailChimp could be  too techy for you, fear not.

 You can join me and my other lovely students on my  MailChimp Magic course, and get yourself sorted, without  tech speak or business babble! Sweet! 

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Also -Quick Question – how does your biz look?

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Is it as Spiffy, polished and  as you’d like it to be? No?

Well….In the next two months, I’ll be launching my comprehensive course for online entrepreneurs who want to handle their own graphic design.

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So, If you’re yearning to learn:

  • How to style your WordPress Website and optimize your images for smooth online sailing
  • how to put together smashing eye catching visual content like mine, no Photoshop required!
  •  generally everything I’ve learned over the last two years about beautifying my biz…..

– just CLICK HERE to sign up to a simple newsletter which I’ll use to alert you to more info about the course as it’s ready to go.

Don’t worry, I won’t spam you! You’ll get one email from me at the end of June with a detailed description of the course (and a SWEET exclusive gift, only for those on the list!) and then you’ll get one more email, with full details details for the course when it’s ready to go. And that’s it!

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Talk to you next time! 

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Grace XxX

 

Are you afraid to sell? Well, you’re not alone.

Are you afraid to sell the modern creative's resource

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Hard sell: a method of advertising or selling that is direct, forceful, and insistent;high-
pressure salesmanship (opposed to soft sell ).

Soft sell:

a method of advertising or selling that is quietly persuasive, subtle, and

indirect (opposed to hard sell ).

So – you’ve got an amazing audience, who you love and adore, and much to your delight and gratitude, the feeling is mutual. You’ve got Facebook Fans, and Twitter buds, and you’ve worked bloomin’ hard to connect with them.

Now comes an earth shaking, life changing time for you – the time to sell.

A time to launch a project that you’ve been pouring your heart and soul into for months. A chance to show the world just what you can do and the worth that’s in it. And you’re jazzed, because your already existing loyal audience are going to be first to get the goods.

So why are you you dragging your feet about blasting into launch? There’s this nagging feeling in your tummy, a nervous drumming of fingers on your keyboard. What’s up, buttercup? Why haven’t you started shouting about your new course or product from the roof tops?

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The answer is simple: you’re afraid to sell. And you’re not alone.

By the way, if your reaction to the above sentence is ‘Oh my GOD how dare you tell me what I’m afraid of, you sailor-mouthed, gimpy-headed Irish git!’ (or something similar) well hunny, I’ve got news for you, a selling nerve has just been stuck. It’s okay though, stick with me, I’ve reached deep inside and dug up some wonderful wisdom that’s going to get the both of us past our fear of spamming our beautiful audience with our hard sell. It’s going to move us towards our ethical selling nirvana, and it’s three fold. I call it:

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Drop the guilt, See the Truth, and Find A Way.

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1. Drop the guilt.

When it comes to my business, I set it up on a tiny income, in order to create an awesome income for myself to help me live the life I’ve always dreamed of. That life I’ve always dreamed of is a life of growth, great adventure and total financial independence and freedom. The aim of my business is to help others achieve exactly the same, on their own tiny income, and their own terms.

So I suppose, in essence, charging my audience for content to help them do just that, is something I find hard to do.

In my mind, it’s not in line with my why I set up my business.

However, I need to let go of the idea that I’m taking without giving. I need to realise that when I’m providing a product which meets my target market’s needs at an affordable price, I’m making quite a positive impact on their growth, both life and biz wise.

So, with all that in mind, I need to drop the guilt, and if you feel it too, so do you.

First, you need to isolate the exact thoughts and beliefs around your business and selling to your audience which are causing you guilt. Then expunge that bad ass shiz in a healthy way. Why? Because at the end of the day, we’re running businesses, not trying to get 1st place at the ‘who feels most guilty’ egg and spoon race. We are worth SO much more than that.

Which brings me to my next point;

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2. See the truth: you’re offering value.

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Realize the Value and Worth of what you have to offer.

Believing in your product, it’s overall worth and value, is something that you NEED to start doing.

You need to be able to stand up and sing off the reasons why YOUR product or service is going to be a valuable asset to your target audience. This can help you in SO many ways – physiologically it’ll help you build up a strong sense of love and worth in relation to your products, and practically it can help you do things like easily point out the benefits of taking your course at a moment’s notice or in a planned public setting, or even help you write an amazing sales page.

Take a look at the sales page for my most recent course, Mailchimp Magic.

It’s not too shabby, right? In it, you’ll not just see what the customer gets from purchasing the course itself, but you also see what value it has to offer to the customer.

I will admit, it took me a while and a bit of pushing mentally to sit my ass down and write about how awesome something I just created is, but as unnatural as it felt to be blowing my own trumpet, I simply knew it was a step I had to take. I made myself do it by promising I only had to do it ONE sales page at a time.

