Don’t take it from me! – a fresh perspective…

"The baby’s cries were clearly audible from outside - or maybe my ears are more attuned to it now. Getting louder and more hungry with each step, Dad gingerly entered the Pavilion. But she’d already sensed it, and Mum was up from her front row seat. Milliseconds later, baby was hushed. An hour later, and Mum is at the microphone, her inspiring and informative words reassuring another kind of audience. She is just one of a whole day’s line up of women who have all begun their creative wedding businesses themselves; who have learnt to juggle and adapt to parenthood; and who have made it work and decided to share what works with others just like them. Sharing and leading others is what The Hub is all about - it’s what so many of... read more...
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POSTED ON Feb 26 2016 by | no comments

Make mine a large please! Are you ready to play big?

Have you ever felt so inspired that you just can't sit still? That even despite your natural want to sit quietly and not make a spectacle of yourself you secretly long to jump in the air and do a heel click whilst you're at it? Write a long list, action that list, wish you were in a different place to do it and do it right now without obstacles?! Have you ever felt part of something, a real community? Had the real feeling and knowledge that you're NOT going it alone, that others have your back, understand what you've been and are going through and where you want to go?Have you ever wanted to feel part of something big? Something much bigger than yourself, something that may even end up result in being not only life changing for... read more...
POSTED ON Feb 19 2016 by | no comments

So you want to know what does work? 5 ways to get ahead.

  Alright so last week I wrote to you guys about what drove me crazy about the new year! - All of these confusing messages coming from so many different places which were about 'what you have to do in order to make 2016 a success' or 'what you must do to live a better life' - did you notice it too? Wasn't it all a bit much? its totally why I chose to take the first work week of 2016  as a learning week. I spent time, quietly working my way through both a really bad cold and the courses that I'm currently enrolled upon to make sure that I personally felt good about the direction that I was taking for the New Year. But I also spent it ignoring everyone else. Ok not everyone, but all of these adverts and messages that told me I... read more...
POSTED ON Jan 11 2016 by | no comments

Why I’m over all the ‘help’!

    Happy New Year all! I hope you've all had an incredible break with your loved ones and are feeling refreshed and reenergised for this coming new year. Now I don't know about you and I know its probably my fault for signing up to so many things (must be time for a Spring clean!) but I'm getting a little tired of all the 'You must do this' and the 'You need this for a great new year' emails, adverts and posts everywhere. Are you? Ok don't get me wrong I know its a fantastic time to make change or take action in your life or work if you want to, we've all had a break, time to reflect and now its time to get back to things. But do we really all need a thousand things or ways or discounts and offers to get us... read more...
POSTED ON Jan 5 2016 by | no comments

Creating a Mindful Future – a freebie!

At this time of year we're all thinking about the same few things - firstly, how and when we can find downtime to relax and secondly, how we can plan and improve things for a prosperous new year.So I've created a little freebie mini-planner for you to assist with the forward planning part! On the road of running a creative business we often come up against road blocks. Things that stand in our way as we juggle life and business and that often go un-addressed. These can take a few forms - either in being societal pressures or 'norms' - of which we need to question whether they are 'right' or fitting for our own personal mindset or belief system and way of working. These can also often take form in our own personal set of... read more...
POSTED ON Dec 23 2015 by | no comments

Breaking The Acceptance Story Cycle. The secrets to growing your business, improving your lifestyle and working with purpose.

All too often we get caught up in the cycle. The cycle of being busy, of juggling our business, our family, our admin, our dreams, our social life, our should be doing, could be doing's and importantly also our worries and thoughts. And its SO easy to get caught up in that - to get stuck right in the middle and lose sight of where it is we were supposed to be going or even embracing living right now because we're just doing our darn best to get through it all today. The trouble is that we tell ourselves that this is how it has to be, if we're going to make our businesses work, we HAVE to push through this because this is the ONLY way to grow and we accept that story (one thats been taught to us all of our lives by society)... read more...
POSTED ON Dec 18 2015 by | no comments

Interview – Kirsten – The Little Wedding Helper

Its an absolute joy to introduce Kirsten to you. A regular exhibitor at Chosen Wedding Fair's Kirsten has become not only a friend but a massive inspiration to me in all that she does. And when I say all, I mean ALL - and this lady does a lot! I am often teased by people saying that I seem to be doing everything at the moment - and I often am, so its lovely to know that I am not alone in being rather ambitious (or just a massive dreamer) and reaching for the stars. Kirsten certainly has a great grasp on her star! Over the past few years Kirsten has not only won awards for her styling, been on the awards panel, written columns and articles for various wedding publications, organised pop-up wedding shops, champions wedding industry tweet... read more...
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POSTED ON Apr 24 2015 by | no comments

The Power of being You – Yes, YOU!

I read a blog post a little while ago that really got me thinking. Well, thats not entirely true, at first it made me a bit mad, my reaction to it was a strong feeling of shock and disappointment but a while down the line and after it bothering me I made a conscious effort to figure out why. The post in question opened with the line 'You're wedding won't be unique or individual so you might as well stop trying now.' - How - aside from the obvious spelling faux pas - does that make you feel? Slightly enraged, confused or otherwise? For me, being engaged and planning my own wedding I felt aggrevated. I don't want to be told that my wedding won't be unique. As far as weddings go, ok theres a format that is often the same (Q: would it be a... read more...
POSTED ON Feb 11 2015 by | no comments

Interview: Emma – Coco Wedding Venues

There are an incredible amount of really talented people within the wedding industry. That is such a huge and true statement I feel it deserved its own line! Yet when it comes to standing out in the industry, I'm a big believer that branding above so many other things makes a huge difference and is an incredibly important place to start. Your brand consists of not only your colour scheme, your chosen fonts or uniformity but presents the world with a face and a personality too. Express this well and people will feel they know you have more heart than those other empty corporate style run of the mill businesses out there. But more on branding to come in another post soon. A fairly young business that we have a lot of admiration for is... read more...
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POSTED ON Feb 10 2015 by | 2 comments

Make the leap!

One of the absolute best things about organising wedding fairs is not only the sheer volume of creativity that comes through the doors from both exhibitors and brides to be - but the amount of joy, energy and smiles exchanged on the day as inspiration, ideas and excitement is shared. I feel so blessed to have such responses from both sides of the fence (exhibitors and visitors) that are so positive. Especially on something that I had started out of pure frustration that I couldn't find the level or standard that I knew existed at any other events. After our Spring Bristol show on February 1st, I was overwhelmed by the amount of contemporary creativity out there, by the amount of people who are becoming more open to pushing creative... read more...
POSTED ON Feb 2 2015 by | no comments


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