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I think about you in the bath

Do you read in the bath? A perfect evening for me might be a bucket of wine, a bubble bath, and a good book.  And prune feet. And a cat sitting on the edge of the bath staring at me. Sadly, we do not have a bath at the moment (consequence of living in a [...]

Screaming sweet nothings into your ears

"You are not The One." Not special. Not magical.   Remember when the Oracle told Neo he wasn't The One in The Matrix? How crushed he was? Then remember how Neo went on to beat the machines in round 1? The Oracle didn't tell Neo what he wanted to hear. She wasn't whispering sweet nothings [...]

Ready to stop drowning? Read this

I used to have a recurring dream about being swept away by a tsunami. We'd be on a beach, the waves would be doing their thing... Until one moment, the waves would recede down the beach -- and keep going. And going. And going. The beach would stretch out further and further away, exposing rocks [...]

Maybe they’re right about you…

"Your little business looks like fun, but when are you going to get a real job?" The words twist in your gut, because secretly, you've asked yourself the same question, haven't you?  All those sideways looks from well-meaning friends and family, worrying that you won't make it, wondering what you're doing and why you don't [...]

No unicorn farts or arse glitter here

Sometimes, when you've been drinking your friends exciting homebrew liqueurs, something real happens to make you cry. And it's not the UK's Eurovision entry.  Nope, this is a happy cry. Because on Saturday night, this arrived in my inbox: "Been contemplating life whilst in the bath with a glass of Guiness, and just finishing Dan [...]

Dropping a value bomb on yo’ ass

Today I'm giving you a little nugget of pure gold. Way more value than I should give away free... and it doesn't happen often. So listen up. Come closer. Pull up a chair... And I'll tell you a tale of lost money and easy wins. I had an accountant. A firm of accountants, in fact, [...]

Yanking you out of your misery rut

Are you gonna hate yourself this time next year? Will you be asking yourself why you're no further on in your business? Why you're still struggling with the same stuff you are today?  Will you be standing there, moss on your nose and grass grown over your feet? I'm going to lay a wager that [...]

Get your mind-blowing wordgasms here

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words "mind blowing"? Because my mind goes directly to the bedroom.  So it was extremely gratifying when Shahilla wrote this about being a Member of my Small Business Superheroes Crew: "My first critique from Vicky was really valuable… but the second was mind [...]

Embrace your weirdness: make more moolah

The struggle is real, buttercup. A burning desire to stand out and be different, to achieve something special... balanced by the soul-sucking instinct to fit in.  Struggling to NOT to get pulled into the same black hole of beige (beige hole?) as everyone else... but terrified of drifting off alone. Every fibre in your body screaming [...]

The Severed Foot: A Bank Holiday Yarn

There is a severed foot on my raised vegetable bed. I swear to gods it's giving me the finger. It's all that's left of yesterday's bloody, gory pigeon massacre. The guts have gone, the wing has gone, and most of the feathers have gone. The foot remains. Because nobody really wants to eat a pigeon [...]

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