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So, for ONE SALES PAGE ONLY I had to do two things:

1: Define how what I have to offer is valuable and

2: Communicate that clearly, with my target audience in mind.

Did it feel unnatural at first? Damn right it did.

Did I eventually enjoy it, hell yeah! And I’m totally okay with that.

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SO – I challenge you to find the value in your own products, courses, mentor ship, coaching, or whatever it is that you do, no matter what the price tag is. Get out a piece of paper and a pen, and list 20 notes of value about what you’re selling. If you can add more the list, excellent.

If you can’t get to 20, here’s an idea: Go back to your beta tester’s testimonials and see what THEY found most valuable / interesting / fun / enticing about your course. If you’ve already sold similar items/ services, get back in touch with your customers and clients and find out just exactly what THEY found was of value to them.

Once again, remember: You need to do this, this is not a luxury or a frivolous act, this is a necessity. You need to be able to stand up and tell people why your course is valuable. You KNOW why it is, now just put that into words.

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3. Find a Way – to sell (that suits you – i.e. that satisfies your ethics & morals, and leaves you feeling satisfied, and minus that sleezy ‘ick’ sales feeling).

Okay, so here’s a cheeky secret; If you haven’t already guessed by now, this blog is my soft sell for my Mailchimp Magic course!

Yes! That’s right? Are you feeling duped? Lied to? Like you’ve been played and now we’ll never be friends again and I’m off your Christmas list? Maybe you are. Or maybe you’re not too upset about it all, because even while I’m selling to you, I’m still providing you with FREE and valuable content and information which you can apply to your own business to watch it grow.

That’s how I like to sell and to write / share in general. I like to make sure that my audience get something of value from everything I do. Why? Because that’s what I’d like to receive from a business myself, if it was me who was reading a blog or opening a newsletter.

I also think adding value to every bit of content I produce, free or not, is an amazing way to run my business. So that’s what I try to do with each and every piece of content I release.

So; that’s my way. What about you? If you don’t blog (which you should totally consider doing btw, the world needs to hear your voice!) then you could always consider a sweet give away, or early bird price for your existing subscribers.

You could turn a hard sell into a soft sell by offering a set of educational emails featuring amazing free content, and then a link to your product at the end of it all.

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I challenge you to sit your butt down and list 10 ways in which you can sell to your clients, without feeling like you’re doing them wrong. If you’re not sure if your selling ideas are icky or inspiring, just put yourself in the shoes of your potential client or customer as you read through each selling method. Choose the methods that make you feel free and non-pressured.

P.S. – here are some hard sell strategies that aren’t so hard – keep your eyes open in groups on Facebook for those who actually need what you’re selling, then simply link your product under their comment, suggestion that they check it out and simply see if it’s for them. Simples.

Now get out there and share your amazing products and courses with the world. We need them!

Grace : )  xXx

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You better work, Bitch.

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So, early in January, I’d come to a juncture in my life, where I was full of energy. I was ready to blow the top off my beautiful new business, ready to bounce gleefully into the entrepreneurial world with a grin on my face and a shimmy in my butt. This was my time. 

My business plan had been created, my flexible work day designed to suit my needs. I was ready to change my life and step up to that plate, like I’ve always dreamed.

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However. I then made a terrifying discovery.

I realized that now, I gotta work, bitch.

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I’m not a mind reader, so obviously I have no idea what y’all are thinking, but I’d like to imagine it’s something along the lines of, “Well what did you expect? Did you think your business would just magically build itself? Or perhaps, like many others, you anticipated that Oprah would post you tiny business pixies that would sprinkle fairy dust everywhere and unicorn-fart your work into existence?”

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OPRAHHERE

Thanks, Mama Oprah! <3

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Or perhaps this could have crossed your mind, “But Grace, you’re finally working on your own business! Every bit of what you’re doing is creative and fun! You can do all the things! Why you no want to do all the things?”

Oh, and if it was something like “Why on EARTH do you have to use such foul language?” Well honey, you are in the wrong place. This here be authentic – learn about yourself -break down your barriers- pirate language territory, arrrrrgh!

Anyway, you’d be totally entitled to all those thoughts above. Heck, I’ve obviously had them myself.

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The point is, I immediately noticed that there was something not quite right with the way I felt about getting to work, so I set out on an epic journey to discover just why I didn’t want to knuckle down and work hard for the money, so hard for it honey.

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My little adventure began with a pen and paper. I sat myself down, wrote the word WORK in an adorably cute fluffy speech bubble in the middle of my page, then around it, I began to write or draw whatever popped into my head.

It was by doing that simple little exercise, I happily discovered that my predisposition to work, which was now rearing it’s ugly little head, didn’t mean I was a lazy ho-bag (hurrah!). It was all just a matter of me having an unhealthy definition of work, which I’ve created for myself over the years. And when I say ‘created’ I mean, ‘chiseled into every bone on my body.’

