During difficult times like the one we are currently collectively facing in 2020 it can often feel hard to find moments of joy. We are faced with traumatic news updates that can often feel overwhelming. For those of us who are working or run a business we are still trying to maintain our workflow under uncertain circumstances and it can all feel so stressful and confusing. There is also an underlying pressure to carry on as usual despite the very real fact that everything we are currently going through is unusual. This pressure can compound our collective anxiety and make us feel lost or alone. This is why it is so important to show ourselves compassion and be empathetic to others wherever possible. Finding joy during this time is key and though it may not always be easy, allowing ourselves to be joyful not only offers us hope but it can be soothing, reassuring and uplifting. Having conversations is one way that we can find joy and this conversation with Marverine Cole on her Fabulous Woman Podcast is an example of this. We looked at our coping mechanisms and what our collective “new normal” looks like. I believe that it is important to give ourselves the space to feel the fullness of our emotions and so finding joy is not about denying our pain, sorrow or sadness during this time, for me it is about keeping ourselves hopeful and mindful that we can heal and get through this. Tune into our conversation here which is the first episode of the second season:
The Fabulous Woman Podcast features personal accounts from ordinary women, who are doing some extraordinary things in their lives. Marverine Cole an award-winning radio and television presenter and news reporter who created this podcast series to highlight the voices of great women from around the UK.
I had the pleasure of being invited onto the Three Sixty Conversations podcast hosted by Tamu Thomas. Initially I thought we were just going to discuss PR and business and all that comes with it but our conversation delved more deeply into identity, culture and authenticity. We discussed how we can use social media in a way that reflects who we are, whilst navigating its ups and its down. Something powerful happens when you’re given the space to just flow, Tamu really did a great job of letting us flow and connect throughout this conversation. We were able to have an honest and open conversation which I hope the listeners can learn from and identify with.
Three Sixty is a lifestyle brand aimed at busy women in their late 30s and 40s that want to simplify life and create space for an everyday joy that comes from accepting ourselves fully in all our shades from light to dark, our entire 360 degrees. Tamu founded it to highlight the power of working with ourselves rather than against, creating space to notice the beauty of things we overlook in the midst of busyness and the everyday joy that comes from doing the things that light us up. Her Three Sixty Conversations podcast series is a great reflection of this ethos
I was recently interviewed by Antonette Oloo for her podcast channel “She Owns Success” in which I spoke about my PR business journey and the lessons that I have learnt along the way. The interview was a great opportunity for me to take stock and also to share some of the very real challenges and breakthroughs I have had a long the way. PR is a fascinating industry to be part of and quite often it is misunderstood, so this was a great chance to set the record straight and also enlighten listeners.
This was such a fun interview to take part in and I hope I left listeners with some insightful messages. Listen to the episode here:
Here were some of my nuggets:
There are certain places where unless you can grow a really thick skin and build a support network, it can be tough!
The world will tell you that you are not good enough, especially as a woman in business. We see that with the gender pay gap and the ethnic pay gap as well.
Know that who you are is important and know that you can have a fantastic business and career being who you are authentically
Find beauty, even when it can be dark and even when you are going to be tired.