Escape to Book Island!

“My most important criteria is ‘Is this book meaningful and beautiful at the same time?’.  There are a lot of titles that don’t pass that test. There are lot of beautiful books out there, with stories that just don’t go anywhere. Then you can lots of beautiful stories with really bad illustrations. This criteria is really important and really helps me find the right books”.

Greet Pauwelijn, Book Island

In this weeks podcast, Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings escape to Book Island! They find out from local publisher, Greet Pauwelijn, what makes a ‘Book Island book’ – as she handpicking award-winning picture books from around the world.

Back in business – carry on glamping!

“There’s so much guidance on line for so many businesses, no one specifically mentioned glamping, they talked about camping, they talked about caravans and hotels, but not glamping. We’re cleaning fully between guests, we don’t have to allow 72 hours between guests, or we would have had to have cancelled half our guests – every one still needs their holiday”.

Vicki Ivins-Jones, Tractors & Cream Glamping

 

Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings, speak to Vicki Ivins-Jones from Tractors & Cream after they joyfully reopen their glamping site! Vicki spoke, from the midst of her open field, to share her experience on reopening for happy glampers!

Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding, on lockdown and BLM

“So I set out the next day, to write a message to the people of the city and I set out that some people think Colston is a saint, some people think he’s the devil incarnate. Because Bristol is interesting, we have me – the Queen’s representative as a black woman, you have an elected mayor as a black man, we have the most diverse group of magistrates in the UK, here in Bristol. We have black professional networks, we have all sorts of very interesting groups of people, but we also have poverty among black communities, which is greater than the white population. It’s not to say the white population doesn’t have problems, but it’s the layer, upon layer, of disadvantage that we have an opportunity to address”.

The Lord-Lieutenant of the City and County of Bristol, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Her Majesty’s representative in the City and County.

Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings, speak to Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding, on the impact of Edward Colston’s statue coming down and how small businesses can make a difference to when it comes to BLM.

Mindset matters, lockdown business success

“It came about organically really, like many – right at the beginning, I thought ‘what can I do to help?’. So I set up a weekly on line relaxation for people, just so they could enjoy those relaxations once a week. And then I had this brainwave, of lets try and set a 5 Day Challenge and that allowed me to put together lots of content to help people”.

Abi Rogers, Mindset Solutions

In the latest Freelance Mum podcast, Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings are joined by Abi Rogers, who shares her lockdown business success story. From wanting to ‘just help’ people, to discovering a new business offering, Abi shares the organic growth of her relaxation group.

 

Surviving and thriving in lockdown

“Five years ago, I converted an ice cream van, took all the fridges and freezers out and put in a stainless steel kitchen. So I now do Mexican street food, so the name ‘I Scream Tacos’, is just a play on words. I’ve got the ‘Mexican hat dance’ playing from the van when I arrive”.

Mark, I Scream Tacos

 

On the Freelance Mum podcast, Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings, talk tacos, tortillas and trading with Mark @iscreamtacos. He’s the man inside the converted icecream van bringing Mexic food to a driveway near you.

Small Business Booming despite lockdown

“I was a bit concerned at first, that children might get bored and wander off mid Zoom lesson! But I haven’t experienced anything like that, I keep it very relaxed, happy and jokey – they are generally very good. I think they are very happy to chat and have the session”.

Vicky, Additions Tutoring

 

Coronavirus is the toughest problem many businesses have faced – but some are successfully forging ahead. Vicky from Additions Tutoring joins Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings to share her story of adapting and thriving, when it comes to home tutoring.

Let them eat (lockdown) cake!

“I am now doing, what I have called ‘the lockdown cake’ , it’s basically the same story from each customer who has contacted me. They were meant to have been going to a birthday and that birthday party is no longer happening and they’ll be in say, New Zealand. So they’ll say to me, ‘could you take a cake over to my boyfriend, who I was supposed to be seeing tomorrow’. So they’ll pay me to make a cake, I’ll drive over to the boyfriends, knock on the door, stand 2 meters apart, they’ll open the door and it’s rather nice really, seeing people break into a massive smile”.

Ali Walsh, The Local Bakehouse

 

 

Good news!

A positive business story for you in these crazy times…. and even better that it involves cake. Ali Walsh from The Local Bakehouse joins FayeDicker & Laura Rawlings to share the story of the lockdown cake.

No more up the nose shots!

“The most important things are camera angle – have your camera at at least eyeball height and light. Photograhy is painting with light – video is equally as essential”

Kirsty Northover, Kirsty Northover Photography

Being in small business has never been more challenging! And with social media becoming more busy, it can be hard to cut through the noise.

In this podcast, Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings talk to Photographer and Personal Branding Expert, Kirsty Northover on how to make your business brand look good online. With expert advice on video backgrounds & taking DIY photos for your marketing.

Home haircuts – lockdown locks!

With a cut, I don’t ever think it’s that desperate really, you can wear it up, with a fringe that’s grown out, you can change your parting slightly, pin it back, sweep it to the side, use accessories – you need to be a little bit creative.

Ella Hawkey, Atelier Clifton

Home haircuts – lockdown locks! Who’s had the chop? Whose true colour’s are coming through? Or who’s simply sticking a hat on it? Faye Dicker and Laura Rawlings pick up hair tips in the latest podcast, from top Bristol hairdresser and salon owner Ella Hawkey. Get to it. Chop chop.

How would you like to ‘feel’ in 2020?

This beautiful guest blog post, comes from Lesley Waldron, Wild Country Woman – focusing on how you want to feel in 2020.

 

New year’s resolutions are often about what we want to do or what we want to change.

 

Sometimes they come from a negative place….or because we just feel that we ‘should’.

 

But how about thinking about 2020 in a different way? About how you want to feel?

 

So, think about next year.

 

On December 31st 2020. How would you like to feel? 

 

Take a deep breath. Take a moment to bring yourself forward in time. Close your eyes if that helps.

 

Really and truly. What do you feel?

 

This could be how you feel emotionally.

 

How you feel in your body.

 

How you feel in your family.

 

How you feel in your community.

 

How you feel in your workplace or your business.

 

How you feel in your life at that moment.

 

It could be words and feelings that apply to all of those elements of your life.

 

Not what you are doing. Not what you have accomplished, but what you feel.

 

Got it?

 

Write it down if you can….I love a big piece of recycled paper and colourful felt tips. Don’t take too long, give yourself a little peace and quiet and just write from your gut, don’t let your busy mind take over too much with the realities of life.

 

Now. 

 

What could take you closer to that feeling today?

 

What could take you closer to that feeling next week?

 

What could take you closer to that feeling over the course of this year?

 

In order to feel that way, how are you acting in your everyday life?

 

In order to feel that way, what do you need to add into your life?

 

And what (or who) do you need to take out?

 

This could be behaviours, people, actions, habits, communities, obligations, values.

 

Keep writing. Keep colouring. Keep jotting. Don’t think too hard. Put on some tunes…and let it flow.

 

There is no right or wrong answer.

 

And from all of this.

 

Take one thing. 

 

Look at the words.

 

What jumps out? What makes your tummy flutter in a good way?

 

Can you take action on that. Today.

 

Not next year. Not waiting for the right time.

 

Today

 

If you’d like to explore this further, with a warm and welcoming group of women, come and join the next Wildly Well Woman retreat on 26th January 2020, for some New Year intention-setting as well as some relaxation and nourishment to get the year off to a great start.