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Britney gif from http://buzzworthy.mtv.com/

My little adventure into the inner working’s of Grace’s mind, showed me that my thoughts on work have been less like the sex-tastic britney gif above, and more like the Cindy-esque image below:

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My thoughts and beliefs around the whole concept of work, when I exposed them to the light, horrified me to the core. They were far from good – they were very, very bad.

realized I had a set of ugly pre-defined beliefs built up around what it is to ‘work’, based on the horrible experiences I’ve had from shoving myself into ill fitting jobs not suited to me. Not to mention picking up the meaning of work cultivated by others in my growing and learning environment as a child. That’s right, I was a child once, before I turned 30.

Check it out below – here are a couple of things I jotted down around my pretty little page during that excercise:

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GRACE’S CRAPPY (OLD)

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LIMITING

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BELIEFS ON WORK

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WORK – Is something that people (like me) are forced to do, to keep a roof over their heads and food on their plate. And rather terrifyingly, it’s seen as respectable and ‘the norm’ to work in a mind numbing job in modern (western) society. 

‘Work hard, reach the top.’ ‘There is no substitute for hard work’ How many times have you heard phrases like that?’ ‘Hard work is what we have to pay for a meaningful, happy, life’. That last one just gives me the shivers.

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WORK – is responsible for that crazy time I got burnout. *I feel it’s important to add – that IS a belief that I held in the past. I am now well aware that GRACE is responsible for that time Grace got burnout. Working all day without taking a break, eating or going to the toilet is most surely a bad idea, no matter how much you want to progress in your career. Believe me, I have learned my lesson well. These days I make sure my workflow is more efficient and give myself proper self care by just having all my meals and breaks on the toilet. JUST KIDDING OMG!! There is all sorts of hygiene problems within that last sentence. I do not do that. I give myself proper breaks, nourishing meals and wonderful self care (even when I don’t want to. Especially when I don’t want to).

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WORK – is responsible for killing talented young people all around the world, but especially in Japan, where they actually have a word for it – Karōshi – which (according to wikipedia) literally translates into ‘Death From Overwork’. I discovered all about it after I suffered burnout in 2011 and started to wonder if I was the only young person who felt that work was killing them. I have a really huge love for Asian cultures and people, and was gutted to discover stories like that of Mita Diran and Fujie Sugiyama and her son Takanori. 

After reading their stories, and having suffered burnout that did temporary damage to my short term memory, caused me to lose an unhealthy amount of weight very quickly and forced me to take a whole year off of any kind of work, I felt extremely lucky that I got out of that job when I did.

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WORK – in the past, has sucked the soul out of me and left me feeling inauthentic, exhausted and icky. Work isn’t work unless it’s painful, long, boring, or depletes me in some way, generally both emotionally and physically.

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WORK  – is responsible for me attaining money, which I need, but I’ll only get a lot of money, if I put my self care on the back burner, and put all my energy into working, to produce good work.

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Not so good, right? I realized I didn’t have ANY positive beliefs around work. Not good!

So. I decided, that was it, I was going to change my whole mindset when it came to work. Why? Because all of the above is just NOT the kind of toxic mindset I want to be bringing with me into my new biz.

And lets face it, we it comes to work, I can’t escape it. None of us can! It’s something I’ll always have to do, and I just couldn’t expect myself to throw my heart and soul into it when I realised the way I felt about it (see above!).

I couldn’t expect myself to reach success with my above beliefs about work, so I decided to shift my mind set and make ‘work’ work for me.

So, after spending some time thinking about what I’d like work to represent to me, here’s what I came up with:

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WORK – the consistent enjoyable actions which lead to completion of a goal or plan.

WORK – a way in which I can contribute my magic to the world, while encouraging myself and others to grow.

Work – the awesome thing I choose to do in between self care and fun.

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Much better!

And what about you? How do you feel about work? Have you got any icky, self-limiting, punishing beliefs around work that’s stopping you from reaching your goals… stopping you from taking care of yourself? Stopping you from giving yourself an awesome pat on the back for how far you’ve gotten today?

How about packing your knapsack, and going on a little adventure like I did? Who knows what you may discover! 

Have you discovered some limiting beliefs already? If you’d like to share, just leave them in the comments below! Who knows who you could be helping get over their own toxic beliefs?

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So that’s my adventure! To remind myself of how far I’ve come, before I sit down to start a beautiful days work, I look at myself in the mirror, give that young lady a cheeky wink and proclaim, ‘Now get to work, bitch!’ 😀

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How to run your Online Biz in a Crisis

How to Run Your Online Business In a Crisis

So, the last two weeks have been agony for an introvert like myself. Out of the blue, two weeks ago, I found out I was living in a house that had actually been up for sale on the market all along (who knew? Not me!). By the following week I found out that a buyer had been gotten, and a sale was agreed. I got posted a notice of termination and had t-minus one month until I got shunted out onto the side of the road, baby cats, laptop and all. Oh, and also, there’s a housing crisis going on in Ireland at the moment, though I had not been fully aware of it, until I went to look for a place to rent, found 18 places to rent listed in the entire town, and 2 places which were any way suitable.

