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Cba, we’ll have to change that stance…

Hello all! And welcome back to another blog! I’m so glad you’re here this is a good one.

Cba? Not in the mood? What’s the point? Are these phrases you catch yourself saying… why is that? Is that because we’re programmed to believe if we haven’t achieved all our goals by the end of January then we may as well give up for the year and try again next year.

No no no. That is not the mentality we want to get ourselves into. If you want to see results you have to do something about it. Giving up in the first week is not an option. Even if you do a little something each day to get you to your goal it will seem so much more obtainable.

Okay, so what can we do you ask? Each day we are going to do 5 minutes towards our goals. Whether that is a run, reading, studying or meditating. To truly get something to happen it’s better to start small and build up consistency rather than try and conquer everything immediately.

Time is what we need to utilise, once you’ve done a week of 5 minutes up it again. Write down all the wins of the week and realise how much you achieved.

Small steps lead to big wins. It’s belief, determination and not expecting immediate results.

I’d love to know what you’re goals are that you are working towards! Drop a comment below 👇🏼

Lots of love, becca x

January blues, don’t worry there is good news…

Hello all my lovelies,

I am excited to be back blogging and kick starting my coaching and card reading sessions! 2022 is going to be a big year for us all! Now I know what you’re thinking.. but Becca things aren’t normal yet? No they are not, but that “normal” you are looking for doesn’t exist anymore. That was an old normal. So much has changed now and it’s for the better, even though there has been extremely hard times there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

We are going through the transition period now, like a butterfly soon we will be ready to emerge. But patience is key my darlings. I know that can be hard and in the world we live in we want instant results, but that’s just it. We can’t yet, things take time and everything must work out in accordance of the timelines. But do not fear. Focus on love, light and positivity. What are you grateful for? What experiences are you planning for the year? What are you goals? How can you be better?

Some of you may find this hard and that is completely normal. Here are a few top tips:

1. Sit quietly away from technology for minimum 10 mins and ask yourself “what do I really want that will bring my heart joy?” Ask this 3 times and sit quietly to find the answer inside.

2. Ask your friends and family for feedback, what is going well and what can you do even better- this can help with the goal setting.

3. Finally give yourself the chance to be expansive. Be creative and don’t limit yourself to what you think you should do.. what do you actually want to do?

I’d love to be a part of helping you on this journey. So if you want to book a 1-1 session with me please click on my services tab here https://bestlifewithbecca.com/contact/ and we can start changing your life for the better ⭐️

Love, Becca x

Don’t take life for granted, it’s a gift that’s enchanted…

Hi all,

I am writing this blog having started to recover from an ordeal of a week. I’ve been super poorly and on top of that my lovely cat Tiggy has passed away, heartache and sadness has washed over me. Ive felt numb and exhausted and felt like this feeling wouldn’t end. But slowly it has.

Today I have been on a dog walk with mum and Lincoln and feeling more alive again. Reflecting back. Our health is such a precious asset to us. We shouldn’t take it for granted because it can go in a second. It’s the same with life. We don’t know what twists and turns are around the corner.

So what can we do? We can take life and live it. We can live truthfully and do what makes us happy. We can share memories and experiences and move our body around with love and positive light.

I know it’s cliche and we hear it all the time. But life really is what we make it. We don’t always have to have it figured out but go for things and be grateful for every second your alive.

We can live our best lives – it’s a choice, mindset and belief.

I love you all so much and grateful for your time and energy.

Love, Becca x

Making a plan, it’s time you began…

Hi all,

This week is focusing on planning and keeping yourself accountable. Many times we say we want to try something new or achieve things by a timeline but we sometimes go adrift.

Why is this? Without a clear focus our mind can wander. Clear goals and planning are key for success as it gives you a focal point for all energy.

It’s okay to have off days but try to stick as closely as you can to your target. By setting daily goals it might help the bigger result seem more obtainable.

Don’t be afraid of failure. We courageous and take chances. And most of all believe in yourself.

3 tips – keep organised, keep going and hold the vision.

You can do this.

Love, Becca x

Restless feelings, time for some healing…

Hi all and welcome back to my blog!

This week I will be kick starting my blogs again talking about healing. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve taken a step back. Life’s been a bit crazy and I’ve tried to enjoy a UK summer (weather has been a bit hit and miss!)

