Detox in Devon – time to think

Last week I was down in Devon with my parents – I’ve definitely passed the stage of going away with your parents being uncool and boring and I now see it for what it is – a free holiday. Winning.

We were in North Devon which is a beautiful, rugged part of the English coast. I find being by the sea really therapeutic and I’m able to think a lot more than when I’m in London. In fact, I thought so much in Devon that I decided to restart blogging again. I go in and out of phases of blogging, and don’t like to make it a chore, so some downtime seemed like the perfect boost to my content.

It’s so easy these days to distract ourselves with gadgets, social media, TV and clutter our minds instead of giving ourselves space to think and just letting our thoughts wander. Continue reading “Detox in Devon – time to think”

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5 things I’ve learnt about presenting

I’m by no means an expert on presenting and communication but I have had some experiences that have allowed me to gather my top 5 Golden Rules for presenting. Since a young age I have always enjoyed taking part in plays and productions, and in 2009 I achieved Grade 8 in LAMDA Speech and Drama. However, during my first few years at university I really lost my confidence as the times I was required to present in a seminar or assessment were few and far between. Now, as a consultant, I constantly need to present information, feedback, and I’m always evaluating my skills. So, the below rules are my way of ensuring I am always feeling confident for a presentation and ready to deliver it brilliantly.
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Guilt-free chocolate milkshake in less than 5 minutes

I thought I’d just share this quick and easy recipe because it’s just that: super easy and simple to make! I’m trying hard to cut refined sugar out of my diet so I’m a big fan of health bloggers such as Honestly Healthy and Deliciously Ella. This recipe is an adaptation of Ella’s Cacao, Banana and Avocado smoothie. It’s great if you’re in a rush for breakfast as you could pour into a bottle and take it with you, alternatively it’s a delicious snack at any time as the avocado packs it with protein to keep you going. 

To make 1 large glass (around 250ml)

1 large avocado
1 ripe banana
About 150ml of milk or nut milk
A tablespoon of almond butter
A dessertspoon of cacao powder
A tablespoon of date syrup

Simply place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. The milkshake should be really thick and creamy – you may want to add more milk if you like it runnier. If it’s too bitter then add a dash more date syrup to taste. Enjoy!

Amazon’s new physical store launches this week; will it deliver on customer experience?

Various reports have surfaced in the last week around Amazon’s new physical store. There were unconfirmed reports of the store being on 34th Street in Manhattan however Amazon has confirmed that West is Best and the pop-up store will be in San Francisco and open this coming Wednesday, 22nd October. Many online retailers have attempted to boost sales by opening pop-up stores and this is not Amazon’s first foray into the physical world with Amazon lockers now commonplace on the high street.

Their timing is textbook, right in time for the holiday season and the store will be stocked full of Fire and Kindle products, encouraging people to ‘try before they buy’. This strategy is what keeps the high street surviving as whilst online shopping grows year on year, customers are still drawn to the actual tangible items in a physical store.

So, how does this shift up the market? Continue reading “Amazon’s new physical store launches this week; will it deliver on customer experience?”

Zero to Tough Mudder Hero in 3 weeks

Zero to Tough Mudder Hero in 3 weeks

Back in late August I’d just returned to work after a relaxing week in Devon. The first day back at work after time off is always a peculiar one: overwhelmed with email, I’d attempted to start somewhere, then stopped and wrote a list of what I needed to do, then prioritised this list, then colour-coded it…. Desperate for a distraction I dragged a colleague out for a coffee. Little did I know that £123 and lots of ‘such a great way to get fit!’ comments later I was signed up for Tough Mudder London South 2014…

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New month, fresh start for the blog

It’s been a good few months since I’ve written on this blog. For the few people who read the posts during the first quarter of the year, you’ll know that I was travelling around the UK managing an exciting project in my first role at IBM. I was in a different UK city every day for 4 weeks, and then in New York City for a further 2 weeks. It was a whirlwind to say the least, and I got to a social media saturation point!

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