Your Biggest Asset: Investments To Make In Yourself

"Your poker privileges have been revoked" It flashed on my iPhone. I was sat at an online poker table playing for cash. All was going well. I'd multiplied my buy-in by five on my last hand while shopping in the supermarket but now I couldn't continue. The feelings I had in that moment are largely a mixture of anger, annoyance and fear of missing out. Then I remember. Like many impulsive habits, gambling can be addictive. Importantly I recognise that it's just a game and I pop my phone back into my bag. Turns out there was a problem verifying my age as my driving licence refers to my maiden name (I digress...).
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How To Start Your Own Business

When I set up my blog, it was a small non-profit website with very few followers. Inspired by my new hobby (tech, website design, SEO and fashion) I started it alongside my day job at a well known magazine. Back then I never intended on blogging full time. I just wanted to practice writing and constantly tweak my site to improve it. I've no shame in admitting that my initial posts were terrible but rather than quit I stuck with it, driven by my enjoyment of learning new things and seeing those few extra followers each week reading my posts and clicking links. I never worried about registering as a company, paying tax and National Insurance because I wasn't earning money from it. When I did start earning money from blogging though, I knew I had to set aside 40% for tax because of my other salary too. Tax on two 'jobs' depends on total income: £0 - £5,000 (0% tax), £0-£32k (20% tax), £32-£150k (40% tax), £150k+ (45% tax).
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Should You Be Cruising Through Life?

Coasting through life is not something I do easily. In fact, I'm forever having a plan, goals and a calendar to abide by. This year? I found out I'm pregnant, planned a wedding, got married, learned to drive and passed my test. Right now? We're renovating our home (moving our kitchen to an entirely different room, creating a baby room and some repairs) which can be stressful. "Are you sure the gas will be blocked off correctly?" I find myself worryingly ask my builder. We're also preparing for our first child alongside blogging on here and LittleInTheCity.com. But whilst one could say it's the most important time to be preparing and planning, is it wrong that all I want to do is chill out and cruise for a bit?
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My Answers To The ‘Ask Me Anything’ Emails

Over countless glasses of wine (pre-pregnancy obviously) and cups of coffee with PR's, fellow bloggers and clients conversation often touches upon the subject of blog post content. The ideas, the topics but more importantly, at what point do you stop sharing? Well I've always been a pretty open book. During my Uni days I'd tell anyone who would listen about my relationship woes or my course problems. I'd celebrate every success no matter how small with people. I'd say I've always been pretty approachable. So when it comes to moving to London, working for magazines and writing a blog, I've always been keen to offer my advice and experience. Probably a little too much sometimes.
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What It’s Really Like Being Your Own Boss After GQ

Choosing to end my career, a career that I'd moved from South Wales to London for, didn't come easy. My blog was around a year old when I left GQ and it was such a daunting thing to do. I've been in employment since I was 13 years old and spent a good eight years getting to where I did at Condé Nast so the prospect of being my own boss came with both its perks and concerns. What if the blog nose dived? Would I miss that salary? Would I get lonely? But what if it went really well? If it grew and started doubling traffic every month? I'd saved in advance so that I'd be able to survive for three months without a salary but aside from that and filling my diary and scheduling content, there was little else I could do to prepare. Overall, with the anticipation and freedom to no longer consider the blog a side project but a full time job came plenty of optimism. But of course, ask anyone who is self employed and they'll probably all tell you the same. The story doesn't end there.
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Why We All Should Be Conscious Of Self Sabotage

Right now we're knee deep in election mayhem. Propaganda, defensive responses, ridiculously un-costed and over delivered promises... It's difficult to switch on the TV without some element of general election news. And what comes part and parcel with election season? Election sabotage. Parties looking to throw shade at the opposition, rumours and provocative scare mongering. Particularly on social media. So of course it's in the interest of Theresa May (etc.) to be strong, eloquent and the best they can be to not obstruct their own opportunity. It got me thinking about the way in which we as a society let our own personal problems interfere with our goals (both long and short term). Might I have a tendency to self sabotage? Am I sometimes my biggest problem? It got me wondering about my behaviour and the occasions where I've let myself get in the way of my ambitions.
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How To Be Independent In A Big City Like London

I moved to London knowing only a few people. One of my close school friends and my best friend that I'd made at Uni (and her then partner). Having lived in Bristol for four for years for Uni, I made it my goal upon graduating to gain employment in the big smoke. I was absolutely drawn to the bright lights (and nightlife!). My first job was at a publishing company, Hearst, who created around 16 magazines at the time including Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Harpers BAZAAR and Mens Health. I packed up and moved to Putney in a gorgeously spacious modern home shared with the people I knew. That first year, all responsibilities were a minefield and most of my money went on cheap wine and rent (average rental of one bedroom in a house share is £950 a month if you're interested).
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How To Not Shy Away From Difficult Situations

Do you ever get that turn in your stomach? The one when you're about to do something that you really don't want to do? Have you felt that fluttering all over your body when you want to say no but you've already said yes to an upcoming situation you'd rather avoid? I acknowledged these kinds of feelings in my post 'How To Stop Saying Yes & Regain Your Life'. Here I talked about becoming less of a 'yes' person and more of a 'me first' kind of gal. But it did get me thinking.
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What Happened When I Tried To Move To NYC

A.K.A the 'concrete jungle where dreams are made of'. Well that was quite literally the case for me. The first time I visited New York was one Christmas a few years ago. It had been six months in the planning; Christmas Day at Maddison Square Garden to watch Bulls v Knicks, dinner at The Four Seasons and various other restaurants plus VIP tickets for NYE at Jay Z's club. Lil Wayne had just been let out of prison and was at Times Square - it was all very exciting (ha!). It wasn't the glitz and glamour that drew me to my decision to try to move there though but the atmosphere, the people and the culture. It was then I decided, I had to move to New York alone and get a job.
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Why We All Need A ‘To Do Never’ List

To do lists, places to be, people to see, emails to read and plans to make... Phew. I'm tired even thinking about what I've got to do in the next couple of weeks. In life, in addition to thousands of other people I'm always being told how to be organised, how to be productive and how to force relaxation to train our body into winding down. It all feels a bit synthetic doesn't it? I'm sure I'm not alone in sometimes closing my bedroom door, sighing and just saying 'enough'.rewa
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Are You Thinking Of Starting A Blog?

Some people start a blog as a hobby. Some down to fear of missing out. Others do it to get noticed as an influencer in their category. Lots intend on becoming bigger than their blog, noticed as an aspirational figure, a consultant or minor 'celebrity'. Whatever the reason at the heart is context and curation.
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How To Fake What You Don’t Know

Of course opportunities present themselves but it's the choices you make that can make the difference. So how can you act in those situations where an opportunity is there but you're at risk of saying/doing the wrong thing and losing it? Here's how I like to fake what I don't know.
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How Blogging Full Time Has Changed Me As A Person

Occupation? “Blogger”…. Daniel and I recently went to give notice on our wedding and met with a wedding registrar to go through all the legalities for the big day. They asked are we related? “Hope not”. Am I already married? “Not that I’m aware of?”… It’s when it came to my occupation that I hesitated. I’ve been blogging for around 5 months full time and this is only the second time I’ve been asked what I…
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