This is my very idea of a nightmare. When it comes to anything outside of my business or desserts, I don’t like change. In fact, changing my socks once a day is a challenge. (I still do it it, obviously, but I refuse to wear a matching pair. It’s my little statement of rebellion).

So, anyway, I hadn’t planned on moving for quite some time. And I had planned that the next time I’d move, it’d be to some over sized chateau in France. Not down the street, in the tiny town I’d love to someday escape. Also, there’s the slightly annoying news that I’ll have to rearrange all my newly set up business utilities, as I work from home. My business is officially set up a month now, and currently I’m facing re-jigging all my contacts and addresses. Super bummer.

So, when I learned of the challenging time ahead of myself, what did I do? Well, with a level head, I sat myself down, I took a good overall look at the situation, and then promptly had a mini breakdown.

I cried, stamped my feet and generally threw cutting looks at anyone who suggested that ‘The new place will be even better! It’ll be a big adventure!’ (sorry, lovely boyfriend. I know you were just trying to help but I found your optimism most annoying that particular day).

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Boyfriend’s enchanting house – moving fantasy, involving us.

Anyway, while I joke about me having a mini breakdown (it wasn’t actually that bad, I’d term it more as a meltdown to be precise) I will say that my mental health did indeed go right ahead and perform a magnificent swan dive.

I became anxious, began to get pains in my chest from stress and generally worried that I wouldn’t be able to meet my business goals for this month due to A) Moving and all the stress that goes with it (especially the stress of finding a new place to live in such a tiny town) B) having to have the house spotless every second day because the new owners wanted to visit a few times and measure things up and generally be really nice and wish me well, and love my cats (and my cats loved them) and that aggravated me to no end.

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“I prefer strangers to you today because you gave me dry food this morning.”

And you know what? I HAVEN’T met ALL of my business goals this month. And, I probably won’t. But that’s okay. I’ve finally gotten myself to a place where I feel better about the whole situation, and I’m going to share with you how I did it, so you can have some ideas about the same kind of support you can give yourself, when things go tits up, the shit hits the fan and other colloquialisms that mean bad things happened. So without further ado:

1) I saw my therapist as usual.

Yup, that’s right, I ran straight to a professional, waving a wad of cash.

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And now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…..

2) I was honest with myself and others. I cried a LOT. Yes, that’s right, I did, because I was sad! So I cried. I let people know I was sad. When people asked ‘How are you?’ I put aside the usual ‘I’m good, thanks! (or ‘I’m grand’ as we say in Co. Kerry, Ireland) and told people ‘I’m not doing so well, I’m having to leave a home where I’m really happy’. I just didn’t bother bottling it up. The people who loved me were supportive and did their best to not strangle me out of sheer frustration. The rest, I didn’t really care about. This may make me sound like an extreme misery guts, but I realized very quickly into this whole situation that I was going through a process of loss and grieving, so I allowed myself this indulgence for once (for a short amount of time).

3) I did EFT. If you don’t know what EFT is, a really quick description of it is that you tap certain points on your body while saying a mantra or affirmation. Here’s a favourite EFT vid of mine that I use for situations just like this one: 

4) I continued to eat a healthy Paleo diet, even though I wanted to inhale the entire bakery section at Tescos. Suffering from anxiety and depression means I have to eat right if I want to feel good. When times get tough, I generally turn into an emotional eater. But this time round I made a special effort to nourish my body and make sure it got what it needed during a trying time.

5)I drank ALL the water. (See above).

6) I allowed loved ones to help me. I was at my wits end over making the house sparkling and spotless for the interested buyers. The place needed a bit of a Spring do-over alright, so when my family and friends offered to help me clean it, my first spit second reaction was to say ‘No thanks! I’ll look after my own shit.’ But something inside of me just decided, ‘Feck it, right now, you need all the help you can get, sugar tits’.

7) I went ahead and planned my Upcoming Month in Business ANYWAY, even though I knew I probably wouldn’t be able to make it all happen. I used my Leonie Dawson Biz Work Book and Calendar and I felt like I still had control over my life and biz. If you don’t know what a Leonie Dawson Biz Work Book is, then just click here to find out more about it. And yes that IS an affiliate link, because I may be in crisis, but tuts, I can still business like a mofo.

8) I planned what I could in relation to the house move and did everything in small manageable chunks, to reduce my overall feeling of being overwhelmed.