But the main reason I came away was I needed me time to reflect, pause and digest. Do you feel like you do this enough? There’s so much noise out there physically and virtually. We rarely take the time to come away from it all.

My top tips for doing the inner healing is simple, go back to basics. Don’t rely on your phone to be your source of happiness and total relaxation. You need to come away from it.

Start a hobby, get outdoors, buy a journal and just start writing everything and anything that comes to your mind. What motivates you? What doesn’t? Why limit yourself there start planning how you can be expansive and abundant.

We’ve come through a tricky year or two and now it’s time to start scrapping away the layer and go back to our roots. Our calling.

What is calling you? Remove yourself from the external chatter and focus on you.

Be you. Be the best version of you.

I believe in you.

Love, Becca x

Having your creative flare as part of your self care…

Hello everyone and welcome to another collaboration post.

This month’s blog post star guest is India, who is a dear friend of mine who has a brilliant passion for art and creativity who now offers paintings and I cannot wait to delve deeper with it through my Q&A style blog. We hope this gives you a some more insight how to use your creative flare.

Please feel free to share with all your friends and family! Here we go…

So India, what got you initially into artwork and painting?

It’s very strange however my sister, when I was around 8 or 7 years old, went to live in Japan and brought back a lot of anime and manga. This was an amazing push to start to learn how to draw and from there I spent a lot of my late hours in experimenting with drawing the human form. I actually went to University to study Architecture for a year and ended up dropping out, but whilst I was applying to go back I realised I needed to change degrees and pursue my stronger interest which was art.

How easy is it for someone to become an artist? Do you find there are challenges

I must admit as much as I want to say it’s easy. It is really hard. I had a very long and intense 3 years at Loughborough University after a foundation degree in art and design. There is a constant battle in your head about whether you are good enough or not. You also have to endure constant criticism as part of the processand development but it can really get to your head sometimes.

What made you decide to crate your social media page and sell your artwork?

I started my social media page more as a sort of reference for myself to keep of pieces that I particularly liked or wanted to remember. Kindly, people started to get in touch for me to work on design projects together and slowly I started to get business in pet portraiture.

Do you feel that being creative sparks other parts of happiness in your life?

Honestly when I am painting it is the only time I get peace and quiet in my mind. I don’t think about anything other than the colour and composition. 

Finishing pieces of artwork can be very beneficial to mental health. It can make you feel very productive and accomplished.

How can we find the time to be creative? Are you strict with your time or free flow?

I am very strict with my free time, I only watch tv when I’m painting or working alongside. However, it’s important to take breaks as it can be very frustrating to try and be creative when you’re too stressed. I find that when I’m not particularly wanting to be creative, my work comes out worse.

I still make the effort to make at least 2 pieces per week as I find it really benefits my mental health.

Finally, what would be your 3 top tips for those wanting to use artwork as a form of meditation/ self care?

1. If it doesn’t look good, it’s just development. Try again.

2. Paint/draw what you SEE and not what you see in your mind’s eye when starting off.

3. You don’t always need to focus purely on the artwork, put some music on or a film!

Thank you so much India! What ah insightful read. I love those top tips. We don’t always have to get it perfect it’s about trying and seeing what we can create with our own flare.

Want to know more about India and her artwork

Check our her Instagram @indiasteggallartist

Latest exhibition online catalogue : https://sdcashow2021.lboro.ac.uk/students/india-steggall/

Searching for your purpose, don’t let it feel like a emotional circus…

Hello and welcome to today’s blog which focuses on following your purpose in life. Now that may seem like a deep conversation to have but the truth is we are all here for a reason, a soul mission or to create an impact. This doesn’t mean you have to be a world leader or speak in front of hundreds of people if that is not your thing – so don’t panic!

A person’s purpose in life is what someone is drawn to, that feeling when you feel excited about what you are doing and it gives you a great sense of joy. But sometimes we don’t know whether this can be a career or if it is just a hobby. Why not both?

Searching for your purpose isn’t just a one time thing. You can find multiple epiphanies along the way of what is your passion, what lights a fire in your belly or what really is something you can see yourself doing.

The good thing about passions is we can have more than one! And if something doesn’t fit anymore we can move onto our next dream. The trick is to find your rhythm and flow, stick at it for a while and see how you get on. If it is painful to get up in the morning to go to that job or course maybe that isn’t right for you. And that is ok!

