Women’s Business Awards

Great news – this year’s Women’s Business Awards are now open for nomination. You are very welcome to enter yourself and nominate others. This is the highlight of our year where we get to celebrate each other either online in our Virtual Awards or in person at one of our county conferences. Make someone’s day and nominate them, they will be so grateful, it could really make their day!  Find out more and enter here.

UK Budget 2021: A Summary of the Key Points

I’m not sure if this is of interest to you but tomorrow we will be discussing today’s budget announcement and how it will affect you and your business or charity! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO In the meantime, here are some brief points compiled by Karen Waters ✅ Furlough Extended ✅ SEISS extended and will use 2020 return (yay!) ❌Corp Tax increased to 25% from 2023 but not for smaller profit businesses who remain at 19% tapering up from 50k to 250k. ✅Restart grants in […]

Furlough Diary Day 100 – The Hard Work of Rest

You might have a little chuckle at this but I am finding it really hard work to rest! It’s so much easier to be mindlessly busy than it is to slow down and do as little as possible. In my case, I am trying to be on devices less and do more peaceful activities, but boy oh boy is it tricky to get off of devices. I didn’t realise how much of my life is based around looking at a screen and how much I […]

Menopause Musings: The Mediterranean Diet

One of the most frustrating parts of menopause is the weight gain! I have always taken care of myself, eaten healthy and exercised but lately simply cannot shift the extra weight I am carrying. It’s been so upsetting that there are times I just sit and cry at how ugly I feel. Well meaning people say, “You look fine Angela” and I try to explain that it’s not about what other people think but how I feel, and I know that this body is not […]

Menopause Musings: Testosterone yin from business stress!

OK, I confess, I am slightly freaked out! If I had known this sooner I would definitely not allowed myself to get into this state. I always knew stress is bad and that it’s no way to live. My desire is for a peaceful life and I know that I would be a much better person if I were more peaceful. However, starting a business, growing a business, and surviving through various rough patches in business hasn’t allowed me the luxury of a peaceful life. […]

Menopause Musings: Stress-Free Living – Top Tip #1

Top Tip #1 – Create buffers between events “I’m going to be late!” Rush, rush, rush! There are only 3 minutes left, I’m going to be late. Brush hair and teeth simultaneously, shout instructions to kids while dressing, and try to remember the name of the people I’m meeting. Jump in the car and race off while calling my PA for the postcode to put in my SatNav and let her know of all the half-done tasks left open on my computer. That was me, […]

Menopause Musings: The Doctors Opinion

I don’t know why I feel this way. Fearful. For some reason, I can’t pick up the phone to call my doctor. Perhaps I am embarrassed but I not usually easily embarrassed. Generally, I never like going to see the doctor anyway but this time I feel especially reluctant. Will they take me seriously? What will they do or even worse what won’t they do? The final straw was facial hair – the unusual amount growing on my face is bringing me down, I have […]

Healthy Granola Bar Recipe

For some time I have been bored with what I eat for breakfast and don’t have the motivation to make the food I would want to eat in the morning, so I decided to make some healthy granola bars to kickstart my day. Here is my recipe which is nice and easy, you can’t really flop this one so enjoy. Ingredients:2 cups rolled oats75g almonds flakes40g sunflower seeds4T  honey6T almond butter10 Medjool dates50g  dried apricots50g dried cranberries2t ground cinnamonpinch of sea salt Method: Preheat the […]

Menopause Musings: My special cocktail

I started my little menopause cocktail by experimenting with essential oils and love it so much that I became a dōTERRA distributor so I can help others manage their symptoms too. I chose dōTERRA as my research concluded that they offer the purest, safest oils and offer really good training and support with how to best use the products. There are many essential oils that can be used to treat your specific problem areas but I struggled mostly with hot flushes, night sweats, broken sleep, […]

Menopause Musings: Estrogen or progesterone? No one really knows.

As the hot flushes continued, night sweats kept me awake and of course the annoying weigh gain didn’t let up, I decided that I needed to be more proactive. Worst of all, the Evening Primrose Oil seemed to stop working so I tripled the dose to the maximum of 6 capsules to no avail. It was time to get serious about this menopause stuff. Technically I could be in perimenopause or menopause right now, the difference if that in perimenopause you still have periods and […]

Winchcombe Walk #5 – Belas Knap

As a furlough/sabbatical/menopausal hobby I’ve decided to do all 22 of the Winchcombe Walks. What a beautiful way to rest and de-stress especially with all the beautiful sunshine we have had lately. The Winchcombe Welcomes Walkers website is very well laid out with maps and excellent directions, making it easy enough to go exploring. Since the bluebells are out we decided to start with Walk # 5 to Belas Knap. We started from our home and walked along the lovely River Isbourne, a slight detour […]

Menopause Musings: The Shock

“Well something has to be done about this!” I said to myself. Why do we teach girls at school about puberty but not tell them the rest of the story? I am 46 years old and learning about things I’ve never heard of before. I’ve realise I am totally unprepared for menopause, in fact, I didn’t even reailse that I had to prepare for menopause. I thought when I was older I would have a few hot flushes, my period would stop and life would […]