9) I created and scheduled as much of my posts, newsletters, emails (and anything else that can be scheduled digitally) straight away, just in case my meltdown became a full blown volcanic eruption on scale with Vesuvius. I actually have a little folder on my computer where I pop blog posts into when I dream them up. Same goes for inspirational / motivational quotes and interesting posts. If you don’t already do this, I’d recommend you do. It’s the perfect resource to dip into when you’re not feeling up to a blog challenge. I also got back to Facebook comments and emails only when I could, and didn’t beat myself up over it.

10) I set up a ‘no tolerance’ on pesky clients. If someone was acting like a massive asshat, I put sincere and authentic communication on the back burner, and I told them to be on their way. If I felt I just couldn’t handle doing a job, I either rescheduled it until after the BIG MOOOVE or I just recommend another person to the client for the job.

11) I did ALL THE MEDITATIONS, at night time, in bed. I scour Youtube to find me some awesome ones. Here’s my current favourite: (Ten Minute Guided Meditation for Unconditional Love and Kindness)

 

 

12) I tried my best to create an attitude of gratitude for myself, by making a note of 10 things every day which I’m truly grateful for. I’ll admit, at times it was a bit of a challenge as I was SO caught up in feeling negative about being forced to move, but I eventually got there.

13) I went outside and walked around, and also visited my friends, even though I most certainly didn’t feel like it.

14) I made a list of things I was actually excited about when it came to the new move. For example, there’s a beautiful desk inbuilt into the wall in the new house. Nice one! It’s the perfect works space for me! I made a decision to focus on the awesome things.

15) I congratulated myself for getting though something that I see as a nightmare, and forgave myself for acting what I saw as over dramatic, and reminded myself that this is exactly how I’d treat my best friend, so it’s also the perfect way to treat myself.

So that’s it – I’ve got another two weeks of moving ahead of me, so technically the whole experience isn’t over yet, however I’m currently feeling much better about the whole thing. I’m looking foward to decorating that desk in the corner and making it my new workspace. I’m kind of proud of myself for making things manageable for me, and carefully planning how I’ve gotten back on my feet after hearing news that to me, is akin to a crisis. And now, I have a plan of action for the next time an unexpected bump in the road comes along and throws me off balance in life and biz.

Also, just to note, no boyfriends’ feelings were hurt during the making of this article.

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7 Business Freesources

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My Business Freesources – The January- February 2015 Edition!

This week I’m going to share with you some of my FAVOURITE free resources which have already caught my eye this year! Yes that’s right, I found all these bad boys since the start of January 2015! Most of them I’ve already shared with you and posted to my Facebook page, however I thought it’d be SUPER handy to pop them into one big ‘ol blog so that you can add this page to your favourites and pop back whenever you like to re-discover them again and again. Brill!

So without further a do, feast your eyes on these bad boys!

1). From Claire Mitchell of The Girls Mean Business:

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A lot of these are also featured in my FREE EBOOK, (shameless plug!), however there are a few here that I’m about to try for the very first time myself! Great stuff Claire!

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2). 300 Awesome Free things (for business owners)

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A crazy cool list of 300 awesome Free Things which business owners will find extremely useful! From www.medium.com   and also just to note, I discovered this little gem via The Girl’s Mean Business’ Facebook page.

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3). The Perfect Facebook Dimension Cheat Sheet

Just click the link above to be taken to the Perfect Facebook Dimension Cheat Sheet! (Posted originally by Post Planner). I’ll be using this baby quite often, I’ll wager! It has all the dimensions for absolutely every piece of media you can customize on Facebook, from your cover to Facebook ads and more! Talk about a time saver!

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4.) Break Through Your Money Blocks by Rosie of One Man Band Accounting

Break-Through-Your-Money-BlocksI absolutely LOVED the above article by Rosie of One Man Band Accounting on how to Break through your Money Blocks. Just click on the image above to be taken to her fab wisdom.

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5). The Non-Techie Guide to SEO for Bloggers by Regina at ByRegina.com

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Visit Regina’s site for this one post about SEO – find yourself staying there for everything else. This woman is the fucking SHIZ and is so generous with handing out her vast knowledge about online business to everyone, that it’s just unbelievable. Go to her site, swim around in her free resources, and tell her Grace from the Modern Creative’s Resource sent you. She doesn’t actually know who I am, but like, I’d like her to. Business Girl crush!

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6). Five Fonts you need to Stop Using – (and 9 better swap-ins) by Gemma of Jane & Philbert.

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For me, Gemma of Jane & Philbert was the lady to go to talk to about my faffin’ fonts. She helped me see the font light, and now I use two beautiful fonts to get my lovely lady words across to you! She is wise in her ways!