So finding our purpose. How can I do this simply? Let me give you 3 top tips.

  1. Make a list of all the things that you enjoy doing – does anything spark an interest that you would like to pursue but been too afraid – this is your signal to go for it!
  2. Ask your close friends, family or peers what they see you doing and what they notice you gravitate towards, if they are around you often they will be a good sound board to bounce ideas off!
  3. Listen to your heart – cheesy yes, but truthful. Sit with yourself and envision what you would love to do if money wasn’t an object. What would you do with your time that makes a difference somewhere and is a dream job or passion project of yours? Write it down and then start visualising it daily. Create a vision board with pictures that represent that dream and focus in on it like a laser beam.

We can all be happy and follow our dreams, if we only take the initial steps our of our comfort zone.

I believe in you.

Love, Becca x

CV writing and careers can be daunting, don’t worry the experience won’t be haunting…

This month’s blog post star guest is Jen. Jen and I connected whilst working together on a project two years ago in my old job. She has a great work ethic and is really down to earth, with a positive coaching style. She helped me learn and grow whilst working together, amongst all the giggles.

In her business, Career Seed, Jen offers range of services to support you with your career including CV revamps, cover letters and business reports, with her platform giving regular tips and advice! I cannot wait to delve deeper with it through my Q&A style blog. We hope this gives you a some more insight into how to create a stand out CV.

Photo by Olya Kobruseva on Pexels.com

Please feel free to share with all your friends and family! Here we go… 

So Jen, what got you into setting up your social media site and business Career Seed? 

I’ve always thought that one day I’d like to run my own business and ultimately work for myself, and earlier this year the time felt right so I took the plunge to transform my passion for helping friends and family with their CVs, job applications etc. into my new company, Career Seed.  As with most businesses these days, having a social media presence was a no-brainer for me; you’ll find me on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. 

How easy is it for someone who hasn’t got much work experience to have a great CV? 

With the right support and guidance, it is possible to create a great CV.  Each individual situation is different, so I like to have an introductory call with my clients to draw out the skills and experience that they do have.  It’s not really about the amount of work experience you have, or the number of organisations you’ve worked for; the art of writing a successful CV is being able to clearly and concisely demonstrate that you have skills to bring to prospective roles.   

What made you decide to help others with CV writing?  

My career background is in Human Resources and I have spent a great deal of time working on recruitment campaigns, from adverts and shortlisting, to interviews and selections.  I’ve sat on numerous interview panels and seen lots of good CVs and even more poor ones!  Over the years, I’ve supported friends, family and colleagues to update their CVs ready for their next career move. I wanted to take this further and help more people to create that stand-out CV. 

How can we stand out from the crowd without seeming to have a “big ego?” 

Haha!  I don’t know what it is inside of us that makes us feel awkward about bigging ourselves up but sharing your skills on your CV isn’t about being egotistical, it’s about being proud of what you have achieved and demonstrating what you’re capable of.  There is no shame in sharing what you are good at, and a good CV will always highlight your strengths. 

How can we know that we are on the right track with our applications and supporting statements? 

I suppose it really depends on where you’re heading.  Ask yourself if you are clear about your career next steps, ask yourself if you enjoy what you currently do or if you’re looking for a change.  Once you know what sorts of roles you are applying for, you can focus on the content of each application.  The best advice I give to all my clients is to tailor their cover letters/supporting statements for each role, addressing the job specification. 

Are there any skills / qualities that you think would be crucial for a killer CV? 

As I said earlier, everyone is different and it will depend on the type, and level, of role you are going for.  However, there are skills that will always be appealing to recruiters, for example communication, analysis, problem solving, leadership etc.  Just remember to back up any claims of skills with practical examples and achievements. 

Finally, what would be your 3 top tips for those wanting to refresh or start their CVs? 

  1. Start with a list of your recent roles (no more than 10 years) and see if you can come up with 2 or 3 things that you achieved during each position. 
  1. Find a good CV template and populate as much as you can, being sure to keep it to no more that 2 pages in length. 
  1. Adapt your CV to the role you are applying for so that you can hit all of the relevant job criteria. 

Brilliant Jen! What an insightful read and really helpful to all of us out there trying to boost our CVs and being proud of our achievements 🙂 great top tips too!

