GLOSS Issue 20 FEB 2015 - Page 53

First thing you do in the morning ? Reach for my iPhone and check my email! My phone is always on my bedside table during the night - a bad habit I know! But one that’s carried over from my corporate days. Scrolling quickly through my emails gives me a quick heads up on any urgent issues and gets my head in ‘work mode’ before I even walk through the office door. 4 Then put the kettle on, and spend some quiet time in my version of ‘meditation’. I do mindful breathing and visualisation exercises including an interesting one called “Leaves on a Stream” which I learnt recently. This helps me prep for my day in a different way. It clears my mind, centres me and keeps me focused on my big goals (both work and personal) for the year. 5 Most inspiring quote ? Tough one because I love so many. I’m going to break the ‘rules’ and give you three as these are the ones I always gravitate back to Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined - Henry David Thoreau When you reach for the stars you might not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either - Leo Burnett Be faithful to that which exists in yourself - Andre Gide These 3 quotes pretty much sums up my attitude towards life. If you were a hashtag, you would be? #authentic. What you see is what you get. Top 3 tips for women in business ? 1. Trust your gut instinct 2. Always make time for yourself 3. 6 Don’t forget what’s most important to you Your instinct is there for a reason. Listen to your gut when it comes to who to trust (and not trust). And when it’s pointing you towards an idea. No matter how crazy the idea may seem, at least give it room to breathe and grow while you do due diligence to figure out if it’s commercially viable. Similarly, listen to your gut and be prepared to walk away. Don’t get emotionally attached to ideas. There’s a difference between being emotional and intuitive. As women we tend to look after everyone else first. If you’re running a business, that usually leaves very little time and energy for yourself. I believe it’s crucial that we consciously set aside time to look after ourselves. Do whatever it takes to energise and replenish your body and soul on a regular basis. It’s not being selfish. You’re just as important as everyone else. 7 It’s very easy to get sucked in until your work becomes your life. But it’s not. Be clear as to what really matters in your life. Get those areas right and you’re way ahead of the game. What would you tell your 21-year old self now