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7) Twitter Analytics

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 It’s come to my attention that a lot of people who use Twitter aren’t actually aware of Twitter Analytics. It’s pretty much like Google Analytics, except it’s for Twitter! If you want to keep an eye on how your Twitter marketing / general engagement is going, I’d recommend signing up! It’s free! I love free things! Who doesn’t? And they’re even BETTER when they’re actually useful! You can sign up for Twitter Analytics at https://analytics.twitter.com/

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So that’s it! That’s where my super amazeballs freesource mini-list is at right now, for the months of January to February! I’ll have some new awesome Freesources for you at the end of next month, so keep your eyes peeled!

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GRACE xXx

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Do you feel like an impostor in your Biz?

Yep, I used to suffer from HUGE bouts of impostor syndrome.

Don’t know what that is?

Impostor Syndrome is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. When a person is experiencing  impostor syndrome, they feel like a complete and utter pretender. A fake. Their self worth plummets. They feel like they’re not good enough, they shouldn’t be here among other contemporaries who they feel are ‘real’ examples of what they should be. 

It’s very common for those who are new in business to suffer from impostor syndrome. And why wouldn’t it be? I mean, you’ve been planning and growing and learning for so long. And now’s your time to step up, to shine. That’s when you realize that even if you have all the knowledge under the sun, you’re suddenly out of your comfort zone. You’re suddenly thrown into the ring alongside more experienced people who seem to know exactly what they’re doing. Doubt sets in.

If you’d like to get a better understanding of how Impostor Syndrome can affect someone,  here’s an AMAZING video which is also one of my favourite Ted Talks ever. It’s by the amazing Amy Cuddy, and though it’s about how your body language shapes who you are, there’s a moving segment in it where Amy explains her experience of Impostor Syndrome.

You’ve probably seen me pasting it all over my Facebook wall, but here it is again anyway.

So Why don’t I suffer from Impostor Syndrome anymore?

Well, it would be more accurate to say, ‘Why don’t I suffer from Impostor Syndrome as much any more?’. It still rears it’s ugly little head from time to time, but I’ve been finding it easier to smush it (badass, cat loving style) before it does any debilitating damage.

How? Besides EFT, walking and generally looking after myself, I’ve kept something important, which I’ve recently learned, in mind constantly. Everyone is in the same business boat. Running a business does NOT mean that someone knows it all, or that they are an expert on every part of that business forever and always.

See, the world is always in flux. Things are always changing. It can sometimes be hard to keep up. And that’s what everyone is trying to do; keep up. Whether they just birthed their biz or they’re an old hand at what they do, the one thing that’s constant is the pressure to keep their biz fresh and new. Like mine. Everyone else is constantly learning about their business. Like me.

How I’ve developed my business so far is like this: I’ve worked with what I know, and if people ask me if I can do something for them, if I WANT to do it for them, and I have a good foundation of understanding around it, I’ll say yes, then learn the rest as I go.

In short, if I’ve never done it before, but reckon I can handle it, I just say yes and learn the rest. 

EVERYONE’S JUST MAKING IT UP AS THEY GO ALONG. – and that’s okay.

Now, that sounds kind of sleazy, right? Like… I don’t really have that much experience in the field you’ve inquired about, and here I am, giving you my services anyway?

Well that’s EXACTLY how I had felt for a long while, until I saw a quote from Richard Branson, which confirmed to me that that is how he rolls.

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And to be quite honest, that’s how a lot of business peeps roll. They have the ability to think on their feet, to learn fast, and to produce awesome work, as they learn, under extreme pressure. Because everyone has to start somewhere. Everyone’s just making it up as they go along. The world is in constant flux and our businesses are too.

And that’s okay.

Learning as you go doesn’t make you an impostor, it makes you open to learning new things. It makes you a constant member of Life’s Academy.

If you find yourself suffering from impostor syndrome, don’t forget to find some support for yourself around it.

I’ve found that joining a Facebook or Mastermind group and chatting with both people in my own level of business and with those who have surpassed my level, is a super positive and helpful experience for me. It’s helped me pack away those horrible doubts about myself and my biz. If for some reason, I’m feeling  vulnerable around the same issue at any stage, I pop back into my groups and have a natter with people who have been, or are going through the same doubts.

I do this because I want to see my business grow and flourish and more importantly, I want to see myself grow and flourish too, while I’m here partaking in this wonderful Academy called Life.

Grace xXx

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Bitch Please, I’m only Human.

5 reasons this businesswoman is embracing being imperfect (and you could too!)

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Here’s something that’s been coming up for me again and again recently; the amazingly ridiculous expectations of perfection often applied to us by ourselves and others, just because we run a business.

A couple of weeks ago, I was creating some graphics for a series called ‘Boundary bits’ where I share basically the things I KNOW I should apply to my own business, and am working hard to try to implement.