Want to know more about Jen and Career Seed? 

If you are looking for support with your CV, get in touch and Jen will be happy to help.  You can find Jen at www.careerseed.co.uk and on social media: 

Instagram: @careerseed_ 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/career-seed-limited 

Facebook: @careerseedlimited 

Twitter: @careerseed_ 

Reflection and pause, it will open up doors…

Today’s blog post is about pausing and taking the time to reflect. Do you ever feel like you are rushing around? On go go go mode all the time and never fully switch off? If this sounds like you don’t worry. I got you.

We live in a society that is instant, what we want is a click of a button away and when we don’t get it is can frustrate and annoy us. We have lost the art of patience, for example, we don’t even have to wait for our parcels to be delivered we can get next day delivery. Everything is must have now or else we don’t want it. But maybe we need to take the time to realise what we REALLY want. I’m not talking distractions, I’m talking about real goals, aspirations and achievements.

So what can we do?

1. Take time in nature to breath in deep full breaths and quieten your mind. Take out the headphones and listen to your surroundings. Become aware and then visualise how you truly want to see your life.

2. Journal or leave yourself an audio note of your experiences. Or talk to a trusted person, perhaps a friend/ family member. But share with people who want you to succeed not to bring you down.

3. Relax, I don’t know about you but I can be hard on myself always pushing until my body has had enough and I get a headache or feel poorly. We need to be kinder to ourselves and allow the mind and body to chill out sometimes to receive the messages from our higher consciousness. If we don’t stop the messages can’t get through. My tip is meditate for 5 mins a day and see what comes up for you!

It had to start somewhere and you will have off days. But making a conscious decision to help yourself goes a long way. You can do it.

Love, Becca x

Kick starting your Social media content and creation, let us help boost you past your expectations…

Hello everyone and welcome to another collaboration post. 

This month’s blog post star guest is Sophie. Sophie and I connected in Australia when I was on my gap year. We clicked straight away for our love of adventures and being a free spirit. Since being back in the UK she has set up a lovely social media platform and business that helps small business to shine! 

Sophie offers a wide range of content that can really boost your business, giving regular tips and advice! I cannot wait to delve deeper with it through my Q&A style blog. We hope this gives you a some more insight into managing your own/setting up a new business with great social media platform.  

Please feel free to share with all your friends and family! Here we go… 

So Sophie, what got you into setting up your social media site as a social media manager? 

Hey Becca! Thank you so much for having me as part of your collab series. Ever since I was at university I’ve worked in marketing and social media, after working in a corporate role, when I left the UK to go travelling in 2017 (and got to meet your lovely self!!), I picked up remote social media management work whilst I was travelling. I found this was a great way to fund my travels and still use my marketing skills and put my degree to good use.  

I work with some amazing brands in the UK and Australia where I manage their social media profiles across Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and beyond. As a social media manager I do a whole range of things from blog writing, caption writing, photography, graphic design, email marketing and designing, writing and scheduling posts for all social channels, the list goes on! 

I launched Social By Sophie as there are so many small businesses popping up now and there is very little marketing support out there for businesses that don’t have a large budget. I want to help that gap in the market and offer my tips and advice to help businesses shine online. 

How easy is it for someone who has just launched a business so get a lot of followers/ exposure? 

Honestly, it can be hard. It requires a lot of time, patience, consistency and also self belief.  

I think one of the most important things to remember when starting a business and building your following on Instagram/TikTok/Facebook is to focus on the quality of your followers rather than quantity! It is SO much better to have 1000 people who are genuinely interested in what you offer, rather than 10,000 who don’t care. 

For anyone that’s just launched a business and has created their social media profiles for it I would recommend a few things. 

  • Be patient and consistent, it won’t happen overnight.  
  • Don’t let it take over your life!  
  • Engage with your ideal customer 
  • Don’t get caught up by the numbers (views, likes, followers) 

I’ve helped a lot of accounts grow and I think they key thing is to post quality content that’s in line with your brand and your audiences and to engage with your audience. 

What made you decide to help others with their content?  

I’ve always had friends and family come to me to ask for help and advice with their marketing and social media, and during the first lockdown I thought just how many businesses must be struggling too! I launched Social By Sophie as a way to do my bit and support small businesses to learn whilst they were temporarily closed.  

