“I mean I know she always delivers in the end, but does she have to be so rude, sitting there with headphones on all the time?”

“Creative sure, but she’s just a bit weird though isn’t she, repeats herself in meetings and never knows where we’re going or what time we’ve to be there, it’s a nightmare when you have to let her be client facing...”

“Always looking out the window, I swear she’s somewhere else half the time, maybe she just thinks she’s too important for this conversation, somewhere better to be…”

“So frustrating, she has never done the pre...

“I feel like a 1950s housewife,” a friend admitted on Zoom as we compared our recent lockdown experiences. Given an article with this exact title appeared in the Guardian just a few weeks later, shows she isn’t an isolated case.  Despite embodying the middle-class quarantine cliché of embracing elasticated waists, I have found solace that I am not the only one feeling imprisoned by a domesticity treadmill that would shock even my grandmother.  My days seem to be spent in an endless cycle of meal preparation, laundry, picking up orphaned shoe...

So, it’s October of 2019, when I realise the dawn of a new decade is approaching – and 2020 would mark the 10-year anniversary of working for the same company. It really got me thinking; do I want to be here, doing this for another 10 years?   The answer was no, so I did something about it.  For me, this was a huge leap of faith.  I’ve worked in the media industry for my whole career since I was 18.  It’s all I’ve ever known and those 20 years (OMG!) - as clichéd as it sounds- have gone by in a flash.

I started to build the fou...

We’re at home, allowed out ‘once a day’ for essentials and many of us are continuing with the careers we’ve worked so hard to maintain and progress through, some may have been furloughed, others trying to cope with a heavier workload than ever. We’re all in our own whirlwinds experiencing this global crisis and finding our work and personal lives colliding in a dramatic, thrust upon us way. 

Below are just some of the reasons why it’s so crucial to continue with or begin to form mentoring relationships during this time. 

  1. Both mentees and mentor...

**This piece was written prior to #COVID-19 but the advice still rings true for any new parent.

My daughter Eliza is now seven. I desperately wanted to be a mum and went through gruelling IVF and fertility treatments to have her. I was one of the lucky ones – it worked for me, I loved being pregnant and I was excited about the new chapter of my life that was to come.

Despite throwing myself into being a mum, signing up for every baby class going, and making a new group of mum friends, I will be honest – I found maternity leave tough. 

Eliza cried A...

This article was written by Hannah Spicer, a freelance E-commerce and Digital Marketing Consultant, with over 16 years experience working at luxury and fashion retailers including Harvey Nichols, Stella McCartney and Kurt Geiger. She works with small to medium brands to optimise their e-commerce performance.

I’m working with two clients in the beauty industry at the moment, and while they are facing challenges due to COVID-19 like many other businesses, they are adapting and finding new ways of reaching, helping and serving customers.⁣

I mysel...

This was originally published on Creative Brief

During this terrible COVID-19 crisis in the UK, all non-key workers are rightly being asked to stay at home to prevent further spread of the virus. For many, including myself, this is the first time that they’ve spent an extended period doing their job outside of the office, or “WFH”, to use everyone’s new favourite acronym.

(Check out Gina's @self_isolation_gram for more on what it's like for everyone during #COVID-19) 

So, as we move into week two, what’s it been like so far? There are some clear d...

As the wind pushes the clouds aside to reveal a clear blue sky and a radiant sun this first morning of Spring feels so profoundly different than any first day of Spring I have ever encountered. Like most people in the 170 countries affected deeply by the Coronavirus I am isolating in my home, and have been for nearly a week. My life, as so many others’ lives, feels already deeply changed. I long for so many of the things I complained about. As a board and executive coach in London, my daily routine is usually donning a pair of comfortable shoes a...

There was a parent who had adopted, a mum who had conceived via IVF, a mum who had miscarried, a dad who shares custody, a woman who’d decided not to parent and a mum who’d had an unplanned pregnancy.

What did they all have in common?

They’d all experienced judgement.

They’d all been asked questions that were deeply personal.

They’d all felt the need to justify their decision or situation.

What is it about parenting, or deciding not to be a parent, that makes us judgemental and opinionated? And to ask intrusive questions that we wouldn’t dream of in o...

I had the pleasure of being part of two panels at BloomFest. What I experienced left me with a huge sense of clarity on what still needs to be done ahead, and also how much conviction there is within the Bloom movement, and those associated with it, to do so.

A Bloom First Timer

I have to admit, I had not heard of Bloom before now, but in hearing the background and story I was genuinely captivated by what current and previous bloomers had done to stoke such important and challenging progression within our industry.

In running DaddiLife, one of my bi...

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