A friend of mine was leafing through them with me when she laughed and said, “there is no WAY I could stick to half of these things Grace”. And I replied, “Most people probably won’t be able to stick to them all of the time, but if they can manage most of the time then that’s awesome.”

She looked at me with a twinkle in her eye and replied, “Hmmm… you’re going to have to be really disciplined and stick to your own rules young lady!” with a finger waggle.

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Though she was merely poking fun, I realized later that I had agreed with her wholeheartedly. I  believed that I have to be disciplined to a fault, now that I’m a business owner.

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realized that I had the belief that now that I’m a business owner, I have to be fitter, trimmer, smarter, more disciplined and not to mention more awesome, at all times, even though, I’m human, shit happens, change ebbs and flows constantly, and everything in is flux, at all times.

That’s when I realized that if I have this limiting (and quite scary) belief in my mind at the moment, then there could possibly be some other awesome business owners out there who believe the same limiting thing. So, I’m here to smash my nasty belief into pieces, to tell it like it REALLY is, and to embrace my own imperfections, thus improving my relationship with myself, and making it easier for me to run and enjoy my loving business. Hopefully this article will inspire you to do the same.

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BITCH PLEASE, HERE ARE SOME WAYS IN WHICH I AM ONLY HUMAN.

YOU MAY BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WITH THEM.

1) Yes, I go to therapy. And I encourage others to too.

 

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I have anxiety disorder, and rather ironically, I’m not afraid to share it. It’s made me the strong fighter I am today. I’m also an introvert and a highly sensitive person. I reckon that’s why I’m so good at sitting down happily in front of a computer for hours, making awesome content.

Adding to my neat little list of disorders, another reason I pop in to shower my therapist with Grace stories, is that shit happens in daily life. Family members and beloved pets die. Relationships break up. I get run down from working on my freedom biz, because I’ve been neglecting my own self care.

So, once a week I go to therapy to keep my mental health in tip top condition. I don’t think anyone should be ashamed of doing that. If you’re slightly embarrassed by the fact that I shared this with you, then maybe you should sit your ass down and really take a look at just why you are. Do you feel I’ve over shared, or have I accidentally (on purpose) niggled at a sore issue you’ve been grappling with?

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Here’s a helpful way to look at attending therapy regularly. If you had to go to physiotherapy (for let’s say, injuring your arm during sport) once a week for six months, you probably wouldn’t bat an eyelid over it. In relation to this example, seeing a therapist is like physiotherapy for your mind. Remember: mental health is just as important as physical health, and especially in business, where you’re numero uno, large and in charge, the decision maker and the motivator.

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2). I find maintaining healthy boundaries which look after my needs very difficult (but I still do it).

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Generally, in life, my normal mode is ‘happy go lucky smiley lovey roundy face girl’. I inherently like to see people happy, so, I have a problem saying no. Due to common issues that many other people also experience in their lives, like having an unhealthy level of self esteem at times, I sometimes sway towards being a people-pleaser.

So for me, having boundaries is SUPER tough. But worth it.

I TRY to stick to my own advice as much as I can (like in those boundary bits, which you can download here and have a look at yourself). I try to exercise for a certain amount every day, and to disconnect from my phone or laptop, I try NOT to take on shitty clients, but sometimes you know, there’s cats to feed and them kitties need their bling bling too.

That’s why I take the time to identify and even print out and look at my own desired business boundaries. That’s why I stick them everywhere, especially in a section on my site or blog. I even have an accountability buddy, who I run to when I need reminding of my original healthy boundaries.

In short, I have to be constantly reminded to be a hardass. But that’s okay. 

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                   3. I feel vulnerable when it comes to sharing my psychical form with the online world.

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I’m a plus size girl. Yup, that’s right. I have a sassy plus-sized butt. Again, this is possibly attributed to sitting for hours in front of a computer creating awesome content. There are a ba-zillion business women out there, and a huge amount of them are slim enough to push through my letter box. Often, I do a very naughty thing that I know is no good for me. I compare myself to them.

And because of this, I begin to doubt myself, and to wonder. I wonder if people won’t think I’m serious about my own business and my own self care because I’m a bit on the meaty side. I wonder if I were more beautiful / stylish / taller / bendier would more people sign up for my newsletter.

I have a feeling that I’m not the only business woman (or man, or non-gender specific person) who might feel this way. So, I’ve decided to embrace myself, my visage and my lovely big butt, and start to slowly include them in my videos, courses and site. Well, maybe not my butt. I mean, you probably won’t need to see that to learn how to grow a successful creative biz. Anyway, long story short, you’ll be seeing much more of me soon.

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           4)  Sometimes I have to look up how to do stuff in front of clients, and I find it very embarrassing.

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 I work mostly with online I.T. and that stuff changes at a RAPID pace. I’ve beaten myself up mentally many a time when I’ve had to resort to old mister Google. But now, Grace. IT STOPS. NO MORE.