Some of the tips I share are super simple but so many businesses are so appreciative of these tips as they didn’t know them before! As social media managers we take for granted living and breathing social media and I’m so happy to be able to share my tips! 

How can we use our time more wisely on social media to get maximum reach? 

I would absolutely recommend setting yourself time limits on your social media apps or allocating a time period where you use them. This will help you use your time efficient and not get lost in the bubble of social media where you log on for 1 minute and the next thing you know you’ve been on for an hour and haven’t really gained much!  

If you are looking to use your time more wisely on social media, I’d recommend having a hit list of things to do before having a good scroll (like we are all guilty of!) 

  • Reply to Direct Messages 
  • Reply to Story Replys 
  • Respond to comments 
  • Respond to tagged photos 

Next to increase your engagement, I’d recommend engaging with your target audience, you can do this by leaving comments on posts or replying to stories. A great way to do this is to search the hashtags that you know your ideal customers use and interact with the top posts by leaving a meaningful comment.  

Its super important to be aware of how much time you spend on social media as too much time scrolling isn’t a good thing as it can leave you comparing yourself or being demotivating! 

I see that you’ve created a content Calendar, can you talk use through that please? 

Yes! For all of my social media management clients, I use a content calendar to organise the content across the various social media channels. I find by using a content calendar it keeps me so organised, keeps everything in place and saves me so much time!  

I’ve created an easy to use, affordable digital calendar for small businesses to use to get on top of their content creation, save time and get organised. As business owners we have SO much to do and taking the last minute stress of posting to social media out of the equation is a game changer.  

My content calendar is a digital calendar template where you can plan your social content in advance, it helps you to say goodbye to panic posting and get organised! For all of Becca’s readers you can get 20% off using the code BESTLIFE20, click here to get yours and say HELLO to getting organised, simply add the calendar to your cart and add the code at the checkout to get your 20% discount 

How can we know that we are on the right track with our social media sites – are there any tell tell signs? 

Of course, followers and likes are good indication that your content is doing well and your audience is growing but as I mentioned before, don’t get caught up in it! A great way to tell if you are on the right track is if you are getting good engagement from your followers, by this I mean, comments on your posts, replies to your instagram stories, interactions with you story stickers, visits to your websites and your ideal audience following you or enquiring about your product or service and of course, purchasing or booking! 

Do you think there is a  social media hype of “followers” meaning success and how to we combat this? 

You’ve hit the nail on the head there Becca! There is SUCH a hype about follower count, but, I would 100% say to focus on the quality of your followers rather than the quantity of your followers. It actually will negatively impact your accounts if you have lots of ghost followers, by this I mean accounts that follow you that are either fake or don’t interact with your content.  

I would recommend to draw up your perfect follower or your perfect customer, visualise what they look like, where they live, what they do, what age they are and aim to gain these over everyone! 

Finally, what would be your 3 top tips as a social media manager to small businesses? 

Ooooh my 3 top tips, I have so many! Right my top tips are: 

  1. Don’t get caught up by the numbers, whether this is followers, likes, views etc. More followers doesn’t mean more sales. 
  1. Plan your content in advance to spend your time wisely and avoid panic posting, I’d recommend sitting down once a month or once a week to plan your content in a calendar, write your captions and schedule your content to a scheduler such as Facebook Creator Studio. 
  1. ENJOY IT but don’t let it take over your life, ensure you keep an eye on your screen time and don’t ignore your friends and family by scrolling!  

 Thank you Sophie for your wise words and honest answers. It really is true to not get caught up in the number of followers and to think about the reason why you set up the page in the first place. Time and patience will help with growth… 🙂

Want to know more about Sophie ? 

I share regular tips on my Instagram and my website! My inbox is ALWAYS open and I’m always happy to have a chat about social media and marketing for your business. Don’t forget you have access to 20% exclusive discount off the content calendar by using the code BESTLIFE20 at the checkout, you can get your copy here: https://www.socialbysophie.co.uk/2021-time-saving-content-calendar  

Check out my Instagram for regular tips here: https://www.instagram.com/socialbysophie_/  

Check out my blog for plenty of marketing tips here: https://www.socialbysophie.co.uk/blog  

Follow me on TikTok for fun and quick videos full of marketing advice: https://www.tiktok.com/@socialbysophieuk