You're invited to an end of year Pitstop!

You're invited to an end of year Pitstop!

As the days get longer and the nights grow colder there’s a truth that makes me feel a little bit uncomfortable – winter is here!

You can ignore this fact if you wish, but the likelihood is that if you carry on wearing summer clothes in this weather (like I did last week*) you’ll find yourself feeling rather cold.

Another truth which might make you feel uneasy is that the end of the year is edging closer and closer, in fact, there are now only 54 days until 2018 arrives! Whoa.

Is it me or does time seem to speed up for the last six months of the year?

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Managing Your Expectations

Managing Your Expectations

When’s the last time you felt disappointed? You may have felt disappointment in yourself. It might have been that you felt disappointed in someone else? You might feel disappointment happens far too often. You may not even remember the last time you didn’t feel disappointed.

 

Disappointment can lead to feeling demotivated. It can trigger a low mood and contribute to feeling low self esteem.

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Heads, shoulders, knees and toes!

Heads, shoulders, knees and toes!

There was a simple, fun game that I remember playing as a young child called: ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes’. You’d sing the words and as you did you’d tap the body part you were singing about at exactly the same time. Eventually the song would pick up pace and you would be ‘out’ as soon as you fell out of line with the singing or the body taps. The last person ‘in’ would win...

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Where's Your Head At?

Where's Your Head At?

The days are growing brighter, flowers are in bloom. But you might not be.

You might be feeling fatigue? You may have reduced interest and enjoyment in activities? Or reduced ability and difficulty concentrating? Or you might have alterations in eating or sleep patterns?

Sometimes you may not feel able to show up. You may not feel capable of being presentable. You may have days that you feel so low that you don’t even want to exit your bed. I’m not talking about a Monday morning here. After the weekend a lot of us would prefer to snuggle up under the covers! I’m talking about a deeper sadness.

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What's in your mental health surthrival kit?

What's in your mental health surthrival kit?

As we come to the end of mental health awareness week I am so glad that more open, honest conversations about mental health are happening online. And that more conversations are taking place offline, where they need to to really #endthestigma.

I had a rant on twitter earlier this week about the mental health challenges that exist socially and professionally...

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Never Underestimate the power within you

Never Underestimate the power within you

Many dreams are not fulfilled because of fear. Does this ring true for you?

We all feel anxious at some time in our lives. This is a normal instinctual response that serves as a protection to aid our survival. It teaches us to avoid dangerous situations and in this way is a learning process. This works well in obvious circumstances like a mugging incident. Here it will produce our fight or flight mode. But sometimes the subconscious can work overtime. It will respond to situations that feel like an initial event that has made us feel anxious. In this way it distorts our belief system. 

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It's time for your 2017 Q1 review!

  It's time for your 2017 Q1 review!

I am great at planning. Always have been. I’m a dreamer and also a goal setter. I have big ideas and like to write them down and make a plan to get focused on how best to make it happen. I love to see an idea turn into something real and tangible, as quickly as possible (building this business is definitely teaching me to slow down though!)...

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Today is the perfect day to back on the horse!

Today is the perfect day to back on the horse!

So, last week Wednesday was the day that BBC said they would get back to me if I got onto their Expert Women programme. Remember the cringey video pitch I shared a few weeks ago?

Well they didn't get back to me. I've checked my junk twice...defo nothing there I want to see.

This meant that last week I had a bit of an oh-no-I've-fallen-off-the-horse-again-how-embarrassing moment. AKA I told the internet I'd applied for this opportunity and then I didn't get it. OH GOD...

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Hello, my name is Naomi Jane and...

Hello, my name is Naomi Jane and...

... I am the Founder of A Life Less Ordinary Wanted.

Here is my video application for the upcoming 2017 BBC Expert Women Masterclass.

It's the first time I've attempted the company 'elevator pitch' to camera. I had to also share an idea for a story I'd be interested in the BBC running linked to my area of work...

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Fashion - from style to sustainability.

Fashion - from style to sustainability.

We know we desperately need more transparency and accountability in the fashion industry but how can we get there?

Fashion has it’s roots in humanity over 20,000 years ago when the first human stitched together furs for warmth and protection and realised that clothing could also serve as a way to distinguish friends from foes. In approximately 5,000BC the rise of great civilisations began, firstly the Sumerians, then the Egyptians and then the Romans. For these empires, clothing was no longer simply a protective barrier from the elements, it started to evolve into decorative items of comfort and then hierarchical symbols of status and power....

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What I learnt at Pulilab HQ: No BS!

What I learnt at Pulilab HQ: No BS!

Back in June (How is it August?!) I joined the Yes for Europe crew for their 5th European Youth Entrepreneurship Conference. It took place in beautiful Budapest, Hungary and I had such a ball I've written a few posts on the trip since I got back.

As a part of the Conference, we were able to visit a few of Hungary's most successful tech start-ups. My favourite visit was our last to the HQ of Creative Software & Digital Media agency Pulilab...

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What is Hypnotherapy?

What is Hypnotherapy?

Many have misconceived hypnosis to be a mysterious, magical power. Some think that a person is kept permanently in a trance and can be made to do anything they wouldn't normally do. 

In fact, on a simple level; hypnosis is a natural RELAXED state. In this crazy world we live in, think how positive it would be to have a less stressed, more peaceful, healthier nation whom are relaxed!

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What I learnt at Ustream HQ: Ideas are everywhere

What I learnt at Ustream HQ: Ideas are everywhere

Last month month I joined Yes for Europe for their 5th European Youth Entrepreneurship Conference. It took place in beautiful Budapest, Hungary and I shared an overview of the trip in a recent post here.

During the Conference, we visited some of Hungary's most successful tech start ups. Today I'm sharing what I learnt during at the Hungarian Headquarters of Ustream.

We were fortunate to hear from Ustream's VP of R&D Csaba Sipőcz about their decade long journey from idea to acquistion...

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We're in this TOGETHER.

We're in this TOGETHER.

Within less than a week, the world as we know it has changed.

The outcome that we woke up to on Friday morning here in the UK has changed the course of history forever. The British public have voted to leave the European Union.

Our Prime Minister has resigned. The opposition party are calling for their leader to resign. We've lost our Triple-A credit rating. Racially motivated hate crime is on the rise. And we're only five days in. We are stepping into the unknown...

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What I learnt at Prezi HQ: Dare to Challenge

What I learnt at Prezi HQ: Dare to Challenge

Earlier this month I joined Yes for Europe for their 5th European Youth Entrepreneurship Conference. It took place in beautiful Budapest, Hungary and I shared my experiences in a post here.

Today I'm sharing what I learnt during a fantastic visit to the Hungarian Headquarters of Prezi. Please take a moment to understand how big a deal this is. Prezi is one of Hungary’s most successful tech companies of all time!

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Cocktails & Confidence anyone?

Cocktails & Confidence anyone?

Join us as we celebrate summer (well we can pretend!) and our recent win at the #StartUp Brixton live pitch in true #LessOrdinaryLife style with acocktail party at our lovely offices Impact Hub Brixton.

We have lots of fun and games planned as well as cocktails and a miniconfidence masterclass designed to help you learn how to create your very own #confidencecocktail just in time for summer...

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