 Yup! I might be training someone on how to use Mailchimp, and something goes wrong, and then I have to go and Google that shit. Why? BECAUSE I AM NOT GOOGLE INCARNATE. I can’t POSSIBLY store all that shizzle up there! It would just push out my pin numbers and my favourite Bill Bailey quotes, and that is just not on. If you happen to also feel bad about this same thing, please don’t. You are also not Google incarnate.

I need to stop feeling embarrassed about this. We both need to stop feeling embarrassed about this. In fact, I want to celebrate the fact that I can find out just about how to do anything via Google. The internet is my super sassy, magical, low budget learning tool.

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AND ON AN EXTRA, FINAL NOTE.

Yes, it’s true, I am kidless. I am without kid. And it’s true, I intend to be kidless forever. HOWEVER for those of you who are WITH kid or two – and still manage to run a business – oh god lord women, give yourselves a break.

You are amazeballs.

I can barely handle two cats. I have to take my hat off to Leonie Dawson, who in her blog this week openly shares how she fills out her own planner in the bathroom, on the bathroom floor, while her child is bathing, because that’s the only free time she has right now. I LOVE HER HONESTY. That is one momtrepreneur’s reality. Moms are fucking awesome, and they blow my mind. At least I can always put the cat out the window if I totes need some time to myself. It’s hard to do the same thing with your child. Or at least not a good idea, I’ve been told.

So, this has been a blog about me being a businesswomen and only human. I suppose you could say I’ve written it more for myself than anyone else.

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Writing this article has helped me identify some ways of me being more loving to myself while running a successful business.

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It was designed like that. Even though perhaps some may say that I’m just passing on my own opinions, really each and every thing I share via this blog is a love letter to myself.

I have designed my business to be a love letter to myself.

You should try it, it’s NEAT!

And please remember this; if you take anything away with you from this blog. Please take the following, and apply it to yourself when you feel the crappy feeling of being too hard on yourself, or someone else being too hard on you.

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that’s it, kids! Until next time!

GRACE xXxX

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People are Awesome

It’s the last month of 2014, and everyone is getting ready to wrap up and wind down for Christmas next week, followed by a sparkly new year celebration.

In light of 2014 ending, and 2015 on it’s way, I wanted to focus my very first blog on a big warm loving lesson that I’ve been so grateful to learn this year, thanks to starting my very own business.

People are awesome.

This time last year, I would not have agreed with present me. In fact, I probably would have farted in present me’s general direction and told her to piss off.

This time last year, I was in a very bad place. I had no job and just seemed to be stuck in a cycle of negative manifestation. Things were tough, the weather was bad, money was scarce, our local animal rescues were over crowded with unwanted and abused animals, an old lady browsing in the local charity shop turned to me to tell me how fat I’d gotten, just for kicks. Due to questions like, ‘Why haven’t you got a job?’ I began to feel like people were judging my life’s worth on the facts that I was unemployed and overweight.

I began to rather dislike people and I began to plot various ways to avoid them.

Then something rather nice happened. I realized I wanted to start my own business and I needed help with it. At first, I dreaded having to reach out to other people.

However, I came to suddenly understand that there were so many wonderful, sweet, caring people who were willing to share with me their knowledge (both for free and for ROCK BOTTOM PRICES), in an effort to genuinely help me succeed. It blew me away. These people wanted to HELP ME. The only thing they wanted from me was for me to help myself.

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GRACE = MIND BLOWN

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Slowly, I came to realize that not everyone is an arse-tit, that cranky old ladies have their own issues, and that if someone wants to judge me by my weight or employment status, then that says more about them than about me.

I realized that yes, the animal rescues were full to the brim with abused animals, but they were also full with loving rescuers who gently and carefully tended to each animal’s needs.

I realized how lucky I am to have a roof over my head, someone sweet to love and two tiny rescued kitty cats to hold dear.

So, I’m gonna go right ahead and finish up 2014 with a warm thought which I hope will light my way for many, many years to come.

People are awesome.

People do good things.

People can change the world.

And that includes you, so don’t you forget it, you extremely gorgeous person, you! ; )

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BELOW ARE SOME BEAUTIFUL BUSINESS BELLES WHO ROCKED MY WORLD IN 2014!

Seriously, fly to their pages like right now and if can’t afford their AMAZEBALLS courses right now, lavish yourself in their AMAZEBALLS freebies until you explode from loving them and sharing them all over the shiny interwebs. Click on their lovely faces to be taken to their web pages.

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There are actually WAY more fab female entrepreneurs who I’ve discovered and who  have helped me out even in the last week, and in the new year I’m going to do some fab features on them too, to share their awesomeness with all you guys.

Until then, happy holidays to everyone, and a very happy new year! 

Grace  xXxX